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Zach Satterfield killed this great Rockingham County buck last fall during blackpowder season. It was just one of many trophies killed in the northern Piedmont county last season. Head for the Rock - Why has Rockingham County become North Carolina’s No. 1 county for trophy bucks? Who knows?

Where did all these big bucks come from?


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted not to relax regulations concerning the management of deer farms as far as elk or whitetail deer are concerned, but it will allow expansion of farms where other species, including red deer (above), axis deer and fallow deer, can be raised. Commission votes to continue restrictions on farm raised elk, whitetails

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission slowed a concerted push to create more deer pens in North Carolina at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday in Raleigh, voting to allow new farms to be built for axis, fallow and red deer – but not for whitetail deer and elk.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will vote Thursday on a proposal that might ease restrictions on rules managing penned-in deer and add to the chances of North Carolina's deer herd being infected with Chronic Wasting Disease. Commission faced with big decision Thursday on state's deer farms

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet today and on Thursday morning in Raleigh to discuss a number of issues involving fish and wildlife in the state, but none is likely to be bigger than a proposal that would increase the number of deer farms.


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Harness available technology and plenty of scouting before and during deer season can be done without setting foot in the woods and leaving any human scent. Link up to technology and make your deer scouting a remote venture

Hunting has definitely entered the 21st century, with range-finding rifle scopes, night-vision binoculars for predator and hog hunting, and apps for our smartphones that tell us exactly when the sun rises and sets. With new technology comes new ways to scout off-site, preventing you from putting down any scent that might disturb the deer you’re targeting.


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U.S. Army Sgt. Cody Harris of the 82nd Airborne arrowed this great buck at Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg spits out great archery buck for 82nd Airborne soldier

It’s not often a hunter’s first deer is a trophy animal. It’s even rarer to take a Pope and Young Club buck as a first bow kill. But Sgt. Cody Harris did his homework – and the needed work – and reaped a nice reward Sept. 14 at Fort Bragg.


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The hunting clothes that Debbie Hall wore when she killed this Stokes County 8-point buck wouldn’t have been available for women 15 years ago. Dressed to the nines, finally

Katrina Arpin remembers what it was like to get dressed to go hunting 15 years ago, when she got her start in the wilds of Minnesota.


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Rhonda Snyder took this Orange County trophy last fall with a crossbow. Crossbows have led women into hunting

One factor that many people believe has had a big impact on women joining the ranks of hunters is new, more-liberal regulations regarding crossbows.


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Two programs are available that pair bowhunters who need a place to hunt with landowners who want their deer population reduced. Programs will put hunters, landowners together

Hunters looking for the opportunity to hunt land that’s close to suburban or urban areas have two programs existing that could put them in touch with landowners who would like their shrubbery and/or gardens protected from the onslaught of whitetail deer.


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Fifty municipalities in North Carolina will participate in the Urban Archery Season, which runs from mid-January to mid-February, 2015. North Carolina’s urban archery initiative

The deer population around the suburban areas continues to boom, and the list of complaints from homeowners losing their valuable landscaping is becoming endless — not to mention the number of deer-vehicle collisions is on the rise, with millions of dollars of damages nationwide.


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A posted sign in the suburbs might point to a great hunting opportunity if handled correctly. Seek out areas protected by “No Hunting” signs!

As development progresses, more and more woodlots that once housed plenty of wildlife will be added to the asphalt jungle. Visions of progress seen through the developer’s eyes brings big bucks to property owners along the outskirts of town, yet some landowners refuse to sell land that has been in their family for generations and these areas remain wooded, undisturbed, and often have “No Hunting” signs on every perimeter tree. If played right with the landowners, hunters can get into these areas for some fantastic hunting opportunities.


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Beavers can be very destructive when they flood a lot of timber, but they also provide plenty of waterfowl and aquatic habitat. Leave it to beaver — or not

Are beavers good or bad for man and the environment? It depends on who you ask. The beaver can create good and evil in the same motion. All they do is chow down on items in their food bank and build dams. What is horrible about that? Again, it depends on who and what is affected.


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Killing too many bucks of any specific age class will prove detrimental in the future. Beware of killing too many bucks of any size

Most hunters enter the woods aiming to kill a trophy buck, or at least a good deer to take home to momma. And just about every hunter will want to take a second, third and even fourth buck if the opportunities present themselves, but hunters can get too much of a good thing and reap havoc on the future buck population on their hunting grounds.


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