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Groups in North Carolina and South Carolina are offering seminars on coyote control in the coming months. Get schooled on coyote control
210 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

From pestering livestock and domestic animals to preying on juvenile deer and small mammals, coyotes are becoming a major nuisance to both native wildlife and domestic animals.†


Spinning-wing decoys are an effective use of motion to help convince ducks to make decision to drop into a spread of decoys. Add motion to your decoy spread for more ducks
82 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Hunters using clever decoy spreads can increase their odds of taking home more feathered fowl by incorporating Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion to make their hunting spot more attractive.†


A scissor rig might be quickest and easiest way to turn a boat into a floating duck blind. Secret of the scissor-rig
146 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

A scissor rig’s two-piece design is a marvel in form and function, and it must be custom-built to your vessel’s specs. However, one cannot begin construction with just any old planks. Sure, most any wood floats, but even treated lumber will become waterlogged and sink relatively quickly and rot in the briny sound water. Juniper wood is the secret, sought-after for its buoyancy and resistance to decay.†


Mitchell Blakeís homemade Alabama rigs fool plenty of winter stripers in the Albemarle Sound. Sweet, home Alabama rig
53 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

The Alabama rig, aka A-rig, debuted in 2012 after a pro bass fishermen used it to win a big tournament on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. Now, it’s used on almost every lake where it’s legal, mostly by fishermen targeting largemouth bass. However, striped bass love to bust a bait ball, too, according to guide Mitchell Blake, who has been breaking ground with it ever since.


Keep an eye out for flocks of ducks heading into your area on the shoulders of cold-weather systems. Look for big duck moves
271 Views - Posted: January 08 at 9:00 am

While it may be the first month of the year, it is the last opportunity to sit in a blind and take down a limit of ducks. Hunters should take advantage of the last three weeks of the season, when ducks have flooded the Carolinas and are anxious to fill up on rich food resources. But by January, the waterfowl migration is practically over — or is it?


Guide MItchell Blake takes care of the striped bass for sportsmen who want to a cast-and-blast experience on the water around the Albemarle Sound and Roanoke River. January cast and blast - The Albemarle and Pamlico sounds are two great spots for a cast-and-blast double-play in January
496 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

While winter bears down on North Carolina, the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds play host to a combination of fins and feathers that’s sure to light a fire under any sportsman. Taking advantage of the coincidence are two guides looking to sample the best duck hunting and striper fishing available during frostbitten January.


Paddleboards like the Flatstalker are excellent vessels for getting into hard-to-reach places during waterfowl seasons. Paddle up waterfowl
240 Views - Posted: December 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

Years ago, in the back of a lake near home, my father took me on my first duck hunt. The water was cold, the world was dark, and paddling the wooden johnboat deep into the swamp was tiring. It was nearly enough to turn a young future hunter away from the sport.


Spots remain available for a Jan. 31 youth-only permit duck hunt in Currituck County. Permits remain available for youth-only waterfowl hunt in Currituck County
628 Views - Posted: December 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only waterfowl hunt on Jan. 31 on Currituck Sound.



Trappers across the Carolinas are gearing up for the core of their season. Donít get trapped: Know trapping rules
233 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Beginning with Native Americans during pre-settlement through the modern day, trapping has been one of the nation’s unique past-times. To some, trapping has lost its luster, but, there is still a sold trapping community beating the bushes all over the Carolinas. In fact, North Carolina issues nearly 4,000 permits each year.†


Thermacell is making heated insoles that should warm your toes in the duck blind. Keep those toes warm
429 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

With the largest part of duck season and the final days of deer season arriving this month in the Carolinas, so will winter weather. The long hours in a tree stand or in a flooded marsh have a totally different meaning to our own two feet, practically numb from prolonged exposure to extreme cold.†


Guide Carlton Thornton will call loudly and aggressively at distant ducks, but when they show interest in his decoys, heíll tone things down a bit. Local and long-distance calling
129 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Diving ducks do not decoy as readily or gracefully as puddle ducks, but they will respond to calling.


A pintail can be a tremendous bonus to a bag of mixed diving ducks and sea ducks. How to tackle big-water decoy spreads
183 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

For many hunters trying to lure ducks into range on ponds, in swamps or around other small bodies of water, “less is more” when it comes to decoys.


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