• Deer Hunting

    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
    Trail cameras set up around supplemental feeding locations during the winter when natural food available is at its lowest ebb can give hunters a great idea about how many and which bucks survived the previous season.

    Dead of winter is great time to inventory surviving bucks

    After seeing many bucks on camera and on stand throughout deer season, there is always concern how many actually come out alive on Jan. 1. Technology, provides plenty of answers.

    February 15 at 7:00am
    The work hunters do scouting during the winter can have a tremendous effect on success next deer season.

    Start scouting right now for next deer season

    Deer season has been over for more than a month, and while many hunters have switched over to other furry and feathered targets, it’s a perfect time to improve next season’s deer-hunting opportunities. February is time to evaluate last season and prepare for the next. Deer hunters looking for a wall-hanger need to stay on track and find out what worked and what didn’t. 

    February 08 at 9:00am
    Antler Boost’s Bean Bale

    Antler Boost’s Bean Bale

    When the weather starts to get cold in the late-season, there is nothing that deer crave more than soybeans. That’s why the natural look and scent of Bean Bale is great for attracting those mature bucks. There are no harmful preservatives or chemicals used in Bean Bale and its lower fat levels help discourage attraction to hogs, raccoons, squirrels or bears. These pre-constructed bales are also super easy to distribute around a food plot or hunting area.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Pat Williams’ Rockingham County monster, which carries 18 points on a main-frame 6x6 rack, will likely rank among the top non-typical bucks ever killed in North Carolina.

    North Carolina’s top deer for 2015 are unveiled

    We should have seen it coming. 

    The fall of 2014 featured the second-largest mast crop on record in North Carolina, and it was followed by a predictable drop in the deer harvest that season. 

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Jeremy Carpenter poses with the buck he killed during North Carolina's Urban Archery Season, which runs through Feb. 13.

    Morganton hunter arrows big 8-point buck during Urban Archery Season

    North Carolina’s traditional deer season ended on January 1st. But for hunters that just cannot get enough quality time in the deer stand, the urban archery season cranked up on January 9th. And for Jeremy Carpenter of Morganton, the urban archery season couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time. At 5:44pm on January 28th, Carpenter arrowed an impressive eight pointer, his biggest buck to date, on a small, seven-acre woodlot in Morganton’s highly-populated suburbs. 

    January 31 at 7:09pm
    Kristina Carpenter killed this 10-point buck with an 80-yard shot after beating her boyfriend at Rock-Paper-Scissors to determine who would shoot.

    10-point buck wins Dec. Bag-A-Buck contest for Nashville hunter

    The afternoon of Dec. 21, Tyler Hinton of Nashville watched a 10-point buck ease through the woods toward a corn pile, and as he raised his rifle, he noticed some movement out of the corner of his eye.

    January 26 at 10:24am
    Ashley King killed this 120-class buck on Dec. 19 in Rutherford County while hunting with her boyfriend.

    Sunshine female hunter kills 120-class buck toward end of deer hunting season

    On Dec. 18, Cory Hill of Sunshine checked the weather and noticed conditions would be right for deer hunting. It looked like what might be the last cold front before the end of deer season, and he’d been wanting to help his girlfriend, Ashley King kill one of a handful of decent 8-point bucks they’d been watching on trail-cameras all season. The plan worked out better than he expected. King killed a 120-class 8-pointer they didn’t even know was on their property.

    January 07 at 9:28am