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Wake Forest lets arrows fly to control deer population

Posted February 20, 2013

Wake Forest residents are complaining that deer treat their gardens like a buffet.

— Archers will soon be able to take aim at deer within the Wake Forest town limits.

The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to allow bow hunting of deer. Proponents say it’s a practical measure to control the population of white-tail deer encroaching on developed areas, but others warn of dangers posed by “urban archery.”

Under the new ordinance, archers can hunt for deer on privately owned land at least 5 acres in size, and they must carry written permission from all property owners and provide such permissions to any law enforcement officer who requests to see them.

Arrows must be fired from at least 10 feet above the ground and toward the interior of the hunting parcel, and no arrows can be shot within 50 yards of a home or a road right-of-way or within 100 yards of any day care, school, church or town park.

Any bow hunter also must have all required state permits and abide by state hunting regulations.

Wake Forest must submit a written request to the state Wildlife Resources Commission by April 1 to participate in the 2014 urban archery season, which runs from mid-January to mid-February. Bow hunters also will be able to hunt deer in the town during the regular state archery season, scheduled to begin Sept. 7.

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  • fishon Feb 22, 11:52 a.m.

    Sorry you had to resort to hunting because you suck at every other sport! Can't handle sports that have an opponent because you hate to lose?
    commonsense4

    Not sure where the hate to lose thing came from. When I was younger and still had knees that worked I ran 10k's and played racquetball which is fairly competitive. And last season I didn't get a deer at all even though I hunted often. Guess you would say I lost. I would say that's hunting. Certainly the deer have a better chance than the cow or pig whose meat graces the supermarket cold section.

    When I do harvest a deer (with a rifle now) I clean and process and eat it. How about you?

  • oleguy Feb 21, 6:31 p.m.

    Most of these bow hunters eat what they kill, Good deal for everyone,,All you bambie lovers,, when you hit one with your car you mind will change

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 21, 6:07 p.m.

    Sorry you had to resort to hunting because you suck at every other sport! Can't handle sports that have an opponent because you hate to lose?
    commonsense4

    maybe he hates to starve and doesnt want to buy drug and hormone filled meat at his store, adn dont say anything about organic meat, it don't get no more organic than venison. I odnt understand the hate for hunters, you know how the animals were treated before they hit the shelf at your store? How is that less worse than hunting? You anti-gun hunting nuts run on pure emotion because you are scared to death.

  • commonsense4 Feb 21, 4:28 p.m.

    "You are right, you are not an expert. I have taken numerous deer with an arrow and they have died within 20 seconds. Unlike the buck I hit with a my car that would have suffered a long time with only broken back legs except I killed it with an arrow. Or the doe waiting for the cops to come to put it out of it's misery on Glenwood Avenue while everyone drove by except the people that called it in after they hit it."

    I'm sure you had a perfect shot every time. And if by chance you actually did, although I highly doubt it, I would bet anything that 90% of the time it ends up exactly the opposite of what you said.

    Sorry you had to resort to hunting because you suck at every other sport! Can't handle sports that have an opponent because you hate to lose?

  • fishon Feb 21, 3:59 p.m.

    I am no expert on how to kill animals, I have however, seen a deer shot with an arrow. It is a long, and very painful death.
    caryzoo

    You are right, you are not an expert. I have taken numerous deer with an arrow and they have died within 20 seconds. Unlike the buck I hit with a my car that would have suffered a long time with only broken back legs except I killed it with an arrow. Or the doe waiting for the cops to come to put it out of it's misery on Glenwood Avenue while everyone drove by except the people that called it in after they hit it.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 21, 3:23 p.m.

    "it would be fun to add up how much they spend to "do it for the food" " - Grand Union


    My cousin hunts his own land, so no license, but at most about $40 if needed. Rifle/shotgun about $300-$400, lasts for generations. My shotgun is about 36 years old, so about $8 a year so far. My rifle is older, cheaper, and was given to me. Ammo is a few bucks (pun intended). So pretty cheap. Those that do it for food are pretty economical. These aren't African safaris.


    "how many of those were in Wake Forrest" - Grand Union


    More than your "ocassional" claim.


    "If you have insurance why wouldn't you report it?" - Grand Union


    Let them eat cake, eh? Not everyone drives a BMW with comp/collis insurance. And sometimes damage is less than deduct.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 21, 3:02 p.m.

    actually its you that is living in their backyard....but its nice that you are feeding them :)
    Grand Union

    And it is you who has interloped into our backyard. so shut it already

  • Coach K is still GREAT Feb 21, 2:55 p.m.

    LOL they kill things for fun.....good people don't do things like that. They are no different than the child burning ants with a magnifying glass. We do need hunters to help restore the balance of nature which we have upset but lets not pretend the amateurs are something they are not. Grand Union

    Weakest response of yours ever. You know nothing of the American Sportsmen. You aere typical immigrant who thinks things should be like they are in the country you ran away from. You are just scared of people who own guns hunt and can take care of themselevs. You have been coddled by the Nanny State for so long you cant believe that people dont need government for everything.

    Crumps Br0ther
    February 21, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    That... was... AWESOME!!!

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 2:14 p.m.

    "This is the best news! We have a herd of 10 that live in the woods in our back yard. The have devoured everything we have. Well, except the catcus!"

    actually its you that is living in their backyard....but its nice that you are feeding them :)

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 2:13 p.m.

    "While there are certainly those that kill for sport, EVERY hunter/fisherman I know does it for the food. My cousin doesn't cook with beef, only venison."

    LOl, it would be fun to add up how much they spend to "do it for the food"

    ""In 2009 through 2011, there were 61,046 such collisions reported in North Carolina, including 17 fatalities." - YeaOh

    and how many of those were in Wake Forrest and might be reduced by having Bubba killing bambi in someones backyard?

    "Over SIXTY THOUSAND??!!! Wonder how many weren't reported?"

    If you have insurance why wouldn't you report it?

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