If you’re wondering what trophies wander the woods as North Carolina’s bowhunting season for white-tailed deer opens on Saturday, just visit a new Facebook page.
Shots of impressive bucks posted on North Carolina Trail Cams at www.facebook.com/NCTrailCams tell the story.
It’s a good story that page creator David Buschhorn, 33, sees getting better as more hunters let younger whitetails walk, a practice shown by hunters who send in images of the same bucks growing over several years.
“I followed a bunch of trail cam pages because I’m always intrigued about the well-being of the natural environment because of my background,” said the Colorado-born Rutgers graduate who studied environmental planning and landscape architecture and moved to North Raleigh from New Jersey early last year.
On those pages, he found some misinformed people.
“It’s not that we have a lot of bad stock in North Carolina,” he said Tuesday. “It’s people harvesting at a year or a year and a half. So many people put down North Carolina. I had a sense of pride. I wanted to defend the state and show that we do have some good animals here.”
They’re right there on the screen. Launched in early June, N.C. Trail Cams has passed 5,000 page likes. Added nine days ago, the Virginia page had nearly 1,600 likes and the South Carolina page had more than 400 early Wednesday. Those successes inspired pages for the remaining 47 states, plus a USA Trail Cams page that has surpassed 3,100 likes since Friday.
For the N.C. page, 13 posts a day show deer, coyotes, bears, turkeys, bobcats, pigs and the occasional mystery creature. Images come from hunters, nature lovers and about 200 trail cams accessed statewide with help from outfitters such as T&M Hunting Properties in Johnston and Wilson counties, Buck Eye Guide Services, Take ’em and Tag ’em Outdoors and iHuntNC, as well as Bioplots and D&K Skull Mounts. Buschhorn shares N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission posts.
Though not a Quality Deer Management Association member, he likes the conservation organization’s principles of stewardship.
“If you can show them (people) the value, they’ll do it,” he said.
The eastern archery season runs through Oct. 3 and the central season through Oct. 31. For maps, limits and rules, see the regulations digest or go www.ncwildlife.org.
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Visit www.bobtimberlake.com, or contact the foundation at 336-375-4994 or www.ncwhf.org.
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