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Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

I have been hunting in Eastern North Carolina for 15+ years and the same problem still arises - there isnt many big bucks. The people around here dont let the bucks grow to their potential. I am strictly a still hunter, (i am not against dog hunting, i just choose not to do it) but I am a member of a 20,000 acre hunting club, which is mostly made of dog hunters. On a rare occasion I might sneak a glimpse of a 8 pointer with a 14" spread & thats about as big as it gets. Is there anyone else out there with the same problem, that might be interested in joining up & try to establish a club with some tropy deer?

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trophy deer

im in charlotte and relatively new to hunting,but not to living.the problem i encounter is everyone loves to tell you how big the deer they got was but give no help in getting you on a good area.i guess theyre afraid somebody will get one of their deer. id be willing to listen to anything you have to say about a hunt club . im open to anything. i probably know a few guys that would be interested also. lets kick some ideas around.

one shot one kill

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Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

I know exactly how you feel. Where I am from there is very little good hunting ground left. Most of the farmers & landowners are leasing their land (and have been for years) to local dog hunters.
If you can find a hunting club that is stictly a still hunting club and that offers some type of a management program, such as not allowing hunters to take anything under a 8 pointer, you will find much larger bucks. The problem is finding people that are willing to pass up those small young bucks in hopes of a trophy.
It will take a few years and alot of work planting plots and such to establish a quality herd, but it will be well worth the wait.

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Location: Wake County
Joined: 12/25/2004
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The BIG BUCKS are in the . . .

Swamps!

Last year a guy showed me a pic of his buck - it was awesome!

It was by far the biggest buck I saw

It had the typical black mask like most swamp bred bucks!

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Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

I agree swamps are an excellent place to hunt. Deer have a much better chance of growing older in swamps. However, hunting in swamps is much more difficult. It is hard to pattern movement, you must really know your deer. If you are a bowhunter like myself, tracking a deer in a swamp is extremely difficult.

But I have 2 very nice bucks that came from swamps, one 11 pointer scored 120 and one nice 8.

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Location: Matthews, NC
Joined: 02/21/2005
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Finding good deer on public ground

You can find good deer on public ground in NC. You just need to be willing to spend the time scouting and be willing to go where others can not or will not go....like swamps.

The deer are there. Look at the entries in the Dixie Deer Classic. Most guys either live too far from public ground or can't dedicate the time to scouting.

If you don't have time, you need money to join a club. Most clubs I have seen are very similar to public ground.....too many guys on too little land.

You need to find a club with a large land to member ratio and one that allows you to hunt all of the property they have.

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Location: Matthews, NC
Joined: 02/21/2005
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Finding good deer on public ground

You can find good deer on public ground in NC. You just need to be willing to spend the time scouting and be willing to go where others can not or will not go....like swamps.

The deer are there. Look at the entries in the Dixie Deer Classic. Most guys either live too far from public ground or can't dedicate the time to scouting.

If you don't have time, you need money to join a club. Most clubs I have seen are very similar to public ground.....too many guys on too little land.

You need to find a club with a large land to member ratio and one that allows you to hunt all of the property they have.

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Location: Camp lejeune
Joined: 04/06/2005
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Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

Marine new to hunting would like any help offered. thanks

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Location: Matthews, NC
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New to hunting in NC

My first suggestion would be to try Camp LeJeune. However, I have no idea who you need to contact on the base.

Military bases used to allow public hunting before 9/11. The ones that allow it now limit access to military personnel...and friends of high ranking officers! That is a positive to you because you essentially have our own private club.

Let me know if I can answer any specific questions.

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Location: Camp lejeune
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Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

I know there's good hunting on base. I was wondering if someone near by could actually apprentice me.
Hunting terrorist is one thing but animals are a lot more smarter. I want to look into the basics of calls and tracks the stuff they don't show on OLN. I can shoot like no tomorrow but I'd like to try Archery. can anyone help? I'd like to become proficient before next season.

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Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

SorenPAL, I've done my hunting on Bragg. I don't know how the Marine Corps does things but here's the rundown on how the Army does business.

Bragg has a wildlife office on base that manages all the acreage. To hunt on base, you need to have proof of hunter safety training, and there's a local orientation course you have to go through. You also have to buy a Bragg hunting permit ($25) in addition to your NC tag. The price includes an awesome topo map of the base. It wasn't as painful as I thought.

The base itself is divided into lots of different areas of different sizes. Deer are managed by area. Some are archery only, and some may have specific rules -- i.e. either sex, branched antlers only, etc. Bragg publishes a list of which areas will be open on a weekly basis. You go to the game station the night before you hunt to sign up for your area. Each area is allowed a limited number of hunters, so you want to be there when they put out the sign-up sheets. You sign out that night, and then the next morning you go out to where you signed out for. When you're done for the day you sign back in before going home.

Oh, by the way -- military has priority for sign-out. So you get first shot at whatever area you're looking at. The public gets what you don't take.

There's different opinions about hunting on Bragg. Personally, I enjoyed it because it's a different experience and was great for getting my son his first deer. They have feed plots scattered out there, and firebreaks make for easy access if you get one. The deer are much less skittish around the sound of gunfire and human scent. My son's spike walked into a clearing about 30 yards in front of him and stood there looking at him while he got up on a knee to take the shot. They're certainly not tame or stupid by any means, but you don't have to worry as much about another hunter ruining your day. You also know exactly how many other hunters are out there in that area of the base.

Bragg has a great setup where you don't have to field dress. You throw the deer in the truck, haul it to the game station, and they weigh it, check teeth, etc. Then you drag it into a butchering room where they have everything you need -- gambrels, saws, hoses, etc. You dress and skin your deer and they'll store it in a walk-in cooler for you for three days. This has advantages if you're new to the sport, because chances are there'll be several other guys in there with you that can answer any questions you might have.

That's the rundown on how the Army does business on Bragg. I'm not sure about LeJeune, but I'd start by looking for a wildlife office on base -- somebody has to be managing the wildlife and the hunters. Get hooked up with them and you'll find guys that are hunting LeJeune. I met a lot of Bragg hunters when I took my sons to the hunter safety course. They probably won't tell you what area they hunt, but they'll certainly be willing to share pointers for gettin' it done.

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