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  • 515 lb boar taken in Tuesday morning in a Hyde County corn field. Bears were everywhere, and this was one of the best. Taken after a lung-busting 500 yard sprint through the mud with a Henry 45-70 Gov't lever action and 325 grain Hornady bullets. Shot distance approximately 80 yards as the bear was heading to cover.

    Thanks Dare to Hyde Outfitters for a great bear hunt. Special thanks to a great guide, Matthew Eakes, for getting me on this bear in one of the best spot-and-stalk experiences I've had.

    November 17, 2016 at 1:36pm

    My first Cape Buffalo. Three hits with 300 g solid 375 H&H: Shoulder, in back of shoulder,then left hip got him on the ground at about 80 yards. 450/400 3' NE finished him off. 'Bull Durm'!

    July 13, 2015 at 12:30pm

    Hunted the King Ranch for nilgai las week. This is the 600 lb result. These things are very challenging to hunt by any means, but especially by spot-and-stalk through the high grass and shooting from sticks. This one fell to my 375 H&H (270g Hornady SP-RP in the chest) at about 225 yards. These animals have free reign in south Texas; no fence can hold them as they can jump most cattle fences and dig tunnels under higher fences. I saw a group of nilgai cows and a bull running full speed across the praire and dive under a fence and pop out on the other side without even breaking stride. They graze along Highway 77 at night making for some spectacular vehicle encounters. I highly recommend hunting these spooky, skittish antelope in free-range, fair chase conditions. You will love it. Just be prepared to run and gun.

    February 24, 2014 at 12:47pm

    Look at the 10 point in the center of the first 2 photos. Hope he sticks around a few more weeks. Anyone want to guess score?

    August 29, 2013 at 1:39pm

    First water fowl for that matter. Thanks to Aaron Matthews and Fourth Generation Outfitters.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:40pm

    Nice 180lb boar from Friday evening. Very long head and some nice teeth. Somebody told me the state was thinking of regulating these as game animals. What a mistake that would be!

    Thanks Joe for helping me skin again!

    February 12, 2011 at 8:10pm

    Took my son hog hunting in JoCo Saturday evening. He put three in the water over a 3 hour period with his new hog rifle. Hope I didn't leave too much of a mess at the skinning shed...

    October 17, 2010 at 11:46am

    I was excited about deer, but y'all keep posting bear. Now I want another one. This is the skull from last year's tag. 21 and 12/16' Boone and Crockett.

    Deer, pigs, bear. I love NC.

    August 19, 2010 at 8:31pm

    Got my first real gobbler on Wednesday at 7AM. 9' beard, 1' spurs, 23 lbs. Many thanks to Chris and Gary!

    Don't know what I like hunting best: bear, deer, hogs or turkey. Now it's time to start thinking about tuna...

    April 30, 2010 at 12:36pm

    A few more pics of my new Hyde County Volkswagen.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:59pm

    My first bear. 760 lb bruin was taken in Hyde County Monday morning about 9AM. State bear biologist says it's the second largest registered NC black bear kill and will likely make Boone and Crockett. Many, many thanks to Mike Noles and staff at Conman's Guide Service for putting me on this one-in-a-lifetime bear!

    Benelli R1 270 WSM at 156 yards, took several hits to knock him down.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:32pm

    It's been a slow deer season, but what the heck. Can't take pics like this at work.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:58pm

    Check out the snout. Maybe just a large aardvark?

    October 05, 2009 at 8:49am

    Anyone out there hunted deer from a ground blind with traditional archery equipment? I haven't done blind hunting before, need to know what to expect. Also using a recurve, which I use mainly from tree stands. My Primos blind is set up 20 yards from a deer trail. What do I need to look out for?

    August 31, 2009 at 8:52am

    Thanks to Capt George and Downeast Outfitters for a great day on the water last Saturday. Reef donkey fishing will wear out the kids (and dads).

    June 09, 2009 at 7:48am

    First thing on the boat Sunday morning on the Fishin' Frenzy out of Oregon Inlet. First thing off the grill Monday night...

    May 19, 2009 at 2:08pm

    I thought these were extinct. Hope he shows up during shooting light. I need a warm new coat...

    January 11, 2009 at 8:31pm

    The one on the left is pork. The ones on the right are cuisine.

    Taken in the Neuse River basin in Johnston county at Howell Woods.

    Happy holidays, y'all!

    December 16, 2008 at 11:58am

    No deer have come around this set-up in Johnston County in over a month. No wonder. If I see him, it's bbq time...

    September 30, 2008 at 7:41pm

    Took this doe beside the Little River in northern Orange county. She crossed the river with 2 other does at 6:30, walked by my stand at 6:35, and ran through thick cover for over 100 yards after I arrowed her through the lungs at 6:36! Nice fat girl weighed about 147, biggest doe I've taken. Teeth indicate 4 years old. Second doe of the season; last week's was 114 lb. Good eats!

    Notice my Jack Russell is already begging...

    September 21, 2008 at 5:02pm
    A comment titled: Nilgai in response to a report titled: South Texas Nilgai Antelope

    Hey, thanks. These things are actually native to India and Pakistan. They used to be endangered but now there's a big population wherever there are farms over there.

    February 26, 2014 at 11:48am
    A comment titled: No bear this year in response to a report titled: Not bad for Orange County

    Bound for Africa instead. Spending a lot of time getting my forehead kissed by the scope on my buffalo gun.

    August 29, 2013 at 9:20pm
    A comment titled: Excalibur in response to a report titled: First Crossbow kill, and then 2nd

    I know 2 other people who have had Barnetts blow up on them. I've been using an Excal Equinox (225 lb pull, 16' stroke, 350 fps w/ Flemish string)to kill hogs. If you get another xbow get one of these recurves. They are expensive like Viper says but there is a lifetime warranty, the machining is excellent, and the accuracy is incredible. Took a 124lb doe and a hog back-to-back in JoCo Friday evening with mine. Love it. Not as easy to hunt with as a compound, but the knock down power is second to none. Just don't take it onto heavy cover, it's hard to maneuver.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:24pm
    A comment titled: Precision Taxidermy in response to a report titled: Bear talk

    I didn't do it. Precision Taxidermy (Max Piner) in Mebane did it and the rug. He does great work.

    My dog wants that skull bad.

    August 19, 2010 at 9:18pm
    A comment titled: Euros, rugs and 3000 tacos in response to a report titled: Bear talk

    Yup. And all those bowls of chili.

    August 19, 2010 at 8:42pm
    A comment titled: Fat girl in response to a report titled: Time to repeat

    Looks delicious. Which County?

    August 17, 2010 at 4:10pm
    A comment titled: Excalibur in response to a report titled: Crossbows

    I have an Excalibur as well and like shooting it. High quality, very tough, easy to maintain. It's inferior to a compound vertical bow for hunting deer in the places I hunt because it is so hard to maneuver. However it's superior in all conditions to a vertical bow for hunting large hogs. Aim behind the ear with a 400 grain bolt and a 150 grain Boltcutter broadhead and it will go completely through that thick head. No tracking required.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:27pm
    A comment titled: Worms? in response to a report titled: Crossbows, Sunday hunting, new seasons ADOPTED

    I'm a preacher's kid, so...

    Eight deer sounds like about 30 backyard bbq parties to me. All for it! Name the time and place. I have about 200lbs of bear left over from last year...getting foundered on it.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:53am
    A comment titled: Common sense in response to a report titled: Crossbows, Sunday hunting, new seasons ADOPTED

    This is good news. I'm going to take a deer (any deer) by recurve opening day. Then I'm going to take one with my Excalibur the next day. Will post pics if it works out...

    July 12, 2010 at 10:05pm
    A comment titled: Motivations in response to a report titled: NCBA

    I deer hunt with recurve, longbow, and compound the first 2 months of season here and have hunted xbow for hogs and deer elsewhere for the remainder of the season. Xbows are NOT EASIER TO HUNT WITH for any able-bodied person!

    The 'truth about crossbows' write up on the NCBA website is crap. They aren't close to being a gun, have LESS USEFUL RANGE than a modern compound shooting standard helical vane arrows, and are poorly suited to hunting in thick vegetation. Forget about follow up shots or 'twofers'. The fact that they can be 'scoped' only means it takes longer to get the prey in sight. Any chance for an 'instinctive' shot requires almost as much practice as barebow. They only excel in two factors: kinetic energy and hold time. The latter is only important if you don't have the ability to pull back a vertical bow.

    If NCBA's motivation is to give handicapped hunters an advantage, why not lobby the legistlature for a handicapped-only season and eliminate competition? Why simply ask that able-bodied folks not be allowed to use a traditional (2000+ years old) archery weapon? NCBA's legislative agenda has more to do with an imagined lifestyle than preserving opportunity for the handicapped.

    Personally, I want to use any archery tackle I want any time in season that I want to address any hunting situation that I want to address. Why wouldn't any hunter?

    If you truly value bowhunting and are serious about archery you will support crossbow hunting in the current archery season, and tell your state senate representatives so in no uncertain terms.

    June 21, 2010 at 11:51am
    A comment titled: Big cats in Rutherford County? in response to a report titled: t.n.t.

    This pic looks like a download from a video.

    I was on Young's Mtn in Rutherford County around 11PM one evening two weeks ago and heard a big cat scream twice nearby. It wasn't quite a roar but it was darn close. Scared my dogs and wife back into the cabin. Never seen any kitties but bobcats up there. Anyone know if there are cougar reports in Rutherford?

    June 08, 2010 at 10:53am
    A comment titled: Outstanding ! in response to a report titled: Rough Season

    Nice doe, no doubt about it. Frankly, I would pass up many of the bucks I've seen this season to get a doe that looks that good! Congatulations, and enjoy the tacos, burgers, steaks, roasts, chili, spaghetti...

    December 01, 2009 at 2:31pm
    A comment titled: Great bear in response to a report titled: Black Bear

    They make outstanding chili...

    November 30, 2009 at 10:48am
    A comment titled: making me hungry in response to a report titled: You lazy PIG!!

    haven't gotten a pig yet this year.

    November 24, 2009 at 8:30am
    A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Monster first bear

    Considering the cost of 270 WSM ammo he was already close to $3000 just lying there...

    November 12, 2009 at 3:08pm
    A comment titled: Relieved in response to a report titled: Hog or ant-eater?

    to know there are no aardvarks in sub-Smithfield JoCo.

    October 05, 2009 at 10:14am
    A comment titled: It'll ruin you for deer in response to a report titled: Hog Heaven

    Congrats. Now you are going to be day-dreaming about wild hogs instead of deer. Be careful...

    September 30, 2009 at 10:27am
    A comment titled: Fun to hunt, pain in the butt in response to a report titled: Big Boar

    These guys are more fun to hunt than deer, I think. The little ones (40-100 lbs) are fantastic eating. Unfortunately once they are in your area you have to concentrate on them or they will ruin everything. They are very smart, go nocturnal once you kill a couple, and chase deer and turkey out of any area they invade. Fire at will, and invest in a starlite scope if you have to.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:37am
    A comment titled: Too many deer, too little motivation in response to a report titled: UPDATE ON SEASONS

    This state has too many deer, period. While that's great for meat hunting, it's not great for farmers, gardeners, drivers, or birds of prey in some areas. The manner of taking deer and the number of days we can hunt them should be expanded, within the bounds of what the science tells us is happening with the herd. Period. Right now the central and eastern parts of the state could benefit from taking some extra does, and if crossbows and Sunday hunting help do that, then sign me up. I like my longbow, recurves, and compound. I know I'm going to like the crossbow, too. Let's do whatever we have to do to get this stuff through, and hopefully get more hunters in the field (and away from Nintendo, X-box, YouTube, Twitter, and all that other crap making us fat, lazy, and dumb).

    September 03, 2009 at 9:12am
    A comment titled: Persimmon fed deer in response to a report titled: backyard deer

    are doe-licious.

    September 01, 2009 at 12:52pm
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