• Carolina Hunting

    NC’s top deer game lands

    Mountain game lands

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Public-land squirrels abound

    North Carolina is home to four varieties of squirrels — gray, fox, red/Appalachian and flying — hunters target all of them except fliers. Gray squirrels are ubiquitous at all forests that have a substantial number of hardwood mast trees.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    The top spots for rabbits

    Three subspecies of rabbits — cottontail, marsh and Appalachian — inhabit North Carolina.  Cottonails thrive in early-successional habitat (cutovers) that afford cover and safety from avian and ground predators.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Holly Shelter Game Land has changed

    On opening day of deer season in 2017, Steve Biszmaier, a 53-year-old heating and air conditioning parts salesman from Wilmington, N.C., was hunting at Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County as he has for 30 years.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Public-duck splashdown

    SCDNR’S Category I WMA waterfowl hunts are draw hunts; the application process begins around mid-September. Getting drawn for Category I hunts is usually a three-year process, so your odds of being drawn the first year are not high. 

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Bear facts for South Carolina WMAs

    Biologist Charles Ruth of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said two distinct populations of bears are found in South Carolina, and WMA hunting is available for both.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    The best in ducks

    North Carolina’s best waterfowl hunting for ducks, geese, swans is in the extreme eastern portions of the state, and public-land opportunities reflect that situation. The region serves migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway every season. 

    September 15 at 7:00am

    South Carolina WMAs: Few issues with safety exist

    As a group, hunters are an opinionated crowd., and many opinions are based on feelings rather than fact. 

    September 15 at 7:00am

    North Carolina’s best bears

    Wildlife biologists have a maxim: good habitat translates into more game animals. But the public often misunderstands the rule. It depends upon the adaptability of a species, and no game animal is more adaptive than black bears. It’s why bear numbers are growing in North Carolina’s mountains.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    No dove hunt invite? No sweat. Go public

    For some hunters, opening day of dove season is the most-anticipated day of the year. It is generally the first day most hunters get to put on their camouflage and break out their shotguns. While most dove hunters join friends and family at a private, organized hunt, sometimes the invites don’t always make it around to everybody.

    September 15 at 7:00am