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Farmers Manage Deer Program


The “Farmers Manage Deer “ program is working to build a model that communities across North Carolina may use to use to manage deer numbers on their farms.  Properties located in historically tobacco-dependent counties in North Carolina are being used to develop this model.  Antlerless deer harvest plans have been developed for each participating property aimed at:

    • Reducing crop loss
    • Diversifying farm income through hunt opportunity
    • Promoting a long-term solution to managing deer
    • Contributing to the tax base of NC rural economies; and
    • Fostering sustainable community support by feeding those in need

In order to help participating farmers achieve their antlerless deer harvest goals, the Farmers Manage Deer program is hosting a series of special hunts during the 2013 NC deer hunting season.

Hunters will be charged a $10 administrative fee per week for each Special Hunt in which they are selected to participate. Each hunter will be asked to harvest multiple doe, keeping what they will use then donating the rest to NC Hunters for the Hungry, so that that meat may be used to serve those in need.

If interested in applying for one of these Special Hunts in eastern North Carolina, please click the link below and complete the application form.  You will be contacted by e-mail if you are selected for the hunt.

FMD Special Hunt Application

For information, contact Guy and Judy Gardner by phone at 919 552 9449 or e-mail

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation “Farmers Manage Deer” program is a sponsored project of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission with support provided by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association.  Contributing partners include the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry and the Quality Deer Management Association.