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North Carolina and South Carolina hunters have the entire month of September to thin out populations of resident Canada geese. Discourage geese from setting up in food plots, impoundments
69 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

With the deer season just around the corner, this year’s batch of cool-season food plots should be in the planning stage. For landowners with a field full of maturing grain intended for this year’s migratory flock of ducks, it is time to safeguard crops from resident Canada geese. 


Expanded methods available for North Carolina goose hunters
47 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

For hunters looking to heat up their shotgun barrels, fill up the freezer and contribute to conservation and eradication efforts, the resident Canada goose season arrives on Sept. 1. 


Populations of resident Canada geese have exploded over the past 20 years, leading to the birds becoming something of a nuisance. Prevent goose problems
58 Views - Posted: August 10 at 9:00 am

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. 


Duck numbers appear very good heading into the 2015-16 season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey
586 Views - Posted: July 06 at 8:05 am

Waterfowl hunters in the Carolinas can expect to see roughly the same number of ducks this coming season as they have in the past several, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on the breeding duck population shows numbers slightly above 2014 levels.


BlueSteel BlueSteel
92 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Rio’s BlueSteel Game Loads pack the lethal, non-toxic punch needed for those tough waterfowling conditions. High velocities, perfectly spherical steel shot and multiple shot sizes give you the killing power you need under adverse hunting conditions. Available in 12 and 20 Gauge and in blisteringly fast speeds up to 1550 fps, BlueSteel Game Loads provide great patterns and superb knock down power in environmentally-safe conditions. 


Coozy’s Custom Calls Coozy’s Custom Calls
270 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Coozy’s Custom Calls are handmade from start to finish for the avid waterfowler that demands the true tones that bring ducks in. Made from high grade hard woods that will last for years to come, Coozy’s Custom Calls are easy to blow, work in all types of weather, from 10 degrees freezing in the far north up to 65 degrees in the southern coastal marshes, and have been tested by some of the best guides from all over the country to insure that the right sounds and notes are there.


Spinning-wing decoys are an effective use of motion to help convince ducks to make decision to drop into a spread of decoys. Add motion to your decoy spread for more ducks
319 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Hunters using clever decoy spreads can increase their odds of taking home more feathered fowl by incorporating Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion to make their hunting spot more attractive. 


South Carolina’s goose season runs into late February, giving hunters more opportunities to share this view of approaching geese through the door of a portable layout blind. Better late than never
278 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

South Carolina’s late goose season is longer than any other waterfowl season. The final segments of the season include the Dec. 6 through Jan. 25 time frame — running concurrent with the duck season — then opening again Feb. 8 and closing Feb. 23, giving waterfowlers who chase geese an extended season.


South Carolina’s goose season runs into late February, giving hunters more opportunities to share this view of approaching geese through the door of a portable layout blind. Better late than never
270 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

South Carolina’s late goose season is longer than any other waterfowl season. The final segments of the season include the Dec. 6 through Jan. 25 time frame — running concurrent with the duck season — then opening again Feb. 8 and closing Feb. 23, giving waterfowlers who chase geese an extended season.


Only one in 1,000 Canada geese killed in South Carolina carry leg bands, making them highly desired trophies. Join a real band of brothers
321 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Killing a banded goose is a thrill to most waterfowlers, and less than one of every 1,000 geese killed in South Carolina is banded. Most hunters who have killed banded geese save the band and incorporate it into their hunting clothing, usually stringing it onto the lanyard of their calls, and hunters with these bands achieve a certain status within the waterfowl community. 


Only one in 1,000 Canada geese killed in South Carolina carry leg bands, making them highly desired trophies. Join a real band of brothers
267 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Killing a banded goose is a thrill to most waterfowlers, and less than one of every 1,000 geese killed in South Carolina is banded. Most hunters who have killed banded geese save the band and incorporate it into their hunting clothing, usually stringing the bands onto the lanyard of their calls, and hunters with these bands achieve a certain status within the waterfowl community. 


Late in the season, when ducks get “blind shy” move, leave your blind behind and use natural cover to hide in an area ducks are using. Abandon the blind and the mallard call
350 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Some hunters may feel more comfortable hunting from a pre-fabricated ground blind, and some may have physical limitations that prevent them from hunting anywhere but in a boat blind. While such blinds may be productive early in the season, late-season conditions may dictate moving away from a blind completely when birds become “blind shy”.


Groups in North Carolina and South Carolina are offering seminars on coyote control in the coming months. Get schooled on coyote control
509 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

From pestering livestock and domestic animals to preying on juvenile deer and small mammals, coyotes are becoming a major nuisance to both native wildlife and domestic animals. 


Flagging is a technique that can convince a wary goose or flock to make a fatal mistake. Don’t be afraid to wave the flag
264 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Sometimes, placing decoys isn’t enough to lure in a flock of Canada geese. This is especially true when several groups are scattered throughout numerous fields within sight of each other. When this happens, it’s anybody’s guess as to where the next flock will land, but Darryl Hodge of Lexington’s Wrecking Crew Guide Service doesn’t like to sit around and let the geese decide without him doing a little extra coaxing. 


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