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Two Republicans in the state senate have introduced a bill to give control of deer farms to the N.C. Department of Agriculture, taking it away from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Deer-farm supporters find two friends in state senate
382 Views - Posted: 9 hours ago

Two Republican state senators, Andrew Brock and Brent Jackson, have introduced a bill that would strip the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of regulatory authority to manage penned-in deer and turn it over to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Raccoons and other egg-eaters are the primary reason for poor reproduction of wild turkeys. Predator control: Safeguard the nest
29 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Over the next 60 days, the turkey population will receive its annual hit from the thousands of hunters out there looking to fill their tags. Nevertheless, the largest punch to the population has nothing to do with hunters. Weather conditions during nesting season and nest predation are greater than any other factor.


Clearing fallow fields or other areas provide turkeys with food and places to strut their stuff. Open things up to improve your turkey-hunting odds
23 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

With turkey season on the immediate horizon, it is time to do some last-minute habitat alterations to improve hunting while staying within the law. Hunters can break out plows and disk harrows without crossing over the line, but there are some major concerns to keep in mind. 


Young corn plants do best when seeds are planted when soil temperatures are 65 to 70 degrees. Keep your corn warm
121 Views - Posted: March 09 at 9:00 am

Luckily for most of the Carolinas, warm conditions welcome many outdoor enthusiasts well before the first official day of spring. Wildlife managers should be well underway with preparations for spring plantings. From testing to carrying out an annual liming program, soils need a little TLC this time of year. Many landowners looking to grow 200 bushels of corn per acre are probably growing very anxious to get their seeds set, but planting too early can have its drawbacks as well as its remarkable benefits. 


A disease outbreak around the Raleigh-Durham area and a tremendousd acorn crop are probably the driving factors behind a lower-than-expected deer harvest in 2014. Poor deer season last fall has multiple causes, biologist says
8089 Views - Posted: March 06 at 8:52 am

Evin Stanford, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's supervising deer biologist, faced dozens of questions from hunters at the Feb. 26-March 1 Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh, but at least the questions were all similar: “What happened to the deer in my county last year?” Most felt like an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease had wiped out their deer herd, and Stanford said they were correct – but only partially.


Fisher Whitlock's huge non-typical buck, taken last November in Henry County, Va., was Best in Show at this past weekend's Dixie Deer Classic. Virginia youth's buck wins Dixie Deer Classic's top honor
6711 Views - Posted: March 02 at 2:54 pm

For sportsmen who battled the elements to attend this past weekend’s Dixie Deer Classic, the trip was worth the effort, especially for those interested in the annual Big Buck Contest, which sent a 10-year-old Virginia boy home with its top prize.


Pro Ears Pro Ears
44 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Pro Ears offers hearing protection while still allowing users to have a normal conversation in the blind or at the range. It even amplifies low decibel sound to give hunters a huge advantage in the field. Pro Ears models also feature Dynamic Level Sound Compression technology, which allows the wearer to hear every sound even during high-volume noise spikes. Pro Ears comes in four series of earmuff styles, plus a custom-fit model worn in the ear.


A trained dog can make hunting shed antlers a great postseason treat. Shed Happens - Extend your deer season! Spend some time hunting for shed antlers and you’ll be a leg up on bucks in the fall
120 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Deer hunters who didn’t get the chance to collect that trophy buck’s antlers while they were still attached to his head this past deer season still have a chance to get them now that deer season is over and he is done with them. 


Avian-X Avian-X
85 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

The next generation of Avian-X LCD decoys are lighter, easier to pack and less aggressive to real hens. Add the increased texture and detailed feather lines and they look even more realistic. No-flake paint on the quiet, collapsible Dura-Rubber bodies won’t wear off and the folding motion stake helps create movement with the slightest breeze. Years of studying body postures, moods and behaviors of wild turkeys went into the design of these relaxed, welcoming breeder hen decoys.


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
1922 Views - Posted: February 26 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
5265 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
3150 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.


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