Greener Pastures


Young corn plants do best when seeds are planted when soil temperatures are 65 to 70 degrees. Keep your corn warm
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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
170 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
369 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
342 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
577 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 it’s important to take one out of the herd and protect the other. Protect those buck fawns
445 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
351 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
513 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
384 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!
545 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
471 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. 

The Farmers’ Almanac has been helping with planting schedules and other farming activities for centuries. And the Alamanac says...
623 Views - Posted: April 07, 2014 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
639 Views - Posted: March 06, 2014 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
762 Views - Posted: February 07, 2014 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.