• Deer 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
    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
    Deer hunters in North Carolina reported killing 162,558 deer during the 2015-16 season, an increase of almost 6 percent over the previous season.

    Deer harvest of 2015-16 shows improvement over previous year

    North Carolina hunters tagged 162,558 whitetails during the 2015-16 season, a 5.8-percent increase over the previous season and the kind of modest jump that Jonathan Shaw, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s top deer biologist, had expected.

    April 25 at 2:01pm
    Nick Davis, who claimed to have killed this buck, was fined for illegal hunting and had his hunting license revoked for 2 years. He purchased the antlers in this photo, and screwed them onto the skull plate of the small deer he illegally killed with a rifle during archery season.

    Elkin man who hoaxed big buck story pleads guilty to illegal hunting

    Nick Davis, the Elkin man who attached a huge set of shed antlers to the skull of a small buck and claimed he had killed a state-record deer last fall, pleaded guilty on March 31 of one count of illegal hunting, was fined almost $800 and had his hunting license revoked for two years.

    April 13 at 9:10am
    Supplemental nutrition provides bucks with plenty of the protein and minerals needed for important antler-growing periods.

    Deer food on the cheap

    Spring in the Carolinas is a special time for outdoor fans. The sounds and sights of new life flood the countryside with fresh greenery and blooms everywhere and a musical greeting from the fresh flock of migratory birds back from the tropics. By April 1, spring is in full color, welcoming turkey hunters and others ready to prepare their properties for the warm-season bliss. If the management budget is falling short of one’s hopes and dreams, hunters can still improve their properties without breaking the bank. 

    April 08 at 9:00am
    Patrick Williams took Best in Show with his 195 7/8 non-typical at the 2016 Dixie Deer Classic.

    Rockingham County Boone and Crockett buck wins Best of Show at Dixie Deer Classic

    A big Rockingham County buck scored big — Boone and Crockett Club big — and brought home the Best in Show award at the 2016 Dixie Deer Classic that wrapped up on Sunday, March 6, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

    March 07 at 9:46am
    The Dixie Deer Classic is this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

    Dixie Deer Classic is this weekend

    The 2016 Dixie Deer Classic starts tomorrow, Mar. 4, and will run through Sunday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This show has been recognized as the top trophy whitetail deer show in the nation.

    March 03 at 2:34pm
    Jon Shrieves claimed this buck in Caswell County, and won the February Bag-A-Buck contest.

    Wendell hunter scores in Bag-A-Buck contest

    Jon Shrieves figured that while he delivered the knockout punch, there were a bunch of other bucks that had landed a few haymakers on a big Caswell County buck.

    February 21 at 1:27pm
    Getting deep in a buck’s core area after the season might reveal plenty of his secrets.

    Start post-season scouting now

    Hunters stay away from deep, forested areas for most of the year so they don’t disturb sanctuary areas and places where big bucks were thought to be hiding. Now that the season is out, it is the right time to dive into these areas to unravel the mysteries while the evidence is still fresh and the woods are clear. 

    February 15 at 7:00am