Deer Hunting

Youth deer hunting day is Jan. 6

This special opportunity is available statewide on all private lands and select WMAs for youth who are ages 17 and younger. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult 21 years of age or older. Only the youth may take or attempt to take deer on this day. Hunting license requirements are waived for youth on this day. However, the USE OF TAGS IS REQUIRED.

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Deer of the Year

Gastonia hunter downs 12-point, 159-inch buck

As Aaron Loftin of Gastonia, N.C. sat in his climbing stand 300 yards from his friend Mike May of Indian Trail, NC on the afternoon of Dec. 9, he had already made his mind up to let a big buck walk if it was headed in May’s direction — and he did just that. But when that buck made an about-face and trotted back to Loftin, he laid out the 159 ⅞-inch, Gaston County 12-point before it could flee.

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Deer Hunting

Hoyt takes a big step

Hoyt Archery’s 2018 flagship hunting bows are the most innovative to come from the Salt Lake City-based manufacturer in many years. Hoyt has redesigned their bows from the ground up, giving them a much-needed overhaul and adding a lot of new technology.

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