|Rabbit hunting requires a quick shotgun
447 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max Sportsman is the best type of shotgun for hunting rabbits. It offers fast follow-up shots and handles quickly in the dense thickets where rabbits live. The synthetic stock and metal finish are practically indestructible, which is handy when a hunter is bushwhacking his way through the brier thickets.
|Barbecue that bunny!
292 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Danny Martin, Willow Oaks Plantation’s chef, served barbecued rabbits as an appetizer after the hunt using this scrumptious family recipe:
|Roll those rabbits - Working on habitat for quail has side benefit of cottontail explosion on Rockingham County plantation
470 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
A desert-tan, four-wheel-drive vehicle bounced along a farm road, a cloud of fine dust rising up from its tires. The car had a broad brush-guard on the front, a lighted roll bar on top and a half- dozen hunters seated high and low.
|Wastelands are not wasted on quail
698 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.
|Recipe for quail-habitat management is complicated
771 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.
|Can quail come back? Landowners, biologists trying to bring quail back to Columbus County
658 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.
|Turning kids into coon hunters
494 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.
|Let’s go bear hunting!
570 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.
|Bear seasons dates can be confusing
488 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.
|Tracks tell a story
327 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.
|The dynamics of the pack
411 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.
|Kids and coons - Raccoon hunting is a Columbus County staple, and hunters are willing to share their love for the sport with youngsters
416 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.