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Whitetail in Onslow County, NC

I'm new to the area. Looking for good hunting in or near Onslow County. Got one doe on opening day near piney green area. Nothing since. Any suggestions? Think

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yeah im pretty much in the

yeah im pretty much in the same boat. i have been hunting out off sneads fairy and no luck so far. seen a nice buck but didnt get a shot. seems more diffcult hunting around here without having many places to go, a lot of people pushing areas out with dogs.

 

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Be Unconventional

Welcome to BGH golden toad 88 and lungbuster 09.

When things get slow then you have to try the unconventional. Deer don't usually leave the area, they just hide better and don't move as far or as often. Find food source very close to a good bedding area and set up on top of them if wind will let you. I have waded into mid-thigh deep swamps to catch deer that retreated from pressure by taking up a bed on little islands sometimes only 6 or 7 feet wide inside the swamp.

Good luck.

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Golden Toad and Lung

Golden Toad and Lung Buster,

I am not sure where Onslow County is... I hunt down in the LowCountry of SC and we have a LOT of NC hunters that come down and hunt here.

We have a LONG season, starts with rifles on 15 August... and lasts till New Years Day.

Velvet bucks are available every year.

I have a new small lease if you think you might be interested... it is 270 acres and I am going to put 4 hunters on it.

The dues will be $1500 and that will cover everything, including the foot plots and stands.

Let me know if you think you may be interested - right now, I know I have one spot available and may have two.

Thanks!

Jim

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Jim that is a very long

Jim that is a very long season.  Is there any breaks in the rifle season during that period?  How many deer do you all harvest each year?

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Our season runs for the

Our season runs for the entire period - we have a four and a half month season and it is rifle the entire time.

South Carolina has about 800,000 deer and we kill about 1/3 of these deer annually. Our herd used to run about 1 million in the state and the numbers have fallen in recent years.

Not all of South Carolina has this type of season, I hunt in Game Zone 6 which is the LowCountry area of the state... we enjoy the longest season for deer and also have an early turkey season.

I know hunters that take 10 and even 20 deer per year - I generally take one or two, unless someone wants a meat deer or two and if so, I take a few does for them.

What this means is that you do a lot of hunting without taking a lot of deer and that suits me fine.

It also leaves some time for other hunts - thus the Midwest hunt this year and hopefully a West hunt in future years.

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It is interesting how game

It is interesting how game seasons and laws vary from state to state.  I couldn't imagine a rifle season that long.  Our rifle season is basically 10 days.  There is an early season in one unit in the state.

On another topic, I did a quick search and found unguided elk hunts in CO for under a thousand dollars and drop camps from a 1000 to 2000 depending the outfitter and state.

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Goldentoad and lungbuster,

Goldentoad and lungbuster, welcome to BGH! Thumbs up

First off, listen to what Jtapia says. It really comes in handy to find these islands when the deer are under a lot of pressure from dog hunters.

I don't know how much help I'll be because I don't know of private land to hunt or clubs to joint down your way. I have hunted the Croatan, off and on, for more than a 20 years. You already know the problem with hunting the area around Onslow Co or any other county down east....dogs. Although, there was a huge buck killed in Onslow Co, last year or the year before.

Let me be clear, I don't dislike hunting deer with dogs. I go when I'm invited. I just like to still hunt for bigger deer rather than the first spike buck that is pushed past me. I would rather take that opportunity to shoot a doe.

The Croatan can be hunted with decent success if you learn where the dog hunters like to hunt therefore leading you to the least pressured areas. Hunt one Sat morning for a couple of hours then drive around to figure out where the dog hunters like to hunt. Stop and talk hunting...maybe they'll tell you where they like to run dogs...it worked for me.

What I found out was, they like to surround the block of woods they are hunting in order to keep to dogs from hitting the highway, private land or the swamp land near White Oak river. Study the maps and you'll see the what I'm talking about. Those blocks of land bordering private land are good places to start.

Specific areas, just past Long Point on Hwy 58, headed toward Maysville. Turn left onto Hill Field Rd...there's a fire break about half way down on the left...good starting point...end of rd, fields on the right, go to the last field on the left, from the far right corner of the field, go toward the junction of the branch on the right and the swamp/creek to the left....Beware, this is a bear sanctuary...do not shoot a bear....and you will most likely see some if you get back in the woods...

Try behind the duck ponds off of Catfish Lake Farm rd, from the parking area near the ponds, walk the long, straight path to the back side of the ponds...away from dog and lazy hunters...bring a cart to haul the deer...

I could tell you probably 20 more spots like this, but that would take all the fun out of it...lol

You get the drift...you have to find the right place that hasn't been disturbed...

Oh yea, the Hoffman State Forest Gamelands are north of J'ville and west of Maysville. Also, Angola Bay gamelands are just east of Wallace. I have never hunted them so I can speak of the quality of hunting there. There's also a fairly new gameland south of J'ville, Sandy Run, maybe...

It's too late for this year, but there are permit hunts available to apply for at White Oak gameland and Holly Shelter gameland next year. Deadline is some time around Sept...

Good luck and good hunting...show us some pics when you kill a big one, especially if it is shot in one of my honey holes...:lol:  Thumbs up

 

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How very kind of you ECU -

How very kind of you ECU - that is great detail for those guys to work off of!

With this in hand, there is no reason these guys can not immediately go to a spot and start hunting with some great confidence!

I really wish I had had someone to help me like that when I first started hunting - it would have taken a lot of the "learning curve" out of the equation and certainly lowered my frustation at not being able to see or harvest deer.

Great work - I commend you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Yea, that will help get them

Yea, that will help get them started, but it is tuff hunting around that area for sure. I wish I could direct them to a hunting club, but I have always hunted public land there. Hopefully, they'll be able to locate some hot spots to hunt. There is some good hunting in certain places, just finding those places is difficult.
Guys, for next year, I would hunt hard during muzzle loader week. I have seen some good bucks chasing does during that time period. You also don't have to worry about the deer being disturbed by dog hunters.
Good luck and good hunting.

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i have lived in stella for a good portion of my life. my dad brought be up hunting, on clubs, leased land and in the croatan. you talking about hill field road made me smile ecubackpacker. them are the spots that i know like the back of my hand. i am a dog hunter, it is in my blood. i love hearing a pack of dogs scream on a deer first thing in the morning, but i do alot of still hunting. and i scout year around. im in the woods atleast three or four hours every week. and most of the day on sundays. just getting out in the woods, walking around has brought me to kill a many of decent bucks out of the public forest. if you dont know the woods, slide a gps in your pocket. cause even the best of the best get lost. and even if you dont dog hunt, if a pack of dogs comes by you and there running a little doe or something, it okay. cause even if the dogs aint running a mature buck, if he hears the dogs he is gonna most likely be on his feet trying to slip out of the area. i have killed nice bucks this way. and i know a many a time, a still hunter has killed deer ahead of our dogs. and that is fine by us. 

if you pass hill field, the very next left is long point landing rd. follow that road straight all the way down, until you PASS the second road on your right. keep going. your gonna see a big field on your right, and a few little fields, then your gonna come up to the third right off long point landing. park your vehicle cause its gated off and you cant drive down the road. we call this the hog pen road. you walk all the way down the road and you get into some open oaks, and some thick pines. good bedding area. with a little bit of scouting you should kill one down here. There is two fields to the very end of the road back in the woods. DO NOT SET UP IN THE FIELDS, YOU WILL BE WASTING YOUR TIME. THE DEER ARE NOT STUPID IN THE CROATAN.

one major rule hunting the croatan with dog hunters, dont shoot a dog. cause if them ol redneck boys find out you done it, you will tote a ass whoopin of a life time, ive seen it happen. they will hurt your feelings out on them back roads. thats a promise

 

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