Rated #1 in Backyard Hunting!
Our charming Carrboro
has finally been voted #1 in a category. Not one of the top ten
as seems to be the case so often, but #1. Think of it, of the tens
of thousands of villages all over the country we are #1. The Best
We've read all the articles
about how Carrboro is one of the best places to retire...you know,
low crime rates, gangs that are only in the infancy stage and no
industry within our city limits(not counting the Cement Plant half
a mile from the center of Carrboro and the Coal Fired Power Plant
a mile from the center of Chapel Hill). Of course if you follow
the bike trail, you'll be quick to note that both plants are on
the other side of the tracks, so our real estate investments are
safe! We can still count the murders on two hands and the guns and
hostage situations in our schools on only one hand. Our police officers
come to work in Carrboro because it's safe and our firemen pull
more cats from trees than people from buildings. All that is enough
to keep us in the top ten.
But to get to number
one you have to really excel and tower over the competition....and
that we are when it comes to backyard hunting. There is not a town
in the country where you can sit on your back porch and snag a 14-point
Buck while sipping on a peppermint schnapps, or take a pot shot
from your bathroom window at a doe as she slowly wanders through
your yard. Where else, but Carrboro, can you take out three(count
them) three little fawns during a commercial break of The Fear Factor
or Jerry Springer? This is it, it doesn't get any better than that.
The Carrboro News has
interviewed hundreds of residents and they are all in agreement
that backyard hunting is what makes Carrboro such a great town.
Even the police officers agree. "I came from Durham where there
isn't Backyard Hunting and what happens? People shoot each other.
But in Carrborro with the Backyard Hunting people turn their guns
on the deer. I've seen it on both sides and I can say, backyard
hunting is the #1 reason that the crime rate in Carrboro is so low."
Some retired residents
on fixed incomes rely heavily on backyard hunting. "I can barely
afford to go to the supermarket anymore and have to supplement my
food somehow. Gas is so darned expensive I can't afford to drive
out to the country to hunt. Thank the Lord for Carrboro's liberal
Backyard Hunting Policy!"
A family of deer large enough to
feed the whole family!
Photograph taken by a car that was Airborne
on James Street.
Of course, not everyone
is happy, but those are the people The Carrboro News didn't interview.
The main complaint people do have about legal backyard hunting is
that it has cut down on the number of deer available to those who
had previously hunted illegally. "Thar used to be plenty deer
running through our yards, but now they're all but gone. I used
to catch one big buck a month that would feed my family, but now
I'm down to shooting a couple of fawns a month. They're tender,
but there's not enough meat to feed my family on one of those babies.
Them legal hunters have just ruined it for the rest of us!"
At times it does seem
that the deer population is dwindling, but it has been very difficult
to get a clear census on the deer population. The Animal Protection
Service asks it's employees to keep a running count of the deer(living)
that they come across, but the sitings are too sporadic as the employees
are only out in town when they're going to pick up a dog, who seem
to be an early warning system for deer to beware.
If we're going to maintain
our ranking as the #1 Backyard Hunting Community in America, we're
going to have to keep that deer population high, and to keep it
high we need a better understanding of the migratory patterns of
the Wild Carrboro Deer. If you would like to volunteer to be a deer
spotter, please visit the Carrboro Police Department in the Carrboro
Century Center. The Carrboro Deer Spotter Program is run by the
Carrboro Police Department as part of it's "Clean up the Streets
and the Deer" program, which aims to make Carrboro a safer
town to live in, if you're not a deer!