|Winter is time to burn
475 Views - Posted: February 05 at 9:00 am
Wildlife management doesn’t just bring a spring and fall schedule. Dedicated outdoorsman with a drive to improve their wildlife habitat can keep the wheels turning year-round with tons of habitat-management activities. February is the middle of the season for prescribed fire to improve forest health and provide massive benefits for nearly all critters. †
|Look for big duck moves
499 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?
|Borrow pits: duck havens
390 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
Over the past 20 years, federal dollars have upgraded transportation facilities in every county in both North Carolina and South Carolina to handle the booming human population settling in the South. Literally thousands of miles of new blacktop have relieved traffic congestion and allowed travelers to get to their destinations in a more-efficient manner, and few will complain about the lack of slowdowns on the highway. But these transportation projects all over the eastern seaboard have taken their toll on wildlife.†
|Keep deer stores stocked
956 Views - Posted: November 06, 2014 at 9:00 am
For deer hunters rooted in the Carolinas, November is a demanding and sometimes challenging month in the deer woods. From intense rutting behavior and food availability to drastic changes in the weather, the pressure is on the †deer herd. Hunters and land managers must stay on their toes to keep their property attractive when the pressure surges.†
|Protect those buck fawns
903 Views - Posted: October 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
Even though the deer season has arrived in one form or another, the majority of deer slayers begin to ramp up their efforts in October. Cooler weather sets in this month, making it comfortable for all hunters to sit motionless, perched in a tree stand or well hidden in a ground blind. For some hunters, a buck big enough to be eligible for a $500 taxidermy investment is about the only animal worthy of a lead projectile. But for the rest of the deer-hunting community, meat in the freezer reigns supreme.†
|Make sure soil is ready
559 Views - Posted: September 04, 2014 at 9:00 am
Planting spring and fall food plots can benefit wildlife in so many ways, and September is the beginning of the fall planting season. The cool-season food plot plays a critical role in most hunters’ playbooks since these food sources become prime stand locations during the season.†
|Start thinking about fall
921 Views - Posted: August 05, 2014 at 9:00 am
Even though August is often regarded as the hottest month, it is okay to begin thinking about deer season. For lucky hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the velvet hunts begin at the halfway point of the month, but for the rest of the Carolinas, there is still some time to prepare.†
|Adjust sustainable forest
1530 Views - Posted: July 07, 2014 at 9:00 am
Out of the 750 million forested acres in the United States, North Carolina and South Carolina have a little more than 31 million acres covered in wooded habitats. But forests are more than just a place for Bambi, Peter Rabbit and Tom Turkey to live and places for a fleet of hunters trying to fill their tags; they support a massive forest-products industry. In North Carolina alone, it is the top manufacturing business in the state, contributing more than 180,000 jobs and $23.1 billion in economic benefits.
|Get corn in the ground!
1484 Views - Posted: June 05, 2014 at 9:00 am
Even though duck season is a long way away from June, †hunters with upland waterfowl impoundments need to get their crops planted this month to have them mature by the opening day of hunting season.†
|Keep spring costs down
671 Views - Posted: May 08, 2014 at 9:00 am
Throughout the year, deer and other wildlife locate various food sources to fulfill their daily nutritional requirements. From the annual green-up in spring and summer to the fall mast crop and dormant winter months, animals learn to adapt to their environment at an early age.†
|And the Alamanac says...
651 Views - Posted: April 07, 2014 at 9:00 am
In 1792, the first year of George Washington’s presidency, Robert B. Thomas created the very first Farmers’ Almanac, which was used to help struggling farmers improve their agricultural production yields as well as other things.†
|Consider no-till drilling
1275 Views - Posted: March 06, 2014 at 9:00 am
Hunters are always looking for a new way to improve their opportunities. From planting fields of green to charring the woods with a routine prescribed burn, there are many ways to manipulate the land to improve conditions that are beneficial to wildlife.
Food plots are one of the chief habitat-management techniques that provide either a temporary or semi-permanent food source for wildlife throughout the year. The long list of variables required to fall in synch and produce a thick, lush plot are sometimes tough to manage. However, if land managers are willing to alter their planting procedures and incorporate no-till drilling methods, the benefits may actually outweigh the risks and leave a little bit of money in the bank.†