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    Plenty of nutritious foods can be added to a whiltetail’s diet by careful planning of food plots.

    Food plots for acidic soils

    Every deer hunter dreams of shooting a Boone and Crockett-class buck, but unfortunately, of the 6,000 entries in that record book, North Carolina and South Carolina only boast a minute percentage. However, the Carolinas produce hundreds of fine bucks every year, pushing 200 pounds and wearing racks more than 130 inches. 

    October 05 at 9:00am
    Dividing up big fields by planting avenues of cover multiplies hunting opportunities in countless ways.

    Big hopes for big fields

    There continues a mass human influx to the Carolinas, and as such, thousands of acres are being converted from farmland into suburbia. But agriculture remains a strong way of life for southerners and a huge portion of the two states’ economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports 75,000 active farms operating on over seven million acres of cropland. 

    September 05 at 9:00am
    BCS America’s walk-behind tractor and implements are perfect for preparing and planting small food plots.

    Hidden food plots are gems

    Even though it’s still blazing hot, August is a great time to locate and prepare a new place to pull in a big buck during the upcoming deer season. The neighboring agriculture field or the 10-years-going-strong food plot will always be good places to see some nice deer, yet the mature deer will quickly pattern hunters and anything they see as a threat during the daylight. 

    August 08 at 9:00am
    Bachelor groups of bucks will spend plenty of time in late summer working over food plots and agricultural fields, giving hunters a chance to learn their habits for early season hunts.

    Start early for early bucks

    In the Carolinas, deer season starts early, especially for hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where Aug. 15 is the kickoff. Hunters need to sweat it out in the middle of the summer to get stands ready and prepare their hunting areas. Good preparations well before the season opens should be a priority for hunters looking to score big.

    July 08 at 9:00am
    Changing the pH of food-plot soils is the first step to excellent cool-season food plots that will attract and provide food for wildlife.

    Lime time: change the pH for better deer-hunting property

    What is the most important aspect to any good deer-hunting property? That’s easy. Food is absolutely No. 1 when it comes to retaining and attracting deer to a chunk of real estate. 

    June 08 at 9:00am
    Whitetail fawns give off hardly any scent for the first month of their lives, a great way of protecting them from predators.

    Protect fawn habitat

    Deer hunting remains a top attraction for Carolinians, from the steep mountains to the coastal plains’ agricultural lands. Fortunately, the deer population remains stable, despite a rise in deer-vehicle collisions and strong harvest numbers. 

    May 08 at 9:00am
    Supplemental nutrition provides bucks with plenty of the protein and minerals needed for important antler-growing periods.

    Deer food on the cheap

    Spring in the Carolinas is a special time for outdoor fans. The sounds and sights of new life flood the countryside with fresh greenery and blooms everywhere and a musical greeting from the fresh flock of migratory birds back from the tropics. By April 1, spring is in full color, welcoming turkey hunters and others ready to prepare their properties for the warm-season bliss. If the management budget is falling short of one’s hopes and dreams, hunters can still improve their properties without breaking the bank. 

    April 08 at 9:00am
    Quail populations can recover quickly because of the birds’ reproductive capability.

    Take care of your quail

    Quail season for bobwhite quail ends when February departs, leaving many purists with heavy heads. If the season didn’t quite produce the best results, hunters and land managers have nearly nine months available to make a change. Historic land-management activities that nurtured historic quail populations can still work today.  

    March 08 at 9:00am
    The work hunters do scouting during the winter can have a tremendous effect on success next deer season.

    Start scouting right now for next deer season

    Deer season has been over for more than a month, and while many hunters have switched over to other furry and feathered targets, it’s a perfect time to improve next season’s deer-hunting opportunities. February is time to evaluate last season and prepare for the next. Deer hunters looking for a wall-hanger need to stay on track and find out what worked and what didn’t. 

    February 08 at 9:00am
    Winter is the perfect time for prescribed burns to generate native growth and improve wildlife habitat.

    Time to burn, disk, trap

    On Jan. 1, another deer season will become history. For some hunters, lifetime trophies made the 2015 deer season truly memorable. For other hunters across the Carolinas who put as many as 100 days in a deer stand, a few mediocre bucks and a handful of does was all they had to show for it. 

    January 08 at 9:00am
    Running into a big buck during the last weeks of deer season normally takes a change in tactics or areas.

    It ain’t over til it’s over - Hunters shouldn't give up on bucks in closing days of season

    The recent passing of Yogi Berra brings to life one of his own famous quotes to life, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over!” And with at most, 31 days of the deer season left, those words couldn’t be any more true for deer hunters in the Carolinas. A few bucks are around, and the few hunters willing to go the extra mile can still be rewarded with a trophy. 

    December 08, 2015 at 9:00am
    The goal of almost all deer hunters is to harvest a mature, bragging-sized buck, but habitat loss might be forcing hunters to settle for less.

    Habitat loss affects much

    By the way people continue to move to the Carolinas, the secret is definitely out! The flood gates are open, just like the Texas-Mexico border. The South has the perfect climate, best economy, and of course, the best neighbors — few other communities in the country can compare. 

    November 08, 2015 at 9:00am
    Turnips are brassicas, which provide tremendous forage for deer and other wildlife toward the end of the season.

    Cool-season planting time is now

    While a rich fall planting may establish overwintering benefits for wildlife, the real reason most hunters plant cool-season food plots is to provide a hot food source in hopes of a shot at Bullwinkle during deer season. A lasting source of food to feed the wildlife over the winter is just a bonus. By October, the majority of the deer seasons are well under way, but it is still not too late to plant a cool-season food plot and have success without shelling out your life savings. 

    October 08, 2015 at 9:00am
    A mixture of oats, peas and brassicas will provide wildlife with a long-lasting fall and winter food source.

    Mix up a good fall plot

    With fall on the way, hunters are behind the 8-ball if they’re only just getting started with plans for the 2015 deer season. Fortunately, the Carolinas are blessed with a liberal deer season spanning several months, from the end of summer to the first few weeks of  winter.

    September 10, 2015 at 9:00am
    Populations of resident Canada geese have exploded over the past 20 years, leading to the birds becoming something of a nuisance.

    Prevent goose problems

    The once-prolific populations of migrating Canada geese that were a popular hunting target in the mid-20th century have become muted by the massive explosion of resident populations all across the Lower 48. 

    August 10, 2015 at 8:00am
    Late afternoons and early evenings can be great times to get a look at members of your local deer herd.

    Get deer work done early

    For many deer hunters across the Carolinas, the intense field days preparing deer stands, planting food plots and monitoring the herd rarely start until 10 days or so before the opening day of the season. And for some, the work days may not start until after the season starts. But for diehard deer hunters looking to make a difference and improve their chances of bagging a trophy buck, summer is never the time to sit back and watch the weeds grow. There is always something to do to have a better deer season. 

    July 09, 2015 at 9:00am