• Hunting

    Mike Kossover of Spartanburg killed this trophy buck after hunting it for 3 years with the help of his trail cameras.

    Spartanburg hunter takes huge buck with crossbow

    One look at the massive rack and huge-bodied deer in the 2014 deer season prompted Spartanburg County bowhunter Mike Kossover to commit to hunting that specific buck. Kossover knew his patience would be an asset, but he didn’t realize it would be a three-year quest.

    Yesterday at 9:40pm
    Take plenty of time on the range to get your bow shooting accurately before the season arrives.

    Make sure you’re ready - Give your archery equipment a good preseason test

    Opening day of bow season is already here for a few hunters, and it will be here fairly soon for most of the rest of the Carolinas. It’s time to get your bow setup ready.

    September 22 at 9:00am
    Chad Gaines watched this big on trail-cameras for quite some time, and finally killed it on Sept. 15 in Chatham County.

    Huge Chatham County 10-pointer taken by sheriff’s deputy

    Chad Gaines of Goldston, N.C., patrols the roads of Chatham County as a sheriff’s deputy, and he patrols for deer on his family farm. Late on the afternoon of Sept. 15, he put permanent handcuffs on a 156 5/8-inch whitetail buck he’d been investigating since the end of the 2015 season.

    September 21 at 12:44pm
    Mike Venable killed this 10-point buck almost a year after he missed it.

    150-inch Orange County 10-point buck goes down to bowhunter

    Mike Venable picked up a lease late last hunting season on some land in Orange County, N. C., and he wasted no time putting up a couple of stands on an oak ridge. The deer wasted no time either, showing up as soon he and his wife hunted the first time. But a bad mixture between his hunting stand and his arrow caused him to miss the biggest deer of his life. Luckily, that same deer showed up again on the 15th of this month, and this time, Venable arrowed the deer.

    September 20 at 3:57pm
    Kelly Logan had her sights on a big Santee gator, and when the beast disappeared, she moved on to find another one, which she subdued with her 1911 .45.

    Manning huntress slays big gator at Santee

    One day after helping her friend Mandy Broadway bag her first gator, Kelly Logan of Manning bagged her own with the help of Robert Nuzzo and Ernie Seruya, both of whom were also in on Broadway’s hunt. And while Broadway couldn’t make this trip, Bryan Miller joined the crew, helping Logan land her beast, which measured 10 feet, 7 inches in length on Sept. 12.

    September 20 at 9:38am
    Jonathan Linens killed this huge Caswell County buck, but it was a stressful hunt for the Virginia sportsman.

    Huge Caswell County velveteen buck goes down to bowhunter

    Jonathan Linens of Ringgold, Virginia lives within a stone’s throw of the North Carolina/Virginia State line. Before his Virginia season commences on October 3rd, he torments the North Carolina herd on every chance he gets as the archery season begins. And opening morning on his lease in Caswell County, the stars were aligned just right to bring a huge 140-class buck right into his kill zone. But, a bachelor group of juvenile bucks on his stand almost spoiled the party. 

    September 19 at 2:23pm
    Carla Inman arrowed this trophy deer on Sept. 14 in Person County, and is one of the biggest deer killed in the Carolinas so far this year.

    Huntress arrows 175-inch non-typical 14 pointer in Person County

    A visit to Person County on Sept. 14 turned into a once-in-a-lifetime road trip for Carla Inman of Canton, who killed a whopping 175-inch non-typical buck from a ground blind, then arrowed an 8-pointer in full velvet 20 minutes later.

    September 19 at 7:49am
    Just after his 21st birthday, Lawrence Green of Wake Forest killed this trophy buck that he'd been observing on trail cameras for some time.

    Wake Forest hunter bags massive 8-point buck

    A potential Pope and Young on opening day is about the best birthday surprise that any diehard hunter could yearn for. And during the first hour of daylight on the opening morning of the North Carolina 2016 Archery Season, Lawrence Green of Wake Forest was in the right place at the right time when a massive 141-inch eight pointer stepped out of the woods and right into Green’s lethal territory just two weeks after his 21st birthday. 

    September 15 at 8:52pm
    Hunt early and often with other shooters for the best dove results.

    Plan dove days strategically

    Dove season begins this month across the south, and the first few days — if not opening day — are the best times to take a limit. So does it work out that way? Is it the timing of the migration, the amount of birds available, or what?

    September 15 at 7:00am
    Caring for your hunting land as if you own it is the best way to be allowed to use it on a long-term basis.

    Respect land to sustain its use

    Labor Day arrives this month, along with the onset of the first major wing-shooting opportunity, dove hunting. Dove season brings out anybody and almost everybody with a shotgun. The first major wave of doves arrives just in time for the thousands of acres of cut corn and tons of standing sunflowers planted in their name. The level of excitement may not rival the killing of a trophy buck, but the opportunity to shoot at winged targets dancing in the wind is on the annual bucket list for just about every hunter out there. 

    September 15 at 7:00am
    Big bucks can thrive on small tracts of land that many hunters overlook, especially those closer to developed areas that traditionally are not hunted.

    It’s not too late to look for land

    Every now and then, hunters get stuck in a predicament close to the opening of deers season when their opportunity to hunt a property vanishes. It’s tough to shoot a wallhanger without having a tract of land to hunt. While there are several million acres of public-hunting opportunities across the Carolinas, access to a private tract of land gives hunters more control over their hunting missions. But what types of properties make for a good hunting lease this late in the game? 

    September 15 at 7:00am
    The SCDNR offers a handful of special youth dove hunts across the state.

    Take advantage of youth opportunities

    A good dove shoot is a great way to introduce youngsters to hunting. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources provides a perfect venue where conditions and bird counts are generally good to excellent depending on the weather, for the exclusive first-day use of parents with children. Youngsters can absorb the experience by watching their father or mother shoot, eating snacks, drinking soda and running out making retrieves. Older kids can shoot at a few birds themselves. Accompanying adults may shoot during the hunt, just not while their youth is shooting.

    September 15 at 7:00am
    Kelly Sutton missed much of the 2015 season due to an unexpected cancer diagnosis, but he's already making up for it, starting with this 10-pointer.

    Morrisville hunter kills 10-point trophy

    Aren’t hunters forced to lease massive tracts of land to get access to mature bucks? Not necessarily. While some hunters believe it is critical to secure large 1,000-acre tracts, Kelly Sutton of Morrisville takes a mature buck every year from one of his small 15-acre leases with barely enough real estate available to erect a single stand. And on the opening day of North Carolina’s 2016 archery season, Sutton followed through by bagging and tagging a huge 10 pointer minutes before dark on his Wake County lease. 

    September 14 at 10:21pm
    Ernie Seruya, Mandy Broadway, Kelly Logan, and Robert Nuzzo with the 11-4 gator.

    Greenville female bags 11-foot, 4-inch long gator at Santee

    Mandy Broadway of Greenville, S.C. finally drew an alligator tag on her third try, and she was determined to make good on it. So determined, that after hunting all day unsuccessfully on Saturday, Sept. 10, she decided to go the next day too. It paid off for her in the form of an 11-foot, 4-inch long gator from Santee near Elliot’s Landing.

    September 14 at 9:31am
    Brad Leigher and Hunter Neeley killed this big gator at Santee on the first Monday of the 2016 season. The beast weighed over 600 pounds and measured 12 feet 9 inches long.

    Duo extracts 12'9

    While many gunners anticipate the first weekend in September every year to bag a 12-bird dove limit, hunters looking for a more challenging opponent look to the second weekend of the month, which begins the South Carolina 2016 alligator season. Every swamp, river, and lake becomes open hunting grounds for oversized reptiles where the tables can turn and hunters are no longer at the top of the food chain. 

    September 13 at 9:54pm
    Patrick Walker almost settled for shooting a doe on his first hunt, but he waited. His patience was rewarded with this trophy Guilford County buck.

    1st-time hunter arrows 149-inch Guilford County trophy buck

    Patrick Walker, a 20-year-old student at UNC-Greensboro, wasn’t about to set an easy goal for his first archery deer this fall, not after a huge buck showed up in trail-camera photos this summer on his family’s Guilford County land. And aiming for the rafters proved to be right on target when he arrowed a 149-inch trophy this past Saturday afternoon on opening day of North Carolina’s statewide archery season.

    September 13 at 8:48am