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Goldston bowhunter kills 140-inch buck after several years of observation

Chad Gaines of Goldston had a familiar buck under surveillance for four years, even giving it a unique nickname, but their relationship ended this past Monday when Gaines slipped a razor-sharp Rage broadhead through the ribcage of the buck, which had an 18 ½-inch inside spread and measured 140 inches.

Gaines, who called his trophy “Brows” because its brow tines were as long as its other tines and a good 4 to 5 inches from the base of its antlers, estimated the buck at 6 ½ years old.

September 28 at 7:00 am

Last-minute change to proposed bill keeps NCWRC in control of deer farm oversight

A huge outpouring of opposition from North Carolina hunters and other sportsmen led to a section of the N.C. Farm Bill of 2015-16 that would have shifted oversight of deer farms from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services being stripped from the bill on Thursday.

After a preliminary vote count, the Republican Caucus realized the House overwhelmingly opposed taking away oversite of deer farms from the Commission, then rewrote that portion of the bill. The House then voted 86-13 to approve the rewrite.


September 25 at 4:46 pm

North Carolina alleged hoaxster hunter charged with 4 wildlife violations

The Surry County man at the center of a hoax involving a set of huge deer antlers has been charged with four wildlife violations by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Nick Davis of Elkin, who passed off a deer that was wearing a set of shed horns purchased from a deer farm in Pennsylvania as a potential state-record archery buck last week, was charged on Friday with closed-season deer hunting, unlawful possession of an illegally taken deer and two charges for failure to tag and register a deer.

September 25 at 2:29 pm

Youth deer hunting day is this Saturday, Sept. 26th across North Carolina

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set Saturday, Sept. 26, as a Youth Deer Hunting Day. On this day, youth under the age of 16 may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have completed a hunter education course. The Youth Deer Hunting Day provisions apply to both private and public lands. 

Hunters age 16 and older with a valid hunting license may use only the weapon that is legal for the type of season open in their county on this day. All hunters must wear hunter orange on Sept. 26, even if the hunter is using archery equipment. The use of dogs for deer hunting is allowed, if it is otherwise lawful in that particular locality.

September 25 at 1:05 am

Lucky 13: 13-point buck makes 13th birthday special for Chatham County hunter

Nothing is better than getting what you want for your birthday, even if it’s a day late. That’s exactly what happened for Caleb Davis, a Lexington teen who downed a 13-point Chatham County buck on September 21st, a day after his 13th birthday.

“I picked the boys up from school and thought it would be a good day to go hunting,” said Jimmy Davis, Caleb’s father. “But, one of the boys didn’t have his hunting clothes, so we had to go back home to get them.” 

September 25 at 12:18 am

Top 6 steps to avoid these wild hog diseases

Feral hogs can carry a number of diseases, some of which can be contracted by humans. And at least one of those nasty bacterial infections can be fatal.

But cleaning and consuming feral hogs can be done safely, as long as you take some commonsense steeps to prevent contamination.

Here are the top 6 ways to safely handle feral hogs:

September 23 at 3:36 pm

6 wild hog diseases to avoid

Feral hogs are everywhere these days, so deer hunters are bound to run across them during time afield. And putting some of the pigs down is a great way to manage their burgeoning populations, which can cause habitat problems.

In fact, most biologists encourage hunters to shoot every hog possible.

But there are some potential health concerns when handling hogs, according to biologists.

September 23 at 3:33 pm

Teen bowhunter downs big Chatham County buck

Luke Bayse, a 17-yr old Thomasville hunter, isn’t your typical youth deer hunter. While many teen hunters are happy to get a shot at anything in the woods, Bayse is very selective in what he shoots, and this attitude has resulted in his share of trophy bucks, including a Chatham County 11-point buck he shot last week that has been green-scored at 141.

Bayse has been watching this buck with the help of trail cameras for over three years, and this year decided it was big enough to shoot. He had to wait a few days after the season opened because of the wind. Bayse and his dad had the buck patterned well enough to know that once the wind was right, whoever sat in that stand would have a chance to take this buck.

September 22 at 7:01 am

Hoax: NC non-typical archery deer killed last week proves false, scorer says

Joey Thompson, an official scorer for the N.C. Bowhunters Association, said on Sunday night that the antlers from an apparent state-record whitetail deer that he scored for a Surry County hunter last week came from Pennsylvania.

Thompson posted on his Facebook page on Sunday night that a non-typical buck that he measured at 208 inches net non-typical – more than 30 inches larger than the existing state-record archery kill – taken by Nick Davis, an Elkin hunter, were actually a set of antlers from Pennsylvania that had been screwed into the skull plate of a small buck killed in North Carolina.

September 20 at 10:47 pm

Stokesdale bowhunter sticks 150-inch buck

R.J. Seiler of Stokesdale had hunted a piece of property in Rockingham County for about 20 years and knew it like the back of his hand, but when 30 acres that adjoin the property were clear-cut this year, he had to rethink everything. Fortunately, the place he decided to hang a stand turned out to be a winner, with a 150-inch buck making a fatal mistake there this past Monday night.

Seiler figured the new clear-cut would have a profound effect on the deer using his property, and he was correct. There were tracks all over the place with several major trails entering and exiting the cutover littered with fresh, tender sprouts. After thorough scouting this past summer, he found a place inside his hardwoods where several trails converged leading into the cutover and connecting with a 4-acre field of standing corn field adjacent to a creek bottom. 

September 18 at 12:01 pm

Elon bowhunter scores 150-class 9-point buck

After getting 600 trail-camera photos of does and scrub bucks, Alex Hughes of Elon wasn’t expecting too much action the first week of archery season. With a new bow bought this past Saturday morning, he expected a Sunday afternoon hunt with long-time pal Michael Herring of Elon to be a doe fest. Boy, was he ever wrong, as the buck of a lifetime showed up and gave Hughes a 13-yard shot he didn’t miss.

Hughes took a huge 9-pointer with a 17-inch inside spread and 14-inch tines that measures around 150 total inches – after deciding to pass up a trophy 8-pointer.

September 17 at 6:03 pm

Elkin bowhunter kills NC pending state-record non-typical buck

When he killed a couple of bucks last season with racks that scored better than 150 points, Nick Davis of Elkin said several people he knew told him he’d never kill another one that big. They were correct. The buck he killed Wednesday evening in Surry County wasn’t the same size as the others; it would have swallowed them, and has swallowed up the top spot as the biggest non-typical ever killed by a bowhunter in North Carolina.

Davis’s huge 27-point buck, taken around 6:30 p.m., carries a 5x5 main-frame, tines up to 11 ½ inches long, bases that measure 6 and 7 ½ inches in circumference, and almost 60 inches of non-typical points. Joey Thompson, a certified scorer for the N.C. Bowhunters Association, put his tape measure on the buck on Thursday. According to his measurements, but buck has a gross score of 223 1/8 inches and a net score of 208 2/8.

September 17 at 9:00 am

Record $1.6 million fine levied in Ohio deer trafficking case

A $1.6 million fine — the largest for a wildlife crime in U.S. history — was ordered in an Ohio whitetail deer trafficking case, according to media reports.

The Columbus Dispatch reported on Wednesday that Benjamin N. Chason, 61, of Climax, Ga., was sentenced for violations of the Lacey Act, a conservation law prohibiting the sale of illegally taken wildlife.

September 16 at 5:21 pm

The sisters-in-law bucks

Jennifer Morris and Nancy “Tootie” Morris have something in common besides living in the tiny Person County community of Moriah: they married brothers. They also have something else in common: they killed huge whitetail bucks last Saturday on opening day of North Carolina’s archery season.

Jennifer Morris, who appeared on the cover of North Carolina Sportsman back in 2012 with a 135-inch Granville County buck, killed a 158 6/8-inch 11-pointer at around 6:15 this past Saturday evening. Her sister-in-law, Tootie Morris, killed a 141-inch 9-pointer in Person County about an hour later. Both bucks were their biggest ever.

September 15 at 12:01 pm

Chatham County hunter downs early morning velvet buck on opening day

Pittsboro’s Jake Muehlbach didn’t have to wait long to get a deer worthy of entering in this year’s Bag-A-Buck contest. It was just a few minutes after first light of opening day when he downed his Chatham County velvet 8-point buck, and while many folks might write his kill off as a stroke of good fortune, it was anything but luck.

“I’d been checking my trail cams in that area, and I saw this same deer coming back day after day, and always around 6:30 a.m. He showed up here and there in the afternoon, but every morning, he was walking in around 6:30 and staying for about an hour,” Muehlbach said.

September 15 at 7:01 am

Bowhunting safety rules make sense

North Carolina had its first fatal hunting accident that involved a bowhunter shooting another hunter by mistake last September. Previously, accidents involving bowhunters involved either falls from tree stands or accidents the hunters caused themselves.

September 15 at 7:00 am

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