Local News

Hunters bag 86 deer in Duke Forest

Posted December 23, 2009
Updated December 24, 2009

— Hunters killed 86 deer in four sections of Duke Forest this fall as part of a university-sanctioned effort to reduce the deer population in the 11-square-mile forest.

The hunt ran from Sept. 14 through last Friday, and forest program manager Marissa Hartzler said the majority of animals killed were does.

Last year, 75 deer were killed in the first university-approved hunt in Duke Forest. Officials say growing deer populations threaten research and the forest environment.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • br549znc Dec 24, 2009

    Yum !!!

  • oldschooltarheel Dec 24, 2009

    Doe, a deer, a female deer - nice & fat some of the best eating game one can get on the East Coast...

  • Worland Dec 24, 2009

    Most Soup Kitchens and Homeless Shelters no longer take game meat. The environmentalists among us are more worried about starving folks getting lead poisoning from eating bullet fragments than feeding the hungry. Millions of pounds of donated meat have been discarded by Soup Kitchens over the last year because of this misguided crusade.

  • mdaphoto Dec 24, 2009

    the problem with the deer management is the special hunts. if these were not allowed, along with permits for farmers being alowd to get special permits to shoot deer to prottect thier crops. is that it alowws land owners to build up a heard that is a problem to begin with.

    the problem in this state is hunter recument and retention and this stems in large part from the compexities of game laws and the inablity to find a place to hunt. force the land owners to alow hunting on thier property or suffer the damage done buy the deer.

    wanton wast of game is a crime as well as totaly unethical. most hunters do not waste the meat from these animals. the few who do should be prosicuted and hunting privlage taken away.

  • caroline422 Dec 24, 2009

    If I remember correctly, only bow hunting was allowed.

  • COPs eye Dec 24, 2009

    Wish I couldve been there.

  • SalemWWX Dec 24, 2009

    "the seasonal limits needs to be raised across the entire state, at least for a couple of years." greed....I think we need a free-for-all for a couple of years.....

  • Pharmboy Dec 24, 2009

    LOL, I'd rather dodge the cute yuppie joggers than deer or old professors

  • Pharmboy Dec 24, 2009

    I hope they use the game meat and feed Durham's homeless or starving population instead on having it frozen in someones freezer through the holidays. Comsidering that each white-tail doe can give ~40# meat, it adds up.

  • OakRapp Dec 24, 2009

    There are already coyotes in Duke Forest. I live 100 yards from one section and we have Duke deer wandering through our yard regularly. I've also seen a coyote in my back yard several times in the last 6 months. We've had more "Have you seen my cat?" messages on our neighborhood mailing list lately.
    Now, if we turned loose a pack or two of gray wolves maybe it would help keep down the numbers of both deer and yuppie joggers.