Greener Pastures



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Populations of resident Canada geese have exploded over the past 20 years, leading to the birds becoming something of a nuisance. Prevent goose problems
464 Views - Posted: August 10 at 8:00 am

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.†


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
654 Views - Posted: July 09 at 9:00 am

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.†


In addition to financial benefits, conservation easements help keep woods and fields free from development and, hopefully, full of game. Easements can save land
764 Views - Posted: June 08 at 9:00 am

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.


Hunters will look for certain features in a tract of land that might not be valuable to other buyers. What is my dirt worth?
481 Views - Posted: May 07 at 9:00 am

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?†


Not only can timber management bring a landowner a nice payday, it can also provide wildlife with an infusion of improved habitat. Two tales of timber
887 Views - Posted: April 09 at 9:00 am

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.†


Young corn plants do best when seeds are planted when soil temperatures are 65 to 70 degrees. Keep your corn warm
692 Views - Posted: March 09 at 9:00 am

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.†


Prescribed burning has many benefits for almost every wildlife species. Winter is time to burn
1006 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. †


Keep an eye out for flocks of ducks heading into your area on the shoulders of cold-weather systems. Look for big duck moves
770 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 dredged during highway construction are often great stopping-off spots for migrating waterfowl. Borrow pits: duck havens
568 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.†


Lush, green food plots really become deer magnets when early-season foods disappear and mast is consumed. Keep deer stores stocked
1312 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.†


Is it a doe, or a button buck? Learn how to distinguish them and why itís important to take one out of the herd and protect the other. Protect those buck fawns
1233 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.†


Waiting for proper soil moisture and planting seeds at the proper depth are two crucial factors in having a successful cool-season food plot. Make sure soil is ready
796 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.†


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