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  • Since hunting season has left us behind. Wanted to post a few pics from our latest offshore excursions. Wahoos were in South Carolina in April and the marlin was in cabo San Lucas last week. Small wahoo I'm holding was mid fifties based on a mega boga grip. Big wahoo was 72# at the dock. Striped marlin was released. Somewhere around 100#.

    Mmm. We're still eating wahoo..........,,

    May 23, 2014 at 11:40am

    A great man was lost today.

    Officer Jason Crisp was one of the most decent and good men to serve in law enforcement in the state, or nation for that matter. I am truely sorry for his wife and children. It sickens me that such a good and decent guy had his life cut short by some jackass that has never contributed one day of his life toward the betterment of society. The pisgah forest lost one of its most passionate stewards today, and it breaks my heart.

    RIP Jason....

    March 12, 2014 at 7:56pm

    Good luck today everyone. Looks like a perfect day here in the triad. 57 and calm. Unfortunately I am working every night and weekend for the next month. Hope to get after some does on Monday morning. Good luck and stay safe in them trees.

    PS. If anyone on here in the triad needs doe patrol just send me an email!!! Haha. Had to ask!

    September 07, 2013 at 7:44am

    Just wanted to applaud the state legislators for passing the hunting apprentice program. I always said this would be a good idea. I have lots of friends that want to go out and try to hunt but can't due to license issues. Hopefully this will get more people involved with our sport!

    June 20, 2013 at 7:35am

    Anybody used these expandables? Got them at dicks for $15 a pack and wondered what any other users thought. Apparently they are made by rage, and are a blend of a rage and schwacker..... They have the cut-on-contact head of a rage, with the ferrule shape and wing blades of a schwacker.

    Any thoughts?

    February 11, 2013 at 12:47pm

    Figured since it was the off-season we all might share the final products of our 2012 season. THE GROCERIES IN THE FREEZER!!

    Add your favorite or most recent wild game dishes in comments! It'll be a good way for everyone to share new ways to enjoy the bounty of the hunting season.

    Have been trying to get as much wild on the table as I can lately.

    Two weeks ago:
    Homemade stew with the velvet bow 8pt... Chunk stew meat with taters, rutabaga, corn, tomatoes, celery, kidney beans, and beef broth.
    Pan-fried Lake James squriell hams with black beans and corn.
    Fried game lands turkey fingers with brussel sprouts and brown rice.

    Last week:
    Caribbean jerk smoked turkey breast with wild rice and broccoli
    Meatloaf with the buck from Mitchell River game lands.
    Linville Gorge bear backstraps on the grill with taters and onions
    Tempura fried Vermillion Snapper filets caught this summer in Charleston with a California sushi roll.

    This week:
    Rolled pepper and onion meatballs from the Mitchell River buck with broccoli and corn.
    Tonight was baja citrus backstrap fajitas with onions, peppers, black beans, corn,rice, and chipotle cream.

    If it got any better I couldn't stand it!!

    Does anyone else have some of their favorite wild recipes or dishes that they just can't go without?!?!?

    January 29, 2013 at 7:57pm

    Had the opportunity to take this guy Wednesday on the Mitchell River game land section. My second nice buck on game lands this year.

    Walked up the mountain before daylight in the drizzle, wind, and fog. I hadn't ever been to this property before so I just did what I usually do in the mountains; get out of the wind and still hunt like a snail....

    I worked my way around the mountain about 300 yards and bumped a spike. Waited about 20 minutes before moving so he didn't tear the world down and I'm glad I did. I made it up on a tight razor ridge and heard deer across a thick holler on the next ridge about 80 yards away. Got sat down and pulled up the gun to see a dig doe. Behind her all I saw was tines coming through the brush. He tended her around and I couldn't get a shot for about 5 minutes. Then the doe fed over the ridge and he was staying right with her goin out of sight......

    Last resort, I picked up my grunt call and gave a quick set of short tending grunts. All of a sudden he came charging back over the ridge stomping and grunting like he was gonna kick my butt.

    He then proceeded to terrorize me for 20 more minutes staying in the brush horning trees and grunting but never gave me an open shot. Then I came off the scope to see that the doe had come back over into my holler between me and him. I knew it was on....

    I hit another short set of tending grunts and he came stomping down the mountain towards me grunting the whole time. At 70 yards he came through a hole about the size of a basketball and I pumped him quartering to me with my BAR and he dropped in his tracks!!

    Of course as steep as the mountain was he started to slide like a bobsled down the mountain. I felt like a golfer trying to talk to my ball saying PLEASE STOP. Over a hundred yards later he finally lodged against a tree but that made the pack job that much harder back over the top and to the truck.

    Definitely one of the most exciting hunts I've had in a long time since I got to talk to him and watch him for as long as I did.

    This is the second good buck I've taken on game lands this year, along with two does, on three different properties.

    Glad to be in a state where we have such great public land if you're willing to work for it.

    December 07, 2012 at 5:19pm

    Long post but it was a crazy fun day, had to share.

    So i checked the weather and saw that it was gonna be perfect for my favorite still hunting mountain in Watauga on Wednesday. Wanted some doe meat since I only have one buck tag left.

    28 degrees at daylight and no wind. Left the house at 3:15 and parked the car at 4200 feet at 5:30. Made the 1.5 mile trudge up the mountain to 5300 feet then back down the other side to 5000 feet on my favorite ridge right at good light.

    Look down the ridge and bam, big fat doe at 120 yards. Line up... BOOM... and the deer takes off. Got down there and found a locust shot in half. Miss number one. No blood, hair, no harm done so I slip on out the mountain.

    Next I see a little basket 4pt, eased by him and about a hundred yards later look down through the woods and there stands a 14in wide 8 point at 30 yards with a doe........Thought he was worthy of my last buck tag so I pulled up, got on his shoulder and BOOM.... smoke deer. Go down there to look for blood...nothing. Then I see him down the hill still running this same doe. MISSED HIM DON'T KNOW HOW....

    So miss number two for the morning and I was mad, like red-faced break my gun in half mad. So I get on the phone and call my brother to tell him the story, still on the phone, a big fat doe runs up to me at 20 yards. Told my bro to hold on, phone hits the lap and gun hits the shoulder. BOOM....DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!! dropped in her tracks. Made the buck miss sting a little less. Went over and got to work on her. One of the biggest does I'd ever killed.

    I was almost done butchering her and turned around to bag a piece a meat. Looked up the hill and there stands 3 does at 30 yards. Knife goes down, gun comes up.... BOOM... down she goes.

    This makes three shots fired in one spot and the deer are running around everywhere!! To top it all off, this doe is for sure the biggest doe I've ever seen. Im guessing 150 pounds but not sure. You can see her size in the picture considering it was a full size Knight muzzleloader laying on her. So I get to work on her and right when I get done, look up and the 8pt that I had shot at first was standing at 20 yards just looking at me. Didn't shoot him cause I figured I had enough on my hands as it was, but good to know he was OK.
    I felt like I was hunting on a deer farm the whole day!

    Stuffed my pack with meat, tied my clothes on all over like a gypsy, and headed back down the mountain. Took an hour and a half to make my way back to the car with all that weight in such steep woods. Didn't want to break a leg.

    Boneless meat wound up being right at 60 pounds on the scale when I got home. Got the freezer filled, jerky and hot sticks are made, and I'm a happy hunter glad to be able have fun in the wild NC mountains.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:06am

    Been hunting all week near home in the Pisgah NF. It has been super slow. Hunted all of our stand-by spots and haven't seen anything but a few does. I walked 5+ miles over the past few days and haven't gone more than 30 yards without crunching acorns. In the 15 years I have been hunting this area there has never been near this many acorns. All a deer has to do is open his mouth and look up! Also no scraping at all so far. Hopefully by the time I come back in Rifle season the bears and turkeys will have some of the acorns eat up and the deer will start doing what they're supposed to do.
    If anyone decides to take a trip up to the mountains keep it in mind I guess.

    Side note: After hunting all day Monday in the drizzle, I got home and there was a wide shooter 8 standing in the foodplot behind the house about 20 minutes after light. Aint that about right?

    October 11, 2012 at 11:53am

    Late Report. Just moved to Winston-Salem in August This 8-pt came from the Perkins game land in Davie county. Shot him on 9/12 at 15 yards from my climber eating acorns. This is the only deer I've seen in 3 sits at this property. Saw his tracks near the same oaks during late August, and lucky for me he came out sporting all his velvet. Double lung and he went 120 yards. First buck for my Diamond, and first deer from my new home turf.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:23pm

    Well I made the bold statement in March that I would kill a bird with the bow before picking up my gun this year...... It has been a long 5 days. Since Saturday I have had 7 toms and 5 jakes within .410 range, and only got drawn back once on Sunday morning which ended in a small amount of putting ;)
    This boy was out with a hen this afternoon preening and I saw an opportunity. I crawled for about 20 minutes to slip within 20 yards in super tight woods. I got between the tom and his lady, which proved his demise.
    I called one short light sequence with the diaphragm and he slipped into a 12 inch shooting lane. I let it fly and the shot locked him down with a spine hit right over the drumsticks.

    I was shooting Muzzys out of my Diamond compound on the ground with no blind. One of the more exciting hunts I've had in a while. 10' Beard and 1 1/8' Spurs

    For anyone who is tired of knockin' heads at 50 yards with the gun. Get out there and do it with the bow. It takes a lot more time and patience, but the payoff is sweet.

    Hey GT..... does the first NC archery Tom posted get one of those sweet Spursuaders? HAHA...jk

    April 18, 2012 at 8:11pm

    I know it took a while but here is the report for my '2011' bear kill even though it happened on the last day of season (1-2-12).

    Kill was in Linville Gorge Wilderness at home in Burke Co. We had run this same bear during two previous days of hunting but it hung the pack in the rocks both days. This day, we turned loose on the track and the bear went for a nosedive down into the gorge about 1000 ft in elevation so I hit the trail. I was running so fast I only hit the high spots as I broke down under the rim. I slowed up in a big hollar and brush starts to break in the laurels above me. The bear had done a figure eight on the dogs and came running down my throat. It winded me at first and broke out above me at around 80 yards. I let my BAR bark once and the bear didn't move. I had to have missed. So i centered up and put one right through both lungs and the crazy thing was still standing there. I sent one more downrange and the bear started breaking brush coming towards me when I lost sight of it.

    So I stood my ground and it rolled out at about 2 yards from me. I shot twice more, both hits, and the whole ordeal was over. After I tied the dogs back, I noticed that my gun was hanging wide open and empty.

    Good thing I didn't need one last shot.....

    The bear was above average for the area at 250lbs. Not the biggest in the woods, but plenty big enough for me to get pumped about. As far as the number of hits the thing took (4 in center mass), I have witnessed 500 pound bears drop at the first shot, and I have seen 200 pounders take 5, so it all comes down to the toughness of each animal. And in case you didn't know, they are ONE TOUGH CRITTER !!

    Sorry for the pics, but a nice pretty digital camera doesn't mix well with these mountains, so the cell phone will have to work.

    Hope you enjoy the story, and for anyone who hasn't tried bear hunting over hounds......

    DO IT !!!!!!!

    March 07, 2012 at 5:06pm

    Went out for a freezing cold day of grouse hunting on Saturday. We went up to hunt off of the Parkway, but after 2 miles and the snow that piled up 3 inches while we were there, we came back off the mountain and went up into the Gorge where we heard some birds drumming during deer season. After about half a mile, my dog started hunting hard in a big blow down. I looked up on the side of the mountain and saw my dog break into point. Right then I saw the bird running from her on a big rock ledge. She repositioned one more time and locked down.I sent her on in and the bird flushed and flew straight out to me at 15 yards. One shot from the Benelli put him into the fryin' pan.

    We had a great day even though we had to deal with blinding snow and temps in the teens to start with.

    The other pic is of my dad from the bird he killed in January.

    February 13, 2012 at 5:24pm

    Has anybody else on here been grouse hunting much this season. We just got started after a rockin' bear season. (pics coming...). We've hunted one morning and killed the only bird the dog pointed. We're going tomorrow so we'll see whats shakin.
    Just seeing if anyone else is having any luck on grouse or quail.

    January 27, 2012 at 6:49pm

    Just wanted to share an opening day tale.

    Hiked 5+ miles on Grassy Bald in Mitchell County to find lots of Hog sign but not many deer.

    We pulled out after lunch and went to the Roaring Creek section of Game Lands near the Cranberry Comm. in Avery County. After walking for a few miles I sat down in an open spot near some Beech trees and an old Apple tree. At about 7:05 I got up for the hike back to the truck to get there at dark. When I looked up there was a doe standing at 30 yds. I pulled back the string on my new Diamond Outlaw and let it fly. One problem, in my rush to take the shot I said to myself.....(Oh Crap there's a deer!!!) 30 yds, 3rd pin...... Not so fast..... 3rd pin is my 40 pin.

    So, over the back goes my Muzzy and the deer wheels around to the edge of the clearing.

    I pulled back another arrow, settled on her lungs with the 50 yd pin and let it fly.

    I watched my fletching blow through her like a hot knife through butter.

    Got to the spot, stepped off at 48 yds, and there was about a pint of blood on the ground. 30 yards is as far as she went.

    So that was my story, and I'm happy to have begun the backstrap boogie here in the mountains on the ground on Game Lands

    Sorry no pics. Phone was dead from roaming all day and I was so far from the truck I dressed her in the field. Too bad I can't get one of those fancy T-shirts! ;)

    Good Luck to everyone!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:19pm

    Well guys, I haven't had much time to hunt this season since I've been preoccupied with finishing up my Construction Management degree here at Appalachian. But, today at home in Burke county I finally got to take a shot on a Tom out of a group of birds I've been on since Tuesday. After passing long shots on Tuesday, and brushy shots on Wed., I finally got the shot today. Put down a nice Tom stalking a big strutter.
    I got a call-shy bird to respond, but he hung up. As I crawled to close the distance, I saw two other birds that were part of the group. I figured a bird-in-hand was the best option. One shot later I had a nice bird down with an 11 1/8' beard and decent 1' spurs.
    Glad I could finally get it done with a few days left.

    May 05, 2011 at 8:59pm

    Hope everyone has their birds roosted tonight. Its gonna be a nasty one tomorrow. I went this evening and put four Toms to bed. There's a flood watch here so I hope they don't float away. Looks like its going to be a poncho kinda day.

    Here is a pic from a bird harvested by a friend in Burke County on opening day. I haven't ever seen white bars on a fan like this. The bird was 9 5/8' with 1' spurs. Im not sure if its genetic or if these birds have interbred with domestic stock turkeys (which there are a lot of around here).

    Has anyone ever seen white fans like this, or have any thoughts on what would cause it?

    April 15, 2011 at 8:51pm

    Had a great last day hunting Grouse up here in the mountains. Flushed 7, shot at 3, killed 2. The dog had a good day with 3 solid close holding points, and a winding point about 15 yards from a double flush. Lots of walking. Her Astro GPS collar logged 14 miles.Our GPS logged 7, with over 1600 ft elevation gain. Beautiful day to be on the mountaintops.

    February 27, 2011 at 11:16am

    Hey guys, I'm trying to find land owners here in the NW Mountains (Watauga/Ashe) who are looking to get rid of some Coyotes. There are plenty of dogs on the game lands around here but hiking to a good setup is getting old in the snow. If any of you know of some farmer/ranchers who need a hunter just post on here and let me know. Also, if you have any hot leads on some land to Grouse hunt I'm always looking for birds. Thanks

    January 24, 2011 at 9:09am

    I was hunting over Thanksgiving near home in Northern Burke. The family shot a few good bucks over the week (including my niece's first buck). On Saturday the winds were blowing in the 40's on the mountain so my dad and I decided to hike down under the rim of the mountain to find a good deep hole to watch some oak trees. Right at daylight 2 does and a button buck fed in from my right and went out of sight to my left. Minutes later, they came back into view. At 80 yards (a long shot in the laurels) I raised my .30/.30 to look at the deer when this buck came into my scope HORNS FIRST. Didn
    t have a shot at first due to his angle. He came in and bumped the hot doe off the mountain into the wilderness. He wheeled to follow her and I took the shot quartering away in my LAST little shooting lane. He took the shot and flew around the mountain. I sat there for half an hour knowing I had just shot at my biggest buck. My dad made my way to me and we went down to look for sign. No blood, no hair, nothing..... For another half hour we crawled around the mountain looking for sign and NOTHING. Needless to say I was down and out. I picked a set of tracks in the leaves and set out in the direction I saw him run. About 50 yds later, I looked up to see his hams sticking out behind a pine tree about 10 yds from being GONE into the wilderness. About the blood... I blew out both lungs and the liver on a quartering away shot for the 200+ lb deer, but he was so big my slug was under the skin on his off side. He was 18' wide, fully mature, and as big as a horse. He may not be the biggest buck around, but he surely is a trophy for my neck of the woods and a fine example of what game lands can produce.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:48am
    A comment titled: Good Job in response to a report titled: First Buck

    Good job D. Congrats

    October 06, 2014 at 3:31pm
    A comment titled: attractants in response to a report titled: Deer Attractant Test

    I've used all the above, except for the Big & J line.
    So far, the Deercaine in powder form mixed with water has been pretty good, but not great.
    Cmere deer works good, but it seems to dry up pretty quick after application and deer quit hitting it.

    I have all three in my back yard as a test, and my herd of about 15-20 different deer seem to hit the 465 most often. Another good thing with the backyard test is that you can tell when they stop/start hitting the minerals at different times of the fall, which helps you plan how to hunt your killin' land.

    Ive also noticed that they don't like the minerals right on an existing trail, and they don't seem to hit them very hard when you place them right beside food like shell corn

    I set my mineral sites about 50-100 yards away from feed on incoming trails for early season and you always catch the deer coming in about 20 min before dark to hit the mineral before going to feed at night. Works wonders for bow hunting

    I like the trophy rocks, they keep deer coming, but you only have that one site per rock, and they are marginally expensive for a 12lb rock.
    Lately I have been using the TrophyRock 465 from Gander Mountain and it is awesome. You get a 30lb bag of pea gravel sized granules for $17-$20, which is cheaper per pound (.57 cents p/p vs. $1.25), you can make up to 3 sites off of the same bag, and the granules saturate the soil much faster than the big rocks. I have had deer come to it almost immediately and dig 12' deep carhood size holes within a month. The only thing that is bad about trophy rock (and deercaine) is the deer (bucks in particular) seem to always let it lay after the 3 week in September or so.
    Im guessing its because they don't need as much mineral as it begins to cool down and they lose their velvet. Each year my mineral sites die off around the same time, and then pick back up again after the rut around the 1st week in December.

    Just what Ive seen over the past 3 or 4 years, but it is a pretty consistent pattern

    August 27, 2014 at 11:45am
    A comment titled: getting lost in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    That's what I love so much about hunting at home in the mountains. Just keep walkin downhill and you're bound to find your way out. :)

    When I bear hunted at the coast. I didnt know what to do or where to go without my compass. Especially midday when the sun was straight up.

    It sure is different being down here in the flat ground after growing up back home

    June 05, 2014 at 11:53am
    A comment titled: fishing in response to a report titled: Fishing time

    I love catching anything salty, whether it be dolphin, wahoo, tuna, or any bottom fish, but fishing is fishing, and its always fun.

    Last week i had a ball by myself on a delayed harvest stream. fishing barbless hooks on 2 lb test with my ultra light. just as happy as i could be.

    P.S. I caught 15 in a few hours last week so i had the bright idea to take my wife back yesterday. 5 hours later she had the only fish of the day and we called it. Still had a great time wading around with the wife just enjoy fishing, but not much catching. :)

    June 02, 2014 at 4:27pm
    A comment titled: thick in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    10-4 on that. The good thing is that once you find a few of those 'sweet spots', you have always got some back-up plans in case you didn't find anything new, or (in my case) get so busy with everything else you didnt have time to look in new areas. Its always funny what drives us to think,
    'man, i wonder whats around that next holler??' then once you get there, think
    'well, now i wonder whats around the next one??'

    Thats what always keeps up going back i guess!

    Have you ever hunted the section to the right of carvers gap on grassy bald? its like 3 miles to get back in there, but once you're there its more land than you would ever know what to do with. I want to go up there one day for a few days camping in late sept. once it gets cool and stay in there and hunt it out. I figure if the deer are used to smellin' the stinky AT thru-hikers, they won't mind a stinky bow-hunter.....

    June 02, 2014 at 4:22pm
    A comment titled: caswell and uwharrie in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    Never hunted uwharrie but im sure there are some guys on here that will chime in. I have deer hunted as caswell once. Opening day of bow season last year. shot a doe about 20 minutes after daylight, packed her up and came home. When I went there to turkey hunt, i saw very little deer sign (or turkey), but that doesnt mean you cant get down there and do good.
    I would rather drive back home and hunt up in the mountains than drive to uwharrie or caswell, but thats just my preference.

    To me, the deer densities are just higher in the places I hunt at home when compared to the game lands down here.

    May 30, 2014 at 11:24am
    A comment titled: Black bear in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    sorry i didnt respond i have been out of country for the last week. You can find birds in there, but like everywhere else, walk walk walk, then walk some more up on the mountain till you can find a bird. I tend to hunt places backwards. I walk in as far as i can get where the woods still look good, then work my way back down during the morning slipping and calling. On a lot of game lands I have killed birds at 10am or later just slipping along way up on the mountain till I hear scratching, then set up and call soft. birds will come in without gobbling a lot of the time.

    NCbowhunter, if you are hunting out of the morganton/valdese area you should be up in upper creek, or way low on the lower portion of the table rock road right above the private.
    Far off the road in both places. Most birds in these areas are so far from the road around ridges that you wont ever hear them until you get way back in the mountain. I killed my first bird up on the table rock road like 14 years ago, and I have killed a few in there since then.
    You can hunt the chesnut mtn section off of upper creek road long walk to get to turkeys, but you shouldnt have much company. you can also go in across from the chesnut mtn gate and walk about 2 miles calling off into the left side of the road. there was lots of turkey sign in there last time i came through

    or go in off 181 at the bark house about half a mile and owl hoot in the morning, beat feet to get closer to the birds and set up down on upper creek in the flats. once you kill, you can cut the main trail, take a right, and pop back out on 181 at the greentown trail right above BM overlook. from there you will have about a mile walk to get back up to the car.

    Hope this helps you next season.
    Good luck deer hunting

    May 20, 2014 at 11:53am
    A comment titled: Big eyes in response to a report titled: Bigeyes showing up

    Good the see the eyeballs are back around. I keep meaning to hit OI for the YFT and big eyes, but the boat we fish on is in charleston, Sc, so we are mainly wahoo, Blackfin, dolphin.

    I hope OI gets another insane white marlin run like last year. Ive always wanted to get one of those banner white marlin days

    May 08, 2014 at 11:30am
    A comment titled: LKJ in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    Diane, you talking about the section over at Black Bear? Spent a lot of time around there over the years. You ever done any good deer hunting in that section? We are always over there for turkeys and bear, but i tend to stay on the mountain for deer.
    I grew up about 1/2 mile from Mtn Harbour marina

    May 08, 2014 at 11:25am
    A comment titled: Feed in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    Depends on the year. Up until last season, there were crazy amounts of acorns for the previous 3 seasons. Last year, they were almost non-existent.

    In a 'low mast' year, you will have to put your time in walking and finding the few white oaks that are putting off. That will increase your odds to find those few trees that might be putting off. If there arent many acorns, remember to search different types of terrain, ridges vs hollars, and low vs high ground. Late freezes, rainfall amounts, and other things factor into which trees will put off. If there arent any good white oaks in the low ground, you can go way high up (like Roseboro Rd. or the Globe) and look for beech nuts, but you will still be too low to find them consistently.

    In a high mast year, you will still need to do the leg work and find which trees they are keying in on. For example, if youre in a place that has 14 million red oaks, and 3 white oaks clustered in one spot. thats where you hunt b/c they will key in on those 3 trees first

    Hope any of this helps

    May 07, 2014 at 6:48am
    A comment titled: Pisgah in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    Haha. I know the area well. I grew up hunting Linville mountain and the gorge. We always hunt bears during the sanctuary permit hunts. As far as hunting deer early. Food food food. If you are gonna be down low around brown mountain ORV, look for white oaks that are being hit. In general I only hunt the evenings in early season around acorns. If you are gonna be up high above upper creek or across the road on table rock, white oaks are the same deal cause you will still be too low for beech nuts.
    If acorns arent plentiful, just finding one or two trees that are putting off will be like a gold mine. Get in the tree early around 3 or 4 and be ready to shoot about 15 minutes before dark.

    A climbing stand can be your friend, but scout ahead of time to know which trails to set up on. I like setting up about 100 yards away from the acorns on the heaviest used trail between the trees and cover. It helps to have that extra few minutes if you catch them before they get to the food right at dark.

    Remember where you saw good sign and go blast them with a muzzleloader at the end of sept. first of oct.

    If you ever want to take a short road trip to some different ground, ride up to roaring creek and either hunt low above the old apple orchards, or go high and slip around up or down the AT. can be very fun, but a lot of walking. You have a high percentage chance at killing one off the ground, which makes for some excitement. But go early season before it gets beat to death. THen go again when it gets cool and the understory dies down so you can see a good ways. Just a cool place to hunt in general even if you dont kill one the first time, you will definitely want to go back

    Hope this helps, im sure other people that know the area would be glad to chime in.

    Good luck

    May 05, 2014 at 11:48am
    A comment titled: Pisgah in response to a report titled: Bowhunting Pisgah??

    Yes, bow hunting can be very good in places

    Depends on where you're hunting.
    What section will you most likely be hunting in?

    I have hunted almost every part from Morganton up to Asheville in one way or another. Deer, bear, turkeys, and grouse.

    Let me know and I try to give you some guidance

    May 02, 2014 at 11:50am
    A comment titled: Newbie in response to a report titled: New Hunter

    #5 shot. Diaphragm mouth call. Buy different kinds till you find the reed style that you can use competently. Buy 2 or 3 of that style and practice in the car on the way to and from work. As far as finding birds. Knock on doors or go looking around after a rain to see birds sunning in fields

    March 27, 2014 at 5:57pm
    A comment titled: Hunting in response to a report titled: Where I am now.

    Velvet buck was game lands too. I'm not far from you I live in winstonsalem now. Velvet buck was killed At Perkins gl in Davie county. Alcoa has much higher deer density though. Never hunted green river in buncombe. Spent most of my life on pisgah NF in Burke and McDowell counties. You might look at sliding up 85 to butner down by Raleigh.
    Bow hunting in the mountain game lands is generally only productive stand sitting over oak patches durin early season. Still hunting with a bow in the mountains is tough cause of the thick woods and it's hard to be quiet. I killed a few does still hunting with a bow up in Boone but only after a few inches of snow. So I could track them up quietly. Takes a LOT of time with a lot of blown stalks and wasted effort. If you want to still hunt in the mountains get a rifle and slip along the least windy side of the hill. Once you see does get still and watch what they are doing. More often than not a buck will be tending them close by. Start grunting softly and see how they react. That's how I killed the big 8 in the second pic. Grunted soft and watched the does till I saw him. Then got more aggressive and he closed the distance to give me a shot. I have killed a lot of mountain bucks this way. Remember too that most game lands in the mountains are buck only for gun until the last week. I don't know if much of this is helpful but it is the best ways I have found for puttin meat on the ground. Remember that hunting game lands is all about makin a plan and adjusting it once you figure the deer out. Not like you have a timed feeder to go sit over. Going in gung-ho with no plan will lead to a lot of wasted days afield.

    October 12, 2013 at 9:24am
    A comment titled: Opening in response to a report titled: Lost Deer

    I have had situations before where I took shots on deer quartering to me with the entrance being in the lungs and the exit being in the gut. Two of these times I found the deer by tracking the running tracks in the leaves. When I found them I saw that the arrow and fletching had actually pulled a bit of the gut out of the hole. This gut 'plug' had actually stopped the blood from being able to drain for a proper blood trail.

    Don't know if this is the same deal you have but it did happen to me. Sucks but crazy things happen in the deer woods

    October 08, 2013 at 4:02pm
    A comment titled: Hunt in response to a report titled: Where I am now.

    Also. Don't be afraid to hit the road and go somewhere new. The second buck i posted was from my first morning of the first trip to that specific game lands. When you're hunting game lands. You don't have food plots and feeders to pattern your deer. Figure out what they generally should be doing and go from there. The velvet buck I killed was going from a big pine plantation to water so I hung a lock on near some oaks in between. The rifle buck was tending does on the south side of the hill in the winter out of the wind.

    Most mountains can be hunted the same way. When you get a hard wind still hunt on the leeward side. Usually this will be the southern or eastern side. They will be there out of the wind so they can hear and generally you will have more mast on those sides due to the higher amount of sunlight during the year. That has paid off for me time and time again.

    Flat ground is a little tougher so you'll just have to identify cover and feeding grounds on the map then do a 'soft' scout by still hunting one day after you get down from your morning sit.
    Game lands can be tricky but the payoff is awesome when you bring one home

    October 08, 2013 at 1:50pm
    A comment titled: Game lands in response to a report titled: Where I am now.

    Game lands hold good deer both bucks and does. One thing I've found about high traffic properties is that ou either have to hunt way back in away from the access points or hunt so close to the truck that other people walk right past good cover. This first buck was shot 400 yards from the truck eating pin oaks. The second was shot 1.5 miles from the truck pushing does. Scouting is tough though. The best way is to be confident with your plan and hunt on the best days with the wind. Going in multiple times just to look around will blow their pattern. ChadB is also a good game lands hunter down east to look for

    October 07, 2013 at 9:23am
    A comment titled: Still doing it in response to a report titled: OPENING DAY TAG OUT IN 10 MINUTES RANDOLPH COUNTY

    Dude, you're still doing exactly what I was talking about. Making smarta** comments for no reason. Why do I need your address? I thought I covered that. Why write pages of crap for no reason? Instead of placking away on your keyboard maybe you should go and do something to make an actual report of rather than globbing on to other people's reports and acting like you don't do anything wrong. Don't you and everyone else see that for the past three years YOU are the only one that anybody has ever had these types of issues on the forum. Common denominator in all threads that end up like this is you.

    September 16, 2013 at 9:53pm
    A comment titled: Pair? in response to a report titled: OPENING DAY TAG OUT IN 10 MINUTES RANDOLPH COUNTY

    By pair do You mean the pair of turkeys you shot out from under viper and Diane two years running? First time hunters to boot. I bet if anyone wouldve called you out on that their posts wouldve magically been deleted. Seems like everything you do must be taken as the gospel yet anytime anybody else does something you haven't (or can't do) you make sure to blow up posts with meaningless bs and hijack them for your own. You might get a kick out of writing pages of crap on here but I know a large majority of people that read on here can't stand to see your screen name pop up. Maybe that's why they 'hide in the shadows and play with crayons'.

    If you're half the ^^^^ in person as you are on here I know I hope I don't ever have the misfortune of meeting you.

    I know you're goin to play this as everybody else being wrong but the only common denominator is you big guy.....

    To the original poster. Awesome bucks and if this armchair quarterback would've been in your stand he'd have done the same thing and said he was the next Fred Bear

    Keep killin what you want to kill my friend!

    September 12, 2013 at 10:18pm
    A comment titled: X2 in response to a report titled: OPENING DAY TAG OUT IN 10 MINUTES RANDOLPH COUNTY

    x2. What he said.... ^^^

    September 12, 2013 at 8:32pm
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