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Location: west michigan
Joined: 04/10/2005
Posts: 4
Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

I know your pain when it comes to watching every weekend warrior go out hunting and blast the first 11/2 year old they see.I own a modest 93 acres in michigan and with the help of just a couple of the neighbors we decided only to shoot 16" or better 8pt bucks during bow season and the same for gun season(we said "dont shoot it if your not going to mount it"). It took about 5 years before we started to notice a difference. we still only have about 70 % participation on approx 640 acres but I have put big bucks on the wall every year for the last 4 years. we dont do any feeding or baiting, your second one had better be bigger than your first one and we no-longer shoot does Just a little patience and passing on the small ones will pay off even on just a small piece of land.I am still surprised on how many smaller bucks we see but when you let them walk bye you get the chance to see the bigger ones it just wasnt that easy to go 5 years and not shoot anything but I think we are on the right track, too bad Im going to have to move this summer to SC.
Good luck
Mjkowboy

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Location: Matthews, NC
Joined: 02/21/2005
Posts: 13
Growing bigger bucks

You have a good thing going on your Michigan property. You will find a very similar situation in SC.

I would make one recommendation though....If you want bigger bucks, you NEED to shoot does!

Don't take my word, go to the QDMA website: http://www.qdma.org

They have tons of information on anything with the word "deer"!

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Location: west michigan
Joined: 04/10/2005
Posts: 4
Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

Our theory was keep the does around and that will bring in the bucks come rut. Our area can hold a lot of deer and being all agricultural they dont go hungry,from soybeans, corn, wheat, oats, and alfalfa. none of us are biologists by any means and we have read about killing does but I think our deer herd was a little on the small side to start with

Location: Lillington, NC
Joined: 04/22/2006
Posts: 4
Re: Any Noth Carolina Hunters?
jeb0217 wrote:
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?

I live in Harnett County and pretty much have the same problems with no deer getting old enough though like you said we see the eight pointers but i have seen up to 12ers in the recent past

Location: Mcdowell co N.C. & Indian River co FL
Joined: 03/16/2006
Posts: 17
Any Noth Carolina Hunters?

I hunt near Mt Mitchell public land In WNC. I kill an 8 point or better every year my biggest was an 8.5 yr old 10 point with a 21 in spread. There are not many deer in the mountains but they get old and large(also wise). Most of the bigones die from Preadators or old age. i have only seen one hunter in 10 years where I hunt and he was lost. I posted a couple pics in New member deer pics. these are average for where i hunt there are some bigger Im trying to get.

Location: North Carolina
Joined: 03/15/2006
Posts: 5
Stokes County hunter

I live/hunt in Stokes county (just north of Winston Salem. I am fortunate to have sole rights to a good size family farm (~300 acres). I have plenty of large deer. It also helps that the most of the nearby land is part of a hunt club that practices good game managment. In this area in general there are lots of good deer. Many of friends routinely harvest 8 and 10 pointers on several different pieces of property. I think the farther you get away from cities the better.

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