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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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Sunflowers need two herbicide treatments to kill weeds: one before planting and one when plants are developing, 100 days from maturity. Protect sunflowers now
The 95-degree days of June can easily pull dove fanatics off course, but Labor Day is less than 100 days away. There is no time to slack off now. Dove fields should be kept clean to ensure vigorous growth, with little to no competition from weedy invaders.
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Protecting a tiny area in each food plot from wildlife browsing will enable land managers to better gauge the effectiveness of fertilizer application and herbicide treatments. It’s not too late to establish control areas
Spring food plots should be coming up strong now, with deer and other wildlife beginning to show up regularly. Small wire cages or forage-protection fences should be erected in at least one place in each small to medium-sized food plot, and two in plots larger than four acres. Food plots are a work in progress, but if deer and other wildlife are foraging the plots with a vengeance, it will be tough to determine the effectiveness of fertilizer application and herbicide treatments.
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Too many fire ants in a farm-pond fish’s diet can be fatal. Treat fire-ant beds with an insecticide as soon as they are located. Grow Big Fish: Kill fire ants
During the summer, fish eat about everything they can find. Small bream and juvenile bass must stay close to cover in hopes of eluding the larger bass, but all fish will be looking to eat whatever closely resembles food. In early summer, bream and bass eat pounds and pounds of insects, whether floating or tumbling through the water column. If it wiggles, kicks or undulates, these fish will inhale these morsels with little hesitation.
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Rice fields for ducks should be planted by early June and should be flooded immediately after germination to prevent competition from weeds. Plant rice now for ducks!
The famed rice fields of the Mississippi Delta reel in ducks by the thousands each season, and for good reason. Rice is rich in carbohydrates and packed with energy. Most rice varieties planted for ducks in the Carolinas will have a 120-day maturation; therefore, impoundments must be planted by the first few weeks in June to have a viable food source for the early duck seasons.
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Blake Cox’s cinnamon wild turkey gobbler he shot April 20 in Guilford County is a 1-in-300,000 coloration pattern, experts said.


Cinnamon-colored gobbler spices up season for Kernersville hunter
Odd coloration in Eastern wild turkeys is fairly common across the southeastern states, but Blake Cox of Kernersville bagged a gobbler that may take the 2012 prize in North Carolina. Cox, 55, and was hunting in Guilford County on April 20 when he shot a gobbler that not only had light cinnamon-brown feathers but also white quills, and its belly and legs were mostly white with mottled brown specks.
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Guide B.J. Keener holds up the gobbler taken by 8-year-old Cory Holbrooks of Franklin on an April 21 hunt for handicapped kids in Macon County. Two youths take gobblers on Macon County handicapped hunt
For Miguel Villagomez, a visually impaired eighth grader who was guided by Gene Piver of Asheville, a long-time member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the hunt ended with a bang at first light that left a big gobbler flopping on the ground. It took a little longer for 8-year-old Cory Holbrooks of Franklin to connect, but it was no less sweet. Holbrooks, whose walking ability is impaired, high-stepped through a cow pasture in the predawn darkness, learning that it was best to avoid the scattered, plate-sized dark spots.
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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is considering a proposal to expand youth-only turkey hunting from one to six days. Commission considers expanding youth turkey-hunting opportunities
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will take to its July 5 meeting in Raleigh several proposals for changes to the spring wild-turkey season, including a week-long youth season and allowing hunters to take their 2-bird season limit on a single day.
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