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Prescribed burning of stands of pines is a  primary tool for managing wildlife habitat, including quail. Recipe for quail-habitat management is complicated
469 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

John Henry Harrelson, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, helps coordinate the Columbus County Quail Co-Op’s habitat-management efforts. He said that managing quail habitat is like making alphabet soup — a lot of different things go in.


This prime quail habitat was created by the excavation of an irrigation pond because the area could not easily be farmed and became overgrown by all kinds of vegetation. Wastelands are not wasted on quail
424 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

The excavation of an irrigation pond created some prime quail habitat. The spoil from the pond excavation became a mound at the water’s edge, creating an area that farming equipment cannot easily enter.†


Jerry Simmonsí setter, Fate, brings a female bobwhite quail back to her owner. Can quail come back? Landowners, biologists trying to bring quail back to Columbus County
259 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

On a sunny winter morning, two pickup trucks turned off a paved, farm-to-market road into a Columbus County farm field. In the beds of the pickups were dog kennels. However, they were not housing packs of deer dogs and coonhounds. Not even the whining of expectant beagles could be heard.


Veteran bear hunters usually have a plan on when and which dogs to release during an active strike and chase, leading to the treeing or baying of a bruin. The dynamics of the pack
176 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Hunting with hounds is a time-honored tradition where hunters rely on man’s best friend to flush, chase and/or locate game. From rabbits and deer to quail and grouse, there are few species were there is no opportunity for dogs to participate in one shape or fashion. Hunters can improve their chances for success and safety by following a few very important guidelines.†


Big bear tracks with huge toes typically belong to large males, which are generally the favorite targets of bear hunters. Tracks tell a story
140 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

For bear hunters with hounds, a bear’s paw prints found along field edges or roadsides are their calling cards. For the experienced hunter, the size and characteristics of the track can tell plenty about the size and sex of the bear.†


Bear seasons in the eastern third of North Carolina often change from county to county, so hunters need to have a firm grip on where theyíre hunting and when the season opens and closes. Bear seasons dates can be confusing
164 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Dates for bear seasons across North Carolina, especially in the eastern third of the state, can be so different as to confuse hunters, often changing from one county to the next.


Many groups of bear hunters from the mountains migrate to eastern North Carolina for the December bear season. Letís go bear hunting!
273 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bear hunting in eastern North Carolina is one of the most-exhilarating experiences a hunter can have. Unlike most other types of hunting, bear hunting is a group effort that requires good hunters and good land, but people that want to start bear hunting cannot just go out and buy some hounds and begin hunting. It takes substantial training for the dogs and the hunters.†


Angie Jackson and her 5-year-old son, Tucker, take in several raccoons killed on the Lumber River Outdoors/True Vince Coon Club youth hunt, which Tucker won with a 7-pound, 7-ounce raccoon. Turning kids into coon hunters
282 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Rev. Wade Hall Jr., pastor of the Elizabethtown Church of God, hunts raccoons at least three nights a week to keep his dogs in top form for competition, and he often takes young people along.†


Eastern North Carolina produces some of the biggest black bear of anywhere in the nation Mine ENCís black gold - For the best December bear hunting in North Carolina, go east young man!
145 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Even though black bears are built to survive in just about any environment, they are no match for North Carolina’s bear-hunting battalion, and in December, hunters looking for a real trophy bear should definitely not head for the hills; they should head for eastern North Carolina.


Rev. Wade Hall and 10-year-old Gage Zokal admire a raccoon taken in Columbus County, where extensive swamps and agricultural land make for great habitat. Kids and coons - Raccoon hunting is a Columbus County staple, and hunters are willing to share their love for the sport with youngsters
137 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Out in the yard, beneath a canopy of pecan trees, the aroma of wild boar barbecue set stomachs to growling. Inside the house, Rev. Wade Hall Jr. sat at the kitchen table, registering participants in the inaugural Lumber River Outdoors/True Vine Coon Club Youth Hunt.


The unique method for skinning squirrels shown in the accompanying video can make the end of the hunt as fun as the beginning. Hey Mr. Squirrel, we want to pump, you, up!  Video Included
905 Views - Posted: October 06, 2014 at 12:46 pm

What hunter doesn’t enjoy bagging a limit of bushy-tailed tree rodents? But as for the task of cleaning those tough little buggers - well, not so much. Jean Poirrier III, however, has no issues after the hunt with a unique air pumping system for cleaning older, tougher squirrels.


The federal protection of red wolves in five eastern North Carolina counties apparently trumps the state's right to manage coyotes, according to a federal judge's decision. Judge puts halt to coyote hunting in five NE NC counties
2067 Views - Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

A U.S. District Court judge issued a temporary injunction earlier this month that banned coyote hunting in five counties in eastern North Carolina because endangered red wolves may have been mistakenly killed in the same areas, but the decision will be up for review in September.


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