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  • HELLO GENTS! I'm new to the forum and NC hunting so hang in there. After a futile preseason effort of hustling and driving all over creation to shake hands with farmers and landowners (seems like every farm or landowner in the state is leased out) I am focusing more on public land now (specifically Alcoa Game Lands) for the fact that they have the 6 day hunting schedule. I am not looking to slay a trophy by any stretch but some meat for the freezer wold be superb. I have scouted there and seen plenty of sign, both human tracks and deer tracks also lots of dog tracks abound (Oh boy)

    Does anyone on here have any experience or luck bow hunting this area? (Specifically where Alcoa straddles rowan and davie counties on the Yadkin river) I've scouted quite a few different areas and found some good oak bottoms with access to thick cover and with the river right there. it seems to be a win win 'minus all the foot traffic.' Anyway, I am looking forward to chatting. Cheers gang, should be an interesting season!

    October 07, 2013 at 1:09am
    A comment titled: Mountain hunting in response to a report titled: Where I am now.

    Really appreciate the feedback AppMntHntr, NC can be a whole different animal in terms of terrain. its much different compared to what I'm used to. mountain hunting or any kind of terrain other than flat will be a challenge for me coming from flat/low country SC. Hunting way out where you are I'm sure would be a huge payoff. I am certainly not afraid to make a 2 hour drive and camp out somewhere for a couple days. the next Game land on my list is Green River Game Lands just north of Saluda. Looks like sone nice area out that way. quick question, I don't own a rife, is bow hunting in the mountain/ hilly country twice as challening? also was the velvet buck shot on private land or GL? What do dear eat up there? thanks. - T&T

    October 10, 2013 at 1:39pm
    A comment titled: Welcome Newbie joe. in response to a report titled: Newbie here

    Joe, Im just getting back into it myself after a few years of down time. Hunting public land this season and getting stoked for some cooler weather. I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have. Are you planning on hunting public game lands as well? Here's a couple of things that have helped me when starting out. hope this helps.

    Definitely practice. Archery is every bit rewarding as it is a commitment and a challenge. I spent literally a year and a half shooting my matthews FX until I felt comfortable going out and actually hunting with it. Im comfortable out to 40 yards. But honestly I have never never had to make a shot over 20-25 yards since I started bowhunting 10 years ago.

    You want to invest in a good release, sounds silly but it's important. Scott archery makes some nice (caliper style) ones.

    Shoot from elevated platform like a tree stand in your back yard. or even your roof for that matter, I've done both. (not sure if you have the set up) this will help with saving arrows. If you miss, your arrows will likely be stuck in the ground instead of buried in the woods where you will never find them. Stagger your targets too, shoot from 8-20 yards and move out from there once you are comfortable. Most compound bows these days should shoot flat from 0-20 yards without any compensation.

    *Purchase a laser rangefinder, this will help you master judging distances. It also helps if the rangefinder has an angle range compensation feature. A deer sitting at the bottom of a hill at 44 degree angle is 32 yards line of sight. The physical true distance is actually 23 yards from the base of your tree. You would have shot right over its back. They are worth their weight in gold because they do the calculation for you.

    * Practice shooting kneeling, standing, sitting etc. This will help you in the long run too.

    *Keep a grunt call within arms reach

    * Of course, hunt with the wind to your face and try to control your scent as much as possible.

    I live just north of Charlotte and Alcoa game land is about an hour drive from me. Not sure what land you plan on hunting but if and when I get into a rhythm, we could go check out some of these spots. Good luck!

    October 08, 2013 at 8:12am
    A comment titled: appmtnhntr in response to a report titled: Where I am now.

    Thanks for the input. Damn nice bucks by the way! That second one looked like he was feet away from tumbling down the side of that hill. Beautiful country out that way for sure!

    You hit the nail on the head about getting deep in the woods. Seriously thinking about getting a beat up mountain bike and riding in on some of these old logging roads.

    Certain Game lands around central are tough to navigate by how thick they are. I'm seriously thinking about taking a ground blind in to some of these spots.

    Thanks for the heads up, hopefully I'll have some pics up soon.


    October 07, 2013 at 10:58am
    A comment titled: Viperx4 in response to a report titled: Where I am now.

    Thanks Viperx4, I have a wonky work schedule which can be tough to work around at times. Hunting public land is no problem, just takes a little more trekking to the out of the way spots. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

    October 07, 2013 at 10:39am
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