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A Republican member of the N.C. House has slipped an amendment into the 2014 state budget bill after the fact to keep open the possibility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission losing its ability to manage captive deer and elk. Last year's budget bill gets a "secret" amendment to help deer farmers
433 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 8:18 pm

A legislative move that prevented scrutiny of a substitute amendment to the 2014 state budget bill has kept alive the potential for more cervid farming and relaxed rules for penned deer. 


Kayla Heafner (right) downed her first wild hog, a 327-pounder, with the first shot of her first hunt with boyfriend Sean Casey in Union County. Locust woman's first wild hog is a big one: 327 pounds
3095 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:30 pm

Kayla Heafner, a 25-year-old Locust resident, got her big-game hunting career off to a rousing start on Jan. 31, killing a 327-pound Union County hog with one shot at 165 yards – at night.


Supports of deer-farming in North Carolina got a shock earlier this month when a leading spokesman for the movement was arrested on charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. Vocal supporter of deer-farming has been arrested
2289 Views - Posted: February 24 at 8:04 am

A man arrested in Wake County earlier this month for obtaining property by false pretenses in Stanly County is a long-time supporter of the North Carolina Deer Farmers Association’s legislative attempts to relax import-export rules for captive cervids and allow more cervid farms in the state.


Fire breaks provide more than just protection against a runaway prescribed burn. Maintained fire breaks and openings provide excellent habitat
30 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Prescribed fire provides valuable benefits for both wildlife and forests, but the fire itself is not the only beneficial result. Fire breaks and other types of cleared corridors provide excellent foraging opportunities for deer, turkeys and other wildlife species. And a rush of food during the winter is just what the doctor ordered since there is little food available. 


Coyotes are especially vulnerable to electronic calls on winter nights because they are constantly looking for food. Electronic calls improve chances of taking predators under the moonlight
30 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

For the past decade, the presence of coyotes has increased pressure on native game species in every corner of the Carolinas. Because food is limited and nighttime temperatures are close to, at or below freezing in February, small animals and birds, including bobwhite quail, rabbits, squirrels and possibly small deer become vulnerable to predation from coyotes. But hunters can take advantage of the vulnerabilities of coyotes and yank out a few of these unwanted canines out of the brush. 


Remington execs used gelatin blocks to examine the penetration of their new Hog Hammer ammunition. Hit hogs with the right punch
68 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Many ammunition manufacturers are developing special ammo designed for taking hogs because of their expansion and a growing interest in hunting them. Remington’s Hog Hammer ammo — available in .223, .30-30, .308 and .30-06 among seven calibers — is just such a development.


Milton Turnage invented an LED device that clips on a rifle’s scope that helps with long-distance shooting of hogs at night. Turn darkness into daytime
67 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Milton Turnage invented The Assassinator AS-900, an LED lighting device that illuminates the landscape within 300 yards or more for precision night shooting. 


This LED light attached to the bottom of a spin feeder will come on when animals approach the feeder after dark. We’ll leave the light on....
63 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

An LED feeder light such as The Kill Light is an excellent way to illuminate the ground under an electric spin-feeder at night when attached to the bottom of a feeder motor.


Barbecued rabbit is a specialty of Willow Oaks Plantation’s chef, Danny Martin. Barbecue that bunny!
65 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Danny Martin, Willow Oaks Plantation’s chef, served barbecued rabbits as an appetizer after the hunt using this scrumptious family recipe:


A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max is a good fit for rabbit hunters, who often need to get off several shots in quick succession. Rabbit hunting requires a quick shotgun
79 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max Sportsman is the best type of shotgun for hunting rabbits. It offers fast follow-up shots and handles quickly in the dense thickets where rabbits live. The synthetic stock and metal finish are practically indestructible, which is handy when a hunter is bushwhacking his way through the brier thickets. 


Turkey hunters can attend a series of seminars around North Carolina over the next seven weeks to better prepare themselves for the spring gobbler season, which begins in mid-April. Commission, NWTF will hold turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina
796 Views - Posted: February 11 at 8:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 16 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April before spring gobbler season arrives. 


Prescribed burning has many benefits for almost every wildlife species. Winter is time to burn
467 Views - Posted: February 05 at 9:00 am

Wildlife management doesn’t just bring a spring and fall schedule. Dedicated outdoorsman with a drive to improve their wildlife habitat can keep the wheels turning year-round with tons of habitat-management activities. February is the middle of the season for prescribed fire to improve forest health and provide massive benefits for nearly all critters.  


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