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The 2018-19 North Carolina Deer Season Harvest Numbers Aren't Great, But They Aren't Horrible Either

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North Carolina Deer Season

The last North Carolina deer season saw a nine percent decrease in harvest compared to the previous three-year average.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission released the 2018-19 seasonal harvest data, with a total of 143,529 reported deer successfully hunted statewide from the beginning of the season on September 8, 2018 until the final day on January 1, 2019.

That total was nine percent less than the three-year average, meaning some hunters were less successful than normal.

Different deer hunting zones had slightly varied seasonal dates, and also showed different levels of tagging rates.

The biggest decreases were in the Southeastern and Northeastern zones (-19.2 and -20.4 percent respectively).

North Carolina Deer Season
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Of the deer harvested in North Carolina, 51.5 percent were antlered bucks, 4.6 percent were button bucks and 43.9 percent were does.

The state also has varying seasons based on method of take, with archery seasons, youth season, and gun seasons all taking place in slightly different time periods. Most deer were harvested with a gun (81.1 percent), followed by blackpowder (8.1 percent), bow (6.3 percent) and crossbow (4.5 percent).

North Carolina Deer Season
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“We primarily focus on long-term trends rather than annual variations to monitor the population, and have observed increasing trends in deer harvest in western North Carolina, likely due to an emerging deer herd and improved deer habitat on private lands,” said Jon Shaw, the Commission’s deer biologist.  “In some areas we have relatively stable harvest trends, while in large portions of Eastern North Carolina, we are observing declining trends in harvest and deer numbers.

“Changes in the structure and condition of the herd take years, but early results are encouraging and indicate we’re heading in the right direction,” he added. “Of course, we will continue to closely monitor the herd, and with the help of hunters, will make additional adjustments if needed.”

The numbers were likely due in part to a variety of factors: significant rule changes new this past season, including a statewide antlered deer bag limit of two, and antlerless bag limit of four, should have naturally affected the reported data.

The Commission said they implemented those rule changes in 2018-2019 to “intentionally reduce harvest with the goal of stabilizing deer numbers and improving the sex ratio and age-structure of the herd.”

That, along with weather events in North Carolina (Hurricane Florence was particularly devastating) likely impacted overall deer population, hunter effort, harvest selectivity and reporting compliance, all of which can have an impact on overall harvest numbers.

The latest season dates and changes to any hunting regulations have yet to be finalized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for the 2019-20 whitetail deer hunting season, but the dates typical mirror years prior, without a large amount of changes expected.

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North Carolina Deer Season

The last North Carolina deer season saw a nine percent decrease in harvest compared to the previous three-year average.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission released the 2018-19 seasonal harvest data, with a total of 143,529 reported deer successfully hunted statewide from the beginning of the season on September 8, 2018 until the final day on January 1, 2019.

That total was nine percent less than the three-year average, meaning some hunters were less successful than normal.

Different deer hunting zones had slightly varied seasonal dates, and also showed different levels of tagging rates.

The biggest decreases were in the Southeastern and Northeastern zones (-19.2 and -20.4 percent respectively).

North Carolina Deer Season
NCWildlife.org

Of the deer harvested in North Carolina, 51.5 percent were antlered bucks, 4.6 percent were button bucks and 43.9 percent were does.

The state also has varying seasons based on method of take, with archery seasons, youth season, and gun seasons all taking place in slightly different time periods. Most deer were harvested with a gun (81.1 percent), followed by blackpowder (8.1 percent), bow (6.3 percent) and crossbow (4.5 percent).

North Carolina Deer Season
NCWildlife.org

“We primarily focus on long-term trends rather than annual variations to monitor the population, and have observed increasing trends in deer harvest in western North Carolina, likely due to an emerging deer herd and improved deer habitat on private lands,” said Jon Shaw, the Commission’s deer biologist.  “In some areas we have relatively stable harvest trends, while in large portions of Eastern North Carolina, we are observing declining trends in harvest and deer numbers.

“Changes in the structure and condition of the herd take years, but early results are encouraging and indicate we’re heading in the right direction,” he added. “Of course, we will continue to closely monitor the herd, and with the help of hunters, will make additional adjustments if needed.”

The numbers were likely due in part to a variety of factors: significant rule changes new this past season, including a statewide antlered deer bag limit of two, and antlerless bag limit of four, should have naturally affected the reported data.

The Commission said they implemented those rule changes in 2018-2019 to “intentionally reduce harvest with the goal of stabilizing deer numbers and improving the sex ratio and age-structure of the herd.”

That, along with weather events in North Carolina (Hurricane Florence was particularly devastating) likely impacted overall deer population, hunter effort, harvest selectivity and reporting compliance, all of which can have an impact on overall harvest numbers.

The latest season dates and changes to any hunting regulations have yet to be finalized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for the 2019-20 whitetail deer hunting season, but the dates typical mirror years prior, without a large amount of changes expected.

WATCH: TELLING THE HUNTING STORY MIGHT JUST SAVE IT

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Tigress Outriggers & Gear Partners with CCA STAR

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Lake Worth, Fl (May 20, 2019) The innovative minds at Tigress Outriggers & Gear are proud to announce their partnership with one of Florida’s fastest growing tournaments, the CCA Statewide Tournament and Angler Rodeo, popularly known as CCA STAR. Work together began April 1, 2019, just ahead of the upcoming 101 fishing competition, one hundred one […]

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This is What it's Like to Decapitate a Gobbler with The Judge Revolver

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This close encounter with The Judge revolver gives turkey hunting a new look.

Fan hunting for turkeys, also known as reaping, has gained popularity in the past half decade. However, not many hunters choose the Judge revolver as their shotgun of choice.

This close encounter for Culpepper will give most hunters an adrenaline rush. Can you guess how many yards this shot is taken at?

I’ve personally never shot the Judge before, but from what I understand, it’s a revolver-turned-shotgun, typically loaded with a .410 cartridge. Because the .410 is a smaller shotgun shell size one would have to get closer than if they were hunting with a .12 or .20 gauge.

It apparently is possible to take out a turkey with a .410 if the shot is just right.

WARNING: Turkey reaping, while fun, is only recommended on private land where it is certain there are no other hunters. I hope it’s obvious after this video why that is the case. When you’re hiding behind a real turkey fan, hunters could get confused.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.

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the judge revolver

This close encounter with The Judge revolver gives turkey hunting a new look.

Fan hunting for turkeys, also known as reaping, has gained popularity in the past half decade. However, not many hunters choose the Judge revolver as their shotgun of choice.

This close encounter for Culpepper will give most hunters an adrenaline rush. Can you guess how many yards this shot is taken at?

I’ve personally never shot the Judge before, but from what I understand, it’s a revolver-turned-shotgun, typically loaded with a .410 cartridge. Because the .410 is a smaller shotgun shell size one would have to get closer than if they were hunting with a .12 or .20 gauge.

It apparently is possible to take out a turkey with a .410 if the shot is just right.

WARNING: Turkey reaping, while fun, is only recommended on private land where it is certain there are no other hunters. I hope it’s obvious after this video why that is the case. When you’re hiding behind a real turkey fan, hunters could get confused.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.

NEXT: Now This is Turkey Fan Hunting Done Right

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Cooking: Wild Turkey Breakfast Sausage

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Wild Turkey Apple Sausage Recipe

Ingrediants: 2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey legs (or a mix of legs and breast), cut into 1½-inch cubes 14 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cut into large pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed 1 large onion, diced 2 medium sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 to 2½ tablespoons packed brown sugar, or to taste 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Zest of 1 lemon

Freeze the turkey meat and bacon on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the apples and continue to cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a large plate, spread in a thin layer, and let cool in the refrigerator.

Grind the turkey and bacon into a large bowl set over a large bowl of ice. Add the cooled onions and apples, the sugar, thyme, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Mix well with your hands.

Pinch off a small bit of the sausage mixture and cook in a little oil in a skillet to test for seasoning. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Form patties with a slightly wet hand. I like to make them 3 inches in diameter because they’re easy to throw on the grill or in a pan, but you can make them any size you want.

Cooking: Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium heat and put a little oil in the pan. Working in batches, sear the sausage patties until browned on both sides and cooked throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Note: To freeze, stuff sausage into poly meat bags in ½-pound or 1-pound quantities, depending on how many people you typically serve. You can find all the special equipment used for this recipe at Weston Cooking Game: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage brought to you by Weston.

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Wild Turkey Apple Sausage Recipe

Ingrediants: 2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey legs (or a mix of legs and breast), cut into 1½-inch cubes 14 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cut into large pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed 1 large onion, diced 2 medium sweet and tart apples, such as Honeycrisp, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 to 2½ tablespoons packed brown sugar, or to taste 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Zest of 1 lemon

Freeze the turkey meat and bacon on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the apples and continue to cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer to a large plate, spread in a thin layer, and let cool in the refrigerator.

Grind the turkey and bacon into a large bowl set over a large bowl of ice. Add the cooled onions and apples, the sugar, thyme, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Mix well with your hands.

Pinch off a small bit of the sausage mixture and cook in a little oil in a skillet to test for seasoning. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Form patties with a slightly wet hand. I like to make them 3 inches in diameter because they’re easy to throw on the grill or in a pan, but you can make them any size you want.

Cooking: Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium heat and put a little oil in the pan. Working in batches, sear the sausage patties until browned on both sides and cooked throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Note: To freeze, stuff sausage into poly meat bags in ½-pound or 1-pound quantities, depending on how many people you typically serve. You can find all the special equipment used for this recipe at Weston Cooking Game: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage brought to you by Weston.

IDEO: Wild Turkey Apple Sausage For Breakfast, From MeatEater

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