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Avoid planting mistakes

The spring planting season brings a heightened level of responsibility for the person in charge of producing top-quality, warm-season food plots. Deer, turkey and other wildlife benefit immensely from well-prepared plots with high yields. Food plots offer nutrition for deer and turkeys and their new arrivals, as fawns and poults are born and raised in the spring and early summer. But many food plots that don’t get off to a good start will quickly falter, resulting in poor performance and lack of use by targeted species, and that equates to wasted money and loss of benefits for wildlife. 

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March 05 at 9:00 am
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Controlled fire is a tool

Fire has a bad connotation when it’s discussed, possibly because so many lives and so much personal property have been lost to it. When not contained or controlled, fire can be devastating. 

Even though fire can bring death and destruction, controlled fires in a rural setting on hunting properties is beneficial on several levels. Whether you’re trying to grow a premium stand of timber or a lush food plot, winter burns promote soil productivity and provide the necessary components for vigorous growth in the plant world. When soils improve, target plant life flourishes and wildlife are on the receiving end. It’s a win-win situation for both the landowner and the wildlife. 

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February 05 at 9:00 am
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Try winter frost-seeding

Even though natural food sources can provide them with adequate nutrition, most deer fail to receive a full complement of groceries in the wild to produce the characteristics hunters look for in a premium herd. If hunters are fully involved in their wildlife properties, food plots should comprise of around five percent of the total land cover, and food needs to be available year around. 

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January 05 at 9:00 am
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Want deer? Find the food

As the holiday season arrives, most hunters are satisfied with a freezer full of enough tasty venison to last until the 2017 opener. But some hunters holding out for a wall-hanger and passing on immature bucks are beginning to lose confidence that a trophy will show up within range of their weapon of choice. 

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December 01, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Rut: Time to switch up

By November, the deer rut is in full swing throughout all 146 counties in the Carolinas. Hormone-crazed bucks are on the move, and hunters need to keep their calendars clear to make sure they are in position when one makes a vulnerable move into enemy territory.

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November 04, 2016 at 9:00 am
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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. 

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October 05, 2016 at 9:00 am
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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. 

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September 05, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Hidden 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. 

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August 08, 2016 at 9:00 am
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