Greener Pastures



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In addition to financial benefits, conservation easements help keep woods and fields free from development and, hopefully, full of game. Easements can save land
47 Views - Posted: June 08 at 9:00 am

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.


Hunters will look for certain features in a tract of land that might not be valuable to other buyers. What is my dirt worth?
328 Views - Posted: May 07 at 9:00 am

Hunting and enjoying the outdoors is the oldest and most-sacred pastime in America. For Carolinians, being in out in nature in search of a gobbling tom, whistling woody or a rutting buck brings true bliss even if the harvest falls short. One way to elevate the experience to the highest level is to be able to recreate on a chunk of dirt with personal ownership and title in hand. But how much is the dirt worth right now?†


Not only can timber management bring a landowner a nice payday, it can also provide wildlife with an infusion of improved habitat. Two tales of timber
258 Views - Posted: April 09 at 9:00 am

Throughout the year, hunters and land managers are always looking for ways to boost the quality and quantity of game on their properties. While managing wildlife is important, managing habitat will make the greatest impact, and forest manipulation is the best way to influence habitat without having to make a withdrawal from the bank.†


Young corn plants do best when seeds are planted when soil temperatures are 65 to 70 degrees. Keep your corn warm
364 Views - Posted: March 09 at 9:00 am

Luckily for most of the Carolinas, warm conditions welcome many outdoor enthusiasts well before the first official day of spring. Wildlife managers should be well underway with preparations for spring plantings. From testing to carrying out an annual liming program, soils need a little TLC this time of year. Many landowners looking to grow 200 bushels of corn per acre are probably growing very anxious to get their seeds set, but planting too early can have its drawbacks as well as its remarkable benefits.†


Prescribed burning has many benefits for almost every wildlife species. Winter is time to burn
313 Views - Posted: February 09 at 9:00 am

Wildlife management doesn’t just bring a spring and fall schedule. Dedicated outdoorsman with a drive to improve their wildlife habitat can keep the wheels turning year-round with tons of habitat-management activities. February is the middle of the season for prescribed fire to improve forest health and provide massive benefits for nearly all critters. †


Keep an eye out for flocks of ducks heading into your area on the shoulders of cold-weather systems. Look for big duck moves
465 Views - Posted: January 08 at 9:00 am

While it may be the first month of the year, it is the last opportunity to sit in a blind and take down a limit of ducks. Hunters should take advantage of the last three weeks of the season, when ducks have flooded the Carolinas and are anxious to fill up on rich food resources. But by January, the waterfowl migration is practically over — or is it?


Borrow pits dredged during highway construction are often great stopping-off spots for migrating waterfowl. Borrow pits: duck havens
436 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Over the past 20 years, federal dollars have upgraded transportation facilities in every county in both North Carolina and South Carolina to handle the booming human population settling in the South. Literally thousands of miles of new blacktop have relieved traffic congestion and allowed travelers to get to their destinations in a more-efficient manner, and few will complain about the lack of slowdowns on the highway. But these transportation projects all over the eastern seaboard have taken their toll on wildlife.†


Lush, green food plots really become deer magnets when early-season foods disappear and mast is consumed. Keep deer stores stocked
645 Views - Posted: November 09, 2014 at 9:00 am

For deer hunters rooted in the Carolinas, November is a demanding and sometimes challenging month in the deer woods. From intense rutting behavior and food availability to drastic changes in the weather, the pressure is on the †deer herd. Hunters and land managers must stay on their toes to keep their property attractive when the pressure surges.†


Is it a doe, or a button buck? Learn how to distinguish them and why itís important to take one out of the herd and protect the other. Protect those buck fawns
515 Views - Posted: October 09, 2014 at 9:00 am

Even though the deer season has arrived in one form or another, the majority of deer slayers begin to ramp up their efforts in October. Cooler weather sets in this month, making it comfortable for all hunters to sit motionless, perched in a tree stand or well hidden in a ground blind. For some hunters, a buck big enough to be eligible for a $500 taxidermy investment is about the only animal worthy of a lead projectile. But for the rest of the deer-hunting community, meat in the freezer reigns supreme.†


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
421 Views - Posted: September 08, 2014 at 9:00 am

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
569 Views - Posted: August 08, 2014 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
466 Views - Posted: July 10, 2014 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!
653 Views - Posted: June 09, 2014 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
560 Views - Posted: May 08, 2014 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.†


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