• Hunting

    Cody Durham and Mitch Mincey killed these two 300+ pound hogs in Jackson County on a night hunt.

    Western N.C. boar hunt produces two 300-plus pounders

    Cody Durham and Mitch Mincey recently went on a hog hunt in Jackson County, and had a very interesting trip. While most people think of the eastern part of the state when talking about hog hunting, their western North Carolina trip produced some good hogs, but there was more to this hunt than just waiting for hogs to show up. It could have passed as a scouting trip for bears.

    May 16 at 2:25pm
    Late-season gobblers on public lands respond to some of the same tactics that fool private-land birds.

    Private land or game land, late-season turkeys take a different approach

    Guide Karl Helmkamp said many hunters who don’t have access to private lands will give up on game lands after the first couple of weeks of turkey season, and that is a mistake. 

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Guide Karl Helmkamp lets his strutting jake decoy, Biggie Smalls, do his stuff.

    Dead rapper or plastic turkey decoy, Biggie Smalls still has his charms

    Not many turkey hunters are fans of The Notorious B.I.G., but if they could see guide Karl Helmkamp’s Biggie Smalls strutting jake decoy in action, they might reconsider. Complimented by Helmkamp’s mastery of the diaphragm call, as seductive as his namesake rapper’s smooth lyrics, Biggie is as smug as plastic and feathers can be and has lured many an unsuspecting gobbler to an early death. 

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Sandy Brady holds the sling bow in his left hand he used to down the N.C.- and USA-record eastern wild turkey he bagged May 6 in Rockingham County.

    Record ‘sling-bow’ gobbler downed in Rockingham County

    Robert “Sandy” Brady of Reidsville bagged an eastern wild turkey gobbler in Rockingham County the last day of the 2016 hunting season. 

    Although the bird weighed a modest 17 pounds, sported an 11 1/8-inch beard and 1 3/8-inch spurs, it nonetheless is a North Carolina and world-record for the type of weapon he used, a sling bow.

    May 13 at 2:10pm
    Develop and maintain lush food plots with BCS America's Harvester and Professional series two-wheel tractors.

    Two-wheel tractor is great for food plots

    Plenty of hunters would love to be able to upgrade the habitat on land they own or lease, planting food plots to feed and attract game species, but they don’t have the tools necessary, nor the budget to buy a big tractor or outfit their ATV with cultivating attachments.

    May 11 at 9:51am
    Austin Thompson killed this triple-bearded gobbler during the youth season.

    Youth hunter bags triple-bearded gobbler in Halifax County

    Sherman Thompson took his two sons hunting during the youth season, and it was a day none of them will ever forget. Austin, Thompson’s 14-year-old son killed a triple-bearded gobbler, and 12-year-old Levi killed a jake.

    May 09 at 11:40pm
    This trophy gobbler beat Brant Grady on April 16, but Grady got the last laugh on the following Monday.

    Durham hunter bags trophy gobbler

    Brant Grady learned a lesson about how badly even a small, rusty wire fence can ruin a turkey hunt on April 16, but he capitalized on the lesson, and bagged his trophy gobbler on the following Monday near Hurdle Mills in Orange County.

    May 09 at 1:54pm
    Tammy Tucker, from Kannapolis, killed this double-bearded gobbler on April 23 in Cabarrus County.

    North Carolina woman bags state-record archery gobbler

    North Carolina has another state-record turkey, and a Kannapolis woman has her second state record.

    Tammy Tucker killed a double-bearded gobbler on April 23 in Cabarrus County that will become the state record with the N.C. Bowhunters Association as soon as scorer Joey Thompson’s paperwork is accepted. 

    May 08 at 8:18pm
    Whitetail fawns give off hardly any scent for the first month of their lives, a great way of protecting them from predators.

    Protect fawn habitat

    Deer hunting remains a top attraction for Carolinians, from the steep mountains to the coastal plains’ agricultural lands. Fortunately, the deer population remains stable, despite a rise in deer-vehicle collisions and strong harvest numbers. 

    May 08 at 9:00am
    Sunflowers, the favorite food of migrating doves, must be planted soon to be ready for Labor Day weekend.

    Last chance to plant sunflowers for September dove hunts

    Dove season makes most hunters break out their shotguns and camouflage for the first time in the fall, and while most opening day dove shoots are as much a social event as a hunting situation, the hunting will get serious in a crop field with several thousand winged migrants. 

    May 08 at 9:00am
    Forbush High School won the senior division for the 2nd straight year in the 2016 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on Saturday.<br />

    Forbush High, North Stanly Middle Schools win Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament

    A Yadkin County high school and a Stanly County middle school took top honors at the 2016 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on Saturday.

    May 05 at 8:23pm
    John Money of Trap Hill killed this bearded hen, which is the new state record, on April 30.

    Surry County hunter kills new record bearded hen

    Trap Hill’s John Money is an avid hunter and has spent enough time outdoors to have seen numerous bearded hens and white gobblers over the years, and he’s killed his share of what most hunters would consider trophies, but he killed a true, record-book trophy on April 30 when he shot a bearded hen that is the new North Carolina NWTF record.

    May 05 at 11:13am
    Teaghann Hensley was hunting with her dad on youth weekend when she killed her first turkey. The gobbler had a 10-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.

    Burke County 6-year-old kills first turkey

    When Chris Hensley of Morganton took his 6-year-old daughter Teaghann turkey hunting on the second day of youth season, he had intentions of setting things straight from her hunt the day before, when she shot a jake with her .410, drew a few feathers, then watched the jake run off. The second hunt had a happier ending, as she killed a gobbler with a 10-inch beard.

    May 04 at 2:51pm
    Innox GTX Mid in camo

    Innox GTX Mid in camo

    LOWA’s popular Innox GTX Mid boots, now available in digital camo, are for recreational sportsmen and women who require the best in support, comfort and durability. These field boots are designed for climbing hills, for rugged off-trail use in search of deer or for hunting in flat fields. They feature stiffer midsoles for underfoot and ankle stability as well as waterproof GORE-TEX linings that keep feet dry.

    May 01 at 7:00am
    Farson Hatchet

    Farson Hatchet

    Lightweight, versatile and easily packable, the Farson Hatchet may just kick some of the other tools out of your pack. Use it like a knife or firmly grasp the handle and make short work of kindling. Whether you are building a shelter, skinning big game, or simply preparing dinner at camp, this unique design gets the job done.

    May 01 at 7:00am
    The author killed this fine tom turkey last May by setting up late one morning and using a gobbler decoy.

    Late and great - Late-season North Carolina turkeys require different tactics for hunting success

    One of the two gobblers that had been responding to Karl Helmkamp’s calls since daylight had gone silent for a while, presumably paired up with a hen, but the other kept gobbling even when he switched tactics and only answered its calls.

    May 01 at 7:00am