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.†
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.†
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.†
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.†
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.
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.†
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.†
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.