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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Hunters can launch boats at the impromptu ramp and park out of the way, but it is not a maintained access.

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One of them is Basil Watts, a retired Cape Fear River pilot who combs both Carolinas in his quest for bushytails and other small game.

The vines and tree trunks always seem to be between you and the squirrel. Special regulations pertaining to the Singletary Tract of Bladen Lakes prohibit centerfire rifles and hounds for hunting deer.

Photo hyci North American Whitetail. Watts has an interesting way of hunting squirrels during the day. The Commission has resisted such efforts to restrict antlered buck harvest, preferring to manage the deer population in its entirety rather than micro-manage the buck population through complicated regulations like those imposed by other southeastern states.

Mecklenburg has comparatively little deer habitat. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land, hunters reported harvesting deer including antlered bucks.

In Gxme 1, 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. In District 5, Alamance and Guilford led the abpsm harvest. But for some hunters, squirrel hunting has always been a way of life. Uwharrie Game Land is comprised of many agme totaling 50, acres in Davidson, Montgomery and Randolph counties. Both are accessible by land as well as water.


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Watts said the Hyco After Bay area holds the most gray squirrel habitat. This ratio is similar to previous seasons; was the last time that more than half the deer hunters decided to yyco were bucks. No regulation changes occurred that would account for the small increase in the ratio of bucks to antlerless deer. The best hunting is probably around the After Lanv.

When the squirrel takes off, your partner is the one most likely to get a shot.

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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. Hunters reported harvesting deer from Uwharrie, including antlered bucks.

Hog Hunting Photo Contest. All hunters must check yyco and out and adhere to other protocols covered in the orientation class. In Pitt County, excellent deer habitat occurs along the Tar River, Contentnea Creek, and private lanv in the northeastern and northwestern areas of the county. This game land produced 12 deer, including seven antlered bucks. Click here for more Content. Hunters must attend Fort Bragg’s mandatory hunter orientation and obtain the post’s special hunting license.

Hunters should pay attention to the counties because there was a lot of jockeying for position. Access to squirrel hunting was closely guarded, with the best woods leased along with hunting rights agme quail, doves, rabbits and other small-game species. Some traditional counties were replaced by other lesser-known buck producers. Pisgah hunters harvested 62 more deer, including 72 more antlered bucks.

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 hgco translate to better antlers coming seasons. Another good place to try are the two northern parcels along the Virginia border. The buck-to-doe harvest ratio increased from Hunters took deer 56 fewer than in including 78 bucks 21 fewer on the upper unit and 50 more including gzme 26 more on the lower unit. Order your subscription to Carolina Sportsman Magazine and Save!


He said lqnd is a lot of deer-hunting pressure at both Hyco and Mayo game lands, but a small-game hunter may never see another squirrel hunter. 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 of bucks harvested per square mile of habitat where hunting and hunting regulations can affect the deer population. I just tie a piece of quarter-inch line around the barrel and stock and put it over my shoulder.

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Teague said hunters gwme also find some good squirrel hunting at Mayo Game Land, which consists of 7, acres, much of which is the surface of Mayo Lake. Mayo Game Land’s 7, acres produced 33 six more deer, including 21 one more antlered bucks. If you follow them upstream, you will find they are covered with hardwoods and full of squirrels.

Bladen County borders the Cape Fear River and the river’s floodplain has excellent deer gams that is well known for producing heavily antlered bucks. Switching out heavy turkey loads for light charges of No. Pee Dee Game Land hunters harvested 94 29 more deer including 46 11 more antlered bucks. Carolina Sportsman is the complete hunting and fishing magazine for Carolina.