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    The SCDNR offers a handful of special youth dove hunts across the state.

    Take advantage of youth opportunities

    A good dove shoot is a great way to introduce youngsters to hunting. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources provides a perfect venue where conditions and bird counts are generally good to excellent depending on the weather, for the exclusive first-day use of parents with children. Youngsters can absorb the experience by watching their father or mother shoot, eating snacks, drinking soda and running out making retrieves. Older kids can shoot at a few birds themselves. Accompanying adults may shoot during the hunt, just not while their youth is shooting.

    September 15 at 7:00am
    Ernie Seruya, Mandy Broadway, Kelly Logan, and Robert Nuzzo with the 11-4 gator.

    Greenville female bags 11-foot, 4-inch long gator at Santee

    Mandy Broadway of Greenville, S.C. finally drew an alligator tag on her third try, and she was determined to make good on it. So determined, that after hunting all day unsuccessfully on Saturday, Sept. 10, she decided to go the next day too. It paid off for her in the form of an 11-foot, 4-inch long gator from Santee near Elliot’s Landing.

    September 14 at 9:31am
    Brad Leigher and Hunter Neeley killed this big gator at Santee on the first Monday of the 2016 season. The beast weighed over 600 pounds and measured 12 feet 9 inches long.

    Duo extracts 12'9

    While many gunners anticipate the first weekend in September every year to bag a 12-bird dove limit, hunters looking for a more challenging opponent look to the second weekend of the month, which begins the South Carolina 2016 alligator season. Every swamp, river, and lake becomes open hunting grounds for oversized reptiles where the tables can turn and hunters are no longer at the top of the food chain. 

    September 13 at 9:54pm
    Sunflowers are a favorite food for doves, which head south late in the summer on an annual migration.

    Get the drop on doves in the Carolinas

    A lot of hunters enjoy beautifully prepared and managed dove fields because they know landowners who enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a well-spent Labor Day weekend dove shoot. And a lot have just as much enjoyment hunting on public fields provided by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and S.C. Department of Natural Resources, experiencing the kind of shooting normally reserved for those with access to private land.

    September 01 at 7:00am
    South Carolina hunters will have their choice of 44 public dove fields this season.

    Where are SC’s top public dove fields?

    Michael Small, small-game project leader for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said public dove fields are looking very good for the upcoming season; he expect 44 public fields to be open, with seven more slated for youth hunts. 

    September 01 at 7:00am
    North Carolina has plenty of acreage planted in public dove fields, with the best of it being on several Piedmont game lands.

    Where are North Carolina’s best public dove fields?

    North Carolinas best public dove fields are mostly in the Piedmont.

    The Sandhills Game Land comprises 63,000 acres surrounding the town of Hoffman along US 1 south of Raleigh in Hoke, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties. It is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

    September 01 at 7:00am
    The NCWRC is hosting a series of meetings this month to discuss black bear management, and to get input from the public for future management ideas.

    NCWRC holding black bear meetings throughout August

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a series of public meetings in August to update the public on current black bear information and discuss bear management. The meetings will also serve as an open forum to receive public opinions regarding future directions for bear hunting and management across the state.

    August 02 at 4:30pm
    North Carolina's 2015 bear harvest saw an uptick of 20 percent over the 2014 season.

    North Carolina’s 2015 bear harvest up 20 percent

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set a goal in 2013 to slow down the state’s expanding black bear population, increasing hunting opportunities in hopes of an raising the annual harvest to around 25 percent of the state’s bruins.

    July 07 at 9:43pm
    The free June 25 wildlife photography workshop will focus on close-up photography, and will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard.

    Free wildlife photography class offered June 25 in Brevard

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free wildlife photography class on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard.

    June 01 at 8:39pm
    Plowing under fall food plots and replacing them with warm-season mixes for spring and summer to offer bobwhites with food and cover.

    Repurpose fall deer plots into spring/summer quail outposts

    Deer hunters make up the majority of hunters in the Carolinas, yet many will frequently chase a turkey, duck or a covey of quail during other seasons. Deer hunters with control of a big network of food plots can greatly benefit quail reproduction by planting a warm-season mix in all of their food plots.   

    March 15 at 7:00am
    Quail populations can recover quickly because of the birds’ reproductive capability.

    Take care of your quail

    Quail season for bobwhite quail ends when February departs, leaving many purists with heavy heads. If the season didn’t quite produce the best results, hunters and land managers have nearly nine months available to make a change. Historic land-management activities that nurtured historic quail populations can still work today.  

    March 08 at 9:00am
    Chad Gilreath, William Reece, A.J. Snyder, and Wesley Jordan make up Team Snyder, who won the Carolina Coyote Classic with six coyotes.

    33 coyotes killed in Carolina Coyote Classic tournament

    On the first day of the Carolina Coyote Classic tournament last Friday, 111 hunters from across the state had a difficult time luring the super-wary predators close enough for shots.

    February 29 at 4:59pm
    A.C. Weeks of Guilford County carries a tired beagle near the end of a day’s hunt through rough terrain.

    Top canine noses belong to beagles

    The lineage of beagles extends to Greece, in the fifth century B.C., where a small hound that hunted hares and was followed on foot was mentioned in “Treatise on Hunting”, but England is the modern beagle’s country of origin. 

    February 15 at 7:00am
    Overgrown, fallow fields are perfect spots for rabbits to feed; they provide cover from predators on the ground and in the air, and they’re perfect spots for a pack of beagles to jump a bunny and begin a chase.

    Choosing, training beagles takes time, expense, effort

    Finding, obtaining and training beagles isn’t difficult, but it takes some time and reasonable expense.

    February 15 at 7:00am
    Rabbit hunter Mike Harden of Graham shows a rabbit to a beagle pack to let the dogs know it’s time to begin another hunt.

    Bunny-bumping beagles - Rabbit hunters can find plenty of bunnies across North Carolina

    After North Carolina’s deer season ends Jan. 1, hunters still have a couple of months to target waterfowl and different small-game species.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Coyotes inhabit all 100 of North Carolina's counties. Where did they come from?

    Where did all these coyotes come from?

    “Everybody knows the NCWRC released coyotes to help control the deer population.”

    January 24 at 10:07pm