The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.  

Commission biologists will share a biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates, and the timing of the harvest. Discussion will include how each of these can play a role in determining the future of deer management in North Carolina as well as other topics of interest to deer hunters. Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion on the future of deer hunting and deer management in North Carolina.

“Whitetail deer are the most-popular hunted species in North Carolina,” said Brad Howard, a wildlife biologist with the Commission. “The forums are excellent opportunities for North Carolinians to learn about deer in their respective parts of the state. We also want to provide an opportunity for deer hunters and other stakeholders to discuss deer-management issues as we plan for the future.”

The forums are not replacing regulation proposal meetings, which will be held in January 2016.

All forums are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on the following dates and locations: June 9, Southern Alamance H.S., Graham;  June 10, South Stanly H.S., Norwood; June 11, Brown Auditorium, Nash C.C., Rocky Mount; June 16, Orringer Auditorium, Craven C.C., New Bern; June 17, Swain Auditorium, Edenton; June 18, Bladen C.C. Bladenboro; June 23, Haywood C.C., Clyde;  June 24, Municipal Auditorium, Morganton; June 25, Elkin H.S., Elkin.