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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 62 Issue 9, Sept 1998
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Poaching, or hunting game animals illegally, is a serious problem, with 621 arrests for night hunting in 1997 alone. Most hunters obey the law, but the few violators not only destroy wildlife but also endanger citizens and the N.C. Wildlife Commission officers who enforce the law.
Deer hunting in September heat poses challenges not found in cooler weather. Hunters must wear clothes that provide comfort, control a greater amount of human scent, reduce insect distractions, stay awake and alert in the warm air, and dress the deer quickly before the heat spoils it.
Normally associated with the Western prairies, a surprising number of grasslands are found across the state on mountain balds, in longleaf pine savannas, and in salt marshes. They play an important role in providing wildlife habitats and a lift to the human spirit that seeks wide-open spaces.
The growing whitetail deer population peaked at over a million in 1995. At the same time the state population is increasing and urbanizing. The challenge for wildlife managers is to find a balance between the two.