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Deer season is a month away, so find out what's in store for Tarheel hunters. Targeting bottomfish is a great idea in August, whether you do it offshore on a big boat or around nearshore structure on a jet ski.

Scouting is just one of the preseason “chores” a deer hunter must complete; finding a previous year’s rubbed tree might put you a leg up on finding this season’s trophy buck. The buck starts here - Preseason scouting will lead to better results once opening day of deer season arrives across North Carolina
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My Grandpa Joe, a hickory-tough old fellow who cherished all aspects of the hunting experience, was fond of reminding me, “The hunting’s only part of it.” 

North Carolina’s deer herd is increasing slightly, and hunters are taking advantage of opportunities like never before. 2014-15 North Carolina Deer Season Preview
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After last season’s record harvest, hunters might expect to tag fewer North Carolina deer this fall. But the take of 188,130 deer in 2013 isn’t necessarily going to cause a decline this year because of the dynamics of deer reproduction, weather, mast production, Sunday archery hunting and expansive either-sex seasons.

The N.C. House version of the 2014 state budget includes a section that would transfer N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission management of captive deer and elk to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. House bill would take management of captive deer away from NCWRC
1464 Views - Posted: June 25 at 3:34 pm

A section of the proposed 2014 House budget would transfer management authority over deer farming from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Senate budget doesn’t include the proposal and both bodies currently are “reconciling” their versions.

North Carolina deer hunters killed a record 188,130 deer in the 2013-14 season, an all-time harvest record. North Carolina deer harvest sets all-time record
1876 Views - Posted: April 29 at 6:01 am

 North Carolina deer hunters posted an all-time harvest record during the 2013-14 season, tagging 188,130 whitetails according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Gary Stevens of Marion killed this enormous buck in Adams County, Ohio, on Jan. 1, that was judged Best in Show at the Dixie Deer Classic. Huge Ohio buck is Best in Show at Dixie Deer Classic
2449 Views - Posted: March 02 at 9:13 pm

A huge Ohio buck killed by a McDowell County hunter and a handful of great bucks from the Piedmont, including two Boone and Crockett Club monsters, highlighted the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic that ended on Sunday, March 2, at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Chase Watson sits in the door of a Hughes Box Blind, holding a Leupold scope; both were part of his grand-prize package for winning the Bag-A-Buck contest. Bag-A-Buck winner picks up grand-prize package at Dixie Deer Classic
1434 Views - Posted: March 01 at 12:01 pm

Chase Watson of Oxford, the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, picked up his prize package on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.

North Carolina deer hunters are just a few days away from the annual Dixie Deer Classic, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Raleigh. Dixie Deer Classic will open this Friday in Raleigh
1024 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:00 am

Can the Dixie Deer Classic possibly be 34 years old? Well, it’s difficult to remember a time when North Carolina’s best bucks weren’t on display at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, but the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic is indeed at hand, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, specifically the Jim Graham Building, the Exhibition Building and Dorton Arena.

Chase Watson's entry of this big Granville County buck taken last Oct. 3 was drawn as the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest. Oxford hunter is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest
2392 Views - Posted: February 18 at 1:42 pm

A Granville County hunter is the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for the 2013 season. Chase Watson of Oxford, “baseball1cw” on’s forums, killed the buck last Oct. 3, and a few days later, he entered it in the contest, which is presented by Leupold. His name was drawn on Feb. 14 as the grand-prize winner from among the hundreds of entries.

Lynsey Koury killed this buck, which scored almost 145 points, in mid-November in Alamance County. She added a 130-inch deer two weeks later. Burlington woman's double play makes for a great deer season
1968 Views - Posted: February 05 at 6:00 pm

It’s a rare accomplishment for an archer to take two big whitetails in the same season, but it’s even less common for a female hunter. Consider Burlington’s Lynsey Koury an uncommon hunter. She took up hunting in 2008 when she and eventual husband Carson started dating, and last fall, she killed two trophy bucks in the space of two weeks. 

Tommy Hogshead of Hayesville killed this huge Clay County buck last Sept. 30. Because of an injury to its genitals, the buck was still in full velvet. Wide, heavy mountain buck carried his velvet extra time for a reason
1723 Views - Posted: February 04 at 6:00 am

In the southwestern corner of North Carolina, Clay County is recognized more for black bears than whitetail deer, but Tommy Hogsed, owner of Parker’s Country Store in Hayesville, had seen a heavy-beamed buck chasing a doe in 2012. He found him again last fall and killed him last Sept. 30, the opening day of muzzleloader season.

Cody Caviness of Asheboro killed this huge buck on Friday, Dec. 13 -- his lucky day. Friday the 13th was plenty lucky for Asheboro hunter
1445 Views - Posted: January 31 at 12:01 pm

A lot of people consider Friday the 13th an unlucky day, but don’t sell that superstition to Cody Caviness of Asheboro. On Friday, Dec. 13, the 22-year-old construction superintendent bagged his career-best whitetail. It has a nearly-perfect 5x5 rack that’s been scored at 1691/8 inches by Denton taxidermist Tommy Freeman.