Based on estimates from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the number of deer in Chapel Hill may range from 480 to a high of 700 animals.
Please Don’t Feed the Deer!
Feeding deer is harmful to the deer population and creates a nuisance for neighbors. Deer fed by humans are more prone to disease because of an unbalanced diet. Deer may return to the same source even when the feed is no longer available and often end up “visiting” neighboring property.
Information for Property Owners and Hunters
Property owners in the Town of Chapel Hill may hunt deer with a bow and arrow during the appropriate hunting seasons and with the proper hunting licenses. This is managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, which establishes an archery season. In addition, the Town of Chapel Hill is approved to participate in the Urban Archery Season, an extension of the regular archery season. In certain scenarios, property owners may invite hunters to bow and arrow hunt deer on their property.
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For more information on obtaining permits and hunting season dates visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) web page at http://www.ncwildlife.org/
A public forum on the issue of deer in Chapel Hill was held in spring 2010. A panel of experts from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Orange County Health Department and others provided information related to deer overpopulation, including the effects of the deer population on the environment, potential health risks related to deer overpopulation and the feasibility of an urban bow hunt for deer.
Based on the information gathered at the public forum and through staff research, the Town Council took immediate action to ask the Wildlife Resources Commission to authorize the Urban Archery Season for Deer Hunting. This extension of the regular hunting season was approved by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
Questions can be directed to Jim Orr, interim director of the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, at email@example.com
- April 19, 2010 - Public Forum on Deer Population Control
- January 11, 2010 - Response to Petition for Urban Deer Hunt in Mt. Bolus Neighborhood
- October 12, 2009 - Deer Population
- March 8, 2009 Petition (pdf)
- October 12, 2009 Petition (pdf)
- Sustainability Committee Petition (pdf)