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Dan Kibler’s Wanna Step Outside: Archery season is now open
Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2022
Hunters across North Carolina – especially in the northwest corner of the state – are in for a very interesting deer season as the flag fell for the statewide archery season on Saturday.
This will be the first season since two white deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) were discovered in northern Yadkin County, prompting North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials to establish two monitoring areas. with regulations to thin out the local herd and prevent the disease from spreading to other areas.
In addition, the Commission announced several weeks ago that outbreaks of hemorrhagic diseases have been documented in Piedmont, the Northwest Mountains and the Foothills. EHD is often fatal to deer which are infected by tiny biting flies that enter their noses, mainly during hot, humid summers. The disease fades as the weather cools and usually disappears with the first frost, but it often impacts the number of deer available in an immediate area.
The state’s longest continuous archery season is in the Northwest Zone and ends November 4. The archery season in the West Zone is divided into two parts: the first ending on October 2, then starting again on October 16 and continuing until November 20. The central archery season ends on October 28 and the northeast and southeast archery seasons end on September 30.
Seasonal bag limits in the five areas are six deer, with a maximum of two antler bucks allowed. The seasons of both sexes differ, in some cases, from county to county.
Last season’s statewide harvest was 168,427, down slightly from the 2020-21 season. The top two counties in total harvest were Randolph with 4,422 and Anson with 4,104.
Bow hunters accounted for just under 8% of the total harvest. They will probably be the only hunters with the possibility of taking an antlered deer still in velvet. Males typically shed their velvet in late September when breeding season appears on the horizon; Last Saturday, I stepped on a 6-point full-velvet dollar while walking through my son’s lab in some woods within the Raleigh city limits.
The statewide archery season opener in North Carolina typically occurs on the second Saturday in September, around the same time the vast majority of fawns in Virginia are weaned. and can survive on their own if their mother is killed.
Over the years, biologists have told hunters that early season doe harvests are much preferred over late season doe harvests because the size difference between adults and fawns is so great that hunters rarely take fawns by accident – as they do later in the season when the fawns have gained an extra 20 pounds and can easily be mistaken for adult females. Additionally, removing does from the population early in the season reduces the number of animals that must separate from food sources in an immediate area, often allowing deer to enter winter in better health.
Home improvement seminar offered
Landowners and hunters who want to improve their acreage for wildlife — which includes a huge amount of people these days — can get great habitat improvement tips at an event later this month sponsored by the Yadkin Valley Wildlife Federation.
Wildlife biologist Nick Prough will host a seminar on Upland Wildlife Habitat Improvement on Saturday, September 24 in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Church at 1078 Gumtree Road in Winston-Salem. The seminar will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by lunch. There is no charge for the event.
Prough has served as Chief Wildlife Biologist for the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation since its inception in 2009. Prior to that, he worked for Quail Unlimited and the Missouri Department of Conservation, helping manage wildlife habitat for landowners, large and small, in several states. He has won numerous awards during his 28 year career.
Pre-registration is required for the seminar by calling or texting Don Stroud at 336-682-3456. When answering, please list your three favorite upland wildlife species; Prough plans to tailor the seminar to the interest of the majority of attendees.
Dan Kibler is a Clemmons-based outdoor writer.