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  • I killed this 7 pointer with an 18 inch inside spread the very last minute of shooting light on the last day of deer season. He came out to a potato pile with several other bucks right at dark.
    This deer season has been full of ups and downs for me. I ended up killing this 7 point, an 8 point, and 2 does. The crazy part is I didn't kill any of the bucks until after Christmas! This is very unusual for me as I typically kill my bucks during the rut like everyone else. This year however I was unable to hunt my most productive hunting property for nearly a month due to the death of a family member and a very busy class schedule at NC State. Once I finished my exams around Dec. 15 I knew I had a little more than 2 weeks to score or I may have ended 2008 without a buck. This being said, I would like to offer some insight into what worked for me this December in the deer woods.

    -Find the food or provide the food. Corn, potatoes, an un-picked soybean field, be there in the evenings. The bucks are hungry and tired after months of chasing does. They need calories now. Stay in the stand after shooting light and see if you can't see deer coming out late. If so, be prepared to move a climber or lock-on right inside the woods where the deer are entering and hope you can catch them during shooting light the next evening.

    -Hunt the most un-pressured property you have. I was lucky enough to have access to one property that was not hunted often and I saw several deer there during December when nobody else was seeing deer.

    -Hunt that little head of woods you know nobody has even bothered to try. You may be surprised what you see.

    -Try a deer drive, get a buddy or two and find a small woodlot that you think may hold some deer. Safety first. Even if you don't get a deer out of it you may discover a bedding area, rubs, scrapes, etc.

    -In the mornings especially avoid hunting open fields. Try shooting lanes or old logging roads instead. Deer will feel much more comfortable crossing a lane rather than a field. Contrary to what it seems, deer still move in December, it's just that they don't move as much in the open.

    -Pay attention to the weather and hunt the coldest days. Hunt hard right after a front moves through especially if there was heavy rains or high winds. The deer normally will be moving. If you are driving around on a cold December day and see deer feeding or crossing woodlots go get in the stand, the deer are moving! I know this sounds obvious but sometimes the deer will tell us when to hunt.

    -Take a break or you will drive yourself crazy! Deer hunting everyday when you're not seeing anything is tough on the mind. Go duck hunting one morning, enjoy an afternoon dove shoot with some buddies, whatever it takes.

    -Put in the time and effort. This is not the rut and it's not going to be easy. Just like everything else you get out what you put in.

    January 12, 2009 at 4:03pm

    I've seen plenty of does and small bucks so far but haven't run across a big one yet. I know they're out there because I let a bunch of small bucks walk last year. The rut is coming so good luck to all.

    November 01, 2006 at 11:11pm
    A comment titled: weight in response to a report titled: Need help with guessing bear weight

    looks to be somewhere around 200 lbs

    August 23, 2010 at 7:26pm
    A comment titled: Dog Hunting in response to a report titled: Nice Buck

    You can certainly kill a nice buck running dogs just as you can kill a nice buck while smoking, taking a piss break, or walking to a stand. However running dogs pressures deer and turns them nocturnal. North Carolina has plenty of nice deer but dog hunting screws everything up. Yeah you can kill a nice buck every now and then dog hunting but overall you will see less deer and less quality deer compared to hunting a properly managed still hunting club. Just my $.02

    December 13, 2009 at 7:18pm
    A comment titled: Location in response to a report titled: Last Minute Buck

    Duplin County

    January 12, 2009 at 10:59pm
    A comment titled: major in response to a report titled: Last Minute Buck

    I'm a Biological and Environmental Engineering major.

    January 12, 2009 at 10:02pm
    A comment titled: Just some thoughts in response to a report titled: Sunday Hunting

    First off let me just say that I absolutely love to deer hunt and I spend all my free time pursuing that passion. I love it and can't get enough of it. This being said, I strongly oppose Sunday hunting for two completely different reasons. Being a Christian myself, I believe Sunday is a day of rest. Getting up at 4 am to go hunt is not getting rest. I believe Sunday hunting would keep many Christians or prospective Christians from attending church services. It sure would be tempting to spend another morning in the deer woods on a cold november weekend rather than being where we need to be.
    Secondly, the deer in our state are pressured enough. At least give them one day of peace, we owe it to them and ourselves. Why push them any harder when it's already hard enough to find mature deer during daylight hours. If we want better deer hunting in our state we need to increase restrictions, not open the flood gates.

    Just my opinion

    January 04, 2009 at 3:56am
    A comment titled: Duplin in response to a report titled: Mr. Pete's Big Ten

    I hunt near Warsaw.

    November 06, 2007 at 12:44pm
    A comment titled: Rut in response to a report titled: Mr. Pete's Big Ten

    Hey I hunt in Duplin county as well and I hunted this past Saturday and saw a small 6 point chase a doe around the field...also saw a single doe being chased by three small bucks running one behind the other. Give it a couple more weeks to peak but it has definitely began where I hunt.

    October 30, 2007 at 8:15pm
    A comment titled: lockjaw in response to a report titled: Triangle Turkeys

    I don't know about triangle turkeys, but I hunted in southeastern NC this past weekend with some buddies and got one right at sunrise. After that however, things were very slow. We saw a few more from long distances, but couldn't get anything to answer.

    May 01, 2007 at 12:45am
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