The proposal presented at the Wildlife Public Hearings this year to allow urban areas to conduct a bow hunt for deer during the month of January passed. However under this program local government i.e. city council town board etc. needed to submit the information to North Carolina Wildlife Commission and the deadline has come and no submissions were made.

Under this program urban areas identify locations within their boundaries that they will allow bow hunting with the landowner deciding if and / or who they’ll allow to hunt on the property. Bow hunters would have to prove a level of proficiency with the weapon by completing a program like the North Carolina Bow Hunters Association already offers.

Now the turn around for this year was a bit tight so hopefully by the deadline for 2009 season some of the urban areas will submit the paperwork to allow the season.

I took advantage of the Bow Hunting Show this past weekend to get some additional information on the program from the biologists manning the North Carolina Wildlife Booth.

Do you really think any urban areas will take advantage of this program?

We hope they do but we know this is not the answer for every municipality. This has been used in other states to help control deer populations in urban areas that previously had not been hunted and they were becoming an issue. Some of these areas a vote had to take place at the local government level and opposition had court injunctions that had to be overcome. This is just another tool local governments can have to address the deer problem.

Why a January Season?

North Carolina Wildlife Commission believes that many of the bow hunters who will be interested in participating in this program probably already have places they hunt during the regular deer hunting season. To make the program successful they want a high level of participation so the season is set after the regular deer season closes.

Over the weekend the Charlotte Observer had a story about some towns thinking about jointing this program.

I think it’s a good idea and in my opinion makes a heck of a lot more sense then hiring sharpshooters or trying to run a planned parenthood program for deer.


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