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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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Hybrid sorghums produce tremendous yields for hunters looking for a grain to plant in waterfowl impoundments. Plant hybrid sorghum in June

While corn ranks at the top of the list as a waterfowl food, sorghum will not disappoint incoming flocks, either. The new hybrid varieties of sorghum are capable of producing yields similar to corn that provide food for ducks on their migration.


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Scent control: friend or foe for trapping coyotes?

The last deer fawns and turkey poults should have appeared in June. Consequently, coyote pups are weaned off their mother’s milk and are beginning to feast on a wild assortment of solid foods. Trappers and predator hunters should ramp up their game, paying special attention to their scent control and enticement lures.


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North Carolina's spring wild-turkey harvest was off 8-percent this year, but it was still the second-largest on record. North Carolina turkey harvest is off 8 percent from 2013 levels

For the first time in seven seasons, North Carolina wild turkey hunters saw a decline in the total spring harvest. During the April 12-May 10 gobblers-only season, hunters downed 16,912 birds. 


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Corn is a popular crop for landowners planning to plant waterfowl impoundments for fall flooding. A relatively new strain allows for later planting. Get corn in the ground!

Even though duck season is a long way away from June,  hunters with upland waterfowl impoundments need to get their crops planted this month to have them mature by the opening day of hunting season. 


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The federal protection of red wolves in five eastern North Carolina counties apparently trumps the state's right to manage coyotes, according to a federal judge's decision. Judge puts halt to coyote hunting in five NE NC counties

A U.S. District Court judge issued a temporary injunction earlier this month that banned coyote hunting in five counties in eastern North Carolina because endangered red wolves may have been mistakenly killed in the same areas, but the decision will be up for review in September.


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The length of a gobbler’s spurs are a better indication of his age than body size. Judge a gobbler’s age in the field

Hunters judge turkeys by a collection of characteristics, including weight, spur length, beard count and beard length. Every hunter wants to harvest an old, trophy gobbler, but, knowing a tom’s age is a tough task in the field — before and even after the kill. However, a tom’s age can be estimated fairly accurately by following a few general guidelines.


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Aggressive cutting late in the season will often cause a turkey to shock-gobble, giving a hunter the chance to set up closer to the bird. Two slam-dunk, late-season turkey calls

Of all the game species with which North Carolina is blessed, wild turkeys are one of a very few that must be pulled into shooting range with a series of calls.


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Hunters can often get to turkeys that are unpressured by paddling streams or swamps and accessing land unavailable to other hunters. Paddle up a gobbler

Late-season gobblers can drive a hunter insane. They become wary of the same old calls from the same old spots in the same old fields. Though they may still roost in the same areas, they may avoid feeding grounds that have had constant and consistent hunting pressure in prior weeks.


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Late season birds can be tougher to lure into range because they’ve been called to for weeks, but with hens on the nest, they’re apt to fall for a make-believe girlfriend. Birds at the bitter end - Late-season turkey hunting requires a change in tactics to tag a North Carolina tom

Spring turkey season arrived for North Carolina hunters a couple of weeks ago, so it’s been long enough for the drive to tag a longbeard to falter when normal tactics didn’t produce. But instead of hanging up their camouflage and trading their calls for a fishing rod or golf club, the last two weeks of the season can be the best time to lure a gobbler into range and should never be avoided for a true feathered fanatic. 


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North Carolina deer hunters killed a record 188,130 deer in the 2013-14 season, an all-time harvest record. North Carolina deer harvest sets all-time record

 North Carolina deer hunters posted an all-time harvest record during the 2013-14 season, tagging 188,130 whitetails according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.


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Brian Sykes' Orange County gobbler had five beards that measured between 7 and 9 3/4 inches. Orange County gobbler with five beards will rank No. 10 all-time in North Carolina

Veteran turkey hunter Brian Sykes of the Caldwell community in northeastern Orange County has had little trouble filling his tags in recent season, but a gobbler he took two weeks ago is a first for him: a 5-bearded bird that ranks in the top 10 all-time in North Carolina.


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