• Ducks

    Plan your duck-hunting season so you don’t overpressure any areas; that will ensuring good hunting in future seasons.

    Plan your duck season

    December: Great, but limit the hunting pressure
    December 05, 2013 at 9:00am
    Wood ducks are among primary species taken by hunters at Holly Shelter; the habitat is the kind they like, and it has improved since a 2011 wildfire.

    Fire is friend and foe

    November 15, 2013 at 6:00am
    Woodies are South Carolina’s No. 1 small-water ducks, available throughout the state in all kinds of bodies of water, big and small.

    Go small for South Carolina ducks

    A small decoy spread, good camo and crafty calling can make a small body of water into a duck factory.
    November 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Cut down the size of your decoy spread late in the season and don’t call as much, guide Josh Roberson suggests.

    Late-season ducks have advanced degrees

    January 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Crops left through the early fall will be dove magnets when the second and third segments of the season arrive.

    Manipulate crops for late doves

    November 12, 2012 at 9:00am
    Wood duck boxes are a common sight across North Carolina, thanks in part to the efforts of a high-school shop teacher from Alamance County.

    High-school teacher increased wood ducks

    November 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Not all the ducks killed in South Carolina are killed in coastal marshes and impoundments. Lots of ducks hit the water for the last time in big Upstate rivers and reservoirs.

    Public Affairs

    Waterfowl hunting on public land in the Upstate is not for the feint of heart, but the benefits are outstanding.
    November 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Waterfowl hunters need to be able to identify different species of ducks under poor light conditions to make sure they don’t exceed the limit for certain ducks.

    Do your duck homework

    With species-specific bag limits, know ’em all
    October 15, 2012 at 9:00am
    Tommy Price uses a kayak to float local rivers when drought conditions dry up other duck holes.

    Hunting drought ducks

    Floating Upstate rivers will be best hope
    January 01, 2012 at 8:07am
    The Reedy and Saluda rivers, which feed Lake Greenwood, offer ducks with plenty of food, cover and still water.

    Greenwood’s Greenheads

    For big water, this Midlands reservoir is a waterfowler’s heaven. Here’s how to fill your limit.
    December 01, 2011 at 10:35am
    Plan ahead to take full advantage of your public duck hunting opportunity.

    Draw Down on Ducks

    So you were lucky enough to draw a permit this year, here’s how to make the most of your public duck hunt.
    November 01, 2011 at 10:03am
    Ice and sleet pelt down during a permit-only waterfowl hunt at Lake Mattamuskeet.<br />
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    Ducks on the Dole

    Some of North Carolina’s best waterfowl hunting is open to the public -- if you apply for a permit.
    August 24, 2011 at 4:17pm
    Grain fields are the best places to hunt crows, which will come in to feed, sometimes in large flocks.

    Redneck Duck Hunting

    Reidsville’s Sandy Brady loves hunting crows, and farmers are glad to have him shoot these crop destroyers.
    January 31, 2011 at 1:12pm
    Growing up and living in eastern North Carolina has taught Matthew Cagle a thing or two about waterfowl hunting.

    Public Ducks the Right Way

    Pay attention to cover, camo and decoy spreads when targeting eastern North Carolina waterfowl.
    December 21, 2010 at 11:38am
    Hunters on a Bear Island WMA hunt with their mixed bag

    November duck season strong on WMA’s

    Almost 300 wood ducks harvested on Category 1 areas
    December 03, 2010 at 5:54am
    Ducks of all kinds will drop down into open potholes on Gull Rock’s duck impoundments.

    Ducks on the Dole

    Gull Rock’s impoundments offer public hunting without special-permit draws.
    November 01, 2010 at 3:33pm