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November is when the peak of the rut or breeding season occurs across most of North Carolina. ’Tis the Season
With apologies to those waiting for Dec. 25, Christmas arrives in November every year for deer hunters in North Carolina.
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On Beaver Pond
Nestled deep in the hardwoods of Stanly County, a creek winds its way through the countryside, finally merging with the Yadkin River. Along its course, a smaller tributary stood bloated and still behind an impoundment not of human construction. Veteran duck hunter Mike Davis of Albemarle remained completely motionless and hidden along the banks as the pre-dawn November darkness gave way to the cries of the morning.
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Hot Wings Decoy Tree Hot Wings Decoy Tree
Great Day’s Hot Wings Decoy Tree positions five spinning wing decoys into a group that gives the appearance of multiple ducks landing. The Decoy Tree attachment points are designed to accommodate either duck or dove decoys — making it equally effective for two hunting seasons. Constructed of aircraft aluminum, the Decoy Tree weighs only 3 pounds and disassembles for compact transport and storage.
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Mature bucks vigorously rub traditional signpost trees used through the years. The Old Traditional Deer Rub
The rut is close. By procreative instinct, a mature hefty 8-pointer traverses the land. Ascending a bluff ridge, the persistent male steadily climbs the steep vegetative terrain with ease. His path is precise; the buck has ventured the topography many times before. Although he periodically stops to investigate a few licking branch scrapes and flehmens doe urine, he directs his attention toward old trees with distinguished markings.
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Bucks are on the prowl this month in one of the Tarheel State’s best counties for whitetails; take advantage of their potential boo-boos. Northampton’s Rut Central
North Carolina deer hunters have three basic options for hunting during November’s rut: private land, public game lands and hunting lodges.
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Roanoke Rapids' Douglas Brown killed this fine 8-point in a small Halifax County plot of land after finding signs of activity earlier in the year. Big buck is big surprise for Halifax County hunter
There’s a little piece of woods in Halifax County that is special to Douglas Brown of Roanoke Rapids. “It’s shaped like a little triangle, maybe 100 yards on each side,” he said. Brown doesn’t know exactly what makes it different, but he’s just about decided that it’s the place to be come mid-October.
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Swansboro fishing guide Mike Taylor killed this 152-inch buck when he took some time off to hunt with client Drew Getman, who killed a big 10-point on opening day of bow season. Alamance County property produces second monster buck
Hunting buddies Drew Getman of Raleigh and Mike Taylor of Swansboro had two huge bucks on trail cameras on a piece of property they were hunting in Alamance County. Getman tagged a 145-inch 10-pointer back in September, on opening day of archery season; his only regret was he was afraid that all the commotion surrounding him tagging the buck would handicap Taylor in his pursuit of the second trophy – a huge 8-pointer with a drop-point. Boy, was he wrong.
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White-tailed deer held in captivity are at the center of a controversy involving the N.C. Wildlife Commission.
Penned-deer killing results in court date; NCWRC says no CWD found in euthanized animals
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission released information Oct. 19 that none of the nine deer killed during a raid on a Randolph County deer-pen farm showed signs of chronic wasting disease. Pen owner Wayne Lindley has vowed to pursue legal action against the Commission for the raid, claiming violation of his Constitutional rights.
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Deer hunting in the Central Section of North Carolina opens on Nov. 12. Correction: Central deer season opens Nov. 12
On page 132 in the October issue of North Carolina Sportsman, incorrect dates for opening day of muzzleloader and gun seasons in the Central Deer section are listed.
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Several unpermitted deer were killed in September by NCWRC officers in keeping with a policy to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease into North Carolina. NCWRC destroys unregistered penned deer
North Carolina Wildlife Resources officials arrived unannounced at a Randolph County deer farm during September after receiving a tip that the owner was keeping fallow and white-tailed deer without proper permits. Using shotguns and rifles, the wildlife officers shot and killed seven fallow deer and two whitetails.
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Owner of euthanized penned deer protests during NCWRC meeting
Wayne Kindley, his wife and friend Jo Henderson appeared at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s monthly meeting yesterday (Oct. 13) in Raleigh at the invitation of WRC Executive Director Gordon Myers. Henderson presented a petition containing 7,000 names opposing NCWRC actions during which nine deer at Kindley’s farm were killed.
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A small incision under the base of the tail is the start of a favored method for squirrel skinning, which finishes with the skin being “shucked.” Skinning squirrel a breeze with this technique
Bob Glenn uses a method of skinning that keeps hair off the meat of a squirrel. He makes a small incision in the underside of the base of the tail, cuts through the tailbone and leaves the hair attached at the lower back. He extends the incision about one-half inch along the back of each rear legs.
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