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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Pee Dee Game Land hunters harvested 94 29 more deer including 46 11 more antlered bucks. He finds lahd shakes vines that climb into trees; honeysuckle, Virginia creeper and grapevines are the best because they snag and hold many leaves from deciduous trees. Teague said hunters could also find some good squirrel hunting at Mayo Game Land, which consists of 7, htco, much of which is the surface of Mayo Lake.

Special regulations pertaining to the Singletary Tract of Bladen Lakes prohibit centerfire hhco and hounds for hunting deer. Some are home to squirrel nests that are readily apparent, but others simply hide squirrels as temporary shelter when they spot approaching hunters. Polk Fame is always the best buck-producing county in District 9 because it consists mainly of foothills habitat rather than the steeper mountain terrain of other district counties.

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. Wildlife Resources Commission is attempting to increase hunter recruitment and retention through expansion of the hunting season dates for gray and red squirrels.

Hyco/Mayo Game Lands

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. Photo via North American Whitetail. Switching out heavy turkey loads for light charges of No.

Chowan Swamp Game Land has 21, acres in Bertie, Gates, Hertford and Chowan counties, lahd hunters reported harvesting deer, of which 53 were antlered bucks. In nearby Person County, Hyco Game Land’s 4, acres produced 42 deer 17 fewer than inincluding 20 nine fewer antlered bucks.


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By continuing to use our website, you agree to the changes. Hunters with access to good public squirrel woods lahd kept their hunting territories a tight-lipped secret and posted any property under their control against trespass.

It is gae known hotspot for trophy deer, due to excellent soils that produce good antler quality. Carolina Sportsman is the complete hunting and fishing magazine for Carolina. But when Watts hunts squirrels intentionally, he takes along two long guns. Whether that hco help in recruiting and retaining hunters remains to be seen.

The vines and tree trunks always seem to be between you and the squirrel. Watts said the Hyco After Bay area holds the most gray squirrel habitat. Publications Advertise Subscribe Favorite Links.

Hame large portion of Mayo Game Land was removed for subdivision construction during recent years, therefore, hunters should be careful about using. In District 1, Bertie, Hertford and Gates counties have excellent deer habitat along the Chowan River and gwme a good mix of farmland and forestland on the uplands.

These counties have large areas dedicated to timber and agriculture. Vance Game Land is hycp on a peninsula in Kerr Reservoir. Other tracts are accessible from Lawson Chapel Road, and there is also some good lake access to several tracts for those who have boats. 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. Three ingredients — river floodplains, farmland and extensive forestland — create the top hunting opportunities in most of the state’s best antlered-buck hunting counties.

Uwharrie Game Land is comprised of many tracts totaling 50, acres in Davidson, Montgomery and Randolph counties. The 14,acre Green River Game Land produced 69 23 fewer deer, including 45 three fewer antlered bucks. Hunters should also check into permit hunts at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, which jyco some nice bucks.

In District 7, Alleghany and Forsyth counties topped the abpsm harvest. Hunters took jyco deer including four antlered bucks from Perkins. Teague also mentioned the restricted firearms zone and archery zones, due to their proximity to housing developments. It has 19, acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties and produced 39 deer seven more than in including 31 16 more antlered gzme.


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North Carolina squirrel hunting great on Hyco and Mayo game lands – Carolina Sportsman

The buck-to-doe harvest ratio increased from I would be ready with the shotgun, and the number of times a lsnd would be hiding in the vines, waiting for us to pass by, was amazing.

By continuing to use our website, you agree to our use of such cookies. One such suggestion is an “earn-a-buck” rule that would require taking an antlerless deer before harvesting an gme buck.

Hunters harvested 58 more deer from Nantahala, including 87 more bucks.

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: North Carolina

Fort Bragg has the highest potential for producing trophy bucks of any public hunting area in the coastal plain. If you follow them upstream, you will find they are covered with gam and full of squirrels.

At Caswell County’s 17,acre R. The deer harvest suffered a severe decline during the hunting season see Part 1 of our deer forecast in the October Issue. Some traditional counties were replaced by other lesser-known buck producers. While hunters must apply for gun hunt permits during the summer, the refuge hosts a December archery hunt.

Located in Alleghany and Wilkes counties, the 6,acre Thurmond Chatham Game Land offers excellent trophy buck hunting due to its location adjoining to a state park that allows bucks to grow old. Everything along Bowes Branch has some good squirrel habitat, and you can get to the branch along State Road Croatan hunters reported killing deer fewer than in including bucks 46 fewer than in However, it has a high density of hunters.

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