• Deer 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. 

    Yesterday at 7:59am
    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
    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
    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

    North Carolina’s 2016 deer preview

    The 2015 statewide harvest of 162,588 whitetail deer was the eighth-highest in North Carolina history, and that should be good news for this fall’s season. 

    “The harvest seems to be holding fairly steady, except for some circumstances when the herd can be affected by a variety of events,” said Jonathan Shaw, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s supervising deer biologist. “I don’t know whether or not it will go higher or lower. If we continue to harvest deer at same rate and put (more) coyotes on the landscape, (that) may start to show up (negatively).”

    August 01 at 7:00am
    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
    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

    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
    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
    Whitetail fawns give off hardly any scent for the first month of their lives, a great way of protecting them from predators.

    Protect fawn habitat

    Deer hunting remains a top attraction for Carolinians, from the steep mountains to the coastal plains’ agricultural lands. Fortunately, the deer population remains stable, despite a rise in deer-vehicle collisions and strong harvest numbers. 

    May 08 at 9:00am
    Sunflowers, the favorite food of migrating doves, must be planted soon to be ready for Labor Day weekend.

    Last chance to plant sunflowers for September dove hunts

    Dove season makes most hunters break out their shotguns and camouflage for the first time in the fall, and while most opening day dove shoots are as much a social event as a hunting situation, the hunting will get serious in a crop field with several thousand winged migrants. 

    May 08 at 9:00am