• Hunting

    The SCDNR and USFS are teaming up to host a youth dove hunt Sept. 3 in Abbeville County.

    Youth dove hunt being hosted in Abbeville County Sept 3

    A youth dove hunt, sponsored by S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and U.S. Forest Service, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3 at the U.S. Forest Service Power of Partnerships Dove Field in Abbeville County.

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    Rifle range users have brought excessive litter in the form of dishwashers, televisions, and other bulky metal objects to shoot, none of which is authorized by the USFS.

    Indian Creek Range closed indefinitely by USFS

    Indian Creek Range, which is operated by the U.S. Forest Service and is a part of the Sumter National Forest, is closed due to unauthorized targets being brought in, shot up, and left behind by range-users.

    August 26 at 2:00pm
    SCDNR has partnered for years with Auburn University to conduct studies on many aspects of the lives of whitetail deer.

    New study helps understand variety of doe deer movements

    A recently completed cooperative study between SCDNR, Auburn University, and Brosnan Forest is expected to help researchers and hunters better understand doe deer movements, behavior, and response to hunting pressure during the breeding season. 

    August 25 at 7:59am
    Steve Bilka killed these two velvet 8-pointers on Aug. 18 in Green Pond, SC.

    Lowcountry hunter kills two 8-pointers in full velvet

    South Carolina, with one of the longest and earliest-starting deer hunting seasons in the nation, offers hunters the unique extended opportunity of killing a buck in full velvet. It means fighting the heat, and all the bugs that come with it, but for many hunters, killing a buck in velvet is a worth all of that, but most hunters never achieve that goal.

    August 23 at 9:12am
    A coyote seminar is one of the many events being offered by the NCWRC at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education throughout the month of September.

    NCWRC offering several free wildlife education programs in Sept.

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering seven workshops in September. 

    The workshops, which are free, are open on first-come, first-serve basis and registration is required by registering online.

    August 21 at 7:04pm
    Short-nosed deer? Stray calf? Skinny bear? Weird-looking dog? What do you think this is a photo of?

    Trail cameras take some strange photos

    Trail cameras have been a big game-changer ever since they first came on the hunting scene. Nothing before that allowed hunters to monitor what was taking place on their hunting property, without a person actually being present. 

    August 19 at 1:10pm
    Zach Brubaker and Darren Bivens pose with the 111-pound stingray they killed near Ocean Isle Beach last week.

    Concord hunters arrow 111-pound stingray near Ocean Isle Beach

    North Carolina’s deer hunting season is right around the corner, and while many archery hunters will take a little time to work out the kinks of not hunting for months, others like Kevin Rowland keep in shape by drawing a bow throughout the summer on other live targets like wild hogs and even stingrays.

    August 19 at 12:05pm
    Most species of ducks remain well above their long-term average, according to the 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 

    August 14 at 9:54am
    Forbush High School and Gray Stone Day School finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the National YHEC competition, which included rifle, shotgun, archery, orienteering, and other skills.

    North Carolina schools place 2nd, 3rd in national shooting competition

    Two youth teams affiliated with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission captured second and third place in the senior division at the 31st annual National Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). The shooting and outdoors skills competition was held July 24–29 at the Mill Cove Environmental Center at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Penn.

    August 09 at 9:59am
    The Decoy Raft is the fastest way to deploy and retrieve decoys, and it's the brainchild of a handful of Carolina boys that are passionate about waterfowling.

    Get ready for waterfowl season with the Decoy Raft

    What’s the quickest method to deploy a dozen decoys? It’s the same method to deploy four dozen, a hundred, or even more. It’s called the Decoy Raft, and it’s the product of a handful of friends from North Carolina who are passionate about waterfowl hunting.

    August 03 at 5:53pm
    The NCWRC is hosting a series of meetings this month to discuss black bear management, and to get input from the public for future management ideas.

    NCWRC holding black bear meetings throughout August

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a series of public meetings in August to update the public on current black bear information and discuss bear management. The meetings will also serve as an open forum to receive public opinions regarding future directions for bear hunting and management across the state.

    August 02 at 4:30pm
    Permit hunt applications are now open for the 2016-17 season, including some new opportunities for hunting feral hogs and coyotes.

    Applications now available for 2016-17 permit hunts

    Applications for permitted hunting opportunities, including waterfowl hunts, are now available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

    Sportsmen can obtain applications by visiting the Commission’s website, a Wildlife Service Agent or calling 1-888-248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Application deadlines vary, starting in August.

    July 27 at 5:39pm
    North Carolina's 2015 bear harvest saw an uptick of 20 percent over the 2014 season.

    North Carolina’s 2015 bear harvest up 20 percent

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set a goal in 2013 to slow down the state’s expanding black bear population, increasing hunting opportunities in hopes of an raising the annual harvest to around 25 percent of the state’s bruins.

    July 07 at 9:43pm
    Language inserted into the 2016 Farm Bill by Rep. Roger West (R-Cherokee) would have cost N.C. sportsmen extra fees for deer feed and given the money to the N.C. Deer and Elk Farmers Association. Action by sportsmen’s groups defeated the proposal.<br />

    Deer-food tax on hunters ousted at N. C. legislature

    Thanks to a Catawba County legislator, North Carolina’s deer hunters have dodged what could have been an expensive bullet in the final days of the N.C. General Assembly’s 2016 session.

    July 01 at 5:13pm
    Blake (left) and Daryl Hodge (right) are serving as regional hosts on Drake's Migration, in its 7th season on the Sportsman Channel.

    Carolina hunters featured on Sportsman Channel's Drake's Migration

    If you happened to catch the newest episode of Drake’s Migration on the Sportsman Channel this morning, and you know anything about waterfowl hunting in the Carolinas, you surely noticed some familiar faces on the show. 

    June 27 at 1:06pm
    Pass'n it on Outdoors seeks to pass on the outdoor traditions to other folks.

    Group of sportsmen share outdoor experience with veterans, disabled, and first time hunters

    Pass'n it on Outdoors was founded in 2009. It's primary mission is to pass on the traditions that have been handed down to us. To help disabled kids, friends, veterans and first time hunters follow in those same footsteps of earlier generations. 

    June 20 at 11:12pm