• Carolina Hunting

    The best of South Carolina’s small-game WMAs

    Small game hunters may not present the overall number of deer hunters in the Palmetto State, but they still put up an enormous number of days afield. Biologist Michael Hooks is SCDNR’s small-game project leader. His WMA picks follow.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    North Carolina dove heaven

    Sandhills GL

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Don’t avoid public-land whitetails

    More and more hunters are looking past public land in favor of joining hunt clubs and leases. It seems they are more willing to spend a lot of money to hunt on with others on a few hundred acres of land rather than spend $30.50 for access to hundreds of thousands of acres of WMA land.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    NC’s top deer game lands

    Mountain game lands

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Public-land squirrels abound

    North Carolina is home to four varieties of squirrels — gray, fox, red/Appalachian and flying — hunters target all of them except fliers. Gray squirrels are ubiquitous at all forests that have a substantial number of hardwood mast trees.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    The top spots for rabbits

    Three subspecies of rabbits — cottontail, marsh and Appalachian — inhabit North Carolina.  Cottonails thrive in early-successional habitat (cutovers) that afford cover and safety from avian and ground predators.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Holly Shelter Game Land has changed

    On opening day of deer season in 2017, Steve Biszmaier, a 53-year-old heating and air conditioning parts salesman from Wilmington, N.C., was hunting at Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County as he has for 30 years.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Public-duck splashdown

    SCDNR’S Category I WMA waterfowl hunts are draw hunts; the application process begins around mid-September. Getting drawn for Category I hunts is usually a three-year process, so your odds of being drawn the first year are not high. 

    September 15 at 7:00am

    Bear facts for South Carolina WMAs

    Biologist Charles Ruth of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said two distinct populations of bears are found in South Carolina, and WMA hunting is available for both.

    September 15 at 7:00am

    The best in ducks

    North Carolina’s best waterfowl hunting for ducks, geese, swans is in the extreme eastern portions of the state, and public-land opportunities reflect that situation. The region serves migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway every season. 

    September 15 at 7:00am