• Hunting

    Using a range finder and flagging to mark distances to different spots around a stand can make for easier estimation of shots.

    Range, mark distances around your archery stands

    For most deer hunters, the first weapon of choice during the early deer season is the bow and arrow. For bowhunters, a good range finder is the most-important tool to have above the archery equipment itself. Hunters need to know the exact distances around their stands in order to have a good chance at making that million-dollar shot in the first few days of the season.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Putting up trail cameras in mid-summer around fields, food plots and incoming trails can help identify bucks and does in a local herd, as long as you don’t bother too many deer while checking the cameras.

    Preseason trail cam precautions

    Trail cameras are wonderful inventions for hunters to inventory their deer herd over the summer or see how big the residual bucks have grown from previous years. But overuse and poor retrieval methods can be detrimental, even during the summer when hunting season is nowhere close to open.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Bachelor groups of bucks will spend plenty of time in late summer working over food plots and agricultural fields, giving hunters a chance to learn their habits for early season hunts.

    Start early for early bucks

    In the Carolinas, deer season starts early, especially for hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where Aug. 15 is the kickoff. Hunters need to sweat it out in the middle of the summer to get stands ready and prepare their hunting areas. Good preparations well before the season opens should be a priority for hunters looking to score big.

    July 08 at 9:00am
    North Carolina's 2015 bear harvest saw an uptick of 20 percent over the 2014 season.

    North Carolina’s 2015 bear harvest up 20 percent

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set a goal in 2013 to slow down the state’s expanding black bear population, increasing hunting opportunities in hopes of an raising the annual harvest to around 25 percent of the state’s bruins.

    July 07 at 9:43pm
    Language inserted into the 2016 Farm Bill by Rep. Roger West (R-Cherokee) would have cost N.C. sportsmen extra fees for deer feed and given the money to the N.C. Deer and Elk Farmers Association. Action by sportsmen’s groups defeated the proposal.<br />

    Deer-food tax on hunters ousted at N. C. legislature

    Thanks to a Catawba County legislator, North Carolina’s deer hunters have dodged what could have been an expensive bullet in the final days of the N.C. General Assembly’s 2016 session.

    July 01 at 5:13pm
    The Beast

    The Beast

    The Beast is one of the largest game/cargo carts in its class. Its features include a removable/extendable tongue to hook up to an ATV, 10 cargo tie down points for bungee/cargo straps, wide tires for extra flotation and sealed bearings. The Beast comes powder paint coated in hunter green.

    July 01 at 7:00am
    Blake (left) and Daryl Hodge (right) are serving as regional hosts on Drake's Migration, in its 7th season on the Sportsman Channel.

    Carolina hunters featured on Sportsman Channel's Drake's Migration

    If you happened to catch the newest episode of Drake’s Migration on the Sportsman Channel this morning, and you know anything about waterfowl hunting in the Carolinas, you surely noticed some familiar faces on the show. 

    June 27 at 1:06pm
    Pass'n it on Outdoors seeks to pass on the outdoor traditions to other folks.

    Group of sportsmen share outdoor experience with veterans, disabled, and first time hunters

    Pass'n it on Outdoors was founded in 2009. It's primary mission is to pass on the traditions that have been handed down to us. To help disabled kids, friends, veterans and first time hunters follow in those same footsteps of earlier generations. 

    June 20 at 11:12pm

    It’s time to find, tie up hunting leases for the fall season

    June is a big month for hunters across the Carolinas. With turkey season over, hunting leases get ready to laps, and sometimes they change hands for fall season.

    June 15 at 7:00am
    South Carolina's new deer hunting laws will begin in 2017, and impact North Carolina hunters that travel south to hunt deer in the Palmetto State.

    North Carolinians hunting in South Carolina facing big changes

    South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley signed Senate Bill 454 into law last week, making some pretty drastic changes to the state’s deer hunting regulations. While the changes impact South Carolina’s hunters in a big way, it also affects North Carolina hunters that head south of the border every fall to take advantage of what has been the most liberal deer hunting laws in the nation.

    June 13 at 12:07pm
    Andrew Kibler shows off one of the 17,932 turkeys that were harvested during North Carolina's turkey season this past spring.

    2016 turkey season was 2nd best in state's recorded history

    North Carolina turkey hunters produced the second-highest harvest on record during this past spring’s season, taking 17,932 birds, an increase of 104 over the 2015 season.

    June 10 at 9:40am
    Changing the pH of food-plot soils is the first step to excellent cool-season food plots that will attract and provide food for wildlife.

    Lime time: change the pH for better deer-hunting property

    What is the most important aspect to any good deer-hunting property? That’s easy. Food is absolutely No. 1 when it comes to retaining and attracting deer to a chunk of real estate. 

    June 08 at 9:00am
    The free June 25 wildlife photography workshop will focus on close-up photography, and will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard.

    Free wildlife photography class offered June 25 in Brevard

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free wildlife photography class on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard.

    June 01 at 8:39pm
    Wildlife XP Compact Binoculars

    Wildlife XP Compact Binoculars

    Steiner recently announces the expansion of their Wildlife XP line to include the 8x24, 10x26 and 10.5x28 Wildlife XP Compact binoculars. Unlike most compact binoculars, these are completely waterproof up to 2 meters, with a nitrogen-pressure-filled interior that is fogproof. These lightweight binoculars are small and tough enough to tag along on any outdoor adventure.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    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