Did Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler know deer are being illegally smuggled into North Carolina?

What about sponsors Sen. Jackson & Rep. West? Transporting wildlife without permits is a federal felony...

Just when you thought the “pay to play” deer farming scheme which could decimate hunting by bringing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into the state couldn’t get any worse, GRNC has received reports that some or all of the players may have known for some time that deer are being illegally smuggled – without permits – onto the Cherokee Indian Reservation for use in “canned” hunts.

If true, such deer smuggling would not only violate North Carolina law, but also federal law under The Lacey Act – prohibiting interstate transportation of wildlife without a permit – making it a federal felony. That’s right, canned hunting brings in big bucks and, with it, corruption. Just days ago, in the biggest deer trafficking case thus far, a Georgia man received a record $1.6 million fine, while his accomplice got twenty-one months in jail.

NCWRC knew about deer smuggling

According to the letter received by GRNC from wildlife advocate and professional lobbyist Randal Raney, NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) Chief Deputy Director Mallory G. Martin admitted that NCWRC knew deer were being imported to the reservation from Ohio without permits, potentially exposing the state’s indigenous deer population to CWD.

If the NCWRC Chief Deputy Director knew, what about his boss, Executive Director GORDON MYERS? If Myers knew, what about Agriculture Commissioner STEVE TROXLER? Remember, Troxler, Myers and Senator Brent Jackson stood shoulder-to-shoulder at a press conference to promote the deer farming scheme – a scheme hatched by Troxler and retired Food Lion CEO Tom E. Smith – now the state’s largest deer farmer – that would resume issuing deer permits and transfer control over importation of deer from NCWRC to the Agriculture Department.


At issue is Section 14 of Senate Bill 513, a large agriculture bill. The bill is calendared to hit the House floor for a vote tomorrow morning (September 23). You must act now to stop what has become nothing more than a “Deer Smuggler Protection Act”!

  • EMAIL ALL MEMBERS OF THE NC HOUSE: Using the copy and paste list below, send an email to all 120 members of the House delivering a clear message that you will not allow North Carolina’s deer hunting tradition to be endangered to benefit a few wealthy land owners. Further tell them to vote for any amendment to remove Section 14 from agriculture bill SB 513.

  • IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR NC HOUSE REP: Call him or her to deliver a message that you expect them to oppose the Troxler/Jackson/Smith scheme by all means procedural and substantive. To find your NC House representative's contact information, CLICK HERE or go to: http://ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx


NC House *copy/paste email list:


*Some email programs may require that commas be used between addresses, rather than semi-colons.


Suggested subject: "Stop Deer Smuggler Protection Act Now!"

Members of the North Carolina House:

Everything about the deer farming scheme contained in Section 14 of agriculture bill SB 513 is dirty. First, the bill’s sponsors claimed it was supported by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) when, in fact, legislative counsel has determined that the NCWRC never took a vote on the measure.

Now it comes out that NCWRC Chief Deputy Director Mallory G. Martin admitted in a telephone conversation with Randall Raney that NCWRC knew deer were being smuggled into the Cherokee Indian Reservation in violation of the Lacey Act. Would you like to see the letter from Raney describing how Martin admitted the knowledge? Go to: http://grnc.org/documents/Raney-Letter-1-signed.pdf

Section 14 would resume the issuance of permits to import “captive cervids” – stopped in 2004 to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) to indigenous deer. This “Mad Cow”-like prion disease can’t be reliably diagnosed, can’t be cured, might not manifest symptoms for up to 15 years, and can spread through the soil for decades. CWD now afflicts 23 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

In 2011, a NCWRC report estimated that introduction of CWD into the state would cause a 10% drop in hunting, potentially costing North Carolina tens of millions of dollars in hunting permits and ancillary expenditures.

So why would anyone want to create that danger? Money. “Canned” hunting, in fenced pens, of deer with huge, genetically engineered racks currently commands $14,000 and up at the Cherokee Whitetail Hunting Preserve, the “menu” for which you can see at: http://grnc.org/images/Cherokee-Whitetail-Hunting-Preserve-Menu.jpg

Would you like to see what grotesquely engineered “trophy racks” look like? Check: http://www.applecreekgenetics.com/bucks.php?navMark=bucks

All this to benefit a few wealthy deer farmers who, frankly, are already up to their necks in what is, by all appearances, an illegal deer smuggling scheme sanctioned at the highest levels of state government.

I strongly urge you to support any amendment to remove Section 14 from SB 513 by all means procedural as well as substantive. I will be monitoring your actions through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.



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