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Re: NC Hunting Regulations in response to a report titled: NC Hunting Regulations
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In the Northwest deer season we are allowed 2 bucks. I agree with that amount of tags. I can hunt one trophy and still have a tag to spare if I see an injured buck or have a cull buck I want to take out. I have seen the average age and quality of bucks in my area improve over the last 10 years but I would like to see the average age of our bucks increase even further. In my opinion the best way to do this would be to stop the artificial baiting of deer during season. I am all for helping the deer herd in the off-season with minerals. I would dare say the largest portion of our immature bucks are killed at a 'corn pile'. If artificial baiting were not allowed you would immediately see many more young bucks make it through the season. While hunting, I believe you would see more natural deer movement instead of the skiddish creatures we become accustomed to once people start venturing into the woods to put out their bait. Also, should baiting be taken out of the equation the focus would shift towards improving habitat to get more game to stay there. Improving habitat has long term positive results and that is how we'll see the quality of deer in NC continue to improve.
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