Hunting News and Information

Butner hunter kills 150-inch buck in Granville County

Granville County is growing them big this year, with another 150-inch monster making a fatal mistake with only two weeks left of the 2015 season. Anthony Richard of Butner finally got the big 10-pointer he had been targeting for two months within rifle range. 

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December 21, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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NCWRC proposing elk hunting season in western North Carolina

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff is proposing a hunting season on elk in western North Carolina as a result of a successful reintroduction in the mountains 15 years ago.

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December 21, 2015 at 10:01 am
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Rutherford County hunter kills trophy 151 1/4-inch, 18-pointer

We’ve all been there. You’re super excited about the next day’s hunt and for whatever reason, you oversleep. The story behind Jeffrey Burgess II’s Rutherford County buck that he took on Dec. 5 testifies that late is certainly better than never, because this 151 ¼- inch, 18-point was a late morning mover.

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December 18, 2015 at 11:08 am
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Mooresville woman wins NCS Bag-A-Buck contest for November

With a big, full moon in the skies on Thanksgiving weekend, Paige Clayton of Mooresville and her fiance, Johnny Carpenter, decided that a mid-day hunt might be in order.

What a great decision.

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December 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm
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Summer turkey survey shows usual survival rates

North Carolina turkey hunters shouldn’t expect a big change in the number of birds they see afield during the spring season, according to the 2015 brood survey that was recently released.

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December 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Liberty hunter kills trophy buck after 2-year pursuit

Finding antler sheds after duck season has become a passion of Kasey Ferguson and her husband, and when they found the right-side shed of one particular deer they’d been watching on camera, they felt blessed. The next year, they found the complete pair of the same buck’s shed antlers. At that point, Ferguson decided she wanted to harvest that buck. After hunting it hard the past couple of seasons, she finally killed it on Dec 8.

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December 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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Indian Trail teen hunter bags trophy, 138 1/4-inch buck

When you’re 17 years old and have already bagged five bucks scoring better than 120 inches, it takes a lot to get excited. But the afternoon of Dec. 3, Noah Hill of Indian Trail felt that fever when he laid eyes on a Union County 10-point buck walking toward him on a trail. While the buck green-scored 138 ¼ inches, he almost made it a double. 

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December 16, 2015 at 8:55 am
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Winchester recalls all XPR rifles due to potential safety issue

Winchester has recalled all of their XPR rifles due to a potential safety issue, and has issued a strong safety notice. 

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December 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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Target stream corridors in logged areas for great deer

Landowners will clear-cut just about any size tract of land, however, there are certain land features contained within a parcel that will be left either uncut or selectively harvested, and these areas double as excellent travel corridors for wildlife. 

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tips for taking December deer

Nick House has no misgivings about hunting in December because fewer hunters are applying pressure to deer in his local area. He figures secretive, mature bucks may be more inclined to bed down on sunny hills or walk during daylight hours, especially when the secondary rut arrives, usually around the middle of the month.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Special gear for secretive squirrels

It is often difficult to spot a treed squirrel if the canopy cover is dense. While gray squirrels tend to hide by flattening their bodies against tree trunks or in forks where they resemble bumps or knots, fox squirrels often run to the ends of long-leaf pine tree limbs and curl into balls, looking exactly like pine cones. 

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Set your squirrel priorities: fox or gray

The best places to hunt fox squirrels are open stands of long-leaf pines. The best places to hunt gray squirrels are densely vegetated hardwood drains. 

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Hunting bears with Plotts is a North Carolina tradition

In eastern and western North Carolina, many modern bear hunters own pursuit hounds, most from the Plott stock, a breed of brindled bear and boar dog brought to the high country in 1750 by Johannes Plott, a German immigrant.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Dog hunters wary baiting may cause too many lost bears

In 2014, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission began allowing still-hunters to use natural bait the first six days of bear season in any county with a season.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Manage waterfowl hunting pressure

The largest chunk of waterfowl season arrives this month, giving hunters six weeks or so of duck-hunting madness. For the ducks, the re-opening is far from an exciting event, and they will shy away from places with excessive disturbance. 

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Mow, plow last strips for doves

Even though dove season’s popularity is centers on Labor Day weekend, the late season can offer hunters fantastic wing-shooting when the weather puts hunters in long-sleeved camo. For land managers and hunters who have preserved corn and soybeans for late-season dove hunts, December is a perfect time to bring down the seed.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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