- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) - The annual effort to control the number of deer on an increasingly populated North Carolina barrier island is about to begin.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported (https://bit.ly/1BxELH2 ) the Emerald Isle deer hunt will be held this month and next.

Town Manager Frank Rush says hunters will use only bows and arrows and will be closely supervised by the police department. The hunting will be conducted mainly overnight and on property away from homes and other property.

The deer population is estimated at about 105 in the western end of Emerald Isle, down from about 160 in fall of 2013.

The state Wildlife Resources Commission recommends culling another 30 to 50 deer.

All deer meat is being donated to a Morehead City charity.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.jdnews.com

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