• Greener Pastures

    Coyotes of both genders will respond to calls as the breeding season approaches.

    Hunt the Carolina coyote rut

    Breeding predators present great opportunities
    February 05 at 9:00am
    Take a handful of soil samples from each of your food plots for examination by county agriculture extension agents to get a grip on fertilizer requirements for future plantings.

    Maintain green fields for deer

    Winter food source needed; sheds are bonus
    January 05 at 9:00am
    Late-season food sources can wind up being a trap for a buck that’s survived until December.

    Pour the food to ‘em

    Late-season vittles will attract surviving whitetails
    December 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Wild hogs can make a big dent in the forage base that drives local deer herds, eating foods both natural and supplemental.

    Fence out those hogs

    A low barrier around bait piles, food plots helps deer
    November 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    A variety of cereal grains, as well as brassicas, can be planted in October and still thrive this season.

    Not too late to plant seeds

    October plantings provide immediate returns
    October 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Fall plantings in food plots can profit from deer concentrating on agricultural crops in September, allowing for new early growth.

    Ag fields save food plots

    Deer’s love of crops helps new plantings thrive
    September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Keep vegetation and trees around the perimeter of food plots cut to a reasonable, vertical height, so that plenty of sunlight can reach the plants and start photosynthesis.

    Let the sun shine in

    Photosynthesis can help food plots grow better
    August 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Mapping out known bedding areas and travel corridors on a piece of hunting land can give still- and stand-hunters  — and hunters who run deer with hounds — a leg up on finding productive stand locations.

    Map out your know-how

    An educated, overhead view can help hunters
    July 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    A hunting lease that produces hundreds of hours of enjoyment is worth a little extra effort to obtain and maintain.

    Time to lock up leases

    Many hunting properties open up this month
    June 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Sunn hemp can be planted as a warm-season food-plot crop in sandy soils or soils of poor quality.

    Sunn hemp: A sand save?

    May 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Land managers need to match their warm-season food plot seed mixes with their site characteristics, including pH and other soil conditions.

    Choose plot seeds wisely

    Match your mixes to specific site conditions
    April 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Getting an accurate measurement on the area of a food plot will give planters a better chance of planting the right amount of seed.

    Avoid planting mistakes

    Measure food plots correctly, study seed depth
    March 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    A low-intensity, controlled fire can greatly improve soil conditions entering the planting season, as well as clear out unwanted brush and small trees.

    Controlled fire is a tool

    Winter burning can get soils ready for spring
    February 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Frost-seeding doesn’t involve any cultivation, just broadcasting seed on a new plot site or overseeding an existing one.

    Try winter frost-seeding

    Carolinas’ freeze-thaw cycle is perfect setting
    January 05, 2017 at 9:00am
    Hunters who can locate viable late-season food sources should see plenty of deer, including some nice bucks, this month.

    Want deer? Find the food

    Deer need to eat to prepare for winter’s toils
    December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Big bucks change their habits when the peak of the rut arrives. Smart hunters will make changes, too.

    Rut: Time to switch up

    Bucks are changing, so why don’t hunters?
    November 04, 2016 at 9:00am