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The companies that produce Wipe-Out and Break Free make a lot of claims — and then backs them up. Chemical foams — gun cleaning magic
61 Views - Posted: September 18 at 9:00 am

I don’t remember where I picked up the can of Wipe-Out Brushless Bore Cleaner — but it had been sitting on my workbench shelf for quite a while.


Bobby Davidson's enormous Moore County buck has a 4x4 main-frame rack with twin split G-2s. Moore County produces huge buck for archery pro
7295 Views - Posted: September 18 at 6:30 am

Bobby Davidson of Sanford has travelled all over the country to kill big bucks as a pro staffer for Mathews Archery – Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri – so who would have thought that his biggest buck of his life would come from family farm in Moore County? But it did: a 169 1/8-inch buck taken on Sunday, Sept. 14.


Brad Duke of Butner killed this huge 9-point Granville County buck in full velvet on Sept. 13, almost 11 months after he suffered serious injuries in a tree-stand fall. Butner man arrows huge Granville County buck
10943 Views - Posted: September 16 at 8:54 pm

A Butner man who suffered serious injuries in a fall from a tree stand last year got a measure of revenge on the buck he was hunting that day. And what revenge it was! The 9-point buck, taken this past Saturday on opening day of North Carolina’s statewide archery season, has been rough-scored at 161 inches in full velvet.


Game Lands Depot Contact Info Game Lands Depot Contact Info
83 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

A. Marion Depot: Green River, Pisgah NF, 828-652-9974


A “bug” suit and insect repellent made a 2013 muzzleloader hunt on the Suggs Mill Pond Game Land a comfortable and successful one for the author. Insect repellents are imperative
88 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Mesh “bug” suits and chemical repellents are necessities that turn muzzleloader hunts in southeastern North Carolina into good experiences.


Scott and Steve Skrydlinski carry climbing stands on their backs and their backpacks in a deer cart. The cart folds for easy stowing and makes hauling a deer out of the woods. ier than dragging it. Deer al a Carte at two new tracts
135 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Tommy Hughes, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, said adventurous hunters have the opportunity to check out new additions to two existing game lands this year by purchasing over-the-counter muzzleloader season permits.


Counties that lead in the annual archery harvest statistics are rarely among the leaders in overall harvest. Big-harvest areas aren’t bow leaders
99 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

The top counties in terms of deer taken with archery equipment are rarely among the top counties in overall harvest.


The expansion of deer herds into surburban and urban areas has provided incentive for more municipalities to join the state’s Urban Archery Season. Deer expansion means urban archery rocks
81 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

When the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission started its Urban Archery deer season program in 2007, a handful of towns signed up — Elkin was first — while many others and major cities in North Carolina turned up their noses.


Root vegetables, including turnips, provide deer with plenty of nourishment from the time their leaves emerge until their roots mature late in the season. Root vegetables are tasty from top to bottom
13 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

When preparing to plant fall food plots, hunters can choose from a wide assortment of seeds that will provide both immediate and long-lasting food for their deer herd. Most fall plots will begin producing edible forage as soon as the green shoots break through the soil’s surface. Clover, oats and wheat offer immediate benefits and can offer hunters a highly visited food source at the ideal time during hunting season. However, root vegetables are sometimes overlooked for cool-season plantings and will provide a multi-stage benefit for deer, from the beginning of the season to well after it ends in January.


Intensify trapping efforts this month for porkers
12 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Even though the mercury is high in the glass during September, landowners with feral hog issues can benefit greatly by intensifying their trapping efforts.


Waiting for proper soil moisture and planting seeds at the proper depth are two crucial factors in having a successful cool-season food plot. Make sure soil is ready
83 Views - Posted: September 04 at 9:00 am

Planting spring and fall food plots can benefit wildlife in so many ways, and September is the beginning of the fall planting season. The cool-season food plot plays a critical role in most hunters’ playbooks since these food sources become prime stand locations during the season. 


Youth waterfowl days in North Carolina will be Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. State announces complete waterfowl seasons for 2014-15
1232 Views - Posted: September 02 at 9:47 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and other regulations for the upcoming waterfowl and falconry seasons.


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