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Proof’s in the pudding

The next few months rank high for producing quality and healthy deer for the fall season and for the future of deer on your property. There is so much going on in the spring and summer for bucks that the actions taken by landowners will have a huge impact on the herd for the rest of the year.Read More...
April 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Plant a banana (lily)

It’s never too early to think about ways to attract waterfowl for the 2013 fall season. In fact, March is the optimum time to establish a cost-effective waterfowl forage called the banana water lily — Nymphaea mexicana — especially on those permanently flooded **sites where traditional upland planting is not possible. This plant’s benefits to both waterfowl and landowner outweigh all other forage options as a low-cost, low-maintenance and a highly productive food source for waterfowl.Read More...
March 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Pour the feed to ’em

Being well below the Mason-Dixon Line, the Carolinas are definitely in the South, but these southern paradises usually experience a winter with freezing temperatures and icy precipitation. The winter affects nature’s kitchen, eliminating many of the staple food sources deer and other wildlife require for nourishment.Read More...
February 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Aging is key to managing

The end of another deer season is upon us, but unfinished business remains on the “to-do list” for groups and individuals aspiring towards quality deer management. Harvest records from the season will not be complete until the jawbones from deer killed have been studied and aged effectively.

If you spent the season filling your freezer and sending a trophy or two to the taxidermist, it’s time to devote time to determine the age of deer killed. Read More...
January 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

Give plots ‘vitamin’ shots

As the final month of the year arrives, rutting activity in the deer herd is dwindling, and a chill looms in the background. Winter foods become important to deer and other wildlife. With the rut winding down and cold weather invigorating appetites, deer will seek out dependable food sources, including those cool-season food plots planted back in late September.Read More...
December 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

Don’t take the ‘bait’

As the millions of ducks breeze into the Carolinas from the duck factory, feeding will be the first task for these winged arrivals. Landowners with fields of grain submerged under a shallow layer of water will fare well during both segments of the season. But waterfowlers must follow strict guidelines to ensure that crops are handled correctly to prevent an unfriendly visit from the local game warden.Read More...
November 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

Do your duck homework

Wing shooters warmed their barrels last month on droves of mourning doves, and maybe a few hunters took-on Florida-style duck hunting in 80-degree weather for the early arriving blue-winged and green-winged teal. With the regular waterfowl seasons arriving shortly, waterfowl junkies better prepare for another bumper season.Read More...
October 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

Mix fall food-plot seeds

Planting season seems to be a hot topic almost every month these days — well, every few months, anyway. When folks have a passion for growing healthy herds of deer and producing attractive forage to lure in flocks of doves, ducks, bobwhite quail and wild turkey, planting season will come along quite often. Read More...
September 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

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