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Will Fussy got two chances at this big Union County non-typical. He missed the first shot, then scored with the second. The hunting gods frowned, then smiled on hunter

Will Fussy skipped school on Nov. 25 because he had only one class, and the hunting gods punished him. Walking into his stand, a big non-typical buck presented him with a 65-yard shot, which he promptly missed.


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Scott Niemitalo took this 140-inch Randolph County 8-pointer last Nov. 23. Passing on little bucks results in Randolph County trophy

Scott Niemitalo grew up in eastern Oregon where he hunted mule deer and elk with a bow and arrow. But tagging a large Randolph County whitetail buck provided one of his most satisfying experiences.


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A chase of more than 4 hours ended when Tim Willliams killed this 12-pound Gates County buck in front of his beagles. Gates County beagles come through

Timothy Williams’ pack of beagles earned their dog food for an entire year on Nov. 29, when a chase that lasted more than four hours ended with Williams putting a great 12-point buck on the ground.


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John Del Papa killed this 145-inch Wake County 8-pointer on Nov. 21 with a compound bow. Raleigh teen archer had the right stuff

Sometimes it’s an easy read when encountering people, even younger ones, who have the right stuff.†


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Kenny Snyderís big 10-point buck from Orange County fell on Nov. 25, 2014. Fatherís fingerprints ďall overĒ big Orange County buck

Kenny Snyder of Efland and his wife, Rhonda, have enjoyed a run of successful deer hunts for trophy bucks in recent years.


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Karley Davidson skipped school on Nov. 19 to kill this big 10-point Randolph County buck. New home, new land, new big buck

Karley Davidson may be 16, but she approaches hunting like a 40-year veteran.


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Bruce Florence (right) killed this 707.5-pound wild boar last Friday in Transylvania County on a hunt with his son, Jonathan. Father-son duo team up on 700-pound Transylvania County wild hog

Jonathan Florence admitted that it was “pure luck”, but neither he nor his father, Bruce, is about to downplay the hunt last Friday in Transylvania County that ended with Bruce Florence killing a 707 Ĺ-pound wild hog he said could be best described with one word: buffalo.


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Ray Adcock's entry of an 8-point buck he killed in Union County last Nov. 25 won the grand prize in North Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest. Monroe man is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest

When he’s in a deer stand, Ray Adcock of Monreo usually handles a video camera while his daughter, Melinda Rich, does the shooting. But on the morning of Nov. 25, 2014, the two decided to split up and sit in different stands on the property they hunt in Union County. It wound up being a winning decision all the way around for Adcock, who killed an 8-point buck, entered it in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest and was drawn in mid-January as the grand prize winner.


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Deer that arenít shot at every time they stick their noses out often donít bolt at the first sight of a human. The deer woods

A pod of whales.†

A copse of brush.†

A gaggle of geese.†

A brake of cane.

A slash of palmetto.


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This prime quail habitat was created by the excavation of an irrigation pond because the area could not easily be farmed and became overgrown by all kinds of vegetation. Wastelands are not wasted on quail

The excavation of an irrigation pond created some prime quail habitat. The spoil from the pond excavation became a mound at the water’s edge, creating an area that farming equipment cannot easily enter.†


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Prescribed burning of stands of pines is a  primary tool for managing wildlife habitat, including quail. Recipe for quail-habitat management is complicated

John Henry Harrelson, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, helps coordinate the Columbus County Quail Co-Op’s habitat-management efforts. He said that managing quail habitat is like making alphabet soup — a lot of different things go in.


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Mitchell Blakeís homemade Alabama rigs fool plenty of winter stripers in the Albemarle Sound. Sweet, home Alabama rig

The Alabama rig, aka A-rig, debuted in 2012 after a pro bass fishermen used it to win a big tournament on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. Now, it’s used on almost every lake where it’s legal, mostly by fishermen targeting largemouth bass. However, striped bass love to bust a bait ball, too, according to guide Mitchell Blake, who has been breaking ground with it ever since.


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