Greener Pastures

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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.†

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April 08 at 9:00 am
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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. †

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March 08 at 9:00 am
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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.†

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February 08 at 9:00 am
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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.†

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January 08 at 9:00 am
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It ainít over til itís 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.†

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December 08, 2015 at 9:00 am
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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.†

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November 08, 2015 at 9:00 am
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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.†

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October 08, 2015 at 9:00 am
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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.

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September 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
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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.†

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August 10, 2015 at 8:00 am
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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.†

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July 09, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Easements can save land

Hunting and other outdoor recreational activities are considered national pastimes with roots in practically all †50 states, from hunting whitetail deer on the eastern shore of Maryland and targeting sandhill cranes in East Texas to shooting a limit of divers on Lake Mattamuskeet in eastern North Carolina.

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June 08, 2015 at 9:00 am
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What is my dirt worth?

Hunting and enjoying the outdoors is the oldest and most-sacred pastime in America. For Carolinians, being in out in nature in search of a gobbling tom, whistling woody or a rutting buck brings true bliss even if the harvest falls short. One way to elevate the experience to the highest level is to be able to recreate on a chunk of dirt with personal ownership and title in hand. But how much is the dirt worth right now?†

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May 07, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Two tales of timber

Throughout the year, hunters and land managers are always looking for ways to boost the quality and quantity of game on their properties. While managing wildlife is important, managing habitat will make the greatest impact, and forest manipulation is the best way to influence habitat without having to make a withdrawal from the bank.†

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April 09, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Keep your corn warm

Luckily for most of the Carolinas, warm conditions welcome many outdoor enthusiasts well before the first official day of spring. Wildlife managers should be well underway with preparations for spring plantings. From testing to carrying out an annual liming program, soils need a little TLC this time of year. Many landowners looking to grow 200 bushels of corn per acre are probably growing very anxious to get their seeds set, but planting too early can have its drawbacks as well as its remarkable benefits.†

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March 09, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Winter is time to burn

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. †

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February 05, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Look for big duck moves

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?

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January 08, 2015 at 9:00 am
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