The second of two public hearings on proposed changes to rules on captive deer will be held Tuesday in Raleigh.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission headquarters building at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.
The first meeting was held Tuesday in Statesville.
A new state law requires the commission to revise the captive cervid program. The proposed changes would allow transportation of cervids, which include deer and elk, between the 37 captive deer facilities in the state and allow licenses to be issued for new facilities. Importing deer from other states is prohibited until at least 2017.
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Some conservation organizations, including the N.C. Wildlife Federation and its Camo Coalition, along with the Quality Deer Management Association, oppose the proposal because of the possibility of imported deer bringing chronic wasting disease, which could hit the state’s 1.3 million wild deer and the economy built around more than 300,000 licensed hunters.
Called CWD, the fatal disease has been found in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Midwest. CWD, which does not affect humans, has not been detected in North Carolina deer.
Comment is due Oct. 16. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to the commission at 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1701. Learn more at http://ow.ly/CqaZm.
CWD plan: If chronic wasting disease reaches North Carolina, the wildlife commission has a CWD Response Plan. The plan would ban baiting and feeding, make check stations mandatory, establish surveillance areas and limit harvest transportation. Find the plan at http://tinyurl.com/of5nvh5.
Positive for CWD: The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Oct. 2 that tests from the August depopulation, or destruction, of a quarantined deer herd in north-central Iowa showed 284 of the 356 deer, or 79.8 percent, tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Iowa has 145 deer farms in a voluntary CWD program. The depopulated farm had stopped selling live animals and left the program. Learn more at www.iowaagriculture.gov.
Coastal banquet: Crystal Coast Callers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its Hunting Heritage Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Tickets are $60. Call 919-820-2182.
Women’s event: The Pender County LongBeards Chapter will hold a Women In The Outdoors event 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association in Castle Hayne. The fee is $25. Call 910-200-5299, or go to www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaNWTF.
VIP tournament: The 32nd N.C. Lions Visually Impaired Persons Fishing Tournament will be held Oct. 20-22 on the Outer Banks at Jennette’s, Avalon, Nags Head and Kitty Hawk piers. To volunteer or to donate toward travel expenses, call Gwen White at 252-441-4966 or email@example.com. Learn more at www.ncvipfishing.org.