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A knife, a compass and map are three things that belong in every deer hunterís day pack. A deer hunterís gear checklist

That long-awaited and glad moment, opening day, has finally arrived. You rise early, stoke the inner fires with coffee and sausage biscuits, and set out for what you hope will be a glorious first morning.


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An hour on the shooting range can make a world of difference in making sure your gun is zeroed and giving you the confidence you need to make shots during deer season. Home, home on the range

All too often, a sort of “Old-Betsy-is-a-tack-driver-who-has-never-failed-me” attitude leads to disappointment in the field. Anyone who hunts with a firearm owes it to themselves, the animals they hunt and a simple sportsman’s code of ethics to have complete familiarity with their gun. That translates to spending some time at the shooting range prior to the season.


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Making sure your weapon is hitting where itís supposed to should be a prerequisite before going afield this fall. Getting olí Betsy in shape

Over the next three months, deer hunters in the Carolinas will carry an arsenal of weapons into the woods to bring venison back to the dinner table. From traditional wooden contraptions to modern weaponry, hunters need to take a few shots to make sure that critical whack at a trophy buck will hit its mark.


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August is prime time to start thinking about planting cool-season food plots. Start thinking about fall

Even though August is often regarded as the hottest month, it is okay to begin thinking about deer season. For lucky hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the velvet hunts begin at the halfway point of the month, but for the rest of the Carolinas, there is still some time to prepare.†


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Deer season is a month away, so find out what's in store for Tarheel hunters. Targeting bottomfish is a great idea in August, whether you do it offshore on a big boat or around nearshore structure on a jet ski.


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Scouting is just one of the preseason ďchoresĒ a deer hunter must complete; finding a previous yearís rubbed tree might put you a leg up on finding this seasonís trophy buck. The buck starts here - Preseason scouting will lead to better results once opening day of deer season arrives across North Carolina

My Grandpa Joe, a hickory-tough old fellow who cherished all aspects of the hunting experience, was fond of reminding me, “The hunting’s only part of it.”†


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North Carolinaís deer herd is increasing slightly, and hunters are taking advantage of opportunities like never before. 2014-15 North Carolina Deer Season Preview

After last season’s record harvest, hunters might expect to tag fewer North Carolina deer this fall. But the take of 188,130 deer in 2013 isn’t necessarily going to cause a decline this year because of the dynamics of deer reproduction, weather, mast production, Sunday archery hunting and expansive either-sex seasons.


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Federal duck stamps will be available on-line this year through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Federal duck stamp will be available on-line starting Aug. 1

Starting Aug. 1, North Carolina waterfowl hunters will be able to order the federal duck stamp on-line by visiting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's website (www.ncwildlife.org), going to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website (www.fws.org), calling the Commission at 888-248-6834 or visiting a wildlife service agent.†


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North Carolina hunters will have a Sept. 6-24 season east of US 17 for teal. Commission sets seasons for early waterfowl, doves, rails

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates for doves and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.


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Mallard breeding was a big success this spring, with almost 11 million greenheads estimated in the USFWS's annual survey. Breeding survey predicts improved duck numbers this year

Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.


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The N.C. House version of the 2014 state budget includes a section that would transfer N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission management of captive deer and elk to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. House bill would take management of captive deer away from NCWRC

A section of the proposed 2014 House budget would transfer management authority over deer farming from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.†The Senate budget doesn’t include the proposal and both bodies currently are “reconciling” their versions.


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