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Prescribed burning of stands of pines is a  primary tool for managing wildlife habitat, including quail. Recipe for quail-habitat management is complicated

John Henry Harrelson, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, helps coordinate the Columbus County Quail Co-Op’s habitat-management efforts. He said that managing quail habitat is like making alphabet soup — a lot of different things go in.


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Mitchell Blake’s homemade Alabama rigs fool plenty of winter stripers in the Albemarle Sound. Sweet, home Alabama rig

The Alabama rig, aka A-rig, debuted in 2012 after a pro bass fishermen used it to win a big tournament on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. Now, it’s used on almost every lake where it’s legal, mostly by fishermen targeting largemouth bass. However, striped bass love to bust a bait ball, too, according to guide Mitchell Blake, who has been breaking ground with it ever since.


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A scissor rig might be quickest and easiest way to turn a boat into a floating duck blind. Secret of the scissor-rig

A scissor rig’s two-piece design is a marvel in form and function, and it must be custom-built to your vessel’s specs. However, one cannot begin construction with just any old planks. Sure, most any wood floats, but even treated lumber will become waterlogged and sink relatively quickly and rot in the briny sound water. Juniper wood is the secret, sought-after for its buoyancy and resistance to decay. 


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Spinning-wing decoys are an effective use of motion to help convince ducks to make decision to drop into a spread of decoys. Add motion to your decoy spread for more ducks

Hunters using clever decoy spreads can increase their odds of taking home more feathered fowl by incorporating Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion to make their hunting spot more attractive. 


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Groups in North Carolina and South Carolina are offering seminars on coyote control in the coming months. Get schooled on coyote control

From pestering livestock and domestic animals to preying on juvenile deer and small mammals, coyotes are becoming a major nuisance to both native wildlife and domestic animals. 


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Samantha Brown's unusual drop-tine Stanly County buck won North Carolina Sportsman's December Bag-A-Buck contest. Salisbury woman is December Bag-A-Buck winner

Samantha Brown of Salisbury really had no idea what she’d shot when she squeezed the trigger on a Stanly County buck late on the afternoon of Dec. 29.


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Keep an eye out for flocks of ducks heading into your area on the shoulders of cold-weather systems. Look for big duck moves

While it may be the first month of the year, it is the last opportunity to sit in a blind and take down a limit of ducks. Hunters should take advantage of the last three weeks of the season, when ducks have flooded the Carolinas and are anxious to fill up on rich food resources. But by January, the waterfowl migration is practically over — or is it?


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Jerry Simmons’ setter, Fate, brings a female bobwhite quail back to her owner. Can quail come back? Landowners, biologists trying to bring quail back to Columbus County

On a sunny winter morning, two pickup trucks turned off a paved, farm-to-market road into a Columbus County farm field. In the beds of the pickups were dog kennels. However, they were not housing packs of deer dogs and coonhounds. Not even the whining of expectant beagles could be heard.


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Guide MItchell Blake takes care of the striped bass for sportsmen who want to a cast-and-blast experience on the water around the Albemarle Sound and Roanoke River. January cast and blast - The Albemarle and Pamlico sounds are two great spots for a cast-and-blast double-play in January

While winter bears down on North Carolina, the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds play host to a combination of fins and feathers that’s sure to light a fire under any sportsman. Taking advantage of the coincidence are two guides looking to sample the best duck hunting and striper fishing available during frostbitten January.


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Evolved’s Dirt Bag Evolved’s Dirt Bag and Dirt Block

Made with Evolved’s own blend of molasses flavoring and other ingredients deer can’t resist, Dirt Bag and Dirt Block attractants are packed with flavors and nutrients that help draw in deer. Even better, both products are enhanced with Glo-Cote, an ultra-violet light enhancement that is invisible to humans but highly visible to whitetails. Not only will deer smell and taste the flavors in Dirt Bag and Dirt Block, they’ll see it, too.


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Hiding or burying a cache of hunting odds and ends can keep deer hunters from toting too much equipment in and out of the woods on every trip. Hunting cache can help lighten your load on hunting trips

One thing that made the Lewis and Clark expedition successful was knowing what to carry and when to carry it. Expected to take roughly 2 years, the explorers had to bring every tool they expected to use on their trip. The genius behind their adventure was that they stockpiled gear along the way to avoid carrying everything to the Pacific Ocean and back. The “Corps of Discovery” buried at least three separate caches —buried hordes of equipment —with the intention of digging them up on the return trip.


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Paddleboards like the Flatstalker are excellent vessels for getting into hard-to-reach places during waterfowl seasons. Paddle up waterfowl

Years ago, in the back of a lake near home, my father took me on my first duck hunt. The water was cold, the world was dark, and paddling the wooden johnboat deep into the swamp was tiring. It was nearly enough to turn a young future hunter away from the sport.


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