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Doug Malikowski’s 17-point whitetail buck, arrowed Sept. 27, may be the state’s No. 2 all-time archery non-typical. State record-book buck downed in Orange County
Doug Malinowski, owner of a landscaping business in Hillsborough, discovered on Sept. 27 that the fourth time was a charm. That’s when, hunting alone from a tree stand in Orange County, the 28-year-old deer hunter arrowed one of the great bucks in North Carolina archery annals.
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Cool season food plots like wheat offer deer excellent nourishment at a time when other natural foods are disappearing. The last chance to plant? Late-season plantings are deer magnets
While most hunters concentrate more on hunting than preparing food plots this month, cool-season plots can still be culitivated. Peak moons and dwindling daylight triggers heavy rutting activity; bucks begin seeking out does coming into estrus, and cooling temperatures draw does towards concentrated food sources.
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Bushytails and Boomers
Bob Glenn eased slowly along a rock-strewn path that once served as the bed for a narrow-gauge railroad. Timber was the primary resource in the highest elevations of North Carolina’s Appalachian mountains during the early 20th century, and the railroad grades and logging roads crisscrossing the rugged terrain that were used for transporting felled trees are a legacy of that period in time.
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State offers permit waterfowl hunts
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers permit-only waterfowl hunting at many of its game lands in eastern North Carolina.
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Final Approach Mallard Feeder duck deecoys Final Approach Mallard Feeders
Successful waterfowl hunters understand the importance of having a realistic decoy spread. Ducks and geese see a lot of different presentations during the season and become wary as the hunting pressure increases, making it increasingly important to have a collection of lifelike decoys.
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Rhonda Snyder took these two trophy bucks in Orange County on Sept. 16 in a 6-minute period of time. Female hunter bags two bucks in six minutes
When Rhonda Snyder of Hillsborough started dating her husband, Kenny, she admitted she went deer hunting with him for obvious reasons. Now with two high-school aged children, she has more time on her hands and has grown to love deer hunting, especially bow season. She’s really been in love with it since Sept. 16, when she used her Tenpoint crossbow to take two impressive Orange County bucks – a main-frame 8-pointer with a drop tine and a big 7-pointer – within six minutes of each other.
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From early October until New Year’s hunters across eastern North Carolina watch crossings and other deer travel routes, listening to hound music. Hound Hunting
As autumn settles across the Tarheel State, practitioners of a century-old tradition begin to stir. In an age when technological advances have changed the dynamics of deer hunting across the nation, the “Dixie” deer hunt — driving deer with dogs is the name of the game — has changed very little from its historical roots in the rural eastern third of North Carolina.
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Allowing bucks to grow to maturity is the first step in being able to regularly harvest trophies with archery equipment. Grow Your Own
Whether or not you’re a country music fan, the message of Kenny Chesney’s song applies to many activities, particularly deer hunting.
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Justin Mathis arrowed this great buck after work last Wednesday, and entered it in the 2011 Bag-a-Buck Contest. WRC officer downs high-racked Caswell buck
Justin Mathis, the veteran North Carolina Wildlife Commission enforcement officer stationed in Caswell County, downed one of the highest-racked Tar Heel bucks taken this fall by an archer. Hunting last Wednesday (Sept. 14), his day off from work, the 28-year-old Mathis was at the same farm he’d hunted the previous Sunday and Monday without success.
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Scotty Morris displays a 13-point, in-velvet Person County buck he arrowed September 12.
Person County spits out monster buck in full velvet
Scouting, an unusual-but-effective stand set-up and a dose of patience allowed Scotty Morris of the Mariah community in Person County to harvest a tremendous whitetail buck Monday (Sept. 12), three days after the opening of North Carolina’s archery season. “Me and my buddy, Kenny MacMahan, had been watching this buck since the middle of the summer,” the 37-year-old Morris said. “We kept seeing (the deer) in the beanfield across the road from my house. I could see him and a couple other bucks in that field nearly every day.”
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Drew Getman arrowed this 10-point trophy in Alamance County the evening of Sept. 10, opening day of North Carolina’s 2011-12 archery season for deer. Raleigh hunter scores trophy deer on opening day in Alamance County
Drew Getman of Raleigh was about as low as he could get at the end of last hunting season, having missed two trophy bucks with his bow. But he’s about as high as he can get this week, having killed a huge 10-pointer Saturday (Sept. 10) on opening day of archery season in Alamance County.
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Bag-A-Buck contest back for 14th year
North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck 14 contest kicks off this month, with thousands of dollars worth in prizes up for grabs. The grand-prize package includes a 2-day deer hunt with Fourth Generation Outfitters, a CVA blackpowder rifle, a Leupold rangefinder, a Nikon Pro Staff scope and a Line-X truck bed liner. The grand-prize winner will be selected from all entries, and the prize will be presented at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh next March.
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