|Duck numbers should be up this fall according to USFWS survey
361 Views - Posted: July 08 at 7:37 am
Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.
75 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am
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|Plant hybrid sorghum in June
90 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am
While corn ranks at the top of the list as a waterfowl food, sorghum will not disappoint incoming flocks, either. The new hybrid varieties of sorghum are capable of producing yields similar to corn that provide food for ducks on their migration.
|Scent control: friend or foe for trapping coyotes?
86 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am
The last deer fawns and turkey poults should have appeared in June. Consequently, coyote pups are weaned off their mother’s milk and are beginning to feast on a wild assortment of solid foods. Trappers and predator hunters should ramp up their game, paying special attention to their scent control and enticement lures.
|Get corn in the ground!
157 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.
|SCDNR grades duck season as excellent based on WMA harvest
644 Views - Posted: March 04 at 12:01 pm
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources called this past duck season “excellent” based on harvest figures from WMAs across the state, with Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir in Clarendon County and Bear Island WMA in Colleton County leading the way.
329 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
For the landowner ready to covert a section of property over to a moist-soil management regime or a permanent aquatic community, specific plantings will jump-start the impoundment and attract have ducks in the first year. While annual grains — corn, sorghum, millet, rice and buckwheat — can be planted around the edges and on mud flats; these plants must be cultivated accordingly with specific herbicides and seasonal care to get a good seed crop during the season. And since these plants are annuals, they must be replanted every year.
For the best results, landowners should plant perennial species for a longer-lasting and more-efficient solution. While often planted for turkeys, chufa is a perfect duck food. Banana water lily, native to the southern states, is one of the best to plant and is gaining popularity across the South. It is an ideal solution for landowners looking to convert their temporary impoundments over to permanently-flooded habitats.
|Wildlife Habitat Improvement Series: Beaver Creek Trophy Club
299 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Nestled in the heart of South Carolina’s Piedmont lies Beaver Creek Trophy Club. With more than 3,200 acres of pines, cutover, and swampland, Beaver Creek has the basic habitat components to back up to their name as a trophy club.
Beaver Creek is a relatively new organization, but with a foundation of good members, a good philosophy, prime habitat and a solid plan to become one of the best clubs around.
The 32-member club has already put quality bucks in the South Carolina record book. Last September, founding member Danny Kennington of Heath Springs dropped a 232-pound, 32-point buck that sported a 22-inch spread and 10-inch bases.
|Get ducks and keep them
393 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.
|Mark that duck down
272 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Retrieving ducks from beaver ponds or other small bodies of water can be a bit tricky.
|A quick construction project
280 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Building a good blind in a beaver pond is a matter of using what the beavers have provided.
|Wildlife Habitat Improvement:
567 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Minutes from Charlotte and just south of the state line in Chesterfield County lies Clay Creek Hunting Club. Consisting mostly of planted pines, agriculture fields, oak ridges swamp and creek bottoms, Clay Creek has almost the perfect collection of habitat types to support a wide range of game species, but trophy whitetail bucks are the primary emphasis for this seasoned group of hunters, and they see the results of their work in a real way.
|Know your limits, regs, times
282 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts aerial surveys to estimate the breeding population of waterfowl across Canada and the northern United States. Hunting seasons and regulations are set for all four flyways, with the population estimate taken in to account.
|‘Less is more’ duck hunting - With the right approach, beaver ponds can make for great duck hunting across South Carolina
547 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
The morning mist lifted off the still water as the sun began to peek over the horizon. Soft ripples revealed a beaver returning to his lodge. Three hunters were standing in knee-deep, icy cold water in a honey hole of flooded timber of a beaver pond on an unnamed tributary of Lake Greenwood. Ducks that thrive along the lake know the area and dive in at first light to begin day of feeding.