• Carolina Hunting

    Pour the food to ‘em

    Deer hunters in the Carolinas are blessed to have some of the longest seasons in the country. By Thanksgiving, the parade of bucks across the region has thinned significantly, with more than 80 percent of the annual harvest already filled. But the last month of the season can offer hunters a good opportunity at an encounter with a taxidermy-grade animal. The mixture of cooler weather and a waning rut is a perfect formula for catching a late season bruiser sneaking in to gorge on a rich food source.  

    December 05 at 9:00am

    Gaston huntress kills multiple drop-tine 14-point buck

    Julie Cook of Gaston, S.C. has never considered herself a trophy hunter. She’s never been opposed to the idea of it, but she’s just never been in a position to shoot a trophy where she hunts around St. Matthews. But that changed on the morning of Nov. 25 when a big 14-pointer with a split drop tine on its right side and another drop tine on the left stepped into range.

    December 05 at 2:01am

    Surry County hunter takes big buck that had disappeared

    Steve Rabon of Mocksville, N.C., had a huge whitetail buck on his trail cameras before deer season opened in his neck of the woods, Surry County, back in September, but he suddenly vanished.

    December 05 at 12:01am

    Youth huntress kills 147-inch brute in Granville County

    Fifteen-year-old Haylie Richard of Butner, North Carolina arrowed a 144-inch trophy 12-point buck in Granville County, N.C. on Nov. 25. Richard isn’t new to killing trophy bucks though. Back in October 2015, Richard took down a massive 147-inch 9-pointer just before sundown, winning the top prize at the 2016 Dixie Deer Classic for the female and youth categories. 

    December 04 at 12:01am

    Cover

    Cody Fields of Antreville, S.C., took this 16-point, 160-inch non-typical buck in Abbeville County on Oct. 13. The buck weighed 200 pounds.

    December 01 at 7:00am

    Don’t give up just yet! Late season can be great season for Carolina deer hunters.

    December is the last hurrah for deer hunters in North Carolina and South Carolina. If they haven’t taken a trophy yet, their chances are steadily but surely slipping away with only a few weeks left in the season.

    December 01 at 7:00am

    Lay out for sea duck success

    Jennings Rose launched his 18-foot boat from a private ramp near Hobucken, N.C., with a smaller boat ­— a one-man layout boat — strapped securely to its bouncing bow. Nosing into the wind, he left the protective waters of a small creek, heading into Pamlico Sound for a day of duck hunting.

    December 01 at 7:00am

    Three techniques to bag bushytails

    Like many of my generation I cut my teeth in the outdoors hunting squirrels along creeks and pastures. I will always remember my first successful hunt, sitting under a large cedar tree near an old abandoned farm house, motionless, imagining the family that used to call this place home, daydreaming of children playing under the tree, of chickens scratching for food and fields of cotton, corn and vegetables where giant trees now stand. 

    December 01 at 7:00am

    Plan to wrap up a holiday buck in the Carolinas

    The Last Hurrah, the Final Countdown, the Fourth Quarter. Call it what you want; the late deer season is here. It’s a time when, statistically speaking, more than half the people who hold big-game hunting licenses have decided that doing something else, anything else, is better than sitting in a deer stand.

    December 01 at 7:00am

    Chatham County bowhunter arrows 153-inch, 12-point bruiser

    Jim Muehlbach’s son Jake killed a 130-inch bruiser on the opening day of archery season in central North Carolina, and on the day before gun season opened, it was the dad’s turn to take down an even larger, 153-inch archery buck that will become the highest scoring deer either of them have ever taken off their Chatham County property.

    December 01 at 3:11am