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Depredation Permits in response to a report titled: What happened to honest hunting?
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My family used to farm in Tyrell County and I have seen the same 3 soybean fields, all between 25 and 50 acres, in the same year, have to be replanted multiple times due to the deer eating every sprout. My family used to get Depredation permits and we used to shoot 100-200 deer in a given year with the Warden present most of the time. Needless to say this has done little to harm to population there and it did feed the bears, coyotes, and red wolves quite well along with an assortment of other small creatures. I also know people who get these Depredation permits and use them as an excuse for shooting everything they see all year long when there was little evidence of the deer damaging their property or their crops. My family no longer farms however I do still think that most of these permits are given out to resposible people for the right reasons but then there are always a few that will take things to the extreme and give those just trying to earn a living for their family a bad name.
Where exactly did you harvest this deer? I own property adjacent to the Refuge and as such hunt it often. I have seen some nice deer in that part of the refuge that borders the inland waterway. Were you hunting those dried up swamp runs back there? Please note I am not trying to locate your stand location or anything.
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