NC’s ban on deer urine attractants delayed

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North Carolina's ban on natural deer urine attractants, like this spray from Tink's, has been delayed until a review session in January 2021. (Photo courtesy of Tink's Hunting Products)

Deer urine ban will be reviewed during January session

In an effort to thwart Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from infecting North Carolina’s deer herd, the NCWRC approved a rule prohibiting the use of natural deer urine attractants beginning with the upcoming deer hunting season. But the ban has now been delayed, pending a January 2021 legislative review.

Because some deer urine attractants are collected from live deer in states that do have a presence of CWD, and because it’s not possible to test living deer for the disease, many states have banned the substance. North Carolina’s ban was set to begin Aug 1, 2020. However, objections to this rule have lawmakers set to review it before taking more action. By default, the ban will not take effect as scheduled.

In NC Wildlife’s words:

“A rule prohibiting the possession or use of any substance that contains excretion from a cervid for the purposes of taking or attracting wildlife, was approved by the Commission for the 2020/2021 season. However, 10 letters of objection to this rule were received by the NC Rules Review Commission, making it subject to legislative review in the January 2021 session. As such, there are currently no regulations related to the possession or use of cervid excretions, including urine and other bodily fluids. Any updates to this will be posted at as they become available.”

In South Carolina, the ban on natural deer urine is still in place.

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