Opening day of dove season on a well-prepared field can provide hunters with a great, fun-filled experience afield. Mill pond dove hunts are a big deal in southeastern North Carolina
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When people think of mill ponds, they usually associate them with fishing or hunting waterfowl. This is the tale of two mill ponds that have dove hunting as their September focus. One is The Mill Pond Hunting Club, a privately owned, historic club located near Whiteville in Columbus County. The other is Suggs Mill Pond, a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game land located near Elizabethtown in Bladen County. 

A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max is a good fit for rabbit hunters, who often need to get off several shots in quick succession. Rabbit hunting requires a quick shotgun
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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. 

Barbecued rabbit is a specialty of Willow Oaks Plantation’s chef, Danny Martin. Barbecue that bunny!
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Danny Martin, Willow Oaks Plantation’s chef, served barbecued rabbits as an appetizer after the hunt using this scrumptious family recipe:

Mike McBride thrills his pack of beagles with an up-close encounter with an unlucky rabbit. Roll those rabbits - Working on habitat for quail has side benefit of cottontail explosion on Rockingham County plantation
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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.

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
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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. 

Prescribed burning of stands of pines is a  primary tool for managing wildlife habitat, including quail. Recipe for quail-habitat management is complicated
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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.

Jerry Simmons’ 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
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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.

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
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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. 

Many groups of bear hunters from the mountains migrate to eastern North Carolina for the December bear season. Let’s go bear hunting!
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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 in the eastern third of North Carolina often change from county to county, so hunters need to have a firm grip on where they’re hunting and when the season opens and closes. Bear seasons dates can be confusing
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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.

Big bear tracks with huge toes typically belong to large males, which are generally the favorite targets of bear hunters. Tracks tell a story
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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. 

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
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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.