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Straight Shootin
The photo shows the big 9-point that Ruffin later harvested Wake County man is winner of November Trail Cam contest
Tommy Ruffin of Garner submitted his Trail Cam photo from entitled King of the Pasture, and NorthCarolinaSportsman.com viewers used the three-day voting period to pronounce him the winner of the November Trail Cam contest.
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Being harassed by other deer is one reason for females finding secluded areas to mate. They will typically use high underbrush and even dense timber with deadfall. Deer Dynamics: Rut Hierarchy
Once bucks are in the height of pursuing does, their instincts for survival are somewhat diminished. Their eyes, ears and noses are focused on estrus does, and although they can still respond to threats, most of the time it takes them a few seconds longer to put two and two together. This stupor of hesitation on a rutting buck’s part offers a grand opportunity to bring him down.
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Tripp Todd's 188-inch non-typical buck is the latest trophy deer to come out of Northampton County this season.
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‘Bluebird’ mornings can be a waterfowl hunter’s worst nightmare, but a well-placed curtain blind and a good decoy spread can make the difference between a poor hunt and a good one. Curtains on Hatteras Waterfowl
The distant flock of ducks pulsed in the early morning light, swinging wide towards Hatteras. They made the turn and let the hunters know they had seen the spread of decoys in the shallow water several miles out in Pamlico Sound. The flock’s shape changed from wide to long as the ducks fell into a loose group headed across the edge of the sound and toward the waiting hunters.
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Many deer hunters concentrate on thinning out the doe herd late in the season, when it’s actually better to take them out before the rut starts — in archery or blackpowder seasons. Second Time Around
Beginning the last week of October and lasting through mid-November, the breeding season for whitetail deer in eastern North Carolina descends upon the land.
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Thomas Story and the black bear from Nov. 12 Chowan County bear is biggest sow ever killed in North Carolina
The biggest sow black bear ever killed in North Carolina was tagged in mid-November by one of the state’s smallest bear hunters.
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Mary Hunter Hite with her Alamance County buck from Nov. 13 Seven-year old girl makes perfect shot on first buck
Something that most veteran hunters can agree on is that a lot has to go right to take an 11-point trophy buck. Seven-year old Mary Hunter Hite knows this too, when she made good on the broadside buck at 100 yards, by steadying her aim and letting her youth model rifle do the talking.
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Matthew Lee and his 12-point buck from November 3 Swamp monster meets its match
Swamp hunting can be an effective way to harvest big bucks, especially if you use a bulldozer to clear out shooting lanes. Matthew Lee, 20, of Johnston County, did exactly that when he downed a 12-point, 161-inch trophy on Nov. 3.
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Lee Mizelle and his massive-tined trophy from Nov. 9 Beanfield produces Bertie trophy
Northeastern North Carolina has produced some outstanding whitetail bucks this season, and a Bertie County monster killed Nov. 9 by Lee Mizelle of Windsor may prove to be the best of them all.
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Doug Goins thinks hunters will improve their success by following a simple, 12-step program. 12 steps to better hunting
As a certified master bow technician who has hunted whitetail deer all across the country, Doug Goins of Matthews Archery has seen the best and worst in a lot of deer hunters. He offers these 12 simple steps — some archery specific — that can make you a better hunter this season:
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The long-arm excavator is essential when working on waterfowl impoundments Goose Creek Game Lands enhanced
Ducks Unlimited and partners have completed a wetlands restoration project in Pamilco County, improving both public and private hunting lands. The price tag to replace water control structures, improve pump capacity and buttress existing dikes against future wave erosion was three million dollars.
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The 12-point buck caught on trail cam wins the October competition Orange County buck image wins October Trail Cam contest
A buck named Stickers that gave Matthew Neems the slip in 2009, re-appeared in 2010 on his Bushnell trail cam. The Hillsborough, N.C. resident entered the image in the October edition of the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com trail cam contest and won the three-day reader voting competition.
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