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When scouting before the season, try to locate things deer like to eat growing in the wild, like these muscadines. Scouting pointers
119 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Sensible scouting involves doing far more than merely making an effort to determine places deer are “using,” whether there’s a big buck prowling the land you hunt, or the times whitetails are coming to a food plot or any legally spread food. It is, in truth, something of a year-round endeavor, and here are a few pointers to hone your scouting to razor sharpness and maximum effectiveness.


A knife, a compass and map are three things that belong in every deer hunterís day pack. A deer hunterís gear checklist
105 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

That long-awaited and glad moment, opening day, has finally arrived. You rise early, stoke the inner fires with coffee and sausage biscuits, and set out for what you hope will be a glorious first morning.


An hour on the shooting range can make a world of difference in making sure your gun is zeroed and giving you the confidence you need to make shots during deer season. Home, home on the range
53 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

All too often, a sort of “Old-Betsy-is-a-tack-driver-who-has-never-failed-me” attitude leads to disappointment in the field. Anyone who hunts with a firearm owes it to themselves, the animals they hunt and a simple sportsman’s code of ethics to have complete familiarity with their gun. That translates to spending some time at the shooting range prior to the season.


Making sure your weapon is hitting where itís supposed to should be a prerequisite before going afield this fall. Getting olí Betsy in shape
61 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Over the next three months, deer hunters in the Carolinas will carry an arsenal of weapons into the woods to bring venison back to the dinner table. From traditional wooden contraptions to modern weaponry, hunters need to take a few shots to make sure that critical whack at a trophy buck will hit its mark.


August is prime time to start thinking about planting cool-season food plots. Start thinking about fall
305 Views - Posted: August 05 at 9:00 am

Even though August is often regarded as the hottest month, it is okay to begin thinking about deer season. For lucky hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the velvet hunts begin at the halfway point of the month, but for the rest of the Carolinas, there is still some time to prepare.†


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124 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

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 ďchoresĒ a deer hunter must complete; finding a previous yearís rubbed tree might put you a leg up on finding this seasonís trophy buck. The buck starts here - Preseason scouting will lead to better results once opening day of deer season arrives across North Carolina
441 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

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 Carolinaís deer herd is increasing slightly, and hunters are taking advantage of opportunities like never before. 2014-15 North Carolina Deer Season Preview
1127 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

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
1625 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
1996 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
2638 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
1567 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.


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