Cooler weather has deer on the move
Cooler fall weather, diminished acorns and the fall rut have deer on the move throughout the area. Local hunters are geared up and ready to break out their guns for the central season, which includes Rowan, Davidson, Cabarrus and Stanly counties.
Opening day is Saturday, Nov. 14, 30 minutes before sunrise. The gun deer season closes statewide 30 minutes after sunset on Jan. 1.
Archery hunters have had a successful season, with several hunters bagging trophy class deer in our area. A quick look at the bragging board at Hill’s Minnow Farm, a sporting goods store in eastern Rowan county, will confirm a successful start of the season for many hunters.
Muzzle-loading firearm season begins Nov. 7, in the central deer season. Hunters who normally don’t take part in archery season can take advantage of this “primitive” firearm season. Lasting a week and ending 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, Nov. 13, this short season usually accounts for some true trophy bucks.
Hunters are reminded that the extra “doe tags” that were available last year at no cost, are again available this year but are no longer free. The cost is $10 per two tags.
Wear a blaze orange hat or vest. This is required for hunting big game with any weapon from Nov. 7 until the close of deer season.
– Use a safety harness when hunting from an elevated tree stand. Secure the harness to an anchor point as you climb into the stand.
– Always consider what is beyond your intended target.
– Check stands for rusty parts, rotten straps or wood, and insects or critters that may have moved in during the offseason.
– Hunt with a buddy. Always leave a note or let a family member or friend know where you plan to hunt and your estimated time of return.
– Have a range day before opening day and fire your guns to ensure function and accuracy.
Q: If a non-hunter accompanies me to my stand and does nothing other than watch or take pictures, is a hunting license required for this person?
A: No license is required for a person to observe a hunting or fishing activity. However, once the observer participates in the hunt, such as dragging deer, using calls, handling leashed hunting dogs or other such activity, then licenses are required.
Q: My uncle has give me permission to hunt his property. Do I need a license since it is “family” land?
A: A license is required. The landowner exemption is: a landowner, spouse and dependent children up to age 18 are exempt from hunting license requirements. However, a free harvest report card is required to harvest big game.
Q: If I take my 12-year-old child hunting and she harvests a deer, do I validate my harvest report card for her deer?
A: No, children under the age of 16 may obtain a free harvest report card from any Wildlife Service Agent. (or place that sells hunting/fishing licenses).
Q: If I have no guns or archery equipment in my vehicle, can I go at night and shine my headlights or a spotlight to look at deer?
A: No, it is illegal in Rowan and most surrounding counties to shine a light in search of deer.
Hunter education classes
Rowan County: Dec. 4-5, start time is 6 p.m. on Dec. 4. The class will be at Rowan County Rescue Squad, 1140 Julian Road.
Cabarrus County: Dec. 7-9 Start time 6 p.m. each of three evenings. The class will be at Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
For quick registration, go to www.ncwildlife.org site and click hunter education.
Disabled sportsmen hunt
The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission is lauding the success of a recent disabled sportsman hunt at the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land. Five disabled sportsmen and their hunting companions harvested eight deer, six does and two bucks. The hunters used specially designed permanent blinds overlooking food plots of forage turnips, crimson clover and annual rye.
“All of the hunters saw deer and turkey, and one group reported seeing coyotes,” said Jason Allen, a wildlife management technician. “All parties involved seemed to have a good time.”
The successful hunt was due in part to donations from local businesses and organizations:
Oakview Grocery in Yanceyville donated ice, Bojangles of Yanceyville donated a portion of the meals and the N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen paid the remainder of the costs.
Managing native grasses
The 2009 Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar series on Nov. 18 at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education will examine considerations and techniques for managing native grasses and the associated plant community for wildlife habitat and livestock forage.
The presenter, Dr. Craig Harper, is a professor at the University of Tennessee and an expert on the management of native warm-season grasses in the Mid-South.
The seminar series is a partnership between faculty and students in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program at N.C. State University and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists, managers and educators.
A networking session with free refreshments begins at 3:30 p.m. and the public presentation starts at 4 p.m. For a complimentary parking pass, provide your name and mailing address at least one week prior to the seminar by calling 919-707-0203 or e-mailing email@example.com.
The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is a free visitor and learning facility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, interactive exhibits highlight Piedmont wildlife species and habitats.
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