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Deer hunters can do themselves a big favor by targeting wild hogs, when available,  especially after the end of deer season. Here, piggy, piggy, piggy

The weather may seem very similar to December, but January is definitely a transitional month for outdoorsman around the Carolinas — especially the thousands of deer hunters out there. More hunters participate in deer season than all of the other game animals combined. But just because the season is over doesn’t mean the deer rifle should be retired to the gun cabinet. Hunters can continue hunting, targeting a different quarry with large white tusks in the front and a pair of country hams bringing up the rear. 


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Coyotes are unwelcome visitors in North Carolina. Unwelcome night visitors - Top-drawer predators are making pests of themselves, but they provide a great off-season target for North Carolina deer hunters

Like embarrassing relatives or low-information voters, several things are true about coyotes in North Carolina:


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Guide Joshua Swaim shows the kind of gamebird for which North Carolina’s mountains are famous. Ruff-ing it - The Pisgah National Forest is a grouse hot spot for North Carolina hunters who know where to look and what to look for

If you’ve been considering joining a gym, buying some exercise equipment or taking up a weight-loss program to try and drop those 10 pounds — or maybe it’s 15 — you may have added over the holidays, here’s an alternative. 


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A brace of lesser scaup, aka bluebills, is a distinct possibility for hunters heading to the New River. Go take a dive! Big, open-water hunts for diving ducks is what North Carolina’s ‘coastal’ New River is famous for

North Carolina’s New River of the east is a wide, salty estuary, quite a contrast to the winding, freshwater New River of the state’s northwestern corner. Among the shortest of coastal rivers, it flows from Jacksonville to the Atlantic Ocean.


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Wildgame Innovations Sugar Beet Crush Wildgame Innovations Sugar Beet Crush

Add Sugar Beet Crush to your automatic feeder as a high-fat, high-protein feed topper that’ll keep deer returning to your site. This one-of-a-kind attractant contains real sugar beets crushed and blended with processed beans and can help you start growing bigger deer. For added distribution options, choose the Sugar Beet Crush Lick ‘N Brick or Sugar Beet Crush Juiced.


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The Yentzen The Yentzen

Sure-Shot pioneered the duck call market with their patented double reed design. Today, the original “World Champion” Double Reed Duck Call created by George Yentzen and Jim “Cowboy” Fernandez back in the early 50’s is back. Designed to exact specs from an original, this Sure-Shot game call delivers quality craftsmanship at an unbeatable price.


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A bill in Congress proposes raising the price of the federal waterfowl stamp from $15 to $25. Bill introduced in Senate would raise duck stamp price to $25

A U.S. Senate bill was placed in the hopper Dec. 19 that would boost the cost for a federal waterfowl stamp from $15 to $25.


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Carlton Tompkins of Capt. Froggy's Guide Service said aggressive calling is usually not required when hunting diving ducks or sea ducks on the Pamlico Sound. Tone down your calling for diving ducks, Pamlico Sound guide says

Waterfowl hunters who have cut their teeth hunting swamps and small bodies of water for puddle ducks shouldn’t expect to have the same success on big-water, diving ducks without changing calling techniques, according to Carlton Tompkins of Capt. Froggy’s Guide Service.


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Darwin Huddler's entry of a 6-point Stokes County buck was the winner of North Carolina Sportsman's monthly Bag-a-Buck contest for November. Bag-A-Buck prize adds to father's payback

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John Tuttle's 12-point Rockingham County buck was scored and certified on Dec. 12 as the new state-record archery deer. Rockingham County buck scored officially as new state-record

North Carolina has its second new state-record archery buck in two weeks. A 12-point buck arrowed by Stoneville’s John R. Tuttle on Oct. 1 in Rockingham County was officially scored on Dec. 12 and became the second buck this season to qualify for the Boone and Crockett Club’s all-time record book and break the previous state record.


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Jennings Davis killed this huge Wilson County buck on Nov. 14 as it fed in a harvested sweet potato field. Lucama man kills enormous Wilson County buck

North Carolina’s coastal plain doesn’t produce many enormous trophy bucks, but it certainly did three weeks ago, when Jennings Davis of Lucama in Wilson County celebrated his 75th birthday a week early by killing a tremendous buck on Nov. 14.


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Plan your duck-hunting season so you don’t overpressure any areas; that will ensuring good hunting in future seasons. Plan your duck season

Thanksgiving weekend closed out the short, teaser sessions that primed the valves and got every waterfowl hunter excited about bagging a limit of ducks in the Carolinas’ flooded country. For the first week or so of December, hunters and the hunted get a little break, but the remaining portion of the waterfowl season will arrive in little time at all. Duck hunters need to regroup, plan and prepare for their last hurrah for the best hunting of the year. 


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