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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).”