Wildlife Commission to consider easing of deer farming rules

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Submitted: Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:33am
Updated: Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:41am

DUBLIN, NC (AP) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding nine public hearings this month on proposed rule changes, the most controversial of which is proposed regulations for holding deer in captivity.

The hearings begin Tuesday in Bladen County and continue until Jan. 22, when a meeting is set for Smithfield.

The News & Observer of Raleigh had reported that farmers are pushing for rules that allow them to expand because they breed deer to sell as game and for their meat and antlers. Hunters and wildlife conservationists fear the growth of deer farms puts the state’s wildlife at risk for a deadly disease.

The comment period for the temporary rules on deer ends Jan. 23. The commission will consider whether to adopt the temporary rules at its Jan. 29 meeting.

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  • taxpayer says:

    has been shown to increase and spread Chronic Wasting Disease. Deer should live in the woods and not be treated as livestock.

  • showglo says:

    Deer are not pets or livestock! They do not need to be farmed for our pleasure. They are wild animals that need to remain wild. This is someone trying to find a way to make money at the expense of a deer.
    I am a avid hunter and do not wish to purchase meat from a deer farm who treats deer much like the cows who are giving medications and hormones. I eat deer and other wildlife for the healthy benefit.
    This is stupid for it to have ever been a thought for discussion.

  • ClemsonBemson says:

    An shooting an killing is sure a lot a fun to.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Are there really enough non-hunters out there to even support this industry? It’s been my experience that people, who don’t hunt or don’t come from families who hunt, really aren’t that interested in eating venison.

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