HUNTING METHODS & GAME
Mid-October brings in rifle season and along with it some of the most productive hunting on the East Coast. We use our permanent stands exclusively during this season. We currently have over 80 stands in productive locations. The stands are all very comfortable and range from metal ladders with large baskets to free standing towers and tripods. All are safe, well-positioned, and maintained. We move the stands from time to time as needed as an aid in keeping them productive. Shots can range from 75 yards to as far as you feel comfortable. We strongly recommend a large caliber gun (.243 or larger) with accurate scope as the distances of the average shot is about 150 yards. We do have a range on the property to check your weapon. As with all of the seasons, please take the time before you arrive to become confident with your weapon. All deer deserve a clean kill!
The muzzleloader season lasts for one week, just before rifle season, and the dates are typically in early October. The deer are still very un-pressured and success rates are high. We use more of our permanent stands during black powder season than we do during archery season, but we still strongly encourage you to bring your own climber. Temperatures may still be in the 70-degree range, so come prepared for the mosquitoes. Most shots will be from 5-150 yards. Have your weapon sighted in and get ready for some great hunting.
We have one month of Archery, which typically begins in the middle of September. The weather is warm to hot, (70 degrees to 95 degrees). We usually try to hunt trails that lead to and from feeding and bedding areas. The deer are still predictable and un-pressured, and many buck's antlers are still in velvet. We provide a few lock-on stands, but encourage each hunter to bring their own climber. We love to bow hunt, and will work as hard as possible to help you succeed. The mosquitoes are always something to prepare for. We find that camouflage net suits work best and can offer full concealment. We take a maxim of 6 hunters per trip, and have an archery range, with an elevated deck, right at the lodge.
Nothing else compares to the feeling you get sneaking into a secluded block of low ground timber, waiting for daybreak to bring the first sounds of a mature Tom. With such a diversified landscape, the hardest part is trying to figure out which type of habitat to hunt. It is almost a certainty that you will have the chance to work a bird during your stay. Father & son trips are highly encouraged during Turkey Season. North Carolina allows hunting all day for the spring gobbler. We limit the harvest to TWO mature gobblers per stay. A "one on one" guide is available and is mandatory with your first hunts. We only take 4 hunters at any given time so book early. Total camouflage is a must.
What a great morning.Setting in flooded timber, decoys set
and the mojo working.You can hear and see the them
over head and our guide calling the ducks in
to range You can hear and see the ducks overhead as our guide calls them into range. Our type of ducks include teal, wedgon, mallard
and wood ducks. We hunt mostly swamps, beaver ponds and
some open sounds. If the ducks show up, your changes of
bagging your limit is good. You can also book a duck and deer
comb in December. Book early!!