|Huge Bertie County hog exceeds 500-pound mark
21102 Views - Posted: March 07 at 12:03 pm
Under starry skies on Feb. 28, Jett Webb of Conetoe ensured there will be one less mouth to feed in the Indian Woods section of Bertie County – and a real big mouth, too. Webb took down a massive wild boar that bottomed out a set of scales certified to 500 pounds that’s used for weighing tobacco bales.
|Consider no-till drilling
54 Views - Posted: March 06 at 9:00 am
Hunters are always looking for a new way to improve their opportunities. From planting fields of green to charring the woods with a routine prescribed burn, there are many ways to manipulate the land to improve conditions that are beneficial to wildlife.
Food plots are one of the chief habitat-management techniques that provide either a temporary or semi-permanent food source for wildlife throughout the year. The long list of variables required to fall in synch and produce a thick, lush plot are sometimes tough to manage. However, if land managers are willing to alter their planting procedures and incorporate no-till drilling methods, the benefits may actually outweigh the risks and leave a little bit of money in the bank.
|Huge Ohio buck is Best in Show at Dixie Deer Classic
1134 Views - Posted: March 02 at 9:13 pm
A huge Ohio buck killed by a McDowell County hunter and a handful of great bucks from the Piedmont, including two Boone and Crockett Club monsters, highlighted the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic that ended on Sunday, March 2, at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.
|Bag-A-Buck winner picks up grand-prize package at Dixie Deer Classic
455 Views - Posted: March 01 at 12:01 pm
Chase Watson of Oxford, the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, picked up his prize package on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.
|Commission votes unanimously to allow bear-baiting by still-hunters
1336 Views - Posted: March 01 at 6:00 am
Members of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted unanimously at their Feb. 28 meeting in Raleigh to approve changes in bear baiting and hunting regulations for the 2014-15 season. The agency took six proposed changes to public hearings across the state in January, and for Thursday’s vote, they were lumped into one proposal, and a voice vote was taken with no objections raised verbally, so a 19-0 vote was recorded.
|Dixie Deer Classic will open this Friday in Raleigh
561 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:00 am
Can the Dixie Deer Classic possibly be 34 years old? Well, it’s difficult to remember a time when North Carolina’s best bucks weren’t on display at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, but the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic is indeed at hand, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, specifically the Jim Graham Building, the Exhibition Building and Dorton Arena.
|Benefit shoot near Asheboro raises $5,000 for Relay for Life
662 Views - Posted: February 24 at 12:01 pm
Cancer took the life of John W. Maness in 2009, but it could not kill his family’s hunting heritage. On Saturday, Feb. 22, his son, Jeffrey, held the fifth-annual Relay For Life benefit shoot at the Shady Knoll shooting preserve near Asheboro, raising more than $5,000 for the charity.
|Oxford hunter is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest
1714 Views - Posted: February 18 at 1:42 pm
A Granville County hunter is the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for the 2013 season. Chase Watson of Oxford, “baseball1cw” on NorthCarolinaSportsman.com’s forums, killed the buck last Oct. 3, and a few days later, he entered it in the contest, which is presented by Leupold. His name was drawn on Feb. 14 as the grand-prize winner from among the hundreds of entries.
179 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
The explosion of wild hogs across North Carolina is a bittersweet occurrence. While they destroy natural habitats and compete with native species, they have offered hunters with a new animal to pursue — and they taste good, too.
But traditional still-hunting and hunting with hounds are not the only ways to target them. Trapping can offer hunters an exciting and innovative way to fill the freezer.
Evin Stanford, deer-project biologist for the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission, endorses trapping hogs with little hesitation.
|A foolproof way to stay high on the hog
116 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
North Carolina is one of a handful of states where hunting with hounds is a legal method to take wild game, and hunting hogs with dogs is the most-effective and foolproof way to provide the makings of a pig-picking.
Hunting hogs with dogs is unlike any other hunting strategy that involves dogs. With most game species, hunters employ a dog or a group of dogs; each of the dogs participating will have the same duties. Hog hunters use two different types of dogs: a tracking or bay dog and a catch dog.
|Wildlife Habitat Improvement Series: Beaver Creek Trophy Club
97 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Nestled in the heart of South Carolina’s Piedmont lies Beaver Creek Trophy Club. With more than 3,200 acres of pines, cutover, and swampland, Beaver Creek has the basic habitat components to back up to their name as a trophy club.
Beaver Creek is a relatively new organization, but with a foundation of good members, a good philosophy, prime habitat and a solid plan to become one of the best clubs around.
The 32-member club has already put quality bucks in the South Carolina record book. Last September, founding member Danny Kennington of Heath Springs dropped a 232-pound, 32-point buck that sported a 22-inch spread and 10-inch bases.
112 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
For the landowner ready to covert a section of property over to a moist-soil management regime or a permanent aquatic community, specific plantings will jump-start the impoundment and attract have ducks in the first year. While annual grains — corn, sorghum, millet, rice and buckwheat — can be planted around the edges and on mud flats; these plants must be cultivated accordingly with specific herbicides and seasonal care to get a good seed crop during the season. And since these plants are annuals, they must be replanted every year.
For the best results, landowners should plant perennial species for a longer-lasting and more-efficient solution. While often planted for turkeys, chufa is a perfect duck food. Banana water lily, native to the southern states, is one of the best to plant and is gaining popularity across the South. It is an ideal solution for landowners looking to convert their temporary impoundments over to permanently-flooded habitats.
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