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Charlotte's Mark Silverthorne is the final winner of the 2011 North Carolina Spoertsman Bag-a-Buck Contest. Silverthorne wins final Bag-a-Buck Contest round
When Mark Silverthorne of Charlotte saw a trail-cam photo of a huge buck back in late September, he decided to dedicate his entire season to trying to tag the trophy. “From the first picture I got of that deer, I hunted it straight through October and November,” Silverthorne said. “That was the only deer I wanted.”
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Pam Styers of Yadkinville killed one of the county’s widest-rack whitetail bucks in early December.
Wide-racked monster buck falls to female Yadkin hunter
Pam Styers of Yadkinville has been a hunter for seven years and has harvested several whitetail deer. But nothing matches the trophy she bagged on Dec. 9, 2011, while hunting for a buck that had been wounded that morning by her father.
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This wild hog killed in early December by Jay Bailey of Black Springs bottomed out a set of 400-pound scales.
Wilson County hunter fills freezer with sausage from huge wild boar
Jay Bailey of Black Creek had never seen a wild hog anywhere near the property he regularly hunts near Lucama in Wilson County. No tracks. No rooting. No wallows. No crop damage. So, no shock when a hog that was well over 400 pounds appeared in a broomstraw field in front of his ladder stand right at dark on the afternoon of Dec. 6? Wrong.
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Vilena Hunt's frame is dwarfed by the massive 742-pound black bear she killed Dec. 23 in Beaufort County.
Aiken teacher tags huge North Carolina bruin
People who track such things are aware women are becoming more involved in the outdoors with each passing year, especially hunting. In 2011, female hunters downed some impressive animals, but absolutely none bigger — or more surprising — than the black bear that a tiny South Carolina school teacher took on Dec. 23.
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Use trail cameras to see which bucks on your property survived hunting season to get a start on next year’s tactics. A head start on next season
Even though deer season is over, it is not too early to start developing strategies to corner that trophy buck for next season. Post-season scouting is crucial for hunters serious about managing their herd. Post-season investigations reveal travel patterns and potential stand locations for the next season. However, much of the available buck sign can be misleading. Photo evidence will identify the survivors after the season closes.
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Soil testing to get the right chemical balance is important for getting the most out of your food plots. Check chemistry in spring food plots
Even though warm season plantings are still several months away, preparations can start just after the first of the year. Wildlife and farm managers wanting to produce quality plots should initiate their pre-planting efforts several months prior to covering the first seed.
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Proper chemical treatment will help you get the most out of your pond. Intro to ‘Grow Big Fish’ Management Series
Soon after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, many Americans jot down resolutions intended to improve their lives and reach personal and business goals. January is a perfect month to jump-start a continual improvement process for pond owners and managers. As stewards of mother earth, farm pond anglers with control over their impoundments can drastically improve their successes on the water, following a list of action items conducted throughout the year. Pond anglers can follow the same resolution methods during the dawn of the New Year concentrating on each of the critical facets of pond management.
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A hunter, well-camouflaged in a well-camouflaged kayak, slips into a backwater area off Town Creek in search of ducks. Yakking for Swamp Quackers
Suddenly, the low, waking-up buzz of the swamp along Town Creek was pierced by the high-pitched squeal of a wood duck. It announced a trio strafing the decoys with all intentions of landing.
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Waterfowl hunters prefer 12-gauge  shotguns with open chokes for decoying and close-in shooting, using shot between Nos. 2 and 6. Equipment preferences
A shotgun with multiple-shot capability is the standard for waterfowl hunting. Many hunters prefer the reliability of pumps in the often harsh conditions, but auto-loaders and side-by-side or over-and-under doubles also work well. If the shell capacity of the gun exceeds three shots, the magazine must be plugged to limit it to three or less.
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Wood ducks are among the most-popular species of North American waterfowl, and they are the most-abundant in North Carolina waters. Meet Mr. Woody
The drake wood duck may be one of the most widely recognized duck in all of the United States. Its colorful winter plumage of bright green and brown with white details and their piercing red eyes, gives them an appearance no other duck can match. Hen wood ducks, while not as brightly colored as the drakes, are also very eye-catching. Even better, they are one of the most populous ducks, with good numbers in most states and high numbers in the South where they are the only duck that consistently produces two hatches each year.
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Wildlife officials hope that opening more opportunities for hunters to take wild hogs will allow sportsmen to keep the population under control. Go Hog Wild!
Jason James of Bolivia and his hunting partner, Sam Smith of Wilmington, climbed out of their vehicles and felt the sting of sleet against their cheeks. Deer season had recently ended, but they still had a strong desire to hunt, so despite the wintry January weather, they decided to take a shot at hunting wild pigs. They had been sitting in stands all morning, but had no luck.
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An ATV comes in handy for dragging a feral pig out of the swampy terrain in Brunswick County. Change in regulations open up hogs for statewide hunting
A law passed by the N.C .General Assembly earlier this year changed the “wild boar” classification for the former big-game animal to “feral swine” in the state’s six westernmost counties, ending that area’s traditional boar season. The change took place Oct. 1.
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