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Prescribed burning of stands of pines is a  primary tool for managing wildlife habitat, including quail. Recipe for quail-habitat management is complicated
469 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

John Henry Harrelson, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, helps coordinate the Columbus County Quail Co-Op’s habitat-management efforts. He said that managing quail habitat is like making alphabet soup — a lot of different things go in.


This prime quail habitat was created by the excavation of an irrigation pond because the area could not easily be farmed and became overgrown by all kinds of vegetation. Wastelands are not wasted on quail
424 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

The excavation of an irrigation pond created some prime quail habitat. The spoil from the pond excavation became a mound at the water’s edge, creating an area that farming equipment cannot easily enter. 


Jerry Simmons’ setter, Fate, brings a female bobwhite quail back to her owner. Can quail come back? Landowners, biologists trying to bring quail back to Columbus County
259 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

On a sunny winter morning, two pickup trucks turned off a paved, farm-to-market road into a Columbus County farm field. In the beds of the pickups were dog kennels. However, they were not housing packs of deer dogs and coonhounds. Not even the whining of expectant beagles could be heard.


David Honeycutt Jr. killed this 784-pound black bear -- the second-heaviest ever killed in North Carolina -- on a Thursday morning hunt in Hyde County. Wilmington teen kills 784-pound bear, second-largest ever in North Carolina
51509 Views - Posted: December 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

A 16-year-old Wilmington hunter took the second-largest bear in North Carolina history on Thursday in Hyde County on his first bear hunt.


Angie Jackson and her 5-year-old son, Tucker, take in several raccoons killed on the Lumber River Outdoors/True Vince Coon Club youth hunt, which Tucker won with a 7-pound, 7-ounce raccoon. Turning kids into coon hunters
282 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Rev. Wade Hall Jr., pastor of the Elizabethtown Church of God, hunts raccoons at least three nights a week to keep his dogs in top form for competition, and he often takes young people along. 


Rev. Wade Hall and 10-year-old Gage Zokal admire a raccoon taken in Columbus County, where extensive swamps and agricultural land make for great habitat. Kids and coons - Raccoon hunting is a Columbus County staple, and hunters are willing to share their love for the sport with youngsters
137 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Out in the yard, beneath a canopy of pecan trees, the aroma of wild boar barbecue set stomachs to growling. Inside the house, Rev. Wade Hall Jr. sat at the kitchen table, registering participants in the inaugural Lumber River Outdoors/True Vine Coon Club Youth Hunt.


Did Bob Wagner of New Jersey catch and release a possible state-record black drum in the surf at Wrightsville Beach last week? Was black drum caught and released at Wrightsville Beach a state record?
5643 Views - Posted: November 13, 2014 at 7:09 am

Bob Wagner, a 66-year-old retiree from Pennsauken, N.J., beached a possible state-record black drum from the surf at the north end of Wrightsville Beach last Thursday, but mistaking it for a red drum, he released it.


Trolling motors enable fishermen to operate from the bow in shallow water, unlike having to pole from a platform. Stop poling and start trolling
271 Views - Posted: September 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Mike Taylor uses a 36-volt Minn Kota trolling motor with a remote-control piloting device when he is fishing for red drum in shallow water. A trolling motor with enough thrust for use on a large boat like his 24-footer can takes three batteries to operate, with boat weight the main consideration in sizing the trolling motor to the boat.


A shallow-water anchoring device makes stopping your boat almost immediately when you contact fish a big weapon in the marshes. Fish on? Power down!
233 Views - Posted: September 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Minn Kota’s Talon is a shallow-water anchoring system that makes it easy to stop the boat when an angler hooks a fish. This type of anchoring system is a staple on redfish tournament boats because it is so effective.


Scott and Steve Skrydlinski carry climbing stands on their backs and their backpacks in a deer cart. The cart folds for easy stowing and makes hauling a deer out of the woods. ier than dragging it. Deer al a Carte at two new tracts
506 Views - Posted: September 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Tommy Hughes, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, said adventurous hunters have the opportunity to check out new additions to two existing game lands this year by purchasing over-the-counter muzzleloader season permits.


A “bug” suit and insect repellent made a 2013 muzzleloader hunt on the Suggs Mill Pond Game Land a comfortable and successful one for the author. Insect repellents are imperative
371 Views - Posted: September 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Mesh “bug” suits and chemical repellents are necessities that turn muzzleloader hunts in southeastern North Carolina into good experiences.


The base of operations for guide Mike Taylor in the fall is the extensive marsh area around Morehead City. March to Morehead’s marsh! Morehead City marsh reds are a great fall target
546 Views - Posted: September 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Capt. Mike Taylor slowed the engine of his bay boat, making sure he did not bang the prop on an oyster bed. The sun was higher than he preferred, but the timing of the high tide was more important than beating the sunrise.


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