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Grow Big Fish Series: Balance pH
Growing big fish begins with creating the right environment on the molecular level. The food chain in ponds begins with the microorganisms and ends with the top predators, such as largemouth bass and catfish. In order to get the preferred micro-organism to grow, proper pH and later fertilization must be a part of every pond management plan. Pond productivity starts with balancing the pH to allow the expected phytoplankton to be able to utilize the added nutrients.
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Steve Shaw of Alamance County downed a tremendous non-typical in southern Alamance County. Deer of Year 2011
As a magazine that tries to discover and present to its readers the most-impressive deer killed in the Tarheel State each year, North Carolina Sportsman closely monitors the annual white-tail harvest.
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Doug Malinowski’s Orange County buck ranks as the No. 2 all-time archery trophy taken in North Carolina. N.C. has new No. 2 typical bow buck
Doug Malinowski, who arrowed a 16-point buck in Orange County on September 27, 2010, had the deer’s rack officially scored in late November 2011 following the required Pope&Young 60-day drying period.
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Squirrel hunting is perfect for kids because it's never boring. Barking up the right tree
It didn’t take long for Terry Nance and his brother Cody to hit paydirt. Minutes after they opened the doors of the kennel in the back of a pickup truck and released several dogs into the woods in rural Bladen County, the were rewarded with excited barking.
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Terry Nance says a scoped .22 pistol is a perfect 
weapon to carry when hunting squirrels with dogs. Use mini-guns for pint-sized game
Terry Nance uses a Ruger Mark II semiautomatic target pistol for shooting the squirrels his dogs have treed because it is easier to carry than a rifle or shotgun.
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Cory Nance jerks on vines to try and dislodge a squirrel from its nest. Shake them up, wring them out
When a dog’s barking tells the hunter there is a squirrel up a tree, but the hunter cannot see the game, it’s a good bet the squirrel has run into a nest or hollow.
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Bobwhite aficionados are hoping to improve quail numbers in North Carolina by pooling resources and efforts with the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation. First private quail restoration efforts begin with Jan. 24 banquet
Proceeds from a Jan. 24 banquet to be held by the newly formed Uwharrie Conservation Society will be dedicated to bobwhite quail habitat restoration efforts. The society formerly was known as the Uwharrie Quail Unlimited chapter. The banquet will be held at Snyder’s Farm Restaurant at 6 p.m. near Randleman and will feature a 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. seafood buffet, raffles, silent and regular auctions, during which attendees can bid on quail hunts, outdoor artwork, Seagrove pottery, Klaussner’s furniture, and other outdoor gear and accessories. There also will be door prizes for men, women and children.
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Charlotte's Mark Silverthorne is the final winner of the 2011 North Carolina Spoertsman Bag-a-Buck Contest. Silverthorne wins final Bag-a-Buck Contest round
When Mark Silverthorne of Charlotte saw a trail-cam photo of a huge buck back in late September, he decided to dedicate his entire season to trying to tag the trophy. “From the first picture I got of that deer, I hunted it straight through October and November,” Silverthorne said. “That was the only deer I wanted.”
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Pam Styers of Yadkinville killed one of the county’s widest-rack whitetail bucks in early December.
Wide-racked monster buck falls to female Yadkin hunter
Pam Styers of Yadkinville has been a hunter for seven years and has harvested several whitetail deer. But nothing matches the trophy she bagged on Dec. 9, 2011, while hunting for a buck that had been wounded that morning by her father.
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This wild hog killed in early December by Jay Bailey of Black Springs bottomed out a set of 400-pound scales.
Wilson County hunter fills freezer with sausage from huge wild boar
Jay Bailey of Black Creek had never seen a wild hog anywhere near the property he regularly hunts near Lucama in Wilson County. No tracks. No rooting. No wallows. No crop damage. So, no shock when a hog that was well over 400 pounds appeared in a broomstraw field in front of his ladder stand right at dark on the afternoon of Dec. 6? Wrong.
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Vilena Hunt's frame is dwarfed by the massive 742-pound black bear she killed Dec. 23 in Beaufort County.
Aiken teacher tags huge North Carolina bruin
People who track such things are aware women are becoming more involved in the outdoors with each passing year, especially hunting. In 2011, female hunters downed some impressive animals, but absolutely none bigger — or more surprising — than the black bear that a tiny South Carolina school teacher took on Dec. 23.
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Use trail cameras to see which bucks on your property survived hunting season to get a start on next year’s tactics. A head start on next season
Even though deer season is over, it is not too early to start developing strategies to corner that trophy buck for next season. Post-season scouting is crucial for hunters serious about managing their herd. Post-season investigations reveal travel patterns and potential stand locations for the next season. However, much of the available buck sign can be misleading. Photo evidence will identify the survivors after the season closes.
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