Re: NC Hunting Regulations
December 02, 2015 at 9:07am
WOW!! Excellent question. A very LOADED question, but a good one.
First, let me say keep the legislators out of it. More legislators=more legislation=more regulations=more restrictions=more fines=more TAXES=less freedom, less choice. I believe the current regulations in place are sufficient to sustain and support deer population growth and management.
Second, speaking of choice. It is by choice that there are so many immature deer killed each year and not because of a 'pile of corn.' Each hunter chooses when or when not to pull the trigger, not because there is 'artificial bait' on the ground. Granted many hunters choose to shoot small deer and not think of the consequences that will have on a deer herd. This year I may have put out about 600+ lbs of corn including minerals such as trophy rock and have killed 0 deer on a 'pile of corn.' In fact, trail cam pics show that deer are more likely to be on a pile of corn between dusk and dawn. I killed a 7pt and a 10 pt(140'rough green score) by doing my home work, learning their habits, the habitat and by being in the right place at the right time. As far as 'artificial baiting' goes, setting the buffet/food plot with mixed greens and salads is one in the same. That is, you are putting something there that is not indigenous to that area to attract, lure and harvest a deer. It's by choice, bad decisions to shoot small deer that is the issue, not the choice to bait or not to bait.
Also, you have the issue of hunting with dogs. Most dog hunters and hunting clubs I know or have been a part of will shoot anything that is front of the dogs, period! They practice 0 deer management. I'll let S Prevette handle that argument.
Lastly, that is why I chose to lease a piece of property myself. I use some form of deer management, I learned how to age deer and have decided not to shoot anything under 3yrs of age. It is a hard choice to look at a 2 1/2 yr old 9pt and let him walk when he might not make it through another season.(i.e. get hit by a car, killed by another hunter on the neighboring property or be pushed out by dogs) However, the choice to wait was well worth it. Like they say, 'let'em go, let'em grow.' Personally, It's a matter of choice and the choice made is a reflection of the heart of the hunter.
Congrats to everyone for a good year(OH, I thought EHD was an issue last year impacting this year, the pics tell a different story.BTW all those acorns last year were good to the bucks this year.lol)