• Hunting

    SCDNR has partnered for years with Auburn University to conduct studies on many aspects of the lives of whitetail deer.

    New study helps understand variety of doe deer movements

    A recently completed cooperative study between SCDNR, Auburn University, and Brosnan Forest is expected to help researchers and hunters better understand doe deer movements, behavior, and response to hunting pressure during the breeding season. 

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    Steve Bilka killed these two velvet 8-pointers on Aug. 18 in Green Pond, SC.

    Lowcountry hunter kills two 8-pointers in full velvet

    South Carolina, with one of the longest and earliest-starting deer hunting seasons in the nation, offers hunters the unique extended opportunity of killing a buck in full velvet. It means fighting the heat, and all the bugs that come with it, but for many hunters, killing a buck in velvet is a worth all of that, but most hunters never achieve that goal.

    August 23 at 9:12am
    A coyote seminar is one of the many events being offered by the NCWRC at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education throughout the month of September.

    NCWRC offering several free wildlife education programs in Sept.

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering seven workshops in September. 

    The workshops, which are free, are open on first-come, first-serve basis and registration is required by registering online.

    August 21 at 7:04pm
    Short-nosed deer? Stray calf? Skinny bear? Weird-looking dog? What do you think this is a photo of?

    Trail cameras take some strange photos

    Trail cameras have been a big game-changer ever since they first came on the hunting scene. Nothing before that allowed hunters to monitor what was taking place on their hunting property, without a person actually being present. 

    August 19 at 1:10pm
    Zach Brubaker and Darren Bivens pose with the 111-pound stingray they killed near Ocean Isle Beach last week.

    Concord hunters arrow 111-pound stingray near Ocean Isle Beach

    North Carolina’s deer hunting season is right around the corner, and while many archery hunters will take a little time to work out the kinks of not hunting for months, others like Kevin Rowland keep in shape by drawing a bow throughout the summer on other live targets like wild hogs and even stingrays.

    August 19 at 12:05pm
    Before the kids go back to school, get in one last fishing trip to a local lake or pond to take advantage of hungry bass, bream and catfish.

    Don’t miss great August fishing

    Before summer arrives, it seems to take forever to get here. But as soon as the kids get out of school, activities begin, and the hot days fly by at lightning speed. As August arrives, the summer will be winding down, and the kids will soon start school again. Even though it is one of the hottest months, it’s a perfect time to find some water and dredge up a largemouth bass, bluegill or channel catfish with the youngsters before they start the new school year. 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Intensive hunting can lower coyote numbers on small properties, but a landscape solution hasn’t been found.

    Coyotes and deer fawn depredation

    With coyotes having overspread the southeast and deer numbers declining in some areas, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has three questions to answer about maintaining a stable deer population: 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Set up your trail cameras as a tool for first-rate preseason scouting.

    Scouting with trail cameras

    With the advent of the game camera, aka trail camera, deer hunting has changed. We can have eyes on the game every minute of every day, if we want.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Most species of ducks remain well above their long-term average, according to the 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 

    August 14 at 9:54am
    A USA Trail Cam captured this recent photo of these bucks on the outskirts of Raleigh, N.C.

    USA Trail Cams pack professional DSLR quality into trail cameras

    The virtues of trail cameras are too numerous to name, and it’s safe to say that these pieces of equipment have changed the way many outdoorsmen approach their hunting lands. Having photographic evidence of what passes through our hunting grounds is a piece of the hunting puzzle that sportsmen of decades ago never had access to, and the knowledge it gives us is unbeatable. 

    August 09 at 12:01pm
    Forbush High School and Gray Stone Day School finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the National YHEC competition, which included rifle, shotgun, archery, orienteering, and other skills.

    North Carolina schools place 2nd, 3rd in national shooting competition

    Two youth teams affiliated with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission captured second and third place in the senior division at the 31st annual National Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). The shooting and outdoors skills competition was held July 24–29 at the Mill Cove Environmental Center at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Penn.

    August 09 at 9:59am
    BCS America’s walk-behind tractor and implements are perfect for preparing and planting small food plots.

    Hidden food plots are gems

    Even though it’s still blazing hot, August is a great time to locate and prepare a new place to pull in a big buck during the upcoming deer season. The neighboring agriculture field or the 10-years-going-strong food plot will always be good places to see some nice deer, yet the mature deer will quickly pattern hunters and anything they see as a threat during the daylight. 

    August 08 at 9:00am
    The Decoy Raft is the fastest way to deploy and retrieve decoys, and it's the brainchild of a handful of Carolina boys that are passionate about waterfowling.

    Get ready for waterfowl season with the Decoy Raft

    What’s the quickest method to deploy a dozen decoys? It’s the same method to deploy four dozen, a hundred, or even more. It’s called the Decoy Raft, and it’s the product of a handful of friends from North Carolina who are passionate about waterfowl hunting.

    August 03 at 5:53pm
    The NCWRC is hosting a series of meetings this month to discuss black bear management, and to get input from the public for future management ideas.

    NCWRC holding black bear meetings throughout August

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a series of public meetings in August to update the public on current black bear information and discuss bear management. The meetings will also serve as an open forum to receive public opinions regarding future directions for bear hunting and management across the state.

    August 02 at 4:30pm
    Ameristep’s Tellus Lite

    Ameristep’s Tellus and Tellus Lite

    Ameristep’s new Tellus and Tellus Lite portable chairs are ideal for not only ground blind hunting, but for any outdoor pursuit. They provide strong and adaptable seating that is easy to store, carry, set up and use. The Tellus Lite Chair has a solid 225-pound capacity, yet collapses down to a 14”x4”x4” package and weighs only 4.3 pounds. The standard Tellus Chair is rated with a 300-pound capacity, packs down to 15”x4”x4” and weighs 5 pounds. A carry bag is included with each chair.

    August 01 at 7:00am

    Cover

    North Carolina hunters can look for the same kind of deer hunting they've had the past several seasons, thanks to a stable statewide deer herd.

    August 01 at 7:00am