|Coyote information station
217 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
• Coyotes appeared in North Carolina in the early 1980s after illegal relocations from out of state and releases for sport hunting with hounds. Natural range expansion from Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina helped them get a foothold in all 100 counties by 2000.
|USDA trapper: coyotes cannot be eradicated
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The assistant director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Service said no state can eradicate coyotes.
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Due in part to pressure from environmental concerns, the U.S. Forest Service heavily curtailed timber harvest in national forests in the late 1980s. This has impacts a number of species, including a reduction in many game populations that are dependent on early successional growth for both protection and food supply.
|Grouse hunting things to know
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• Guns and shells - You will be walking long distances and hunting in tight quarters; depending on your personal preference, any good birding gun will do, but bigger is not necessarily better. A lightweight 16- or 20-gauge over/under or side-by-side double-barrel with 26- to 28-inch barrels is recommended. All you need is one shot, so a semi-automatic isn’t necessary. Chokes range from skeet to modified, and you’ll want a tighter choke on your second barrel for the longer second shot, if presented. Preferred shot size is No. 71/2, but a No. 6 will often be in the second barrel.
|Grouse hunting particulars
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Follow these tips to improve your chances of having a productive grouse hunt:
|Swan Hunting Permits
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Tundra swans do a tremendous amount of damage to winter field crops, in northeast North Carolina, so the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission issues 5,000 permits to hunt tundra swans each year.
|Late-season dove tips
305 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Andy Pope and Lowrie Beacham have developed habits in their pursuit of late-season doves that are worth sharing:
|Unwelcome night visitors - Top-drawer predators are making pests of themselves, but they provide a great off-season target for North Carolina deer hunters
750 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
Like embarrassing relatives or low-information voters, several things are true about coyotes in North Carolina:
|Ruff-ing it - The Pisgah National Forest is a grouse hot spot for North Carolina hunters who know where to look and what to look for
453 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
If you’ve been considering joining a gym, buying some exercise equipment or taking up a weight-loss program to try and drop those 10 pounds — or maybe it’s 15 — you may have added over the holidays, here’s an alternative.
|Swan song - How to call up a tundra swan
427 Views - Posted: December 01, 2013 at 6:00 am
The urge to look up was overwhelming, especially for the youngsters crouched in the small drainage ditch separating two wheat fields near Pungo Lake and the Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge in Washington County. The whistling honk of tundra swans filled the air as flocks of the large, white birds circled the area deciding which field looked better for breakfast.
|Dove Dusting - Cold-weather dove hunting can be some of the best North Carolina hunters can experience
506 Views - Posted: December 01, 2013 at 6:00 am
Long underwear: check.
|Handgunning for varmints
479 Views - Posted: November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
We were never overrun with those juicy targets we read about in the big sporting magazines — articles by guys who referred to their shooting cult as “varminters.”
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