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Jeff Webb killed this enormous wild hog, which weighed at least 500 pounds, on hunt-club land in Bertie County on Feb. 28. Huge Bertie County hog exceeds 500-pound mark

Under starry skies on Feb. 28, Jett Webb of Conetoe ensured there will be one less mouth to feed in the Indian Woods section of Bertie County – and a real big mouth, too. Webb took down a massive wild boar that bottomed out a set of scales certified to 500 pounds that’s used for weighing tobacco bales. 

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Gary Stevens of Marion killed this enormous buck in Adams County, Ohio, on Jan. 1, that was judged Best in Show at the Dixie Deer Classic. Huge Ohio buck is Best in Show at Dixie Deer Classic

A huge Ohio buck killed by a McDowell County hunter and a handful of great bucks from the Piedmont, including two Boone and Crockett Club monsters, highlighted the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic that ended on Sunday, March 2, at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.

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Chase Watson sits in the door of a Hughes Box Blind, holding a Leupold scope; both were part of his grand-prize package for winning the Bag-A-Buck contest. Bag-A-Buck winner picks up grand-prize package at Dixie Deer Classic

Chase Watson of Oxford, the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, picked up his prize package on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.

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North Carolina deer hunters are just a few days away from the annual Dixie Deer Classic, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Raleigh. Dixie Deer Classic will open this Friday in Raleigh

Can the Dixie Deer Classic possibly be 34 years old? Well, it’s difficult to remember a time when North Carolina’s best bucks weren’t on display at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, but the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic is indeed at hand, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, specifically the Jim Graham Building, the Exhibition Building and Dorton Arena.

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Chase Watson's entry of this big Granville County buck taken last Oct. 3 was drawn as the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest. Oxford hunter is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest

A Granville County hunter is the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for the 2013 season. Chase Watson of Oxford, “baseball1cw” on’s forums, killed the buck last Oct. 3, and a few days later, he entered it in the contest, which is presented by Leupold. His name was drawn on Feb. 14 as the grand-prize winner from among the hundreds of entries.

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No matter what type trap is used or what type of triggering mechanism, allow hogs to feed there regularly and in good numbers before springing it. Jail bait!

The explosion of wild hogs across North Carolina is a bittersweet occurrence. While they destroy natural habitats and compete with native species, they have offered hunters with a new animal to pursue — and they taste good, too.

But traditional still-hunting and hunting with hounds are not the only ways to target them. Trapping can offer hunters an exciting and innovative way to fill the freezer.

Evin Stanford, deer-project biologist for the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission, endorses trapping hogs with little hesitation.

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Hunting hogs with dogs can be a very effective way to keep control over a local pig population. A foolproof way to stay high on the hog

North Carolina is one of a handful of states where hunting with hounds is a legal method to take wild game, and hunting hogs with dogs is the most-effective and foolproof way to provide the makings of a pig-picking.

Hunting hogs with dogs is unlike any other hunting strategy that involves dogs. With most game species, hunters employ a dog or a group of dogs; each of the dogs participating will have the same duties. Hog hunters use two different types of dogs: a tracking or bay dog and a catch dog.

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Wildlife Habitat Improvement Series: Beaver Creek Trophy Club

Nestled in the heart of South Carolina’s Piedmont lies Beaver Creek Trophy Club. With more than 3,200 acres of pines, cutover, and swampland, Beaver Creek has the basic habitat components to back up to their name as a trophy club.

Beaver Creek is a relatively new organization, but with a foundation of good members, a good philosophy, prime habitat and a solid plan to become one of the best clubs around.

The 32-member club has already put quality bucks in the South Carolina record book. Last September, founding member Danny Kennington of Heath Springs dropped a 232-pound, 32-point buck that sported a 22-inch spread and 10-inch bases.

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Naturally occurring aquatic plants will offer waterfowl a more complete, longer-lasting buffet than do grains planted in impoundments that are only temporarily flooded. Jump-start impoundments

For the landowner ready to covert a section of property over to a moist-soil management regime or a permanent aquatic community, specific plantings will jump-start the impoundment and attract have ducks in the first year. While annual grains — corn, sorghum, millet, rice and buckwheat — can be planted around the edges and on mud flats; these plants must be cultivated accordingly with specific herbicides and seasonal care to get a good seed crop during the season. And since these plants are annuals, they must be replanted every year.

For the best results, landowners should plant perennial species for a longer-lasting and more-efficient solution. While often planted for turkeys, chufa is a perfect duck food. Banana water lily, native to the southern states, is one of the best to plant and is gaining popularity across the South. It is an ideal solution for landowners looking to convert their temporary impoundments over to permanently-flooded habitats.

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An encounter with a wild hog left Louisiana hunter Chris Morris with this gaping wound on his lower leg. Encounter with wild boar leaves Louisiana hunter in hospital

Chris Morris has been hunting Pearl River Wildlife Management Area outside Slidell, La., since he was 6 years old, and he killed his first hog there when he was 15. But none of that experience prepared him for his hunt Feb. 2, when a hog charged Morris and left him with serious wounds on his legs. “I never had anything remotely like this happen to me,” Morris told

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Lynsey Koury killed this buck, which scored almost 145 points, in mid-November in Alamance County. She added a 130-inch deer two weeks later. Burlington woman's double play makes for a great deer season

It’s a rare accomplishment for an archer to take two big whitetails in the same season, but it’s even less common for a female hunter. Consider Burlington’s Lynsey Koury an uncommon hunter. She took up hunting in 2008 when she and eventual husband Carson started dating, and last fall, she killed two trophy bucks in the space of two weeks. 

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Tommy Hogshead of Hayesville killed this huge Clay County buck last Sept. 30. Because of an injury to its genitals, the buck was still in full velvet. Wide, heavy mountain buck carried his velvet extra time for a reason

In the southwestern corner of North Carolina, Clay County is recognized more for black bears than whitetail deer, but Tommy Hogsed, owner of Parker’s Country Store in Hayesville, had seen a heavy-beamed buck chasing a doe in 2012. He found him again last fall and killed him last Sept. 30, the opening day of muzzleloader season.

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