North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is holding meetings across the state to get feedback on future management strategies and what direction they should take. There is a lot of factors and different interests that will certainly come into play. I don’t think everyone will be happy with whatever the outcome will be. Just some random thoughts I have about the ideas being tossed around…… will cutting the firearm season in the east to about a third of what is has been be the straw that breaks the back of the hound hunters? what will be the impact on hunting leases? Will you be willing to pay the same amount to hunt a lot less time or will you roll that money into a trip out of state to hunt for a week where you have better odds of getting a crack at a trophy? Economic impact in some of the poorest rural parts of our state….. less travel for hunts, less lunches and dinners sold, gas, other services. The impact on the deer herd while it maybe down a bit now if it bounces back will the State be nimble enough to make adjustments regionally to reduce the herd or will we see even more outbreaks of blue tongue and other diseases. What is the impact of predators on the herd and what is the plan to keep them in check? Less days afield for hunters and an increase in road kill seems to suggest some boon days for the yotes. The flipside A more balanced healthy herd is what we expect from good management. Bigger bucks? Letting the young one’s walk will help us get there and a 2 buck limit statewide seems like a good idea. As you can see there is a lot of factors that come into play so its worth your time to get out and have some say on what our future holds.