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Archery season for whitetail deer hunting in Wilkes County and every other county in North Carolina begins Saturday, Sept. 12. In Wilkes the season runs through Friday, Oct. 2.

During archery deer season, deer of either sex may be taken in all areas (includes game lands) in and east of Watauga, Wilkes, Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Rutherford and Polk counties.

Deer of either sex may be taken during the first and second archery deer seasons (Sept. 12-27 and Oct. 11-Nov. 22) in all areas (includes game lands) in and west of Henderson, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Caldwell and Avery counties.

During archery seasons bows and arrows and crossbows are legal weapons. Longbows and recurved bows must have a minimum pull of 40 pounds, compound bows must have a minimum pull of 35 pounds and crossbows must have a minimum pull of 100 pounds.

Only arrows and bolts with a fixed minimum broadhead width of seven-eighths of an inch or a mechanically opening broadhead with a width of at least seven-eighths of an inch in the open position may be used. Poisonous, drugged, or explosive arrowheads are prohibited.

Deer hunting with the use of dogs is prohibited in Wilkes and other counties west of the Piedmont Triad area.

The season and possession bag limit is six deer, two of which may be antlered, and four of which may be antlerless. There is no daily bag limit.

Antlerless deer harvested and reported on bonus antlerless harvest report cards do not count towards the season or possession limit. These cards are only valid for use for deer taken within participating municipalities during the urban archery season, which runs from Jan. 9 to Feb. 14.

In Wilkes, North Wilkesboro and Ronda are participating in the urban archery season, during which deer of either sex may be harvested. Call their town halls or visit their websites to obtain a map showing lawful areas to hunt and additional information on specific restrictions that may apply to each town.

There were two does harvested in the North Wilkesboro town limits during the 2020 urban archery season. No deer were harvested in Ronda.

Archery hunters on Sundays must wear hunter orange visible from all sides.

The placement of commercial mineral supplements specifically and exclusively marketed for attracting or feeding deer is allowed anywhere in the state in all seasons, except on game lands.

On Kerr Scott Game Land around the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, deer may be taken by archery equipment only during the blackpowder season, which runs Nov. 7 to Nov. 20.

On the Buffalo Creek Game Land area of Wilkes and Caldwell counties off N.C. 268 East, archery season runs Sept. 12-Sept. 26, Oct. 12-Nov. 21, and antlered deer only from Dec. 14-Jan. 1 in all portions of the game land.

The Rendezvous Mountain State Forest Game Land in Purlear and the Thurmond Chatham Game Land in Wilkes and Alleghany counties have no archery season, only a gun season for either-sex deer from Nov. 21-Dec. 2.

According to the N.C. Wildlife Commission, there were 3,512 whitetail deer harvested in Wilkes in 2019-20, 413 of which were taken in archery season. Wilkes was third in the state in registered kills overall, behind Anson (4,166) and Randolph (3,668).

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