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  • I have had several people ask me what this deer scored. I sat down today with my Dad and taped him out. For those of you interested, here you go. Thanks for all the feedback!

    September 17, 2011 at 8:16pm

    Had to work late today. Looked like a great afternoon. The deer had to have moved. Cooking some tenders on the grill right now. Hope to see some posts later tonight. Good luck to all!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:17pm

    Anyone know anything about dermestid beetles? I am looking for someone in central NC with some of these critters. The are supposed to be the ticket for cleaning bones and skulls. Also, may want to get into raising them myself. Thanks.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:30pm

    This is my biggest buck ever and with a bow. Got pictures of him prior to the season. I think they look bigger on the tailgate!

    September 11, 2011 at 6:07pm

    With the help of trail cameras I was able to watch this buck over several weeks and work out his pattern. He came in on time to within 20 yards and dropped less than 50 yards from my stand. This is my personal best and to take him with a bow is icing on the cake!

    September 11, 2011 at 5:39pm
    A comment titled: Offended? in response to a report titled: Outrageous Slaying of Innocent Deer

    Not offended at all. Just wanted to get some info out that I thought you guys may not have seen.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:14pm
    A comment titled: Facts in response to a report titled: Outrageous Slaying of Innocent Deer

    FYI. In case you guys have not seen this. This was sent out through the NCWRC's E-News update system.

    Please try to gather all of the facts and information that you can before forming such strong opinions.

    Dear Wildlife Stakeholder:
    Recent actions by the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission to confiscate and euthanize deer
    prompted numerous responses, some of which are based on incomplete or inaccurate
    information. Our actions were performed in the interest of wildlife conservation and public
    safety. Our officers and biologists implemented agency policies in strict accordance with state
    law and with the utmost professionalism, respect, and consideration. In keeping with the
    agency’s mission to conserve wildlife resources and to communicate the importance of healthy
    wildlife, I offer the following clarification of the reasons those actions were undertaken.
    White-tailed deer are native wildlife that are important to the ecology of North Carolina and
    belong to all citizens of the State. To safeguard this public trust, it is unlawful for individuals to
    hold or confine deer without a permit. Requirements for holding deer in captivity are necessary
    to safeguard the health and safety of wildlife resources, livestock, and humans. North Carolina
    law requires that any deer, elk or other member of the family Cervidae held in captivity must be
    in a facility licensed by the WRC. Strict record keeping of the origin and movement of cervids,
    as well as health, status, and disposition of animals in a licensed facility is required. These
    requirements are in place to minimize the potential for transfer of dangerous wildlife diseases,
    including Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and tuberculosis. They also are designed to provide
    early detection and containment of diseases should they be discovered. In addition to testing
    captive cervids, the Wildlife Resources Commission also tests free-ranging white-tailed deer in
    accordance with surveillance protocols established in North Carolina’s Chronic Wasting Disease
    Response Plan. For video information about CWD, click here.
    Since the 1980s CWD has been detected in 19 states, including West Virginia (2005), Virginia
    (2010), and Maryland (2011). CWD is a fatal and debilitating disease that has caused serious
    ecological and economic impact in areas where it has become established. Due to the severity
    of the potential impacts from CWD, extensive surveillance programs that monitor CWD
    distribution and prevalence have been instituted nationwide. In order to minimize the threat of
    its importation and establishment, North Carolina in 2003 implemented stringent requirements
    and restrictions on importation and confinement of cervids. These requirements are
    instrumental in preventing the establishment of CWD. Modeling research in the state of
    Wisconsin where CWD was detected in 2002 suggests that, if left unmanaged, CWD will spread
    throughout Wisconsin resulting in an infection rate in adult deer of at least 40%. These research
    results are mirrored by current data in Colorado and Wyoming, where in some areas average
    infection rates exceed 40% across thousands of square miles, suggesting the disease continues
    to spread widely across the landscape. Our actions are intended to avoid these consequences in
    North Carolina.
    There are two types of authorized facilities for holding deer in North Carolina. Both are
    required to be permitted or licensed and inspected for humane care and compliance with
    requirements for thorough record-keeping and disease testing. Fawn rehabilitators are
    specially trained to rehabilitate injured or orphaned white-tailed deer fawns. They are
    authorized to temporarily hold fawn deer for release back into the wild. Free-ranging adult deer
    held in captivity even for relatively short periods, can lose their natural fear of humans. These
    deer are not suitable for reintroduction into the wild and pose serious public safety risks
    including human injury and death.
    The other authorized type of facility for holding deer in North Carolina is a captive cervid
    facility. North Carolina has more than 50 licensed captive cervid facilities including deer farming
    operations. These facilities operate within established guidelines, and the licensees recognize
    the need for proper enforcement in order to protect their property, as well as the public’s
    wildlife, from potentially devastating diseases.
    Protecting and conserving the wildlife resources of the State is an important responsibility. In
    August 2011, our staff became aware of an individual possessing captive deer in Randolph
    County without license or permits. The facility operator had been notified on several occasions,
    dating back to 2003, that licensure and strict operational guidelines were required to hold deer
    in captivity. In February 2004, the operator was sent notification that he was ineligible to
    possess cervids in captivity. After learning of the presence of captive cervids at this location, we
    conducted due diligence in investigation, initiating legal process including obtaining a warrant,
    and continued close monitoring. In September 2011, nine deer were confiscated and
    euthanized with rifles and a shotgun so they could be tested for CWD. Firearms such as these
    are accepted forms of humane euthanasia for wildlife, and all personnel involved had been
    trained in the practice by a licensed veterinarian. Euthanasia was required because the origin
    of these deer could not be verified, and because continuous containment within the facility
    could not be assured. Unfortunately, there is no approved testing procedure available for live
    deer because protocol for CWD testing requires either a lymph node or brain tissue sample.
    Furthermore, the CWD incubation period can range from 16 months to five years; therefore, a
    negative test result for an individual deer from a group provides no assurance that the
    remaining deer in the group would test negative.
    Also in August, our staff learned of deer held in an unlicensed facility in Surry County. In this
    instance, two fawns had been held in captivity for several months with an adult male deer of
    unknown origin. If the fawns had been turned over to a licensed facility for rehabilitation when
    they were found they most likely could have been returned to the wild with a high chance for
    survival. However, due to the intense level of human interaction, all three deer were unlikely
    to survive in the wild. Additionally, because the fawns were commingled with a deer of
    unknown origin, their origin and health status could not be verified. As a result, the animals
    were euthanized with immobilizing drugs and a bolt gun.
    The risks to wildlife resources and public safety from disease transmission and human
    habituation are very serious. It is unfortunate that the actions of otherwise well-meaning
    persons can result in the destruction of these resources. The WRC urges all NC citizens to learn
    more about issues associated with holding wildlife in captivity by visiting our website
    www.ncwildlife.org or calling 919-707-0050 for more information.

    Gordon Myers
    Executive Director
    September 30, 2011

    October 11, 2011 at 8:19pm
    A comment titled: Way to go! in response to a report titled: My First Bow Kill

    Congrats! Hope you continue to have success.

    September 18, 2011 at 1:38pm
    A comment titled: Way to go! in response to a report titled: BOYS HAD GREAT EVENING IN THE WOODS

    Congratulations, let's see more pics!

    September 17, 2011 at 9:56pm
    A comment titled: Bacon Wrapped in response to a report titled: Let's see em!

    It was great! Sliced about three inches thick, wrapped in bacon, marinated in Dale's and Bud Light, and cooked over hot coals to medium rare. That's the real reason why I hunt!

    September 16, 2011 at 7:17pm
    A comment titled: Public Lands in response to a report titled: Need Advice

    Hey Barlow,

    I manage the Game Lands in Caswell County and would love to talk to you or anyone else interested about hunting on GL. Just shoot me an e-mail with your contact information and I will give you a call. Also, any of you guys with questions about wildlife management in general, feel free to contact me. I am not a game warden, but if you have questions regarding game laws in NC I can answer or get answered most of those.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:14pm
    A comment titled: Congratulations in response to a report titled: First Bow Kill (10pt)

    Great deer and with a bow. Hope you top it!

    September 15, 2011 at 9:21pm
    A comment titled: Thanks Duplin in response to a report titled: Opening Day 8

    Went today and saw only does. It is still too hot for me to mess with the slick heads. Watch out when it cools off!

    September 15, 2011 at 9:11pm
    A comment titled: Time are Tight in response to a report titled: Dermestid Beetles

    Thanks GT! I appreciate the advice.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:41am
    A comment titled: Thanks Creek in response to a report titled: Opening Day 8

    I have not measured him yet. Probably will look at him a little closer this weekend. He was over 19 in. inside. I hope to fill my other buck tag this week so I can spend the rest of the season wacking nanny deer!

    September 14, 2011 at 9:32am
    A comment titled: Nice! in response to a report titled: Alamance 10ptr

    Congrats. Thats a nice deer.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:35pm
    A comment titled: Boil and Blast! in response to a report titled: Dermestid Beetles

    I have boiled (slow simmered) a couple of skulls before and then blasted them with a pressure washer to remove the loose meat. I wasn't too concerned about messing those up and it worked pretty well as long as you secured the skull and kept the pressure reasonable.

    I would love to hear some good ideas for euro. mounts.

    Thanks guys.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:23pm
    A comment titled: Keeper in response to a report titled: Did not shoot!

    I firmly beleive that the best way to age a deer is to take out his lower jaw and examine his teeth. Only 1 way to acomplish that! Good restraint and nice deer. I definitely would have had to taken a shot at him. I hope he makes it.

    September 12, 2011 at 8:30pm
    A comment titled: Not a game warden in response to a report titled: Opening Day 8

    Honestly, I wouldn't have that job. It takes a special person to be a law enforcemnet officer of any kind.

    September 12, 2011 at 10:47am
    A comment titled: Appreciate it. in response to a report titled: Opening Day 8

    Thanks Viper

    September 11, 2011 at 10:14pm
    A comment titled: Details in response to a report titled: LETS HAVE A RACE

    Got in the stand @ 3pm. hot and sweaty. Watched deer and turkey all afternoon. Had two old does wind me two seperate times. Thought for sure I was not going to have a good afternoon. About 7:15 caught movement to my left and saw that ivory flash of antler I was looking for. Even though I couldn't tell how big the deer was I immediately began breathing hard and my heart starting beating that hectic rhythm that we all love. I had seen this deer with others on camera so that made the anticipation that much worse. The first buck to come up was a nice 8 that any other time would have hit the ground, then a nice 7? in velvet and two other small guys. They messed around my salt for a minute or two but I couldn't take my eyes off of the deer that was hanging back. He was the last to come in but when he did he came trotting and scattered the others. I got lucky and didn't have to wait for a shot opportunity long. The other 8 walked by this guy and he followed from my right to left. When he passed behind a big oak I tried to draw back. Failed on first attempt due to my frazzled mental condition at the time. The second attempt was a success. Made a good clean heart/lung pass through that piled him up about 50 yard from my stand.

    September 11, 2011 at 9:03pm
    A comment titled: Details in response to a report titled: Opening Day 8

    Again forgive the double postings.

    Got in the stand @ 3pm. hot and sweaty. Watched deer and turkey all afternoon. Had two old does wind me two seperate times. Thought for sure I was not going to have a good afternoon. About 7:15 caught movement to my left and saw that ivory flash of antler I was looking for. Even though I couldn't tell how big the deer was I immediately began breathing hard and my heart starting beating that hectic rhythm that we all love. I had seen this deer with others on camera so that made the anticipation that much worse. The first buck to come up was a nice 8 that any other time would have hit the ground, then a nice 7? in velvet and two other small guys. They messed around my salt for a minute or two but I couldn't take my eyes off of the deer that was hanging back. He was the last to come in but when he did he came trotting and scattered the others. I got lucky and didn't have to wait for a shot opportunity long. The other 8 walked by this guy and he followed from my right to left. When he passed behind a big oak I tried to draw back. Failed on first attempt due to my frazzled mental condition at the time. The second attempt was a success. Made a good clean heart/lung pass through that piled him up about 50 yard from my stand.

    September 11, 2011 at 9:01pm
    A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Opening Day 8

    I am new to all of this forum stuff so you guys will have to bear with me. I think I entered him into the bag-a-buck contest but when my dad tries to vote for him it says there are no photos available at this time. Can some of you guys familiar to the site check it out and see if I have messed something up? Thanks for everything.

    September 11, 2011 at 8:39pm
    A comment titled: Details in response to a report titled: Bigger on the Tailgate

    Got in the stand @ 3pm. hot and sweaty. Watched deer and turkey all afternoon. Had two old does wind me two seperate times. Thought for sure I was not going to have a good afternoon. About 7:15 caught movement to my left and saw that ivory flash of antler I was looking for. Even though I couldn't tell how big the deer was I immediately began breathing hard and my heart starting beating that hectic rhythm that we all love. I had seen this deer with others on camera so that made the anticipation that much worse. The first buck to come up was a nice 8 that any other time would have hit the ground, then a nice 7? in velvet and two other small guys. They messed around my salt for a minute or two but I couldn't take my eyes off of the deer that was hanging back. He was the last to come in but when he did he came trotting and scattered the others. I got lucky and didn't have to wait for a shot opportunity long. The other 8 walked by this guy and he followed from my right to left. When he passed behind a big oak I tried to draw back. Failed on first attempt due to my frazzled mental condition at the time. The second attempt was a success. Made a good clean heart/lung pass through that piled him up about 50 yard from my stand.

    September 11, 2011 at 8:33pm
    A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Opening Day 8

    I am usually more of a meat hunter, but after seeing this deer on camera I decided to hold back on the all out slaughter of whitetails and set my sights a little higher. Glad it happened on opening day! I don't think I could have watched many more deer walk. There were 4 other bucks with this guy and I saw 3 does, 2 fawns, 5 jakes and 1 hen. It was a great opener. Hot though, I sweated all afternoon and had two deer get downwind of me and spook.

    September 11, 2011 at 8:11pm
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