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  • Hey everyone, I just got done reading an article on WRAL.com that has made me absolutely sick to my stomach as a hunter, and a man who RESPECTS the game he takes. This poor man had his 7 fallow deer executed by wildlife officers. Read the story and post your thoughts. I want to make sure I'm not the only one outraged here!

    http://www.wral.com/news/greenguide/story/10241200/

    I plan on signing the petition on change.org mentioned in the story. I hope more fellow hunters feel the same way! It's outrageous to take an innocent creature's life without an actual, REAL, reason for doing so. Population management and for food is one thing. But this guy used their antlers for chandeliers etc. Just sick sick sick after reading this!

    October 11, 2011 at 3:02pm

    Hey fellow deer hunters,

    So I was doing my daily reading of CNN.com and came across this disturbing story in NY. The town leaders held a secret vote to eradicate any and all deer in Cayuga Heights, NY. Even worse, they plan to do so by the catch and bolt method - attract them with large amounts of food, drop nets on them, and fire a single shot through the head. Sounds like execution to me. Even the NJ Wildlife guys say the catch and bolt method is 'cruel.' I'm just in shock that some people are so ignorant. Their reasoning behind the eradication - they run out in front of cars and they carry ticks... wow. Just thought I'd share this with y'all. Not sure what we can do about it seeing as how we're in NC, but maybe someone on here would know.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:59am
    A comment titled: Enjoy the alone time in response to a report titled: First Time, what should I expect

    Hey there,

    First off, welcome to hunting. Secondly, while I hunt with both a bow and a rifle (during the appropriate seasons), bow season is by far my favorite, especially the early season. There are MANY reasons for this. For one, there are a lot less people in the woods, and I'm sure the humid NC summers/early fall has a lot to do with that. Be prepared to sweat a little on the walk in - I usually pack an extra shirt, and I take off the shirt I walked in with and place in a zip lock when I get to my tree. But trust me, once you're all set up, it's worth it. In the early season, the deer are still in their summer patterns and may even still be in their bachelor/bachelorette groups. I've seen far more deer in September than pretty much any of the other months. One thing you should know about bow hunting is that while you may see deer, they may not always be within distance. Never let that get you down, but rather turn that into a positive and learn from it. Was it the wind that caused them to come in at 50 yards? Was it the cover in the trees? Were they following an old rub line (or even a fresh one)? The more time you spend in the woods, and the more time you pay attention to what the deer are doing, the more successful you'll be as a hunter. I love September solely because I see way more deer - usually more deer in September than I do in Oct-Dec combined.

    Yes, the ticks and mosquitos are out, so be sure to prepare for that. If you're using a climbing stand, which is the way I prefer it, try not to disturb anything on the walk in - avoid breaking branches and brushing against things. You want to disturb the deer as little as possible to keep them in their pattern. I've had hunts where I went in, saw the deer at 60 yards, came back the next day and was within range because I adjusted. The best thing you can do is pay attention.

    Most of all, enjoy the time in the woods. It's a very humbling experience and something I greatly cherish. I hope you'll find the same enjoyment from bow hunting as I do. Best of luck!

    August 06, 2013 at 2:48pm
    A comment titled: Agree with DCB in response to a report titled: gold tip

    I gotta agree with DCB. That's all I use. Last year I had one pass through and stick in the ground. It's now one of my practice arrows and shoots perfectly fine, even after passing through the heart and sticking into the ground. I toyed with the idea of taking two with the same arrow, but didn't want to take that risk so it's a practice arrow. They are by far the toughest arrows I've used to date, and I don't plan on using any other arrow. I tip mine with a 100 grain four blade muzzy. I've never had a problem with my arrows flying anyway but straight to where I'm aiming!

    August 02, 2012 at 9:47am
    A comment titled: FUNNY! in response to a report titled: Hunting Riddle

    That's a good one. My guess is it's a family thing: grandpa, dad, son. That's two fathers and two sons, so that's got to be it!

    April 03, 2012 at 1:17pm
    A comment titled: Photos so great we had some developed! in response to a report titled: Moultrie

    Hey guys,

    For those out there wondering about the quality of the Moultrie M80 pictures, I can assure you they are of phenomenal quality. These pictures were taken last fall and turned out so great that I had to have them developed so I could hang them in my cubicle. Here's just a few of the ones hanging in my cubicle, a constant reminder that a bad day in the woods is better than your best day in the office!

    April 02, 2012 at 2:24pm
    A comment titled: Where's it $24.99? in response to a report titled: Scent Lok

    Hey GT, where'd you see it for $24.99, I want some.

    Viper, thanks for showing us this! You've got me sold on it! When comparing it to the AP, you stand out like a sore thumb in the AP! I agree with GT, this would be perfect for late bow season and early rifle season in a tree, especially where I hunt!

    March 08, 2012 at 3:07pm
    A comment titled: Gun Season on Public Lands in response to a report titled: Ground Blinds

    Just be careful. During gun season, I'm pretty sure there's a law that states you must be at least 10 feet off the ground when hunting public game lands. I know this rule is definitely in effect for the game lands I hunt!

    March 08, 2012 at 3:04pm
    A comment titled: Bow, hands down in response to a report titled: Weapon of Choice

    Love the topic Viper!

    The bow brings you closest to the game, and provides a feeling unlike any other as Duplin pointed out. It takes a lot more control over your heart rate and breathing, IMO, and therefore presents a greater challenge. And the moment that arrow hits its mark, the feeling of pure euphoria quickly takes over your body.

    My favorite memory hunting is with my bow. I was hunting game lands and had a 7 pointer at 12 yards, standing face to face with a spike. First arrow clipped a branch and zipped over his head. He walked in a circle, totally confused where that sound came from, which gave me enough time to knock another and draw back. The second arrow hit the mark, and 60 yards later, there he lay. Neither deer ever knew where I was. I've had many hunters tell me that I never should have been able to knock another arrow much less get off another shot at that distance, and therefore that hunt is my most memorable. Furthermore, my dad was in a tree 60 yards away and got to see it all!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:12pm
    A comment titled: Regulars in response to a report titled: Rut Activity

    Talked to a few of the 'regulars' out on Jordan gamelands this past Saturday and they all said the same thing: they don't know why they aren't ruttin. One guy's been hunting there for the past 15 or so years and said this is the first year, in his 40+ years of hunting NC, that he hasn't shot a buck by or on his Nov 7th birthday. He said he's shot a buck on Jordan on his birthday every year the last 10 years FROM THE SAME TREE (which amazed me), but hasn't seen anything but a few does and small spikes. I don't hunt Jordan much but Saturday I saw one small spike at 640am hunting a funnel area and not a thing the next 5.5 hours!

    Let us know how your hunt goes in Chatham!

    November 17, 2011 at 7:49am
    A comment titled: Definitely! in response to a report titled: COLD COLD COLD

    They will definitely be out and about moving around. Especially with their favorite snack on the ground - acorns! Personally, I may sit til noon due to the minor and hope to catch a bachelor group grazing a ridge of oaks.

    Best of luck nbea and POST SOME PICS! :)

    September 30, 2011 at 12:34pm
    A comment titled: Bag a Buck! in response to a report titled: Two Down In Four Minutes

    Hey Taxi, great job and one heck of a story! DEFINITELY enter them in the bag a buck contest! Last year's winner took a buck and a doe - and with yours being piebalds, that makes it all the better!

    September 21, 2011 at 12:45pm
    A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: Sampson County Style!

    Those are some nice bucks! Any daytime pics? Good luck!

    September 17, 2011 at 10:49am
    A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: BOYS HAD GREAT EVENING IN THE WOODS

    Hey nbea, just wanted to say CONGRATS! That's one heck of a buck and like GT said, definitely enter that beast in the bag-o-buck contest. I'm glad to see your hard work has paid off! After seeing that buck, I may go out and sit in the rain today. I got the fever after seeing several bucks opening weekend (spikes, four point, tons of does) on gamelands. Congrats again and can't wait to see more pics!

    September 17, 2011 at 10:48am
    A comment titled: 'A bad day in the woods is better than your best day in the offi in response to a report titled: lunar phases?

    GT hit the nail on the head! As they say, 'A bad day in the woods is better than your best day in the office'. And honestly, if you're worried about the moon being underfoot due to the full moon this weekend, take GT's advice and do a stalk/still hunt. Plus, even if you don't happen to see anything, at least you're accomplishing another thing: scouting! Like Viper mentioned on a different post, this scouting can prove helpful now that the bucks are starting to shed their velvet. You'll be able to (hopefully) clearly see their walking trails, which in the end will give you a better chance of seeing game, especially if it coincides with the moon in the near future (dont forget, bucks will only be on this patternable schedule the next month or less, growing less and less each day there's pressure)! Good luck guys!

    September 06, 2011 at 10:35am
    A comment titled: Terrible in response to a report titled: What score

    Viper, how'd you find that out? That is definitely tragic. Sure the kid messed up, but no problem is worth taking your life over. Truly sad.

    September 02, 2011 at 12:21pm
    A comment titled: Newphew? in response to a report titled: What score

    That big 9 may be the nephew of a famous, illegally poached, would-be state record, buck shot in Wayne County last year at night by some kids. hahaha. Just kidding but heck of a nice deer! Hope you can get on em next weekend!

    September 02, 2011 at 8:34am
    A comment titled: 9 days in response to a report titled: September 1st

    Amen guys! And I'd say GT's right about taking one out for dinner. I don't know what it is, but for some reason it's always hard for me as well, to take a deer on opening day. I've set a goal to take one opening day, but hopefully it wont be like last year where I found myself staring in awe at the deer around me. It's crazy to think it's something we've seen hundreds (and even thousands) of times, but when it happens for that first time of the season, the moment is special. To me, all else ceases to exist except for myself and the deer/environment around me. And I think for that very reason, is why I love hunting so much! 9 days and a wake up boys!

    September 01, 2011 at 11:42am
    A comment titled: WOW in response to a report titled: evening grazing

    Nice pictures! I'd love any one of em! haha. Looks like you've grown quite the gang there! And is that a bobcat or mountain lion?

    September 01, 2011 at 11:38am
    A comment titled: Creek in response to a report titled: Early Season Talk

    I'm sure others out there are just as interested as I am about calling with their mouth. Do you have any online references you'd recommend - tips/techniques/videos/etc? I know the ultimate goal is to sound like a deer but there's got to be some sort of technique to it.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:17pm
    A comment titled: hahaha in response to a report titled: Early Season Talk

    Oh man GT! Lifesavers! At least you're a good sport about it and can laugh about it! Life's too short to not be able to laugh at yourself! I bet we could start a post on hunting mishaps and create one heck of a story book!

    Love the five simple rules of hunting 1hunternc! So true and thanks for sharing! I'd say 'Do your homework' is the precursor to the five rules of hunting.

    August 26, 2011 at 10:01am
    A comment titled: You'll never know in response to a report titled: Deer at the wrong time.

    You'll never know if you're not out there hunting :)

    But, to better your chances, definitely check out Viper's post about how deer's feeding patterns are based on the moon
    http://www.northcarolinasportsman.com/lpca/index.php?section=reports&event=view&action=full_report&id=146617

    August 26, 2011 at 9:52am
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