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Sunny Point allows bow hunting on Pleasure Island

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KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Deer hunting season with a bow officially kicks off tomorrow, and some land that was banned earlier may now be open to military hunters in Kure Beach. Residents on Pleasure Island are not happy about the new hunting grounds.

Word has spread on Kure Beach that Sunny Point soon may allow people to bow hunt on the weekend. Residents say they never heard of such thing and they're worried about the animals and themselves.

We did not hear back from any officials from Sunny Point, but Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth says the rumors are true.

Starting Saturday, personnel approved by sunny point will be allowed to hunt deer with bows on the military's land on Pleasure Island. This has many people worried.

"We have people visiting," said Kure Beach resident Joe Burke. "We have grandchildren. We have friends, relatives and we have to be concerned that a possible arrow could kill or injury somebody here."

Residents say they're upset there was never any official notification. They say this is unusual for their non-civilian neighbors.

"They've always been very helpful in notifying the public as to what's going on or at least the town so they can keep us informed," said Kure Beach resident Judy Larrick. "It's my understanding that this time nothing was said."

Residents we spoke with say they don't want the deer to be killed off either. They say Kure Beach is a safe haven they choose and they feel the deer should be protected too. The military owns the land though, so it's open season on the island this weekend.

Lambeth says he thinks Sunny Point did not mention the changes because they did not want the hunting publicized. He says only certain people are allowed to hunt on the land and the military thought this would get confusing if word got out.

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Diseases, car accidents etc...

Read and do your research on deer overpopulation consequences:

Do we want to be like RDU area?

People do your homework before you start looking like idiots. All personnel that will be hunting in the Buffer Zone are required to go through a safety class at Sunny Point and are required to go through the NC Hunters Safety course.

As others have already commented that arrows will not travel as far as a bullet. Bow hunting is a safe way to thin the population of deer to prevent diseases. When the population is overwhelmed, the deer will starve, died and cause diseases in which insect transmit to you. If you control deer population you can better control ticks which carry Lyme disease...this should be a no-brainer.

Now lets talk about the accidents that deer can cause: The North Carolina Department of Transportation estimates nearly 20,000 auto/deer collisions a year resulting in more than 5,000 injuries and an average property damage of over $3,000. Nationally, there are more than 150 fatalities a year from such accidents. I can think of better ways to spend $3,000!!!!!!!

And finally the Mayor knew what was going on. It was his responsibility to inform his residents. I know there have been meetings between Sunny Point and Kure Beach government....get involved in your government Kure Beach residents and you would know this!!!!!

That's just too darned bad!!!

Sorry Pleasue Island residents (and I'm one as well), but the Federal gov't owns the blast zone land and they can do what they want with it. The deer population is overruning pleasure island, eating every food and flower garden that isn't caged up. They also pose a hazard to drivers on Dow Rd. in the mornings and evening. I frequently encounter them on my travels. A good friend of mine was killed last week due to a deer jumping in front of his motorcycle.
Yes, they are fine and beautiful animals, but their population must be controlled. As far as the bow hunters posing a hazard to the PI residents? Horse-hooie! Go to the beach, enjoy the sun and stay out of the woods that are posted as "No Trespassing" and you won't encounter a single problem!
It's amazing how many insignificant things people can find to bit*h and whine about!!! Pleasure Island is beginning to look like another freekin' Wrightsville Beach!




Knee jerk much?

Bow Hunting.

I have lived in the area since before MOTSU built in the early 50s and I have never heard of anyone having a hunting accident on the base. For one thing there is no alcohol allowed. As for people getting shot unless you are on restricted property and look like a deer It just not going to happen. The locals know that they are not suppose to be on the military property and for those visiting it is well marked. Now for those parents that are still worried about the kids? PARENTS WATCH YOUR KIDS. I guarantee there will be more children drown than will ever be shot, but you still bring them or live on the beach.

It probably would have been a good idea for them to notify the local governments, but they didn't so get over it.

Dear Joe

Keep your visitors and grandchildren OFF the land that is clearly marked as government property, no trespassing, and you won't have a problem. Once a person is one hundred feet into those woods, they're not going to get an arrow OUT of those woods.

That's why bow hunting and shotguns are often required in populated areas: The projectiles don't travel very far.

First-I don't think people

First-I don't think people realize that if you don't keep the deer at a safe number they will become diseased. Bow hunting is much safer than hunting with guns in small areas. If residents are that concerned, they should realized that diseased deer could become a threat.

Second-the reporter needs to check her article for typos!

Bow Hunting on Pleasure Island

So this is just open to "Military" game hunters with Sunny Point's permision and not residents with "N.C. Hunting Licenses"?


lets address this comment, "We have people visiting," said Kure Beach resident Joe Burke. "We have grandchildren. We have friends, relatives and we have to be concerned that a possible arrow could kill or injury somebody here." You have more of a possibility of a great white shark coming up out of the water and biting you in half in the Atlantic Ocean. You act like these hunters are going to be Billy Bob rednecks running through the woods chewin and spittin. Your fear is unfounded and ridiculous.

Second, how about letting state and federal biologists figure out whats good for the deer population. Your speculation does nothing to help the deer. You need to google what happens to populations of deer when they get to high and figure out if THAT is in their best interest or if harvesting some of the population might be better and more humane.


Sunny Point owns the land and can do with it what they want. There's a reason it's posted "No Trespassing"...they don't want the public on their land.

It's not as if they're hunting with a .270 Remington, where the bullet can travel well over a mile.

The herd of deer need to be thinned by hunters...and not the fast-moving Chevy's on River Road.

deer hunt on Pleasure Island

I for one think the deer hunt is a good thing and many more agree with me. The deer cause accidents, they damage property, people can be harmed when deer cross their vehicle path. Notification is not necessary because Sunny Point is responsible enough to carry this out safely for residents of Kure Beach.

Anytime, anywhere the deer

Anytime, anywhere the deer population is thinned out, it is good. Deer cause tremendous damage every year to cars. I once worked in an auto body shop and a large percentage of our work was due to deer running in front of vehicles. If some of these folks find themselves on the side of the road with the front of their new car destroyed, they might change their minds.


Yes, and I am thinking that the deer feel the same way. Too many people populating the area, cutting down our protection and destroying our food sources. Can we shoot them mom?

I have hit 2 deer in 6

I have hit 2 deer in 6 months- 1200 dollars the first time, 900 dollars of damage the second time. Luckily I wasn't injured. I think that the deer population needs addressed everywhere!