• Deer Hunting

    This deer was found dead in York County, S.C. with a broken bottle stuck around its tongue.

    Discarded bottle kills South Carolina buck

    – Thanks to Lindsay Thomas Jr. of QDMA for sharing his story of how litter kills.

    I despise a litterbug.

    As a hunter and fisherman who enjoys clean water and clean forests, few things aggravate me more than physical evidence that someone was here before me and treated the land with disrespect. Litter also has a real impact on people and wildlife. When my children and I swim in rivers, I worry about broken glass. 

    January 18 at 7:13pm
    A mixture of food-plot seeds will provide forage that matures at different times and extends the planting’s effectiveness.

    Food-plot options for year-round program

    Food is important for whitetail deer year-round, not just during hunting season. They will keep deer close to home, and both warm- and cool-season plots are important to the overall health of the herds and to maximize the attractiveness of a property.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Property application of lime or other fertilizers is essential to get the most out of your wildlife food plot.

    Give attention to physical, biochemical food-plot needs

    Food plots will help keep wildlife interested and well-fed on a hunting property. While there is tractor time invested, the best plots are a product of a successful biochemistry and physics experiments. For the best food plots, land managers should keep tabs on their plots’ biochemical and physical requirements. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Nathan Collier worked hard for this buck, beginning with putting out mineral sites long before deer season started.

    Teen bowhunter kills 136 6/8-inch trophy buck in Florence, S.C.

    The 2016 deer hunting season was a big success for 15-year-old Florence, S.C. hunter Nathan Collier. He killed a 185-pound 8-point buck in full velvet in August. The buck sported an inside spread of 18 1/2 inches, and was the young hunter’s first kill with a bow. He killed another buck, this one a 6-pointer, with his rifle later in the season, and finished the year off in late December with another bow kill of a trophy 10-point buck that has been green-scored at 136 6/8-inches.

    January 08 at 7:57pm
    James Hamby of Thomasville, NC won the December Bag-A-Buck contest.

    Thomasville, N.C. hunter kills 9-point buck, wins December Bag-A-Buck contest

    James Hamby of Thomasville, N.C., has won Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for December with his entry of a big Randolph County buck he killed on Dec. 21.

    January 05 at 7:50pm
    Kevin Bartlett killed this whopper 15-point buck that green-scored over 180. His daughter killed her first buck soon after during the same hunt.

    Black Mountain hunter kills 15-point, 180-class trophy on Thanksgiving Day

    As Kevin Bartlett of Black Mountain and his 11-year-old daughter, Addison sat side by side in their ladder stand on Thanksgiving morning, they knew two things: a 15-point buck was in the area and the wind was in their face, coming from the direction they expected him.  And though the sequence of events did not follow the plan they made, Kevin Bartlett dropped the 181 3/8-inch, 15-point Buncombe County beast. Addison Bartlett took her first buck shortly thereafter.  

    January 04 at 5:43pm
    A well-prepared food plot in a shooting lane is the best of both worlds for many deer hunters, as long as the deer make an occasional visit.

    Time to plot your plots - Make food-plot plans part of your 12-month, deer-hunting prospects

    Deer hunting is one of the most-popular forms of outdoor recreation; its roots run deep in the Carolinas. Through modern technology and the availability of information — much through the social-media explosion — deer hunters are carrying out a new vision that is enhancing the herd. 

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Mike Gibbs' 170-class buck.

    Caswell County hunter kills 17-point, 170-class buck

    With a borrowed rifle, and with his wife sitting in a nearby stand hoping to see a massive trophy buck they’d been tracking for more than 3 years in Caswell County, Mike Gibbs shot that very buck, a 17-point brute that has been green-scored at 170-inches.

    December 29, 2016 at 9:12pm
    Following these tips will help you bag a late season deer like this Kershaw County, S.C. buck killed by Grant McElveen.

    Top tips for bagging late season deer

    Killing a deer at the end of the season can be tough, but some hunters do it every year without fail. Some of them just get lucky, but many of them know a few tips that put them in position to do so. 

    Davis Dodson of Marion, S.C. actually has more success during late season hunts than he does throughout the year, and the reasons for that can help other hunters. Dodson hunts exclusively with a crossbow, and because of the challenges that go along with that type of hunting, he is well-versed at what makes for a successful hunt as the season wanes.

    December 28, 2016 at 1:18am
    Casey Haizlip wanted her first deer to be a quality one, and she got it right, downing this 16-point trophy on Nov. 21.

    Dance team member puts the cha-cha on trophy non-typical

    Casey Haizlip, a 16-year-old sophomore at Western Alamance High School, is a member of the school’s dance team, but she had a different reason to dance the afternoon of Nov. 21 after she bagged a 16-point buck that had been hunted hard by most of her male relatives and other men in the community.

    December 27, 2016 at 9:02pm
    Randy Hobbs wasn't planning to hunt on Nov. 5, but a last minute decision to head to the woods resulted in this trophy, a 13-point buck that green scored 162 inches.

    Burlington pastor on tight schedule squeezed in a Guilford County trophy

    Randy Hobbs wasn't planning on deer hunting on Nov. 5, the second Saturday of blackpowder season near his Gibsonville, N.C., home. He had a 10 a.m. meeting at the church he pastors, New Hope Baptist Church in Burlington.

    December 26, 2016 at 9:41pm
    Steven Fazzino poses with his Person County 10-point trophy that has been green-scored at 155 inches.

    Burlington hunter slays 155-inch, 10-point Person County trophy buck

    Making a last minute decision put Burlington native, Steven Fazzino, on the map with a huge 155-inch Person County giant on Nov. 14. But, this wasn’t the first time Fazzino had looked at this massive mainframe 10. 

    December 22, 2016 at 11:34pm
    Compare a new axle with two axles damaged when a crossbow was accidentally dry-fired.

    Get to know a crossbow

    Although crossbows have been around for thousands of years, until recently, their use for deer hunting has been legally limited or restricted in most of the country. But due to many factors, including an aging population of hunters, low hunter recruitment, and high deer populations, they are now legal archery equipment in most states.

    December 22, 2016 at 9:00am
    Clif Holloman poses with his second trophy buck of the season, a 135 6/8-inch beast that he killed on his family's farm in Johnston County.

    Pine Level hunter kills biggest deer of his life

    On Nov. 12, Clif Holloman of Pine Level, N.C. killed the biggest buck of his life, a mainframe 8-pointer with one scorable sticker that has been green-scored at 120 inches. A little over two weeks later, he killed a bigger one, an 11-point buck that scored 135 6/8 inches.

    December 20, 2016 at 9:26pm
    A wildlife management company in Georgia found a whitetail buck while checking on a wild hog trap.

    VIDEO - 13-point buck caught in Georgia hog trap

    Melinda and Bryan Rooks, who own a wildlife management company in Culloden, Ga., found something they weren't expecting to see when checking on a hog trap recently. Alive and well, but obviously wanting free, was a 13-point buck.

    December 19, 2016 at 5:39pm
    It took more than a year, but Marcus Church finally killed this 9-point trophy in Seneca, S.C. on Dec. 12.

    Seneca hunter kills 9-point trophy he'd been hunting more than a year

    In November of 2015, Marcus Church of Seneca, S.C. spotted a deer on his trail camera that caught his eye. The 9-point buck sported a messed up tine that led Church to nickname it Crabby Nine, and it made the deer easy to keep track of. Last week, Church finally killed the buck, even though it showed up only intermittently since that first sighting.

    December 18, 2016 at 11:06pm