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A disease outbreak around the Raleigh-Durham area and a tremendousd acorn crop are probably the driving factors behind a lower-than-expected deer harvest in 2014. Poor deer season last fall has multiple causes, biologist says
8074 Views - Posted: March 06 at 8:52 am

Evin Stanford, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's supervising deer biologist, faced dozens of questions from hunters at the Feb. 26-March 1 Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh, but at least the questions were all similar: “What happened to the deer in my county last year?” Most felt like an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease had wiped out their deer herd, and Stanford said they were correct – but only partially.


Fisher Whitlock's huge non-typical buck, taken last November in Henry County, Va., was Best in Show at this past weekend's Dixie Deer Classic. Virginia youth's buck wins Dixie Deer Classic's top honor
6697 Views - Posted: March 02 at 2:54 pm

For sportsmen who battled the elements to attend this past weekend’s Dixie Deer Classic, the trip was worth the effort, especially for those interested in the annual Big Buck Contest, which sent a 10-year-old Virginia boy home with its top prize.


A trained dog can make hunting shed antlers a great postseason treat. Shed Happens - Extend your deer season! Spend some time hunting for shed antlers and you’ll be a leg up on bucks in the fall
117 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Deer hunters who didn’t get the chance to collect that trophy buck’s antlers while they were still attached to his head this past deer season still have a chance to get them now that deer season is over and he is done with them. 


A Republican member of the N.C. House has slipped an amendment into the 2014 state budget bill after the fact to keep open the possibility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission losing its ability to manage captive deer and elk. Last year's budget bill gets a secret amendment to help deer farmers
1901 Views - Posted: February 26 at 8:18 pm

A legislative move that prevented scrutiny of a substitute amendment to the 2014 state budget bill has kept alive the potential for more cervid farming and relaxed rules for penned deer. 


Supports of deer-farming in North Carolina got a shock earlier this month when a leading spokesman for the movement was arrested on charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. Vocal supporter of deer-farming has been arrested
3138 Views - Posted: February 24 at 8:04 am

A man arrested in Wake County earlier this month for obtaining property by false pretenses in Stanly County is a long-time supporter of the North Carolina Deer Farmers Association’s legislative attempts to relax import-export rules for captive cervids and allow more cervid farms in the state.


Johnny Lawrence killed this Rockingham County beast on Nov. 1. For the story on this trophy and more visit 
NorthCarolinaSportsman.com/bigbucks. Deer of the Year 2014
801 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Deer season opened back on Sept. 13 of last year, and almost instantly, big bucks started to fall. Within a week, a handful of enormous bucks had been tagged by archers across North Carolina, and the fun didn’t stop there.


Karley Davidson skipped school on Nov. 19 to kill this big 10-point Randolph County buck. New home, new land, new big buck
399 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Karley Davidson may be 16, but she approaches hunting like a 40-year veteran.


Kenny Snyder’s big 10-point buck from Orange County fell on Nov. 25, 2014. Father’s fingerprints “all over” big Orange County buck
460 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Kenny Snyder of Efland and his wife, Rhonda, have enjoyed a run of successful deer hunts for trophy bucks in recent years.


John Del Papa killed this 145-inch Wake County 8-pointer on Nov. 21 with a compound bow. Raleigh teen archer had the right stuff
347 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Sometimes it’s an easy read when encountering people, even younger ones, who have the right stuff. 


A chase of more than 4 hours ended when Tim Willliams killed this 12-pound Gates County buck in front of his beagles. Gates County beagles come through
382 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Timothy Williams’ pack of beagles earned their dog food for an entire year on Nov. 29, when a chase that lasted more than four hours ended with Williams putting a great 12-point buck on the ground.


Scott Niemitalo took this 140-inch Randolph County 8-pointer last Nov. 23. Passing on little bucks results in Randolph County trophy
312 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Scott Niemitalo grew up in eastern Oregon where he hunted mule deer and elk with a bow and arrow. But tagging a large Randolph County whitetail buck provided one of his most satisfying experiences.


Will Fussy got two chances at this big Union County non-typical. He missed the first shot, then scored with the second. The hunting gods frowned, then smiled on hunter
250 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Will Fussy skipped school on Nov. 25 because he had only one class, and the hunting gods punished him. Walking into his stand, a big non-typical buck presented him with a 65-yard shot, which he promptly missed.


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