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.