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  • Been hunting the Orange and Chatham county area for more than 20yrs, year after year the deer have been plentiful. If you put 10 bags of corn out the deer would have it eat in less than a week. You would have to put corn out twice a week if you wanted some on the ground Saturday morning, that's how many deer would be on your spot. 15 to 25 deer every time you sat in the tree. I know we have a bumper crop of acorns this year but I don't believe the acorns is behind what is going on with what is happening. Two bags of corn won't be eaten in two weeks now. I used to average over 1200 trail cam pics a week, now about 225-250 a week. This is a 200 acre farm and there is no sign that the deer have changed patterns, just appears that the deer have vanished for the most part. No timber has been cut or any type of habitat been changed. There are 5-6 other guys that hunt within 1-5 miles of me that are experiencing the same thing this year. I am wondering if there's anyone else experiencing this problem and if so what their thoughts are on it. I've heard there has been disease confirmed in about 6/7 piedmont counties but didn't see Orange or Chatham county on the list. Anybody else noticed this where they're hunting ?

    October 31, 2014 at 8:04pm
    A comment titled: No doubt in response to a report titled: Lack of Deer

    The deer herd has absolutely been wiped out by something. I hunt in Orange county and used to see up to 25 different deer every time I sat in a tree, for years. This year I'm lucky to see 10, most of the time it's more like 2-8 deer if I'm lucky. I know 15 other hunters in my area and their hunting is as bad or worse than what mine is. We've not found any carcasses in the woods, nothing. Don't know what the deal is but ther is definitely something wrong with the deer population.

    November 29, 2014 at 7:20pm
    A comment titled: They are gone. in response to a report titled: Anyone else having this experience

    Well the month of November is just about done for. I usually see anywhere from 5-10 different bucks a day during the month of November, I've seen 8 different bucks total all season. Usually see 10-20 does a day, the most I've seen all season in a day is 8. I'd say that easily 75% of the deer around where I'm hunting are gone. I'm thankful to see what I'm seeing because the large majority around my area are seeing on average of about 3-0 deer all day. Don't know what has happened, but something has wiped them out big time.

    November 29, 2014 at 7:10pm
    A comment titled: Orange County ? in response to a report titled: 146inch Orange County buck

    Was he taken near jones ferry rd or old Greensboro rd ?

    November 19, 2014 at 9:38pm
    A comment titled: Orange County ? in response to a report titled: 146inch 12 point Orange county

    This taken anywhere near jones ferry rd and old Greensboro rd ?

    November 19, 2014 at 9:15pm
    A comment titled: Nothing too impressive. in response to a report titled: Anyone else having this experience

    Hunted Friday evening and seen 6 different bucks and 2 does. Let my dad sit in this stand Saturday morning and evening, he saw 6 bucks and 7 does total. I hunted the other end of the farm and saw 3 cowhorns and 2 does all day. Ordinarily we will see15-20 different deer, morning and evening. Granted, some of the ones seen in the morning are likely some of the ones seen in the evening . Most of the time I'll have 15-20 on me and there be just as many on my dad at the same time. Of 7 different hunters around my area Saturday morning ( 1-5 miles ) only 24 deer seen. Out of 8 hunters that evening, only 15 deer seen total. Numbers of deer still way down for us and just can't figure out why. Who knows, maybe they aren't moving because the acorns.

    November 12, 2014 at 7:56pm
    A comment titled: Just don't know in response to a report titled: Anyone else having this experience

    I know the acorns are abundant this year but there been bumper crops in the past years too. I've hunted around this farm since 1992 and the deer numbers seem to be about a fourth of what they have been in the past 15 years. The mid to late 90's the population was similar to what I'm seeing now but it is crazy to see a population fall off like this in a year. I talked to a buddy yesterday, that hunts about 5 miles north of me, and it's as bad or worse on his farm. He averaged 1500 or more pictures a week for years on trail cams. The past 2 weeks he's gotten 43 pictures total, with all of those being just 4 different deer. My cousin is 2-3 miles away from me with the same experiences going on with his spots. Everyone that I know hunting in this area is experiencing this problem within a 5-6 square mile area about 3 miles west of Carboro, north and south of 54 highway. It's almost like they have been ran out of here by something because we haven't found any carcasses.

    November 02, 2014 at 7:41pm
    A comment titled: That isn't a snakehead in response to a report titled: Snakehead caught in Jamestown nc

    A snakehed has a long solid fin from about the middle of its body on the belly and it goes to the tail. That is a common blackfish. Also called a bowfin .

    June 03, 2013 at 9:27pm
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