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Start thinking about fall

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. 

August 08, 2014 at 9:00 am

Adjust sustainable forest

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.

July 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Get corn in the ground!

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. 

June 09, 2014 at 9:00 am

Keep spring costs down

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. 

May 08, 2014 at 9:00 am

And the Alamanac says...

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. 

April 07, 2014 at 9:00 am

Consider no-till drilling

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. 

March 06, 2014 at 9:00 am

Get ducks and keep them

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. 

February 07, 2014 at 9:00 am

Here, piggy, piggy, piggy

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. 

January 09, 2014 at 9:00 am

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