RALEIGH — The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, in collaboration with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will be reaching out to hunters, land managers and their communities in September, helping each to more effectively use white-tailed deer as a resource.
A workshop will be hosted by the Columbus County Cooperative Extension office on Friday Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Teleconference meetings are also scheduled. All are free to attend.
North Carolina farmers lose more than $30 million each year due to crop damage caused by deer. Effectively managing deer numbers in farming communities can go a long way toward both reducing that financial loss and improving the quality of the deer in those areas.
The associated economic and recreational benefits of promoting hunting access as a deer management tool are also not to be ignored. Each year approximately 250,000 sportsmen/women take more than 2.9 million trips afield in N.C. in pursuit of deer. In fact, more than $311 million is spent annually on deer-related hunting expenses in N.C.
It is estimated that two-thirds of that money is used for gas, food, lodging, hunt leases, and supplies — monies that contribute to the state’s rural tax base. As community-based food shelters are in constant need for a quality source of protein, hunters can make a real difference by contributing venison through North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry.
Learn the benefits of creating a community-based plan, how to develop deer harvest strategies that make a difference. Gather some ideas about simple, low-cost habitat improvement projects that can not only take the pressure off of row crops but benefit wildlife as a whole.
Special Hunt opportunities being offered in Eastern North Carolina will also be announced, each hunt promoting cooperation between farmer, hunter and their community.
If unable to attend the meeting in Columbus County on Sept. 13, participants may join this discussion by attending one of two one-hour teleconferences scheduled — one on Monday, Sept. 16, another on Monday Sept. 23. Both will begin at 7 p.m.
Participants should call 1-209-647-1000 and enter passcode 745232# to be connected to the call. Contact Guy or Judy Gardner at 919-552-9449 for more information.