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Jason James and Trey Padgett head for an elevated “pig” stand that was also used for hunting deer until the deer season ended. Pigs bed in thickets, feed in open land
Property that has been recently logged, leaving open grasslands interspersed with pockets of pocosin, a native American term meaning “swamp on a hill” is ideal pig habitat because it is similar to the territory inhabited by Eurasian wild boar, from which at least some of North Carolina’s feral swine of today may have descended.
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Soaking corn in water, allowing it to soften and turn ‘sour’ will attract more hogs. ‘Sour mash’ leaves wild pigs begging for more
Simply dumping some corn in the woods, as is the practice of many deer hunters, is not the best way to go about attracting feral pigs to a bait station.
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Brush piles and tree laps are good places to check as rabbits like to sit in that type of cover near a food source. Rabbit habitat
Alston Quarter is a wild section of land — a half-mile by a half-mile — in Alamance County known to locals as “Austin Quarter” that’s been called “The Quarter” since the 1700s.
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Following a pack of beagles into a thick cutover requires hunters to have the proper clothing and weapons before they can consistently put rabbits in their game bags. The right stuff for rabbit hunts
Equipment for hunting rabbits is fairly simply but specialized.
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A pack of beagles can be composed of anywhere from five to 12 dogs, as long as they run a rabbit at the same pace. How many beagles to hunt rabbits?
Beagle owners who hunt rabbits don’t need a dozen or two dogs to have a large-enough pack of hounds to chase bunnies.
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Hal Milholen (left) and Phil Culberson bagged these trophy bucks at almost the same time on Nov. 18, 2011 in Chatham County. Siler City hunting buddies score on trophy bucks five minutes apart on same day in Chatham County
A person who has hunted whitetail deer 36 years and taken two or three animals each season isn’t a likely candidate to get excited in a tree stand.
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Hens in North Carolina’s Piedmont region had the best success raising broods of poults in 2011, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s summer brood survey. Brood survey shows slightly better turkey reproduction in 2011
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s summer brood survey of nesting wild turkeys indicates that things didn’t really change much in 2011 from the previous year. Statistics compiled from observations by 680 participants (biologists, wildlife enforcement officers, forest service staff and avid hunters) between July 1 and Aug. 31 indicate only fair reproductive success across North Carolina.
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Doug Malinowski’s Orange County buck ranks as the No. 2 all-time archery trophy taken in North Carolina. Orange County buck officially declared state's No. 2 all-time archery trophy
A 16-point buck arrowed in Orange County in September is the officially second-largest ever taken by a bowhunter in North Carolina. Ramon Bell and Joey Thompson, the president and chief scorer, respectively, from the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, laid the tape on a huge buck killed by Doug Malinowski on Sept. 27, after the Pope & Young Club’s required 60-day drying period.
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NorthCarolinaSportsman.com user and North Carolina Sportsman magazine subscriber Austin Andres won the November installment of the Bag-a-Buck Contest after submitting this photo of a buck during the Thanksgiving break from college. East Carolina University student wins November Bag-a-Buck Contest
Austin Andrews of Graham had a few days off from his studies at East Carolina University over the Thanksgiving break, and he put them to good use. The day after polishing off all that turkey and dressing, Andrews polished off a 17-inch 10-point Alamance County buck. A week later, his entry was drawn as the third monthly winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest.
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Mike Davis of Burlington nailed this magnificent 152-inch 10-pointer in Person County opening day of rifle season.
Person County gives up another trophy whitetail
Mike Davis has been a deer hunter for more than 30 years, but 2011 was only his third season to try his luck in Person County. The warden for the City of Burlington’s second water-supply impoundment (Lake MacIntosh) had never killed a trophy deer, and he wasn’t expecting to see one based on past experience. Then again, Davis hadn’t hunted that much in Person, which is about in the middle of the northern tier of counties along the North Carolina-Virginia line that’s called “The Trophy Belt” of the Tar Heel state.
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Teena Koury downed this 140-class 8-point Nov. 19 while muzzleloader hunting in Person County. It’s her second huge deer in as many seasons. Burlington woman drops giant Person County 8-pointer
Teena Koury of Burlington is building a reputation as one of the top outdoors women in North Carolina, especially when it comes to bagging large white-tailed deer. On Jan. 1, 2011, the final day of the 2010-11 deer season, she nailed a Person County buck with a rack that scored 142 4/8 inches that was the largest buck taken by an adult female Tar Heel hunter during that season, finishing second at the 2011 Dixie Deer Classic to a 146 2/8-inch buck killed by a 7-year-old Alamance County girl. Koury may have topped that feat when she took a giant 8-pointer with a 22-inch frame just before dark on Nov. 19.
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