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  • Taken on November 14 2012. Called in by rattling and grunt call. It was extra special since the call was one I made. Shot was at 7 yards with a Mathews Z7 bow and a rage broadhead

    November 26, 2012 at 2:07pm

    Passed on 32 deer until this one showed up. I called him in with one of the grunt calls I made. He came in for a 7 yard shot, almost a little to close.

    November 21, 2012 at 9:31am

    I look at the western states and see the steps they have taken to ensure the quality of thier deer. Number one look at thier gun seasons they only last about 10 days, the prime states have even moved that past the rut, number two they limit the numberof bucks they take to one or two. I know this might be controversial but why cant North Carolina try something like this. I have an idea that I would love to see implemented for a trial. If this plan is implemented for a say ten year trial study it might be more of a success and gain a foothold. What if you took say five counties that have an abundant amount of state game lands to hunt call them trophy counties. For the first three years no bucks can be taken in those counties. After three years make it a statewide draw to hunt there (unless you own property in those counties) Make it a $40 non refundable to enter the draw this would help fund our conservation department. Change the seasons in those counties to more closely emulate the western states Archery season will run from say Oct 1 to November 30 gun season opens Dec 1 and runs to December 10 then Archery comes back in until Jan 15. During the Archery season hold a Muzzle loader season for a two week period all Archers must wear orange. Youth weekends could be installed prior to the gun seson. Hunters would be only eligble to hunt using one meathod of kill in order to give more hunters the opportunity to hunt the area. So if you enter the drawing for Archery you are ineligible to enter for the gun draw. Do this for say a ten year study to see if the quality of the bucks go up (I am betting it would), if it doesn't nothing lost and the counties go back to the way things are. I have heard that dealing with the NCWRC is difficult and they do not even listen to the state wildlife biologists however if enough people would get behind a test study like this they might have to listen. Let me know what you think.

    May 23, 2012 at 7:17am

    I am curious are there any hunters out there who are interested in improving the quality of deer in North Carolina or is everyone satisfied with the way things are? Way to many young bucks are taken in this state and the number of bucks taken are on a downward trend. With some changes the bucks in this state are just as capable of growing large racks just like in other states but if no one is interested those changes will never happen. Just wondering how much support there is out there to try and get a lot more bigger bucks in the state.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:58am
    A comment titled: A Couple More in response to a report titled: tropies

    Here are a couple more

    July 04, 2012 at 10:29am
    A comment titled: A couple more in response to a report titled: tropies

    Here are a few of mine

    July 04, 2012 at 10:27am
    A comment titled: Sorry in response to a report titled: RIP

    I am so sorry for your loss

    May 26, 2012 at 6:48pm
    A comment titled: Donion & GT in response to a report titled: Better Quality deer

    That is a nice buck and I agree with your assessment from the looks of his body he is lacking the sway back and pot belly of an older buck. What I truely hope is that he comes back around you in a year or two he has some great genetics and I am sure his rack will be awesome and you can have the last laugh.

    GT I was sincere in my offer to help with an elk trip. I can point you in the right direction. I have been going with anywhere from two to four guys and with four of us heading out we can keep the trip down to about $ 1,200.00 and that includes the tag which will run you about $500 in Colorado. There is some cost in getting set up to head into the back country but you might be surprised at how affordable it can be. You can spread some of the cost out by buying your tags now on line and buying your freeze dried food off the internet cheaply. That leaves your biggest cost being your gas to and from. We stay out in the back country for a week only coming out if we have elk down. I would suggest four guys to start with getting elk out is a ton of work the years I have had only two or three have been very tough on the body. Let me know if your interested I saw I could email you directly through the site but would not do that without consent. I would rather go into more details off the site in emails not that there are a tone of secrets but I do have attachments of equipment lists and other details that would take a bunch of time going back and forth on.

    May 26, 2012 at 6:46pm
    A comment titled: Duplin in response to a report titled: Better Quality deer

    I hope the air will be cleared also. It has been a little bit of a culture shock on the hunting front for me here. I moved here from a state that has a conservation department that has truely made a concerted effort to grow large racked deer. Our gun season was 10 days and trust me I have no problem with guys killing their bucks no matter the size but its amazing how may huge deer come of public ground every year there. Its clear their efforts are paying off. No doubt nutrition is part of that but the main thing is the age of the deer. With the gun hunters hitting the woods for a 10 day season the bucks grow smart fast. And after the ten days most will live to see another season. Not everything is so great there either I belive if I have read things correctly Missouri has one of the highest rates of poaching in the country and the conservation department does have their hands full.

    To be quite frank my hunting in NC has been a little distressing and at times frustrating. Dealing with other hunters dogs running through the property I'm hunting is a whole new experience and not one I've enjoyed. I will continue to try and convince people to head down the path of QDMA I've experienced the results it produces.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:25am
    A comment titled: GT Tom in response to a report titled: Better Quality deer

    Tom I read your profile and saw you wanted to hunt elk out west I can help with that if you would like thats what I was hoping to chat via email off site with you. Hope you accept the appology in the last post. I do have a great deal of knowledge about public land in Colorado and have been on do it yourself hunts since 93 out there a good deal of success and some advice on where to go and how to prepare. Here is a pic of the largest one I took out there.

    May 25, 2012 at 7:30am
    A comment titled: My appologies Tom in response to a report titled: Better Quality deer

    Sorry I got a little testy I caught a little bit of an attitude when you started off with have you lost your mind in your first post. Yes that is me with a deer I shot in 05 I wasn't trying to brag, and I appologies for the attitude wish I could take back that last post. What I was saying is it is possible to manage a herd for big deer if you can get enough people to look at the way the hunting seasons here effect the herd. To huntandfish365, No that buck was not on a large farm in fact it was on a piece of ground that is only 62 acres and not farm ground but a tract of large timber. Guys all I am trying to say is that this state does have the ability to produce large deer but a change in the age structure of the herd would be required to do it. You cant imagine the frustration of seeing the state of the deer here since I moved and started hunting here all I see are 1 to 2 year old deer yes I did keep my lease and will continue to but it would be nice to see the state take action to give all hunters in the state a chance to harvest large racked bucks. The only way to get that to happen is to change something I was trying to suggest a change in a small area and see if that worked, sorry I touched a nerve. Tom you I reread your first post would like to talk away from the site via email if you get a chance.

    May 25, 2012 at 7:03am
    A comment titled: GT Response in response to a report titled: Better Quality deer

    GT You all are missing out on the point of this I've hunted out west they have unlimited doe tags thats how you control population. Your bucks are not the ones having two fawns every year or didn't you take biology in school. Kill all the does you need for population control but let the bucks get some age to them this is what I am hoping to see and I was only talking about a ten year trial period, are you so afraid that it might be a success that you are unwilling to even give it a try? Check out GA there is a county there who did just what I'm talking about guess what happend they started to take Boone and Crocket bucks. Open your mind up to a small change. As far as bragging rights go, you could brag to your kids about how you helped change the hunting regs and got the state started down the road to deer conservation. Its about managing the deer. The last time I checked the does ate better anyways. I took fifteen does with a bow the last time I hunted Missouri and gave most to the farmers and hunters feeding the hungry program. BTW I am sure I passed on more bucks than you have probably ever had the oportunity to shoot a couple of these in the 140 to 150 class. Its fine by me if you want to continue killing of 1-1/2 year old or younger buck. I'll still keep my lease in Missouri I was just hoping that there would be an interest in getting more big bucks in this state.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:23pm
    A comment titled: Turn him in in response to a report titled: Can someone Explain this?....Just GREED or What?

    Part of the problem is how long the season is in NC. If They would shorten the gun season up a bit guys like that couldn't kill that many bucks without being reported and you still should turn him in.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:22am
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