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  • URBAN ARCHERY SEASON-OPEN LETTER

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    'OPEN LETTER' to Opponents and Proponents of the urban archery deer season.
    Dennis McClure and Ramon Bell both wrote letters to Bob Wilson in response to his article that was published in the Durham News the week of February 10th. Dennis is Chairman of the NCBA-BCRS Program. Ramon is Past President of NCBA.
    Below is the response letter Dennis wrote:
    Mr. Wilson, Thank you for your informative article; “Bow and arrow deer hunt on target” on February 14, 2013. I am Chairman of the 'NCBA Bowhunter Certification and Referral Service', or 'BCRS' program for short. Our 'Certified' NCBA-BCRS members are specifically tasked with providing a free service to any citizen or municipality of North Carolina who is experiencing the negative effects of an overpopulation of whitetail deer. Our BCRS members have been subjected to more classroom education than any concealed weapons permit holder in the state is required and they are covered by a liability insurance policy (up to $2 million) that rivals that of licensed drivers on our roads. Our members are scientists, doctors, lawyers, financial managers, police officers, firefighters, as well as active-duty and retired military; plumbers, construction workers, and other retirees. They are some of the very people we trust most with the protection and security of our families and communities. Wildlife management is an unfortunate, but necessary task that humans must implement to compensate for our insatiable need for urban living. We continue to develop housing that infringes further into our rural areas that deprives wildlife of their natural habitat and reduces the carrying capacity to adequately support healthy living for wildlife. Other management tools are too expensive and not nearly effective as hunting. We (NCBA) often meet our landowner clients through state wildlife biologists who recognize our impeccable safety record, the cost-effectiveness of implementing such a vital plan, and the rewards of feeding one another that hunting provides. There is a biological science behind what we do and every technological advancement made in our equipment is geared toward the desire to dispatch animals in the most humane method possible. We facilitate our services from elevated tree stands, aiming downward at distances that rarely exceed 35 yards. The meat that is harvested from our hunts is 100% organic, low-fat, nutritious protein that is donated to food banks, charities, as well as our own 'Deer Donation Registry' and the landowners themselves. None is wasted. We understand that we will never win the hearts and minds of our critics and animal rights groups. Personally, I spend many hours each year speaking with communities about the damage being inflicted to property and people by deer through vehicle collisions, botanical damage, and parasite infestation. I repeatedly remind citizens that if they wear leather, eat meat, or use cosmetics, that the trauma inflicted to animals in bringing these necessities and luxuries to market are due to the necessity of implementing an economical and effective wildlife management program. In my experiences of talking with communities, our most ardent critics are against hunting but rarely offer any realistic and economically feasible alternatives in place of bowhunting as a viable solution. They simply do not like seeing “Bambi” being killed. The rationale of “Bambi” dying slowly by disease or starvation is a case on point. Themselves not realizing the damage inflicted in doing so. In effect, they are creating temporary and artificial sanctuaries and habitat that does more harm than help in the long run. ALL cities should prohibit the use of feeding stations for deer except for baiting needed to assist bowhunters in harvesting them. From a statewide perspective, the facts are very clear with 39 municipalities across the state implementing an urban archery season to date. This is because our safety record speaks for itself as well as the economics of financially-strapped localities searching for solutions that are in the best interest of the taxpayers both financially and socially. Only one town rescinded the law solely because too many hunters were calling them to ask for help in finding property to hunt on. Some cities have enacted a local license requirement that helps generate revenue and gives them the opportunity to monitor who and how many bowhunters are participating in the urban archery season. It is very easy to say, “let's agree to disagree” in order to avoid a debate on the matter. However, there simply isn’t a better solution to the overpopulation of deer in terms of liability, economics and feasibility than bowhunting. Our current population of deer in North Carolina stands at about 1.5 million to which 120 days of regular hunting season has proven to be insufficient in managing the growing problem. We suggest that the NCWRC expand the urban archery season to include approval by counties as well as municipalities, especially in those counties that encompass larger cities like Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Guilford and Wake counties. Respectfully,
    Dennis S. McClure, NCBA-BCRS Chairman
    645 Shellhabour Blvd.
    Rural Hall, North Carolina 27045
    bcrs@ncbowhunter.com
    Web: www.ncbowhunter.com
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    Very well put
    Appreciate this, as a durham county resident.
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