• North Carolina Hunting

    Lowcountry hunter kills two velvet 8-pointers on same hunt

    Steve Bilka killed these two velvet deer on the same hunt, on Aug. 18 in Green Pond, SC.

    Coyotes and deer fawn depredation

    With coyotes having overspread the southeast and deer numbers declining in some areas, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has three questions to answer about maintaining a stable deer population: 

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Don’t miss great August fishing

    Before summer arrives, it seems to take forever to get here. But as soon as the kids get out of school, activities begin, and the hot days fly by at lightning speed. As August arrives, the summer will be winding down, and the kids will soon start school again. Even though it is one of the hottest months, it’s a perfect time to find some water and dredge up a largemouth bass, bluegill or channel catfish with the youngsters before they start the new school year. 

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 

    August 14 at 9:54am

    USA Trail Cams pack professional DSLR quality into trail cameras

    The virtues of trail cameras are too numerous to name, and it’s safe to say that these pieces of equipment have changed the way many outdoorsmen approach their hunting lands. Having photographic evidence of what passes through our hunting grounds is a piece of the hunting puzzle that sportsmen of decades ago never had access to, and the knowledge it gives us is unbeatable. 

    August 09 at 12:01pm

    North Carolina schools place 2nd, 3rd in national shooting competition

    Two youth teams affiliated with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission captured second and third place in the senior division at the 31st annual National Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). The shooting and outdoors skills competition was held July 24–29 at the Mill Cove Environmental Center at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Penn.

    August 09 at 9:59am

    Hidden food plots are gems

    Even though it’s still blazing hot, August is a great time to locate and prepare a new place to pull in a big buck during the upcoming deer season. The neighboring agriculture field or the 10-years-going-strong food plot will always be good places to see some nice deer, yet the mature deer will quickly pattern hunters and anything they see as a threat during the daylight. 

    August 08 at 9:00am

    Get ready for waterfowl season with the Decoy Raft

    What’s the quickest method to deploy a dozen decoys? It’s the same method to deploy four dozen, a hundred, or even more. It’s called the Decoy Raft, and it’s the product of a handful of friends from North Carolina who are passionate about waterfowl hunting.

    August 03 at 5:53pm

    NCWRC holding black bear meetings throughout August

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a series of public meetings in August to update the public on current black bear information and discuss bear management. The meetings will also serve as an open forum to receive public opinions regarding future directions for bear hunting and management across the state.

    August 02 at 4:30pm

    Cover

    North Carolina hunters can look for the same kind of deer hunting they've had the past several seasons, thanks to a stable statewide deer herd.

    August 01 at 7:00am

    North Carolina’s 2016 deer preview

    The 2015 statewide harvest of 162,588 whitetail deer was the eighth-highest in North Carolina history, and that should be good news for this fall’s season. 

    “The harvest seems to be holding fairly steady, except for some circumstances when the herd can be affected by a variety of events,” said Jonathan Shaw, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s supervising deer biologist. “I don’t know whether or not it will go higher or lower. If we continue to harvest deer at same rate and put (more) coyotes on the landscape, (that) may start to show up (negatively).”

    August 01 at 7:00am