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The early bird gets the North Carolina duck

Waterfowl season arrives across North Carolina on Nov. 14, and even though the often mild weather might not seem as perfect for a duck hunter as the late-season, ice-breaking mornings of January, don’t think the Old North State’s coastal sounds done offer some fantastic early season action.

November 01 at 7:00 am

Whitetail Ale

Whitetail Ale from Wildgame Innovations is the first fermented attractant on the market, blending real oats, barley and wheat. Its strong scent lures deer from great distances while the great taste creates a habit-forming need they can’t deny. In addition to the super-effective rice-bran scent, Whitetail Ale also has Wildgame Innovations’ Glo-Cote ultraviolet additive that emits a visible neon-blue glow deer can see, night or day, piquing their curiosity and drawing them in.

November 01 at 7:00 am

Talk their language - Vocalization can be a killer technique on deer

Deer hunters go to great lengths to get a big buck within shooting range. Preseason planning, analyzing the wind and getting your stand in the right place are all crucial components, but another factor is used to great advantage by some hunters but totally overlooked or misused by many: vocalization.

November 01 at 7:00 am

Hunter kills Wayne County 14-point buck

A move to higher ground was the ticket to success for a Rosewood hunter during the two weeks of wet weather that ushered in the eastern blackpowder season. On October 4, John Mercer overcame a malfunctioning muzzleloader and dropped his biggest buck to date, a 14-point Wayne County beast that carried a gross green-score of 183.88 inches.

October 29 at 6:45 am

Gun cleaning, made easier and less messy

Don’t you just love cleaning your shotgun, rifle, or handgun? What’s better than threading those little patches through the ends of a cleaning rod, loading it down with cleaning fluids, then pushing it down the barrel, being careful not to scratch the metal with the cleaning rod? Now strip that patch out of the little slit on the end of the cleaning rod, put another patch in, and do it all over again.

October 28 at 6:45 am

Public land hunter kills 10-pointer, 9-pointer minutes apart on Roanoke River

Lee Huffman of Dallas likes to hunt, and this is his favorite time of year to do it. Seeing the results from his hunt on Oct. 23, it’s no mystery why. Huffman killed two deer — a 10-pointer and a 9-pointer — within a five minute stretch, and the 10-pointer was the best deer he has ever taken. The 10-pointer was green-scored at 135 1/4-inches.

October 27 at 6:45 am

Gibsonville hunter downs 200-pound, 16-point buck

After a gut wrenching standoff last Sunday, Gibsonville hunter Shane Phillips got a second chance on a Rockingham County buck that he actually wounded last year during rifle season. On this occasion, he delivered a perfect shot that would seal the fate of a full velvet 16-point that weighed in over 200-pounds with an unofficial green score of 191 4/8-inches gross.

“I was in the stand between 4:30 and 4:45, said Phillips. “I had a couple of small does and bucks come out in the field, it was an average hunt.”

The average hunt suddenly took a turn for the worse when the wind changed direction. “They could smell me and they bolted,” said Phillips. “I didn’t know if the hunt was over, so I just started grunting and bleating.”

October 26 at 12:01 pm

Aging a buck on the hoof

Many hunters have been in their deer stand and “something” steps into a field or shooting lane. The typical scenario is a buck on the prowl, usually at a considerable distance and in low light conditions. The hunter’s eyes immediately go to the rack.

“The rack has little to do with whether or not a deer has reached it’s potential growth” claims quality deer land manager Leslie Smith from Hampton. “Many hunters see what they think is a trophy deer because it’s got a visible rack over it’s head.”

October 20 at 6:01 pm

Stokesdale teen drops monster drop-tine buck in Rockingham County

Joe Willard, a 16-year-old Stokesdale man finally got his chance to arrow his biggest bow buck ever right after changing up his stand to a new wind direction and managing soggy conditions. And his trophy wasn’t just any buck. It was a 155-inch monster he and his father had been watching for over four years on film.  

“My father saw him running with another buck four years ago and he was a big buck then too,” said Willard. “We think the buck is somewhere in the ballpark of 8 ˝ years old.” 

October 16 at 6:44 am

Be prepared to trail

Every time a hunter leaves home to go after some venison, freezer, he or she should always expect that the hunt is going to be successful, and they had better be prepared to track their quarry under any conditions.

October 15 at 7:00 am

October deer tactics

Deer hunters across North Carolina carry a variety of weapons into the woods in October. Archery season is the ticket in the northwestern corner of the state and throughout the Piedmont. Muzzleloader season arrives in the eastern part of the state on Oct. 3 for 12 days, followed by gun season. And in the western part of the state, muzzleloader season runs Sept. 28-Oct. 10, followed by the second half of archery season.

October 15 at 7:00 am

Specialized planting equipment equals more-productive stands

Deer hunters looking for a way to increase the availability of food on their land without spending enormous amounts of time and money on corn and sweet potatoes can start a food- plot program, and it doesn’t have to be real expensive, either. But spending money in the right places will improve productivity of plots. 

October 15 at 7:00 am

Wear a harness!

Even with the market flooded with easy-to-wear safety harnesses and many models from which to choose, only 40 percent of hunters wear one when hunting from an elevated stand.

October 15 at 7:00 am

You’re in the clear

Clearing access to your tree stand is an often-overlooked details that can make a difference when it’s time to hunt.

October 15 at 7:00 am

Spring Lake hunter wins September Bag-A-Buck contest

James Griffin of Spring Lake spent most of the 2014 deer season thinking, “What if?” because he had missed a beautiful 8-point buck the opening morning of bow season, rushing his shot and shooting under the buck’s belly.

But in mid-July, he noticed that the same buck was back in his trail-camera photos, now a 9-pointer with a much bigger body. When he had his chance on Sept. 19, the seccond Saturday of archery season, he didn’t miss, dropping the 191-pound buck.

October 09 at 6:45 am

Cool-season planting time is now

While a rich fall planting may establish overwintering benefits for wildlife, the real reason most hunters plant cool-season food plots is to provide a hot food source in hopes of a shot at Bullwinkle during deer season. A lasting source of food to feed the wildlife over the winter is just a bonus. By October, the majority of the deer seasons are well under way, but it is still not too late to plant a cool-season food plot and have success without shelling out your life savings. 

October 08 at 9:00 am

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