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Conduct preseason photo census
Bucks should continue to hang together in their summer bachelor groups through August. Bucks of similar age will be in groups between a few to over a dozen individuals, at least until their hormones begin flowing in September. August is the perfect time to conduct a camera census on the buck population, with a series of trail cameras set up on the best food sources available.
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Cool-season food plots can contain different plants that will mature at different times to provide season-long food for wildlife. Plan cool-season planting
August is a vital month for food-plot junkies hoping for an attractive nourishment center for deer season. But cruising through fields and woods or cultivating potential plots during the sweltering August heat is not a preferred activity in the South. Ninety-degree days and 100-percent humidity keeps most folks near or inundated in air conditioning. Luckily, the cool-season planting period is still a month away, but hunters can prepare their food-plot plan for the upcoming season this month. Planting season is just around the corner!
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2011-12 Harvest by County
Harvest by County
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North Carolina Deer Seasons, 2012-13
Eastern — Archery Sept. 8-28; Muzzleloader: Sept. 29-Oct. 12; Gun: Oct. 13-Jan. 1
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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is considering going completely to an on-line system for its big-game harvest reports. It would speed up the process and save money. Deer registration may move on-line
Hunters who have been using cooperator agents, telephone calls or registering their deer harvests through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Deer Management Assistant Program may see changes in the future.
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The herd’s in good shape, and a handful of great counties are the place to be this fall. 2012 Deer Forecast
It became gin clear after the 2012 Dixie Deer Classic and the release of harvest figures from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for the last hunting season that North Carolina’s deer herd is in good shape. It’s also fairly obvious that Wilkes County in the state’s northwestern corner has the state’s most-avid hunters and one of its healthiest deer populations, while three counties in the northeastern corner of the state are once again home to the most whitetails in North Carolina.
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Feds say duck numbers are well up this year
Waterfowl hunters should expect plenty of ducks over their decoys this season – weather permitting – if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on breeding numbers holds true. The report said that total population of breeding ducks observed was 48.6 million, up 7 percent over 2011 numbers and 43 percent above the long-term (1955-2010) average. The estimate is a record high.
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According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, scaup numbers are up better than 20 percent over last year. Duck numbers up again, federal survey reports
Waterfowl hunters should expect plenty of ducks over their decoys this season – weather permitting – if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on breeding numbers holds true. The report said that total population of breeding ducks observed was 48.6 million, up 7 percent over 2011 numbers and 43 percent above the long-term (1955-2010) average. The estimate is a record high.
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North Carolina hunters killed more than 15,000 turkeys during the month-long spring season that ended in mid-May. North Carolina hunters set a fifth-straight spring-turkey harvest record
While other southeastern states have seen declines in wild turkey numbers and falling harvest figures, North Carolina continues to buck the trend. Hunters produced a record harvest during the recent spring gobbler season for the fifth-straight year, with 15,421 turkeys taken, 945 more than in 2011. The 9.3-percent increase almost matched 2011’s 9.5-percent jump over 2010’s harvest total.
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The Target Tarp will protect 3D and block-style archery targets from the elements, allowing you to keep them outdoors and maximize your practice time. Target Tarp will protect your bow target
For most bowhunters, target maintenance is not a priority. Thanks to a new product called Target Tarp, however, archers can keep their targets looking like new even if they leave them outside year-round.
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Wintering waterfowl like these tundra swans may not have to worry about flying into 497-foot-tall wind mills, as a Chicago-based energy company has put on hold its plans to build a 11,000-acre wind farm in Beaufort County, just two miles from the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Wind farm project put on hold over concerns about bald eagles
Invenergy LLC of Chicago, operating in North Carolina as Pantego Wind Energy, apparently has thrown in the towel on locating a controversial “wind farm” in Beaufort County, close to a major national wildlife refuge. However, Invenergy/PWE said it would continue to study the problem an 11,000-acre wind farm with 497-foot-tall wind mills would pose to local bird life, specifically endangered and protected bald eagles.
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ThermaCELL's lantern provides illumination, and it repells insects as well. ThermaCELL introduces lantern to line of products
It is possible to be mosquito free on a deck, patio, woods or beach cottage or in a campground without being doused in mosquito repellant or covered in mosquito netting. ThermaCell, manufacturer of several mosquito- repellant products, has introduced the ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern. In addition to mosquitoes, ThermaCELL Outdoor Lanterns also repel black flies and no-see-ums.
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