Last updated: December 17. 2013 4:40PM - 935 Views
Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

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Jonesville and Yadkinville will be participating in North Carolina’s Urban Archery Season this year.

The special season will allow hunters to kill deer with archery equipment inside city limits between Jan. 11 and Feb. 15, 2014.

Those hunters who choose to participate will have to go through the same state-imposed processes for hunting inside the town as they would outside town limits during the regular seasons.

Bag limits of two bucks and four does are still in effect, as the towns are part of the northwestern section of the state. Additional doe tags are available for purchase.

Hunters must still report their kills through the state’s tagging system. A hunter can call 1-800-I-GOT-ONE to register their kill.

Written permission from the landowner is required to hunt on someone’s land in Yadkin County. With hunting inside a town that can become difficult as each land parcel is smaller and the shot deer may run for long distances before finally stopping.

Even though a deer crosses one or more property lines it does not give the hunter permission to track that deer after the shot. The landowner(s) in question must be contacted before a hunter begins traipsing across a backyard.

Although the towns have chosen to implement an urban archery season, individual land owners are not obligated to participate.

Hunters should contact the town in which they plan to hunt for more information.

The special season only applies to properties inside the town limits.

The urban archery season is a useful tool for wildlife biologists and town officials to reduce the number of deer living inside city limits. Deer tend to gather inside the town or city where hunting pressure typically does not exist.

By opening these areas to hunters, towns and cities can reduce the number of traffic accidents and other incidents.

Reach Taylor Pardue at 835-1513 or at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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