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Hunters Jefferson Boaz, Folger Boaz, Chase Harris, Jeremy Johnson and Frank Harris took these tundra swans hunting with guides Charles Haywood and Karl Helmkamp of Albemarle Outfitters. Swan Hunting Permits

Tundra swans do a tremendous amount of damage to winter field crops, in northeast North Carolina, so the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission issues 5,000 permits to hunt tundra swans each year.


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Staying hidden is much more important on late-season hunts, so building a blind from natural sources is often a good idea. Late-season dove tips

Andy Pope and Lowrie Beacham have developed habits in their pursuit of late-season doves that are worth sharing:


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Know your limits, regs, times

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts aerial surveys to estimate the breeding population of waterfowl across Canada and the northern United States. Hunting seasons and regulations are set for all four flyways, with the population estimate taken in to account.


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Leslie Mills killed this huge buck on Clay Creek Hunting Club property in 2011. Wildlife Habitat Improvement:

Minutes from Charlotte and just south of the state line in Chesterfield County lies Clay Creek Hunting Club. Consisting mostly of planted pines, agriculture fields, oak ridges swamp and creek bottoms, Clay Creek has almost the perfect collection of habitat types to support a wide range of game species, but trophy whitetail bucks are the primary emphasis for this seasoned group of hunters, and they see the results of their work in a real way.


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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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