• Hunting

    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
    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