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
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.
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.
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.