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    The ability to shoot quickly at close range is one reason some hunters choose to hunt coyotes with shotguns.

    Top 3 reasons to use a shotgun when hunting coyotes

    Like a lot of hunters across the Carolinas, Bryson Hopkins of Charlotte began hunting coyotes in the past few years, first as an attempt to help the deer population, then because he learned he really enjoys expanding his hunting season and honing his hunting skills which are put to the test against coyotes just as much as any other wild animal.

    January 19 at 1:10pm
    This deer was found dead in York County, S.C. with a broken bottle stuck around its tongue.

    Discarded bottle kills South Carolina buck

    – Thanks to Lindsay Thomas Jr. of QDMA for sharing his story of how litter kills.

    I despise a litterbug.

    As a hunter and fisherman who enjoys clean water and clean forests, few things aggravate me more than physical evidence that someone was here before me and treated the land with disrespect. Litter also has a real impact on people and wildlife. When my children and I swim in rivers, I worry about broken glass. 

    January 18 at 7:13pm
    Prescribed burns are beneficial in many ways, and the NCWRC conducts these intentional burns on close to 2 million acres of state game lands.

    Prescribed burns are beneficial to wildlife habitat

    In January, North Carolina residents may start to see smoke in the vicinity of N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game lands. What they’re witnessing is usually a prescribed burn—one of the most beneficial and cost-effective methods of managing habitat for wildlife.

    January 17 at 8:25pm
    It's banquet time, giving organizations like the NWTF a good way to raise funds.

    It's banquet season for wildlife organizations

    Whether you’re a fan of turkey hunting, waterfowl hunting, or saltwater fishing, several organizations in both Carolinas are present making sure we have those fish and game species available to pursue for us and future generations. And one way for them to keep doing what they do is by raising money during their banquets.

    January 17 at 4:28pm
    You can turn in poachers in several convenient ways in North or South Carolina, and both states offer rewards for turning in violators.

    Turn in poachers, receive rewards

    Growing up, we learned that nobody likes a snitch. Even some of our elders told us that nobody likes a tattle-tale. But nobody likes a cheater either, and poaching is cheating. Whether it’s killing wild game out of season, trespassing to hunt or fish, or killing more than the law allows, poaching goes against the nature of being a sportsman.

    January 16 at 11:34pm
    Joel Richardson catches winter bass by following the baitfish, not the water temperature, even in hot-hole lakes.

    Even on hot-hole lakes, think current, food

    When the water temperature in lakes across the Carolinas starts to plummet as winter approaches, many bass fishermen jump at the chance to fish those reservoirs that, because of the presence of a power plant, have a warm-water discharge.

    “Hot-hole” fishing typically features water that is unseasonably warm, and bass that seek out that water and act like fish on the cusp of spring. Leave the boat ramp and find the warm water; what could be easier?

    January 16 at 10:27pm
    Capt. Rob Bennett finds plenty of quality redfish in the deeper holes in tiny creeks throughout the cold weather months.

    Forget the shallow flats, hunt reds in deep holes

    If you are a hard-core saltwater fishermen and don’t store your tackle after Christmas, there’s a good chance that you love to sight-fish for redfish on the flats back in sounds, bays and rivers along the coastline of both Carolinas.

    January 16 at 12:09pm
    Tommy Adkins (left) and Stephen Lilly (right) caught this big bluefin out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C. The tuna weighed over 800 pounds.

    800-pound bluefin tuna caught out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C.

    Partnering to catch bluefin tuna for 2017, Tommy Adkins and his first mate, Stephen Lilly are having an outstanding season. After catching a doubleheader the first week of January, they hauled in a 106-inch beast on Jan. 11 that was estimated to weigh more than 800 pounds before being beheaded and gutted — and still weighing 626.

    January 16 at 11:28am
    The Sna-Koil is a big lure that offers a unique presentation.

    D.O.A. Lures making push into freshwater market

    Ask any angler across the Carolinas to name a top selling soft plastic lure for saltwater, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one that wouldn’t mention D.O.A. Lures. This Florida-based company has been making lures for the saltwater market for many years, and is widely known as the first company to successfully make a soft plastic shrimp, which many other companies have tried to reproduce.

    January 13 at 8:23am
    Heading to the range after deer season ends will add confidence in your mind, as well as accuracy in your rifle.

    5 reasons to head to the range after deer season ends

    Sighting in your rifle before deer season makes sense, but hunters can also benefit from sighting their rifles in once deer season is over. Grayson Summers of Spartanburg, S.C., goes through the same steps of zeroing in after deer season ends as he does before opening day — for five main reasons.

    January 10 at 2:46pm
    All 3 of these spinning rods are 7-feet long, but the ALX Rod (bottom) has much smaller line guides, beginning with the one closest to the reel.

    ALX Rods make very light, very strong, technique-specific rods

    After putting the smack down on some speckled trout recently, my fishing buddy was helping me get my fishing gear out of his boat when he asked me a question about one of my fishing rods that I immediately knew the answer to, even though I wasn’t looking in his direction or at the rod in question.

    January 09 at 9:44pm
    Matt Dale (left) and John Bitner (right), members of the UNC Chapel Hill Bass Fishing Team, know how to catch bass in cold weather.

    How to catch winter bass in Carolina lakes

    With wintertime setting in, dedicated bass anglers know that the lakes across both Carolinas can offer some of the best bass fishing of the year. And it’s some of the most peaceful fishing too, with very few pleasure boaters, skiers, or personal watercraft on the water.

    January 09 at 12:15pm
    Nathan Collier worked hard for this buck, beginning with putting out mineral sites long before deer season started.

    Teen bowhunter kills 136 6/8-inch trophy buck in Florence, S.C.

    The 2016 deer hunting season was a big success for 15-year-old Florence, S.C. hunter Nathan Collier. He killed a 185-pound 8-point buck in full velvet in August. The buck sported an inside spread of 18 1/2 inches, and was the young hunter’s first kill with a bow. He killed another buck, this one a 6-pointer, with his rifle later in the season, and finished the year off in late December with another bow kill of a trophy 10-point buck that has been green-scored at 136 6/8-inches.

    January 08 at 7:57pm
    Todd Vick said winter is the time to catch crappie on the Waccamaw River.

    Catch Waccamaw River crappie with these tips

    With deer hunting season over, many outdoorsmen have decided to wait out the winter months before doing some fishing once spring rolls around. But those folks are missing out on some of the hottest fishing of the year on the Waccamaw River in the Conway area.

    January 05 at 9:56pm
    Focus on sandbars, and you'll catch plenty of river bass in cold weather.

    Catch more river bass in cold weather with these tips

    This month, bass anglers can find plenty of fish biting in rivers, and knowing a few tips can help them catch their share. It’s generally true that the bite isn’t as aggressive this month as in other times of the year, but anglers like John Long of Columbia, S.C., know how to get their share of bites from river bass in the cold.

    January 05 at 8:09pm
    James Hamby of Thomasville, NC won the December Bag-A-Buck contest.

    Thomasville, N.C. hunter kills 9-point buck, wins December Bag-A-Buck contest

    James Hamby of Thomasville, N.C., has won Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for December with his entry of a big Randolph County buck he killed on Dec. 21.

    January 05 at 7:50pm