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Rig’Em Right Decoy Anchors

Hunters looking for an easy and super-fast way to retrieve their duck decoys without worrying about tangles will love Rig’Em Right Decoy Anchors. This field proven system allows fast and accurate placement of decoys with one hand and then storage on the provided spring clip without the use of a bag. Rig’Em Right Decoy Anchors are available in three sizes: 30-inch, 54-inch and 60-inch anchors.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cutting up sea ducks

Camouflage is a key element of successful hunting, especially for waterfowl.

But the art of hiding from wild game has changed over time. Native Americans once concealed themselves inside animal skins or attached leaves and grasses to their clothing to hunt buffalo, deer and wild turkeys.

During the modern era, manufactured camouflage items have ruled the shooting sports, and the camo industry has grown into a multi-million-dollar enterprise.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Right shotguns, proper calls are keys for sea ducks

Having effective weapons and ammunition and mimicking duck sounds are keys to successful sea-duck hunting.

A well-functioning shotgun in 12- or 10-gauge and using proper loads is crucial.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Decoy sets crucial to big-water hunting

Whether waterfowlers use a scissors rig or not, setting up decoys to lure ducks in shotgun range is a key component.

Adam Jones has two decoy sets he uses for puddle or sea ducks.
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Better late than never

The last month of the year brings brisk morning air to the hills and valleys of the Tarheel State, and while many deer hunters have put their boots and rifles into semi-retirement, December can be extremely productive in terms of encountering a trophy buck on any of the public-hunting areas distributed across North Carolina, between the Blue Ridge mountains and the coastal maritime forests.

Tactics typically used on private land are often eliminated on public properties, forcing hunters to revert to the basics of ancestral strategies for tagging a big buck, and no doubt about it, this immense acreage has everything needed to grow and harbor bucks suitable for a trip to the taxidermist. Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Drive ’em out!

As the season chugs along into December, hunting pressure drives deer deep into heavy cover. While not impossible by any means, traditional still-hunting becomes challenging. Hunters must figure out where deer are bedded during the day and develop clever strategies to intercept them when they travel, and the increasingly nocturnal nature of late-season deer often short-circuits this approach.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

White out = Lights out!

North Carolina is not a northern state, and significant snowfall rarely occurs during the deer season. However, arctic blasts occasionally show up in December, converting the landscape into a winter wonderland.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Use all available mapping tools

Hunting North Carolina’s Game Lands or any other unfamiliar parcel of land should always start with a map of the area before to investing too much time on site. Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Crossing over

Jerry Simmons of Castle Hayne made his rounds, checking out the ground blinds and elevated stands he and his son Jerry Simmons Jr. were planning to hunt later that afternoon. Instead of avoiding the areas, he was spilling corn from the tailgate of his pickup as it rolled through his Pender County hunting club, Shelter Creek Plantation and Hunting Preserve.

“The deer are used to the traffic and the routine with which I feed my hunting areas,” he said. “We have roads going through the Carolina bays where we hunt, and the stands and blinds are on the roadsides. A deer only has to walk out of the road, and he is hidden in thick cover. He will watch you put down the corn, then come right back out to eat after you leave.”Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Crossbow broadhead issues

Arrows fired from crossbows are shorter and more touchy about broadhead flight than the shafts typically launched from traditional or compound bows.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Blind luck

Chris House and Jerry Simmons both like to hunt from tent-style ground blinds when using crossbows. They can be set up or moved quickly to take advantage of prevailing winds, and they offer protection from the weather and from biting gnats and mosquitoes.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cocking a crossbow

Jerry Simmons cocks his crossbow before entering a blind or stand.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am


Johnathan McVey killed this monster buck in Orange County on the first day of the blackpowder season. Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Martin County produces huge non-typical for Hamilton hunter

Brian Thomas of Hamilton rarely hunts deer during the morning because of his maintenance job with the Martin County school system. But Nov. 12 was a holiday, so he hit the woods early.

He’s glad he did after downing one of the biggest whitetails — a 156 1/8-inch non-typical —taken in the county.
November 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

'Heartbreaker' no more -- Reidsville woman kills trophy buck

Mindy Huffines of Reidsville muffed a 10-yard shot at large-racked whitetail deer back in 2009 while bowhunting. Shaken to the core by the incident, she nicknamed the deer “Heartbreaker.”

The experience haunted her and her husband, Hunter, until two weeks ago, when she dropped the same Rockingham County trophy buck, which carried a 12-point, non-typical rack with more than 158 inches of horn.
November 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

Guilford County hunter scores on huge non-typical

Nathan Isner of Julian started getting regular trail-cam photos of a huge, non-typical buck on some land in southern Guilford County late in the summer. He admitted later, he was a bit shocked.

“When I got the first picture of him, I about fell out of my chair,” Isner said.

Fortunately, his “plan of attack” worked, and on Nov. 14, Isner finally got a look at the buck, made a good shot and was stunned when he got to the buck and started counting.

The big, main-frame 8-pointer had a total of 23 scoreable points and will likely approach the 180-inch mark, making it the latest huge buck from Guilford County, one of the state’s most heavily populated counties.Read More...
November 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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