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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
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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. 


August is prime time to start thinking about planting cool-season food plots. Start thinking about fall
216 Views - Posted: August 08 at 9:00 am

Even though August is often regarded as the hottest month, it is okay to begin thinking about deer season. For lucky hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the velvet hunts begin at the halfway point of the month, but for the rest of the Carolinas, there is still some time to prepare. 


American foresters might be at a disadvantage in the future under current rules for sustainable forest management. Adjust sustainable forest
208 Views - Posted: July 10 at 9:00 am

Out of the 750 million forested acres in the United States, North Carolina and South Carolina have a little more than 31 million acres covered in wooded habitats. But forests are more than just a place for Bambi, Peter Rabbit and Tom Turkey to live and places for a fleet of hunters trying to fill their tags; they support a massive forest-products industry. In North Carolina alone, it is the top manufacturing business in the state, contributing more than 180,000 jobs and $23.1 billion in economic benefits.


Corn is a popular crop for landowners planning to plant waterfowl impoundments for fall flooding. A relatively new strain allows for later planting. Get corn in the ground!
317 Views - Posted: June 09 at 9:00 am

Even though duck season is a long way away from June,  hunters with upland waterfowl impoundments need to get their crops planted this month to have them mature by the opening day of hunting season. 


Warm-season food plots are important for providing deer with nutrients during fawning and antler-growing seasons. Keep spring costs down
304 Views - Posted: May 08 at 9:00 am

Throughout the year, deer and other wildlife locate various food sources to fulfill their daily nutritional requirements. From the annual green-up in spring and summer to the fall mast crop and dormant winter months, animals learn to adapt to their environment at an early age. 


The Farmers’ Almanac has been helping with planting schedules and other farming activities for centuries. And the Alamanac says...
289 Views - Posted: April 07 at 9:00 am

In 1792, the first year of George Washington’s presidency, Robert B. Thomas created the very first Farmers’ Almanac, which was used to help struggling farmers improve their agricultural production yields as well as other things. 


No-till drilling devices are often available for short-term rental for land managers wishing to use them to plant food plots. Consider no-till drilling
392 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. 


Banana water lily is a great aquatic plant to help jump-start a moist-soil management program. Get ducks and keep them
482 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. 


Deer hunters can do themselves a big favor by targeting wild hogs, when available,  especially after the end of deer season. Here, piggy, piggy, piggy
459 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-hunting season so you don’t overpressure any areas; that will ensuring good hunting in future seasons. Plan your duck season
472 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. 


Make sure to re-sample your food-plot soils to see if this year’s unusual rainy season has affected the soil composition. How to get the ‘wet’ out
488 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. 


Creating interest in hunting and other outdoors activities among youngsters could reverse the trend of spending less time in a deer stand and more in front of a game console. Love hunting? Promote it
381 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.


Lots of rain means lots of greenery, which means healthy deer and bigger bucks come fall. Rain means deer gains
900 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.


A great Labor Day weekend dove hunt is a true blessing for hunters young and old. Prepare for dove season
872 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.

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