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If farm income is being lost because of deer damage, if you would like to receive additional income earned through offering hunt opportunity, if you are a hunter looking to support a landowner’s long-term deer management goals through hunting opportunity, if you are a non-profit whose goal is to serve the nutritional needs of your community – then this program is one you won’t want to miss.

Interested farmers should plan to register to attend a Deer Management Seminar at the Columbus County Cooperative Extension Office, 45 Government Complex Road in Whiteville by calling 910-640-6605. The seminar will be held Friday, Sept 13, at 7 p.m. It will be free to attend.

Hard-working North Carolina farmers lose more than $30 million each year due to crop damage caused by deer. Effectively managing deer numbers in farming communities can go a long way toward both reducing that financial loss and improving the quality of the deer in those areas.

The associated economic and recreational benefits of promoting hunting access as a deer management tool are also not to be ignored. Each year approximately 250,000 sportsmen/women take more than 2.9 million trips afield in North Carolina in pursuit of deer. In fact, more than $311 million are spent annually on deer-related hunting expenses in NC. It is estimated that two-thirds of that money is used for gas, food, lodging, hunt leases, and supplies – monies that contribute to the NC rural tax base. As community-based food shelters are in constant need for a quality source of protein, hunters can make a real difference by contributing venison through NC Hunters for the Hungry.

Learn more the benefits of developing a community-based plan, how to develop deer harvest strategies that make a real difference, and gather some ideas about simple, low-cost habitat improvement projects that can not only take the pressure off of row crops but benefit wildlife as a whole. Special Hunt opportunities being offered in Eastern North Carolina will also be announced, each hunt promoting cooperation between farmer, hunter, and their community.

If unable to attend the meeting in Columbus County on Sept. 13, participants may join this discussion by attending one of two 1-hour teleconferences scheduled – one on Monday, Sept. 16, another on Monday, Sept. 23. Both will begin at 7 pm. Participants should call 1-209-647-1000 and enter pass code 745232# to be connected to the call. Contact Guy and Judy Gardner at 919 552 9449 for more information.

Farmers Manage Deer is project of the North Carolina (NC) Wildlife Federation under “a two-year program sponsored by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission with additional support from the N.C. Soybean Producers Association, Project partners include the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. State University, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, N.C. Hunters for the Hungry, and the Quality Deer Management Association.

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