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Trappers across the Carolinas are gearing up for the core of their season. Don’t get trapped: Know trapping rules

Beginning with Native Americans during pre-settlement through the modern day, trapping has been one of the nation’s unique past-times. To some, trapping has lost its luster, but, there is still a sold trapping community beating the bushes all over the Carolinas. In fact, North Carolina issues nearly 4,000 permits each year. 


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Plenty of ducks have moved on to South Carolina, and according to biologists and Ducks Unlimited, birds from the mid-Atlantic states haven't filled in North Carolina's holes yet. North Carolina stuck in dead zone as duck migrations start and stall

Temperatures are high and expectations are low as the third segment of North Carolina’s three-part waterfowl season gets underway. Hunters and biologists are expecting low numbers of birds as the migration continues to stall in regions far to the north.


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Hunters can now take advantage of all the cool features of a new iPhone app from Mississippi State University's Deer Lab. Free iPhone ‘Deer Hunt’ app fun, informative

Mundane hunting camp rituals could become a lot easier if a new iPhone app from Mississippi State University’s Deer Lab delivers what its designers hope it can.


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When deer season has been open for a few weeks and your luck isn't good, do you stick with what you've been doing or change tactics? Five steps to changing your deer-hunting luck as the season wanes

It was opening day, I’d barely set foot in the woods before the season, and in a matter of minutes, I had an 8-pointer on the ground. Only when dragging him out did I realize he was on a beeline for an active scrape behind my stand, and all I had done was show up in the right place at the best possible time.

If only it was always that easy.


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Watch the world's fastest deer skinner

I pride myself on being able to disassemble a deer pretty quickly. But judging from this video, I have a long way to go in terms of stripping down an animal.

This fella, who apparently works at Peach Orchard Deer Processing outside of Sumter, S.C., takes the hide off a deer and dumps its guts - and trims off fat - in less than two minutes. It's a video you just have to see to believe.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Delta Waterfowl Foundation will hold waterfowl-hunting seminars on Dec. 9 and 11 in Raleigh. Two waterfowl-hunting seminars scheduled for Raleigh next week

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two free seminars next week for waterfowl hunters at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.


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Joseph Harris killed this great Orange County buck with one slug from a 20-gauge shotgun. Prep wrestler takes great Orange County buck with shotgun slug

It’s well known that teens often make decisions by relying on their feelings rather than logical thought progressions. Sometimes, that approach works – just ask 16-year-old Joseph Harris. On Nov. 15, opening day of gun season in North Carolina’s Central deer section, Harris, a junior at Northwood H.S., decided to place a chair on an Orange County hillside 10 minutes from his Chatham County home. Forty-five minutes later, he’d shot the buck of a lifetime, a 146-inch whitetail.


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Rev. Wade Hall and 10-year-old Gage Zokal admire a raccoon taken in Columbus County, where extensive swamps and agricultural land make for great habitat. Kids and coons - Raccoon hunting is a Columbus County staple, and hunters are willing to share their love for the sport with youngsters

Out in the yard, beneath a canopy of pecan trees, the aroma of wild boar barbecue set stomachs to growling. Inside the house, Rev. Wade Hall Jr. sat at the kitchen table, registering participants in the inaugural Lumber River Outdoors/True Vine Coon Club Youth Hunt.


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Eastern North Carolina produces some of the biggest black bear of anywhere in the nation Mine ENC’s black gold - For the best December bear hunting in North Carolina, go east young man!

Even though black bears are built to survive in just about any environment, they are no match for North Carolina’s bear-hunting battalion, and in December, hunters looking for a real trophy bear should definitely not head for the hills; they should head for eastern North Carolina.


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When hunting pressure pushes bucks of the grid in December, go find a wet spot and wait. Bet on wet - Swamps, ponds, streams and rivers are late-season hidey holes for heavily pressured North Carolina bucks

As the last month of the season arrives, hunters can still fill their last buck tag and make one last visit to the taxidermist, even though most of the immature and dim-witted bucks have learned about deer season the hard way. The surviving animals are well educated and unlikely to make the same mistakes their late relatives did. 


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Hunting ducks on the big water of the Pamlico Sound requires different tactics than trying to attract puddle ducks to an inland Big ideas for big-water ducks - Pamlico Sound is not just a big pond filled with ducks. Learn how to hunt it

A knot of ducks appeared low on the horizon, coming right out of the sun, headed for the spread of decoys, when Carlton Thornton, aka Captain Froggy, warned the hunters in his well-camouflaged boat to get ready.


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Borrow pits dredged during highway construction are often great stopping-off spots for migrating waterfowl. Borrow pits: duck havens

Over the past 20 years, federal dollars have upgraded transportation facilities in every county in both North Carolina and South Carolina to handle the booming human population settling in the South. Literally thousands of miles of new blacktop have relieved traffic congestion and allowed travelers to get to their destinations in a more-efficient manner, and few will complain about the lack of slowdowns on the highway. But these transportation projects all over the eastern seaboard have taken their toll on wildlife. 


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