Emerald Isle Wants Bow Hunting For Deer

Emerald Isle wants permission to take aim at a growing population of deer in the area.

Emerald Isle has applied for a state permit that would allow bow hunting at a local park and authorized private properties.

This comes after residents there have experienced a population boom in deer this year.

In the past, the town has used police officers to hunt deer.

Deer meat from the new bow hunting effort would be donated to the organization "Feed the Hungry."


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  • by I'm all for this... on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    Nothing will end hunting faster than a arrow stuck in a deer broadside running through people's yard suffering before it dies... Any bowhunter on this forum knows how unpredictable the bowshot can be... Be careful what you ask for.....
  • by WAYNE Location: NC on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    DEER CAUSE MANY BAD WRECKS IF THEY ARENT CONTROLLED AND NO BIGGER THEN EMERALD ISLE IS I SEE THIS COULD BECOME A PROBLEM !!!
  • by Poor PETA Location: BHI on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    Chronic wasting disease is a real possibility with an overpopulation of deer. Ive seen it in the North, and it could easily happen in the South. Bald Head Island has had to take measures to thin the deer population, which has kept everything in balance. The Peta people should be educated on this matter while they are learning to spell.
  • by Peta Member on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    I am a member of Peta and live in EI. I know the lady well that feeds these deer. I promise you if anything happens to just one of them, we organization will take dratic measures. It's bad enough that people are hurting all the marine life.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:24 AM in reply to Peta Member
      Nice try. I'm sure PETA members would threaten people in a public forum.
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      by Really? on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:37 AM in reply to Peta Member
      If you are truly a person for the ethical treatment of animals you would realize that turning a wild animal into a glorified pet is not ethical either. The true beauty of nature and wildlife comes from the fact it remains wild. Deer are prolific breeders and given santuary and hand outs the population will eventually reach its carrying capacity and the herd will be ravaged by disease and ultimately death due to the lack of food and overpopulation. Is that what you want? You choosing inaction instead of action will kill these deer anyways...I say sacrifice few for the good of the herd and for hungry people whom they will feed.
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        by Big Buck on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:49 AM in reply to Really?
        AMEN BROTHER!! Well put to those uneducated ones...
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      by Big Buck on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:48 AM in reply to Peta Member
      I am a hunter and a fisherman and love the outdoors. I am also a huge animal lover. You PETA members are just crazy though. We are on the top of the food chain...DEAL WITH IT!!!!
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      by Back on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to Peta Member
      LOL at your bogus claims. Count on one thing...more than one deer will be killed. You have no idea what you are talking about and will have NO authority to do anything about the killing of these deer. Do yourself a favor...look up what happens when a group of animals overpopulates an area. Diseases that start within the herd can mutate and affect a human population....but by the tone of your words it sounds like you would prefer animals living over humans.
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      by I'm rich on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:13 AM in reply to Peta Member
      I support PETA and would fight this effort. We live in IE to get away from you rednecks... The last thing we want is you in our neighborhood,,,,
  • by ENCTARHEEL Location: Vanceboro on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    There is an organization, Hunters for the Hungry, that works with the NC Bowhunters. The town will probably call unpon them to do the hunting. Those guys are not a bunch of wild rednecks like many of you imply. They are very good at what they do.
  • by Bambi on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    Just stop feeding them and they'll stop reproducing. Once they stop reproducing their numbers will shrink thanks to cars and dogs. The numbers have grown because people are feeding them.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    These deer are semi-tame and they display little fear of humans. Tourists and some residents ride aroung in the late evenings with their kids/grandkids and go "deer sighting". Whether hunters use a gun or a bow and arrow is beside the point. Killing them is nothing more than wanton slaughter.
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      by Audra - SoCal on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:05 AM in reply to Ben
      So because they're docile due to a lack of controls being exercised up to now, they should be allowed to increase and imbalance the ecology? The fact that someone has inclined them not to fear doesn't make any difference in the solution to the population problem. The fact that someone wants to go look at the pretty deer doesn't change that they will continue to breed and expand without some sort of controls in the situation. Believe me, once someone starts hunting, those deer will figure it out. Where I lived in Northern CA for many years, the deer not only knew what regions they were safe to stand around in but what time of the year they were safe to do it. They're not oblivious targets. They are in fact quite intelligent. Whatever the case, trust me when I say that you do not want them overrunning an area. I've seen it and it's not a good thing. The fact that humans have built their homes and businesses amidst the wildlife and land they live on, and eliminated predators, necessitates rebalancing things. Regulated hunting is how that is done. I'm not in favor of trophy hunting in the least. THIS plan however is set up to feed the hungry. Anyone that objects to that hasn't been paying attention to the economic situation.
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        by william on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:22 AM in reply to Audra - SoCal
        I think we could say the same tenfold in reference to humans. The only imbalance to the ecology on this planet is due to humans. God forbid an animal should choose to live in the same place man could build a building.
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          by Bambi on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to william
          Heh, heh... 8 BILLION and growing... So true, so true.
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      by Ryan on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to Ben
      Perhaps you should look up the definition of "Carrying Capacity" Here, I've done it for you. Webster defines it as: ": the maximum population (as of deer) that an area will support without undergoing deterioration" The population will continue to swell until the land can no longer support them and they will begin to starve to death. That'll make a wonderful sight for your visitors and children now won't it.
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        by Bambi on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to Ryan
        That's only half the story though. It's the various factors that effect the "carrying capacity" that are the issue here. Deer have no natural predators in EI and humans are feeding them, thus artificially expanding the area's carrying capacity. Make it illegal to feed deer in EI and issue massive fines. Then use that money to pay the forestry service to go out and dart the deer and humanly euthanize them. Sorry but I don't have enough respect for NC hunters to give them free license to go out and hunt deer on other people's property. Way too much potential for lawsuits and accidents IMO.
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          by To Bambi from Ryan on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to Bambi
          Perhaps you too should educate yourself. If you would read up on the process for permitting urban archery via the state and the Wildlife Resources Commission, you'd find that property rights aren't violated. The city must provide maps of areas that are to be hunted, numbers of hunters are controlled as well as where they can go and when.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    Just tell them to import some of the wolves from here in Eastern Beaufort and Hyde county. They will take care of the deer for you. They sure have here, anyway.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 02:11 PM in reply to
      Yes i have noticed a large decrease in the deer population in Hyde.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Who is the lady on Coast Guard road feeding all the deer corn in her yard?! We counted at least 8! She is making pets out of these creatures. She is going to be sad when someone with a bow and arrow take them out. They are really sweet but I don't know if what she is doing is a good idea.
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    As a long time archer, I'm ready. If a qualification is required, bring it on. I am a bit disappointed though, that my family would be unable to use the meat.
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