RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2016) – During the 2015-2016 hunting season, hunters across the state reported harvesting 162,558 deer, a 5.8% increase over the previous season. Though the amount of deer harvested grew, it was 3.9% below the 10-year average.
“Although trends vary by county and region, the deer harvest appears to be pretty stable on a statewide scale,” said Jonathan Shaw, the Commission’s deer biologist. “Things have certainly rebounded a bit since 2014-2015, where we saw a decline in the statewide harvest.”
One contributor to the increased harvest was the expansion of hunting on private lands to Sundays. During the 2015-2016 season, deer harvested on Sundays accounted for 7.3 % of the total harvest.
Findings from the regional breakdown of the 2015-2016 harvest report include:
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