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Deer Hunting in North Carolina
I've been checking the NC Sportsman, hoping to see pics of some great bucks, but there have been less posted here than I figured I'd see. I only hunt rifle, so no reports here. People just keeping to themselves?
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October 07 at 12:08pm
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Archery in North Carolina
Hi folks,

Still considering buying a bow. Didn't last year due to $ and time. (finishing a PhD).

PhD finished, but $ still an issue.

My local bow shop, of which I've heard great things, and treated me really really well when I just stepped in to check it out, doesn't have much in the way of entry-level bows, in my DL (31.5). That put me into the category of $950 bare....  Read More
September 08 at 8:17am
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Hunting in North Carolina
Sitting in a climber compressed whatever insulation you are wearing or sitting on, which ends up being not very insulating, ironically. Have any of you added something to your climber seat to help keep your bum warm? Foam or otherwise?
August 25 at 10:29am
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Turkey Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
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  • Blood spatter on the decoy is a good thing!
  • A 20 lb bird feels like 50 after jumping a few ditches and walking 1/2 mile!
  • A nice oak to hang it from for pictures.
I shot my first turkey ever in 2012, in what was an incredible hunt, one that is documented somewhere on this forum. I didn't get to hunt much (or at all?) last turkey season, but have had a few chances this year.

Got set up at 5am on some farm fields in Beaufort County. I had seen what I thought was one tom and a bunch of other birds from over a 1/2 mile away the morning before. Wasn't....  Read More
May 02 at 5:09pm
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Deer Hunting in North Carolina
Was hunting near Scotland Neck last weekend, and came across a scrape that reeked of buck. Didn't see much activity though, as a full moon kept the deer moving through the night.

Haven't smelled that out east, but had a button chase a doe under my stand this morning, near Plymouth, NC.

What ye say about the state-of-the-rut where you live/hunt? Is the best yet to come? (Please....  Read More
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October 23, 2013 at 9:09pm
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Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
I hear ya about the fishing. Some of it I find interesting, and the fall IS a good time to be fishing...

I'd like to see potentially two things:

1. Separate hunting/fishing magazines. I know they probably wouldn't go for this, but...

2. An electronic-only version for ipad/android/microsoft tablet - just like what we get included (not free) with our paper....  Read More
September 29, 2013 at 2:56pm
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Deer Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
For the last two years, I have only gotten permits for 3 of the 5 public land options I put in for. One of those 3 has fallen late in the season - this year Dec 12-14.

Is this particularly a bad time to hunt?

The three 3-day periods I drew for start on:
17 Oct
14 Nov
12 Dec

I spread out my options to ensure i got a few. Unfortunately, I chose 17 Oct which is....  Read More
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September 11, 2013 at 10:57am
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Deer Hunting in North Carolina
Last year, I had considered hunting in Tillery Game Land. Deer hunting is NOT by permit only. (Turkey IS). It is listed as a 6 day per week game land.

However, when I finally got around to planning a visit, I realized it is only open for GUN during a one-week period (plus a little bit at the end of the season).

Here is the language from the NCWRC:

TilleryGameLand....  Read More
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September 11, 2013 at 11:02am
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Deer Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
Hi everyone,

Best wishes to you all as the deer season approaches!

I wondered who here uses any type of deer lure/scent. I don't have my own 'place' to deer hunt, and take my opportunities when I can get them. So, I can't set up a long-term scrape-type situation, but was thinking of hanging/spraying something when I'm hunting.

I suspect there's some bogus products out....  Read More
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September 01, 2013 at 2:50pm
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Deer Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
I was walking through some woods near the Roanoke River recently, and heard a loud noise that made we wonder if it was a buck on the other side of a small ravine. I admit to only have hearing 1 or 2 snorts in my life. This was a loud wheeze/sneeze, but it was mabye 4 syllables long - each consecutively shorter than the next. WHEEEEZ! WHEEZ Wheez Whez
I don't know what else it could be. It....  Read More
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September 01, 2013 at 2:55pm
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Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
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  • Post-season visitor. Late January. Game land.
I hung my game cam up in a gameland last year, some time in January (Roanoke River). Was surprised to see a human, with what might be a rifle slung over his back? Not sure about the reflective patch on the left shoulder.

I had been searching for sheds (with no luck), during the day. Glad I wore some orange.
July 31, 2013 at 3:49pm
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Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
A few friends of mine have twice gone up to Ohio during bow season to try their hand at dropping a huge buck. They've fallen short of their goals both times, frustrated by the sheer size of the public land (Wayne Nat'l Forest), and the lack of confidence on being on public land vs. accidentally being on private. They ran into at least one crazy man (crazy-looking, crazy-acting) who threatened to....  Read More
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June 23, 2013 at 5:43pm
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Archery in Eastern North Carolina
Has anyone tried a Parker Velocity bow? I visited a local bow shop (Terry's Archery Plus) b/w Washington and New Bern to inquire about getting a bow. The service was great, and I've heard good reviews from friends who shop with these guys.

Anyways, I'm on a limited budget, left-handed, and tall (6'4'). They had a LH, Parker Velocity which I tried out and liked. The only thing I....  Read More
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June 23, 2013 at 3:36pm
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Archery in North Carolina
Does anyone here frequent a bow forum online? Some of the best info available seems to come from forums like these. However, they aren't all created equal. Some (usually b/c of the collection of people posting) are exceptional...
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February 03, 2013 at 6:42am
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Hunting in North Carolina
Curious when you guys start shed hunting, or rather, when you start seeing sheds. Any tips for finding them?
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February 01, 2013 at 10:46am
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Hunting in North Carolina
I was wondering if any of you plan to bring your deer head/rack/mount to the Dixie Classic to get scored this year?

I went last year, and hoped to see some of the bucks I'd seen here, but couldn't really tell.

Maybe we can all get together and meet even. NONE of you know me, although it seems a good number of you here know each other.

Cheers.
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February 01, 2013 at 9:11am
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Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
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As you may know, my usual comment to the pics of the big bucks i see here is something like 'Holy cow/Good gracious! If I ever see such a buck....'.

Well, I DON'T see those, and in fact the pictures below are of the biggest buck I've ever seen (apart from growing up in Ontario, Canada. but I didn't hunt then). :(

So, a few weeks ago, I got invited to hunt a friend's property in Halifax....  Read More
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December 26, 2012 at 6:54pm
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Turkey Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
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  • First turkey. First fan mount. Different take.
Hey all. Shot my first turkey, a gobbler, this past spring. Exciting hunt. I've been working to mount the fan, and got it done last night.

I got an idea to do something a little different, and made a frame to enclose the tail and beard/spur/shell mount. Let me know what you think.

I still have a change or two I might implement. Like making the cover of the fan base a darker color so it....  Read More
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December 10, 2012 at 10:37am
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Turkey Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
Hey all. Shot my first turkey, a gobbler, this past spring. Exciting hunt. I've been working to mount the fan, and got it done last night.

I got an idea to do something a little different, and made a frame to enclose the tail and beard/spur/shell mount. Let me know what you think.

I still have a change or two I might implement. Like making the cover of the fan base a darker color so it....  Read More
December 10, 2012 at 10:36am
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Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
Any bucks chasing does lately in eastern NC?

Got a chance to hunt some land on the Roanoke River with no real knowledge of the area. In general, there's pine on the uplands, dropping into valleys of hardwoods heading down to the Roanoke River. The fields away from the river were in cotton, and now all stubble. Down the road is soybeans, but I'm not able to hunt there.

Of course there are....  Read More
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December 05, 2012 at 10:14pm

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