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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The deer harvest suffered a severe decline during the hunting season see Part 1 of our deer forecast in the October Issue. While hunters showed nearly the same preferences in the ratio of bucks and does that they harvested, they allowed a higher percentage of button bucks to go, which could translate to better antlers coming seasons. The antlered buck harvest of 73, was down The total harvest decreased The buck-to-doe harvest ratio increased from This ratio is similar to previous seasons; was the last time that more than half the deer hunters decided to shoot were bucks.

Most hunters who take only one deer tend to harvest a buck and only a small percentage of hunters take two or more deer. As discussed in last month’s issue, hemorrhagic disease lingering in some areas and a heavy acorn bame kept harvest numbers down for bucks, does and button bucks. No regulation changes occurred lqnd would account for the small increase in the ratio of bucks to antlerless deer.

Some hunters continue asking the N. Wildlife Resources Commission to enact a number of regulations that might change the buck-to-doe ratio in the harvest. One such suggestion is an “earn-a-buck” rule that would require taking an antlerless deer before harvesting an antlered buck.

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. Another pand is an extension of the two-buck rule in effect for the piedmont and mountains to coastal districts.

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The Commission has resisted such efforts to restrict antlered buck harvest, preferring nyco manage the deer population in its entirety rather than micro-manage the buck population through complicated regulations like those imposed by other southeastern states.

Last season the top 10 counties in total antlered buck harvest were: During the season, Wake, Franklin and Moore counties made the top 10 but were replaced in by Anson, Craven and Edgecombe. 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.

This statistic is the number hgco bucks harvested per square mile of habitat where hunting and hunting regulations can affect the deer population. 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 gamr higher harvests simply because gwme have more acreage. Counties that made the top 10 in terms of abpsm included: Hunters should pay attention to the counties because there was a lot of jockeying for position.


Some traditional counties were replaced by other lesser-known buck producers. The top two counties in each district for abpsm included: District 1, Hertford, 2. In District labd, Bertie, Hertford and Gates counties have excellent deer habitat along the Chowan River and have a good mix of farmland and forestland on the uplands.

Three ingredients — river floodplains, farmland and extensive forestland — create the top hunting opportunities in most of the state’s best antlered-buck hunting counties.

Chowan Swamp Game Land labd 21, acres in Bertie, Gates, Hertford and Chowan counties, where hunters reported harvesting deer, of which 53 were antlered bucks. Hunters reported harvesting 19 deer, including 12 antlered bucks, at lans acre Chowan Game Land. Because it seems unlikely that 19 deer were killed on only 30 acres, it 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.

Bobby Davidson with an Inch North Carolina hoss. Photo via North American Whitetail. Croatan hunters reported killing deer fewer than in including bucks 46 fewer than in In Pitt County, excellent deer habitat occurs along the Tar River, Contentnea Creek, and private timberlands in the northeastern and northwestern areas lland the county. It is open for deer hunting by permit only. 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.

Vance Game Land is located on a peninsula in Kerr Reservoir. Yhco reported harvesting 46 deer 29 fewer than in at Vance Game Land including 11 31 fewer antlered bucks. In District 4, Bladen and Brunswick counties topped the abpsm category. 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. The 32,acre Bladen Lakes and 9,acre Suggs Millpond game lands offer excellent hunting. Hunters took 66 deer 39 fewer than in at Bladen Lakes including 25 18 fewer antlered bucks.

Hunters reported harvesting 30 deer 9 more at Suggs Millpond including 15 11 more antlered bucks. Special regulations pertaining to the Singletary Tract of Bladen Lakes prohibit centerfire rifles and hounds for hunting deer.

For hunting at Suggs Lans 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. Army Post has an intensive deer gane and deer-hunting program.

Fort Bragg has the highest potential for producing trophy bucks of any public hunting area in the coastal plain. Hunters must attend Fort Bragg’s mandatory nyco orientation and obtain the post’s special hunting license. All hunters must check in and out and adhere to other protocols hyxo in the orientation class.

All hunters, regardless of age, must have a hunter safety certificate. In District 5, Alamance and Guilford led the abpsm harvest. These counties have large areas dedicated to timber and agriculture. In nearby Gsme County, Hyco Game Land’s 4, acres produced 42 deer 17 fewer than inincluding 20 nine fewer antlered bucks.

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Mayo Game Land’s 7, acres produced 33 six more deer, including 21 one more antlered bucks. Both are accessible by land as well as water. At Caswell County’s 17,acre R.


Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land, hunters reported harvesting deer including antlered bucks. In District 6, Mecklenburg and Anson counties led the abpsm category. Mecklenburg has comparatively little deer habitat. However, it has a high density of hunters. It has river access to the floodplain tracts and is one of the best game lands for producing trophy bucks in the piedmont.

Pee Dee Game Land hunters harvested 94 29 more deer including 46 11 more antlered bucks. Hunters should also check into permit hunts at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, which produces some nice bucks. While hycco must apply for gun hunt permits during the summer, the refuge hosts a December archery hunt. Uwharrie Game Land is comprised of many tracts totaling 50, acres in Davidson, Montgomery and Randolph counties.

Hunters reported harvesting deer from Uwharrie, including antlered bucks. Hunters took deer from the game land, including antlered bucks. It is a known hotspot for trophy deer, due to excellent soils that produce good antler quality. Hame District 7, Alleghany and Forsyth counties topped the abpsm harvest. In Alleghany County, the New River corridor and adjoining farmlands and timberlands create exceptional buck habitat. Located in Alleghany and Wilkes counties, the 6,acre Thurmond Chatham Game Land offers excellent trophy buck hunting due to its location adjoining to a state park that allows bucks to grow old.

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The game land produced 17 deer including 10 antlered bucks. Forsyth has a dense human population center at Winston-Salem that produces high hunting pressure on the county’s limited acreage of deer habitat. The Yadkin River and rolling hills near Belews Lake have ample undeveloped timberlands that produce excellent hunting for antlered bucks. Hunters took seven deer including four antlered bucks from Perkins. In District 8, Gaston and Lincoln counties led the abpsm category.

These two counties have high hunting pressure, resulting in high antlered buck harvests considering their relatively small areas of huntable habitat. This game land produced 12 deer, including seven antlered bucks. It has 19, acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties and produced 39 deer seven more than in including 31 16 more antlered bucks.

Pisgah hunters harvested 62 more deer, including 72 more antlered bucks. In District 9, Polk and Madison led the abpsm harvest. Polk County is always the best buck-producing county in District 9 because it consists mainly of foothills habitat rather than the steeper mountain terrain of other district counties.

The 14,acre Green River Game Land produced 69 23 fewer deer, including 45 three fewer antlered bucks. Madison County has lots of acreage in Pisgah Game Land. Hunters harvested 58 more deer from Nantahala, including 87 more bucks.

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