• Hunting

    You can turn in poachers in several convenient ways in North or South Carolina, and both states offer rewards for turning in violators.

    Turn in poachers, receive rewards

    Growing up, we learned that nobody likes a snitch. Even some of our elders told us that nobody likes a tattle-tale. But nobody likes a cheater either, and poaching is cheating. Whether it’s killing wild game out of season, trespassing to hunt or fish, or killing more than the law allows, poaching goes against the nature of being a sportsman.

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    Heading to the range after deer season ends will add confidence in your mind, as well as accuracy in your rifle.

    5 reasons to head to the range after deer season ends

    Sighting in your rifle before deer season makes sense, but hunters can also benefit from sighting their rifles in once deer season is over. Grayson Summers of Spartanburg, S.C., goes through the same steps of zeroing in after deer season ends as he does before opening day — for five main reasons.

    January 10 at 2:46pm
    Nathan Collier worked hard for this buck, beginning with putting out mineral sites long before deer season started.

    Teen bowhunter kills 136 6/8-inch trophy buck in Florence, S.C.

    The 2016 deer hunting season was a big success for 15-year-old Florence, S.C. hunter Nathan Collier. He killed a 185-pound 8-point buck in full velvet in August. The buck sported an inside spread of 18 1/2 inches, and was the young hunter’s first kill with a bow. He killed another buck, this one a 6-pointer, with his rifle later in the season, and finished the year off in late December with another bow kill of a trophy 10-point buck that has been green-scored at 136 6/8-inches.

    January 08 at 7:57pm
    James Hamby of Thomasville, NC won the December Bag-A-Buck contest.

    Thomasville, N.C. hunter kills 9-point buck, wins December Bag-A-Buck contest

    James Hamby of Thomasville, N.C., has won Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for December with his entry of a big Randolph County buck he killed on Dec. 21.

    January 05 at 7:50pm
    NCWRC holding 9 public hearings throughout N.C. this month.

    NCWRC holding 9 hearings concerning proposed changes to fish and game laws

    Have you ever wondered how fish and game regulations come to be laws? Maybe you’ve wondered if there was a way you could voice your input on changes to these regulations? Yes, you can, and you can find out a lot about how regulations are made by attending one of the upcoming public hearing being conducted by the NCWRC this month.

    January 04 at 7:10pm
    Kevin Bartlett killed this whopper 15-point buck that green-scored over 180. His daughter killed her first buck soon after during the same hunt.

    Black Mountain hunter kills 15-point, 180-class trophy on Thanksgiving Day

    As Kevin Bartlett of Black Mountain and his 11-year-old daughter, Addison sat side by side in their ladder stand on Thanksgiving morning, they knew two things: a 15-point buck was in the area and the wind was in their face, coming from the direction they expected him.  And though the sequence of events did not follow the plan they made, Kevin Bartlett dropped the 181 3/8-inch, 15-point Buncombe County beast. Addison Bartlett took her first buck shortly thereafter.  

    January 04 at 5:43pm
    James Gillis became the first hunter to win a lifetime hunting license through the SCDNR's Coyote Harvest Incentive Program.

    McBee hunter kills first tagged coyote of SCNDR's Coyote Harvest Incentive Program

    The SCDNR’s Coyote Harvest Incentive Program has been met with some degree of skepticism throughout the Palmetto State, but most hunters agree that something should be done about the coyote population.

    January 03 at 7:38pm
    Squirrels can sit still for long periods of time when sensing danger. Stay still and quiet, and they'll forget you're there.

    With deer season over, it's time to bag some squirrels

    Deer hunting season is now over for hunter in both Carolinas, and many hunters didn’t even notice that squirrel hunting season slipped in quietly a couple of months ago as well. Let’s face it, who wants to shoot a tree rat when you can shoot a big deer instead?

    January 02 at 5:38pm
    Mike Gibbs' 170-class buck.

    Caswell County hunter kills 17-point, 170-class buck

    With a borrowed rifle, and with his wife sitting in a nearby stand hoping to see a massive trophy buck they’d been tracking for more than 3 years in Caswell County, Mike Gibbs shot that very buck, a 17-point brute that has been green-scored at 170-inches.

    December 29, 2016 at 9:12pm
    Zeb Nichols killed this 500-pound bear in Beaufort County with a handgun at point-blank range.

    Swannanoa native kills 500-pound bear in Beaufort County

    Zeb Nichols, a 59-year-old Swannanoa native learned how to hunt bear and train hounds in North Carolina’s mountains But he and his friend’s soon discovered the state’s biggest bears live along the N.C. coast.

    December 28, 2016 at 4:31pm
    Following these tips will help you bag a late season deer like this Kershaw County, S.C. buck killed by Grant McElveen.

    Top tips for bagging late season deer

    Killing a deer at the end of the season can be tough, but some hunters do it every year without fail. Some of them just get lucky, but many of them know a few tips that put them in position to do so. 

    Davis Dodson of Marion, S.C. actually has more success during late season hunts than he does throughout the year, and the reasons for that can help other hunters. Dodson hunts exclusively with a crossbow, and because of the challenges that go along with that type of hunting, he is well-versed at what makes for a successful hunt as the season wanes.

    December 28, 2016 at 1:18am
    Casey Haizlip wanted her first deer to be a quality one, and she got it right, downing this 16-point trophy on Nov. 21.

    Dance team member puts the cha-cha on trophy non-typical

    Casey Haizlip, a 16-year-old sophomore at Western Alamance High School, is a member of the school’s dance team, but she had a different reason to dance the afternoon of Nov. 21 after she bagged a 16-point buck that had been hunted hard by most of her male relatives and other men in the community.

    December 27, 2016 at 9:02pm
    Randy Hobbs wasn't planning to hunt on Nov. 5, but a last minute decision to head to the woods resulted in this trophy, a 13-point buck that green scored 162 inches.

    Burlington pastor on tight schedule squeezed in a Guilford County trophy

    Randy Hobbs wasn't planning on deer hunting on Nov. 5, the second Saturday of blackpowder season near his Gibsonville, N.C., home. He had a 10 a.m. meeting at the church he pastors, New Hope Baptist Church in Burlington.

    December 26, 2016 at 9:41pm
    Steven Fazzino poses with his Person County 10-point trophy that has been green-scored at 155 inches.

    Burlington hunter slays 155-inch, 10-point Person County trophy buck

    Making a last minute decision put Burlington native, Steven Fazzino, on the map with a huge 155-inch Person County giant on Nov. 14. But, this wasn’t the first time Fazzino had looked at this massive mainframe 10. 

    December 22, 2016 at 11:34pm
    The misplaced Upstate S.C. elk is now part of Animal Forest exhibit at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, where it will remain quarantined until it's safe to mingle with the other animals.

    Upstate's infamous wild elk relocated once again

    After efforts to encourage the now-infamous "Upstate S.C. elk" to return to its home herd in North Carolina proved unsuccessful, the animal has been relocated to the S.C Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism's Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, where it will become a part of the "Animal Forest" exhibit there.

    December 21, 2016 at 7:06pm
    Clif Holloman poses with his second trophy buck of the season, a 135 6/8-inch beast that he killed on his family's farm in Johnston County.

    Pine Level hunter kills biggest deer of his life

    On Nov. 12, Clif Holloman of Pine Level, N.C. killed the biggest buck of his life, a mainframe 8-pointer with one scorable sticker that has been green-scored at 120 inches. A little over two weeks later, he killed a bigger one, an 11-point buck that scored 135 6/8 inches.

    December 20, 2016 at 9:26pm