|Consider no-till drilling
6 Views - Posted: March 06 at 9:00 am
Hunters are always looking for a new way to improve their opportunities. From planting fields of green to charring the woods with a routine prescribed burn, there are many ways to manipulate the land to improve conditions that are beneficial to wildlife.
Food plots are one of the chief habitat-management techniques that provide either a temporary or semi-permanent food source for wildlife throughout the year. The long list of variables required to fall in synch and produce a thick, lush plot are sometimes tough to manage. However, if land managers are willing to alter their planting procedures and incorporate no-till drilling methods, the benefits may actually outweigh the risks and leave a little bit of money in the bank.
|Get ducks and keep them
115 Views - Posted: February 07 at 9:00 am
Each fall and winter, flooded areas along the eastern seaboard get bombarded by the annual migration of waterfowl, and duck hunters are always on the prowl for new ways to get more birds into shooting range. From new calls and revolutionary decoying devices to the various grain mixes planted in impoundments that are temporarily flooded, hunters are always going to the drawing board, devising plans to improve their hunting experiences. But the typical dry-land impoundment may not always be the best way to attract and retain a substantial portion of the migrating flock at the time when it matters most.
For years, the typical agriculture field with perimeter dikes and a reliable water source has been the ideal setup to get a visit from the migrating flock. And no doubt, these dry-land impoundments can be super duck magnets if planted correctly and controlled effectively. Ducks are suckers for fields flooded with carbohydrate-filled grains, yet, the majority of these impoundments only provide a temporary food source that often gets depleted quickly. And since they are only flooded for a short period of time, these fields are only important to ducks on a part-time basis, with a very limited grocery selection available.
|Here, piggy, piggy, piggy
214 Views - Posted: January 09 at 9:00 am
The weather may seem very similar to December, but January is definitely a transitional month for outdoorsman around the Carolinas — especially the thousands of deer hunters out there. More hunters participate in deer season than all of the other game animals combined. But just because the season is over doesn’t mean the deer rifle should be retired to the gun cabinet. Hunters can continue hunting, targeting a different quarry with large white tusks in the front and a pair of country hams bringing up the rear.
|Plan your duck season
241 Views - Posted: December 10, 2013 at 9:00 am
Thanksgiving weekend closed out the short, teaser sessions that primed the valves and got every waterfowl hunter excited about bagging a limit of ducks in the Carolinas’ flooded country. For the first week or so of December, hunters and the hunted get a little break, but the remaining portion of the waterfowl season will arrive in little time at all. Duck hunters need to regroup, plan and prepare for their last hurrah for the best hunting of the year.
|How to get the ‘wet’ out
208 Views - Posted: November 07, 2013 at 9:00 am
For many Americans living in the southeast, the thought of building a modern-day ark was becoming a real possibility this year. The deluge soaked just about every place imaginable, threatening many communities with property damage, swollen rivers and recurrent, widespread flooding on almost a daily basis.
|Love hunting? Promote it
185 Views - Posted: October 07, 2013 at 9:00 am
Hunting has always been an important facet to American and human culture. Yet the history of wildlife in America could have led down an entirely different path. Since the impact of civilization is so massive, the nation’s forests, soils, water and wildlife is wholly dependent on human actions. As long as hunters and conservationists continue to conserve, manage and promote their natural resources, future generations should have a chance to enjoy what we enjoy today. The future of wildlife is in our hands, just as it has always been.
|Rain means deer gains
589 Views - Posted: September 09, 2013 at 9:00 am
Over the past decade, annual rainfall totals have fallen well below their mark, leaving woodlands, grasslands and crop fields with a little less moisture than normal. But since early this spring, the faucet has been on, and drought is a very distant memory. For wildlife and hunters, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Hunters can expect a unique experience this fall with an exceptional collection of animals roaming the woods.
|Prepare for dove season
536 Views - Posted: August 09, 2013 at 9:00 am
A couple of days after August ends, dove season arrives for wing-shooters across the Southeast. With the exception of the Aug. 15 opening of deer season in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the Labor Day dove pursuit marks the debut of hunting season for most hunters in the Carolinas.
|Moisture is fertilizer key
473 Views - Posted: July 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
Plants convert energy from the sun through chlorophyll and photosynthesis, but they must extract a unique elemental cocktail from the soil to produce strong roots, lush foliage and an overall successful crop.
|Fertilizer is food-plot key
375 Views - Posted: June 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
Living creatures, whether of animal or plant descent, are sensitive organisms with unique requirements for life. Down to the cellular level, all living things require certain chemicals at opportune moments to function and for long-term prosperity. Food plots carry a unique set of biological and chemical needs. In order for wildlife managers to grow a successful plot, adequate chemicals must be available for the plants at the right moment.
|Soil moisture is No. 1
473 Views - Posted: May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
Plants are simple organisms with basic needs to fuel a laundry list of chemical reactions that sustain life. Sunlight, air and nutrient availability rank high in the cycle of life, and few plants will survive very long when any of these components is lacking. Yet the simple compound of two hydrogen molecules bonded to one oxygen molecule, also known as water, is crucial for sustaining life. Food plots need adequate soil moisture to get off to a good start.
|Proof’s in the pudding
549 Views - Posted: April 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
The next few months rank high for producing quality and healthy deer for the fall season and for the future of deer on your property. There is so much going on in the spring and summer for bucks that the actions taken by landowners will have a huge impact on the herd for the rest of the year.
|Plant a banana (lily)
1080 Views - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
It’s never too early to think about ways to attract waterfowl for the 2013 fall season. In fact, March is the optimum time to establish a cost-effective waterfowl forage called the banana water lily — Nymphaea mexicana — especially on those permanently flooded **sites where traditional upland planting is not possible. This plant’s benefits to both waterfowl and landowner outweigh all other forage options as a low-cost, low-maintenance and a highly productive food source for waterfowl.
|Pour the feed to ’em
819 Views - Posted: February 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
Being well below the Mason-Dixon Line, the Carolinas are definitely in the South, but these southern paradises usually experience a winter with freezing temperatures and icy precipitation. The winter affects nature’s kitchen, eliminating many of the staple food sources deer and other wildlife require for nourishment.
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