Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

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Duck season is over, but Canada geese are still fair game

With duck season ending on Jan. 31, hunters across the Carolinas can turn to resident Canada geese to get their last waterfowl fix of the year, but even those birds who are used to contact with humans can be a little tougher to take.

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February 01 at 8:27 pm
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Excel OPTIFADE Camo Boats

Excel Boat Co. and W.L. GORE & Associates have partnered to offer Excel boats in GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Waterfowl Marsh Pattern. The pattern takes into account how ducks and geese see the world below them. Since birds are particularly sensitive to color and continuity with their surroundings, OPTIFADE micro pattern is extremely detailed to confuse bird vision. OPTIFADE is available on all Excel boats including the popular Excel F4 and Bay Pro.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Don’t snow on my parade - The snow goose parade begins this month in eastern North Carolina

When the talk turns to snow geese, most North Carolina hunters immediately think about a long trip to the great plains of North Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Manitoba or any of the other states and provinces along the central flyway.  

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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N.C. Marine Patrol rescues duck hunter from Roanoke Sound

Marine Patrol Officers are constantly on the lookout, even when they’re not on the water. That likely saved the life of a duck hunter in Roanoke Sound yesterday, Jan. 27, when Officer Justin Lott was driving across the Washington Baum Bridge about 3:30 in the afternoon. 

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January 28 at 2:36 pm
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Keep big decoy spreads in shotgun range

Hunters kill ducks by either pass-shooting them hidden in a flyway or hunkered down in a blind with a collection of decoys floating around. For most, the most-enjoyable way to kill a limit of ducks is when they dive into a decoy spread set right in front of their shotguns. Even a poor wing-shot can usually knock off enough feathers to get one for the box when they’re hovering over the decoys. While a winning decoy arrangement is important, the range of the decoys away from the blind can be the most crucial step. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Fasteel

Fasteel, the flagship of the Kent Cartridge brand, is the go-to standard for waterfowl hunters. It has established a reputation among steel shotshells that is unrivalled. Fasteel is not only the most accurate and hard-hitting waterfowl load on the market today, offering a tight, consistent patterning for the same shot every time; it is also the most cost-effective.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Do the loco-motion - Motion decoys are essential for taking late-season North Carolina ducks

With the final days of the season blowing in, nothing will stop a diehard duck hunter from hunkering down in a reed-covered blind for a mixed bag of goodies. By January, the final push of ducks has arrived in North Carolina, and most of the surviving flock has practically earned a college degree in hunter avoidance, but hunters can keep the feathered fowl nose-diving into their decoys by keeping the plastic flock looking alive and tempting as ever. 

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Let your decoy spread rock and roll, but not all the time

Adding motion to a decoy spread is one of the best ways to make 100 duck-looking chunks of plastic appear to be alive. Until the invention of electrically powered devices, motion came from wind or from by manually tugging on a string of decoys. 

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Hunt ducks safely on the Pamlico Sound

Each year, thousands of migrating waterfowl show up in eastern North Carolina, which has plenty of beaver swamps, impounded grain fields, creeks, lakes and sprawling sounds where a duck can find a place to rest and eat.

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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The early bird gets the North Carolina duck

Waterfowl season arrives across North Carolina on Nov. 14, and even though the often mild weather might not seem as perfect for a duck hunter as the late-season, ice-breaking mornings of January, don’t think the Old North State’s coastal sounds done offer some fantastic early season action.

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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New changes for waterfowl dates at Uwharrie

The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission released a statement today informing watefowl hunters of changes to open hunting days in Uwharrie Game Land's Lewis Millpond waterfowl impoundment in Montgomery County. While this impoundment was previously open to hunting Monday through Saturday throughout past waterfowl seasons, this is not the case for the 2015-2016 seasons.

During non-holiday calendar weeks, hunting waterfowl on the impoundment will be open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Waterfowling will also be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and the Martin Luther King Jr. holidays. Also, the impoundment will open to waterfowlers on the opening and closing days of each season.

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September 03, 2015 at 1:42 pm
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North Carolina waterfowlers have new opportunities for permit hunts

With North Carolina’s waterfowl season right around the corner, now is the time for outdoorsmen to apply for permit waterfowl hunts. Oct 1 is the deadline for most of these hunts, and applications can be obtained from Wildlife Service Agents, online at the NC Wildlife website, or by calling (888) 248-6834 during normal business hours.

This season, the coastal region offers two new waterfowl hunting options. Thanks to the Wildlife Resource Commission’s Game Land Program, hunters have an additional tract of hunting land called the Texas Plantation Tract, which is located in Tyrrell County and governed by J. Morgan Futch Game Land. This adds six hunting blinds on waterfowl impoundments.

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September 01, 2015 at 11:06 am
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State sets late duck, goose seasons at meeting in Raleigh

North Carolina waterfowl hunters will get their usual three-part season for ducks this fall and winter, along with two youth-only days and an extended season for snow and other light geese as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set seasons on Thursday at its meeting in Raleigh.

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August 27, 2015 at 10:58 pm
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Discourage geese from setting up in food plots, impoundments

With the deer season just around the corner, this year’s batch of cool-season food plots should be in the planning stage. For landowners with a field full of maturing grain intended for this year’s migratory flock of ducks, it is time to safeguard crops from resident Canada geese. 

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August 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Expanded methods available for North Carolina goose hunters

For hunters looking to heat up their shotgun barrels, fill up the freezer and contribute to conservation and eradication efforts, the resident Canada goose season arrives on Sept. 1. 

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August 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Mooresville man is named Delta Waterfowl's Volunteer of the Year

Brian McCoy of Mooresville has been named Delta Waterfowl’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year from a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote.

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August 13, 2015 at 11:54 am
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