NORTH CAROLINA

Deer Forecast 2002

Outdoor Life Online Editor

"The state used to be under a four-buck rule," says biologist Evin Stanford. Under the four-buck rule, a hunter could harvest six deer, four of which could be antlered bucks. "Two years ago we went to a two-buck rule in selected areas." Increases in doe harvest, with decreases in buck harvest, are resulting in a better buck-to-doe ratio and older, larger bucks.

Contact: NCWRC (919-733-7291; www.ncwildlife.org).

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