• Greener Pastures

    Public-hunting opportunities abound in both Carolinas for deer hunters who don’t have access to private land through a lease or a hunt club.

    Don’t pass up public hunting

    Carolinas boast more than 3 million acres in game lands, WMA management programs
    July 05 at 9:00am
    A big food plot is a great wildlife attractor, but make sure it’s in an area that won’t force deer to feed at night.

    Time to figure out food-plot plans

    Summer should be beginning of fall deer success
    June 05 at 9:00am
    Land managers can count on a lush, warm-season food plot to provide plenty of nutrition for wildlife.

    Are warm-season food plots effective?

    You bet! They can do plenty to improve local habitat
    May 05 at 9:00am
    Pre-emergent herbicides are keys to producing the best warm-season food plots possible.

    Don’t give weeds any head start

    Pre-emergent herbicides are a must for spring planting
    April 05 at 9:00am
    Disking up old food plots or fallow fields will provide turkeys with great opportunities to search for bugs and other food. To prevent the downside — possible nest destruction or habitat loss for newly born fawns — get your disking done by mid-March.

    March: lion or lamb for habitat

    Improving some habitat can have unwanted, negative effects if you’re not careful
    March 01 at 7:00am
    Coyotes of both genders will respond to calls as the breeding season approaches.

    Hunt the Carolina coyote rut

    Breeding predators present great opportunities
    February 05 at 9:00am
    Take a handful of soil samples from each of your food plots for examination by county agriculture extension agents to get a grip on fertilizer requirements for future plantings.

    Maintain green fields for deer

    Winter food source needed; sheds are bonus
    January 05 at 9:00am
    Late-season food sources can wind up being a trap for a buck that’s survived until December.

    Pour the food to ‘em

    Late-season vittles will attract surviving whitetails
    December 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Wild hogs can make a big dent in the forage base that drives local deer herds, eating foods both natural and supplemental.

    Fence out those hogs

    A low barrier around bait piles, food plots helps deer
    November 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    A variety of cereal grains, as well as brassicas, can be planted in October and still thrive this season.

    Not too late to plant seeds

    October plantings provide immediate returns
    October 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Fall plantings in food plots can profit from deer concentrating on agricultural crops in September, allowing for new early growth.

    Ag fields save food plots

    Deer’s love of crops helps new plantings thrive
    September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Keep vegetation and trees around the perimeter of food plots cut to a reasonable, vertical height, so that plenty of sunlight can reach the plants and start photosynthesis.

    Let the sun shine in

    Photosynthesis can help food plots grow better
    August 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Mapping out known bedding areas and travel corridors on a piece of hunting land can give still- and stand-hunters  — and hunters who run deer with hounds — a leg up on finding productive stand locations.

    Map out your know-how

    An educated, overhead view can help hunters
    July 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    A hunting lease that produces hundreds of hours of enjoyment is worth a little extra effort to obtain and maintain.

    Time to lock up leases

    Many hunting properties open up this month
    June 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Sunn hemp can be planted as a warm-season food-plot crop in sandy soils or soils of poor quality.

    Sunn hemp: A sand save?

    May 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Land managers need to match their warm-season food plot seed mixes with their site characteristics, including pH and other soil conditions.

    Choose plot seeds wisely

    Match your mixes to specific site conditions
    April 05, 2017 at 9:00am