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Use the options below to zoom in to a specific location. Click on the features in the map for additional information. Select a Game Land. Show Only with Dove. Watts discovered squirrel hunting on the Hyco Game Lands by coincidence. He was participating in a winter turkey hunt there and saw squirrels everywhere. Looking for some info on these game lands. Bird numbers, good areas, areas to avoid etc Ill be doing some field work for my company in that.

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Search North Carolina Sportsman:. Wildlife Resources Commission is attempting to increase hunter recruitment and retention through expansion of the hunting season dates for gray and red squirrels. Other tracts are accessible from Lawson Chapel Road, and there is also some good lake access to several tracts for those who have boats. Bladen County borders the Cape Fear River and the river’s floodplain has excellent deer habitat that is well known for producing heavily antlered bucks.

It was hard to let all those squirrels go while I was waiting for a turkey to come to the call. One such suggestion is an “earn-a-buck” rule that would require taking an antlerless deer before harvesting an antlered buck. The best hunting is probably around the After Bay.

North Carolina squirrel hunting great on Hyco and Mayo game lands – Carolina Sportsman

Shooting a squirrel running through the vines and limbs with a. Article Advanced Search Reports Search. When the squirrel takes off, your partner is the one most likely to get a shot.

Mecklenburg has comparatively little deer habitat.

The 32,acre Bladen Lakes and 9,acre Suggs Millpond game lands offer excellent hunting. In Alleghany County, the New River corridor and adjoining farmlands and timberlands create exceptional buck habitat. Another would be a system of antler point restrictions, which would tend to increase recruitment of older-aged bucks and, at least in the short run, decrease the number of bucks killed by hunters.


It is open for deer hunting by permit only. Publications Advertise Subscribe Favorite Links. Croatan hunters reported killing deer fewer than in including bucks 46 fewer than in Hunters should also check into permit hunts at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, which produces some nice bucks. Hunters harvested 58 more deer from Nantahala, including 87 more bucks.

Mayo Game Land’s 7, acres produced 33 six more deer, including 21 one more antlered bucks. The antlered buck harvest of 73, was down The deer lad suffered a severe decline during the hunting season see Part 1 of our deer forecast lqnd the October Issue. Watts discovered squirrel hunting on the Hyco Game Lands by coincidence. Last season the top 10 counties in total antlered buck harvest were: Most hunters who take only one deer tend to harvest a buck and only a small percentage of hunters take two or more deer.

Whether that will help in lxnd and retaining hunters remains to be seen. Hunters took deer 56 fewer than in including 78 bucks 21 fewer on the upper unit and 50 more including bucks 26 more on the lower unit.

Because it seems unlikely that 19 deer were killed on only 30 acres, lznd is likely that some hunters reported tht they were hunting “Chowan Game Land” when in fact they were hunting the similarly named — but much larger — Chowan Swamp Game Land.

Vance Game Land is located on a peninsula in Kerr Reservoir. I just tie a piece of lnd line around the barrel and stock and put it over my shoulder. The Yadkin River and rolling hills near Belews Lake have ample undeveloped timberlands that produce excellent hunting for antlered bucks. If you follow them upstream, you will find they are covered with hardwoods and full of squirrels. All hunters must check in and out and adhere to other protocols covered in the orientation class.

Some hunters continue asking the N. This method of presenting harvest data provides a more accurate picture of how good the hunting is in smaller counties when comparing them to large counties that may have higher harvests simply because they have more acreage.


These counties have large areas dedicated to timber and agriculture. It is a known hotspot for trophy deer, due to excellent soils that produce good antler quality. Hunters reported harvesting deer from Uwharrie, including antlered bucks. Devoted to hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in the wetlands, Carolina Sportsman is the information guide for Carolina’s most active hunters and fishermen.

Hunters took deer from the game land, including antlered bucks.

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: North Carolina

Another proposal is an extension of the two-buck rule in effect for the piedmont and mountains to coastal districts. A better way of gauging hunter success than total buck harvest within a county, however, is “antlered buck harvest per square mile of huntable habitat” abpsm.

For more information, please click here. When the water gmae is high, boats offer better access opportunities than walking the lake shoreline. As discussed in last month’s issue, hemorrhagic disease lingering in some areas and a heavy acorn crop kept harvest numbers down for bucks, does and button bucks. Hunters reported harvesting 19 deer, including 12 antlered bucks, at the acre Chowan Game Land.

For hunting at Suggs Mill Pond, deer hunters must buy an over-the-counter permit for hunting with primitive weapons or apply for a lottery permit for modern firearms hunts.

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District 1, Hertford, 2. Click here for more Content. In District 7, Alleghany and Forsyth counties topped the abpsm harvest. Madison County has lots of acreage in Pisgah Game Land. Chowan Swamp Game Land has 21, acres in Bertie, Gates, Hertford and Chowan counties, where hunters reported harvesting deer, of which 53 were antlered bucks.

In District 6, Mecklenburg and Anson counties led the abpsm category. These tracts are accessed from Mayo Lake Rd.