Hunting

Hunting, firearms and gun related activities especially those related to North Carolina and South Carolina.

North Carolina Turkey Hunting Season Begins April 5

North Carolina Turkey Hunting Season Begins April 5

RALEIGH, NC March 28, 2014 — The statewide spring season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — opens Saturday, April 5, with a one-week youth season that lasts through April 11. The season for all hunters opens April 12 and continues through May 10. During youth season, only turkey hunting by youth less than 16 years old is allowed. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. The adult may accompany more than one youth during a particular hunt and the adult cannot harvest a turkey. Each youth must have a Big Game Harvest Report Card and report harvest. License-exempt youth should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card […]

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Habitat Management Seminar in Raleigh

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Habitat Management Seminar in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC March 24, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a Practical Wildlife Habitat Management seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh on April 24. The 6-9 p.m. seminar is free, but pre-registration is required. Presented by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), this interactive workshop is designed for landowners and sportsmen who want to improve their properties to benefit wildlife and conserve habitat. “This seminar is specifically geared toward the non-professional,” said Guy Gardner, the presenter with QDMA. “We will discuss techniques to implement a cost-effective, practical habitat management program allowing anyone to improve the quality of their property for the benefit of wildlife.” The seminar will consist of: An overview of wildlife […]

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

ROCKINGHAM, NC March 25, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on April 3 in Rockingham to seek input in developing a management plan for the Pee Dee River Game Land in Richmond County. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinson Lake Rotary Lodge, located on 152 Hinson Lake Road. Wildlife Commission staff will use input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the state-owned portions of the Pee Dee River Game Land for the next 10 years. This game land is located between Rockingham and Lilesville. Two tracts, encompassing approximately 2,270 acres, are popular for deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. “We are seeking input from all […]

Spring turkey season forecast good, youth day March 29

Spring turkey season forecast good, youth day March 29

COLUMBIA, SC March 20, 2014 – An estimated 50,000 hunters will take to the woods during the upcoming turkey season, generating an estimated $30 million in direct expenditures for South Carolina’s economy. The 2014 wild turkey season begins April 1 on private lands in 34 counties that make up Game Zones 1-5 and for all Wildlife Management Areas statewide where turkey hunting is allowed. The season opened March 15 on private lands only in Game Zone 6: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg counties. The season closes May 1 throughout the state. Saturday, March 29 is Youth Turkey Hunt Day in areas where the season opens on April 1. On this day, youths […]

Spring turkey hunters should order tags now for upcoming season

Spring turkey hunters should order tags now for upcoming season

COLUMBIA, SC Mar. 5, 2014 – The S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently mailed turkey tags for the 2014 spring season. Those who have not received them should order tags now so they will receive them before the season opens. Hunters can determine if they should have received their tags by mail by checking their hunting license. If “Turkey Tags” appears on their hunting license the tags should have already been mailed to them. If “Turkey Tags” does not appear on the license then they will need to order the tags. Turkey tags are free and can be ordered online. In order to legally hunt turkeys, all hunters including hunters under the age of 16, must possess a set of […]

Wildlife Commission Schedules a Variety of Outdoor Clinics in March

Wildlife Commission Schedules a Variety of Outdoor Clinics in March

BREVARD, NC Mar. 3, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related clinics in March through its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located near Brevard in Transylvania County. All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nature Nuts: Bobcats – March 12, March 21, 9-11 a.m. For 4-7 years old. Join staff in exploring the world of bobcats while learning about their life cycle, habitat needs and more. Eco Explorers: Casting – March 12, March 21, 1-3 p.m. For 8-13 years old. Enjoy an afternoon learning the fundamentals of casting a fly rod. Equipment and materials are provided. Limited to 8 participants. Introduction to Fly Fishing – March 5 and March 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. […]

Skeet shoot benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter

Skeet shoot benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter

WILMINGTON, NC Feb. 27, 2014 – First Citizens Bank and Land Rover Cape Fear are joining together to support Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter with a skeet shoot on Saturday, March 29, at Buccaneer Gun Club in Leland. Registration and breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. and shooting rounds begin at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to an assigned shooting time. Participants will be treated to breakfast and lunch, on-site instruction, two full rounds of skeet shooting, additional shooting opportunities, an event swag bag including a commemorative T-shirt and more. Proceeds benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, a nonprofit agency that specializes in end-of-life care and education. Shooters will compete in teams of four. […]

Duck hunters finish the season on DNR Waterfowl Management Areas

Duck hunters finish the season on DNR Waterfowl Management Areas

COLUMBIA, SC Feb. 25, 2014 – Duck hunters finished the season on S.C. Department of Natural Resources public hunting lands, with a total reported harvest of 5079 birds, an average of 1.7 birds per hunter. A total of 3085 hunters participated in 170 hunts at the 19 Wildlife Management Areas that recorded individual hunt data. Wood ducks accounted for 34 percent of the total harvest, followed by Gadwall, Northern shoveler, American green-winged teal, and American widgeon. Overall the season for our waterfowl areas was excellent, given the variable weather we had this winter” said Dean Harrigal, Waterfowl Program Coordinator with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir in Clarendon County had the highest hunter participation and […]

Humane Society-South Carolina recognizes DNR Law Enforcement on bear baiting

Humane Society-South Carolina recognizes DNR Law Enforcement on bear baiting

COLUMBIA, SC Feb. 25, 2014 – The Humane Society of the United States – South Carolina recognized S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Col. Chisolm Frampton with the Humane Law Enforcement Award at a brief ceremony on the State House grounds on Feb. 25. The award was to recognize the efforts of DNR Law Enforcement to end the practice of animal cruelty through bear baiting/baying in South Carolina. “A four-year-long investigation like this takes focused dedication from our officers, “said Col. Frampton. “And I especially want to thank the Attorney General’s office in their assistance from day one. They were instrumental in making these cases.” The removal and relocation of six captive bears in late 2013 was the result of […]

2014 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Unveiled at Wildlife Festival

2014 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Unveiled at Wildlife Festival

WASHINGTON, NC Feb. 20, 2014 — Minnesota wildlife artist Scot Storm took top honors in the 2014 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of hooded mergansers. The acrylic painting will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled earlier this month at the 19th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception. Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store, on July 1 for $145. Storm is no stranger to the N.C. Waterfowl […]