That's one of the reasons I only hunted that area just a few times. More work than I wanted to do. There's some really awesome areas where you can walk the rublines and see tons of scrapes but dragging a Deer out from that area would take 3-4 hours, or more. Too much work but an awesome place to hike and trail run.Small game and deer
I'll shoot a predator if I get a chance though
Not kidding about more predators and predator sign at SMGL than deer sign.
I'm sure thats not true of other game lands
That's one of the reasons I only hunted that area just a few times. More work than I wanted to do. There's some really awesome areas where you can walk the rublines and see tons of scrapes but dragging a Deer out from that area would take 3-4 hours, or more. Too much work but an awesome place to hike and trail run.
Up until this past February both my wife and I only made fun runs to the beer cooler unless we were drunk hiking...Haha, to much work to drag a deer out but let's go run for fun
Just busting your balls, man!
So basically I had to go to six or ten different LINKS to get all the regulations that apply.....kind of silly but......
I visited the NCWRC website a few years ago when I first moved here. The first thing I found was that I had to take a hunter's safety course since I had never had a license in NC before. I then closed the door and said forget it....not at 53 years old and hunted all my life. I then just hunted in SC with my dad and nephew for a few years. Since my brother-n-law passed and they lost the hunting rights, I decided to take a look at NC once more. With Covid, I noticed the on-line course and took it.
Then I went back to the NCWRC website and clicked on the "Hunting" tab again. Scrolled down to the Seasons and Limits tab...first noticing the "2021-22 Deer Season Dates" PDF. Clicked on that and saw the "different locations" dates. Then figured out where I would be hunting. From there I searched around and found the game land maps. With the map names different from the hunting ranges, I had to once again do some figuring...central, mountain, piedmont, coastal, north this and western that!
Went to the Mountain Region maps and found the south mountains....now I think I know where I want to go...I said to myself!
Then I had to find out where that placed on times and dates. That is when it got stupid jumping around trying to find information.
So I found the county in which that part of the lands was located and saw it would be Rutherford county. Then saw that county was in yellow and considered central deer zone. Ah yes, I thought......Dec 20th to Dec 3rd. Unfortunately by then, with all the jumping around....I missed other important information. I soon discovered that the game lands had additional regulations thus gun season was not the 20th, but the 22nd...how stupid! Then forgetting I was on a special regulation page...an addition to.....I saw only Nov 27th. My brain exploded while thinking only one day of hunting!!!! Then to top it all off, yet hidden in another link was the Sunday issues.
Not only flag areas you don't wanna be but take plenty raisinets for droppings, knife to make rubs on trees, and good boots to make plenty scrapes do all that in exact opposite direction you going and make sure start it at rd so can't be missed.Awesome, so I need to flag the areas where I am not...lol
So let me ask a question that may confuse Brian even more. I think that South Mountain is in the Northwestern Zone, but can't he still hunt black power and archery till Jan. 1?
In west after rifle goes out its archery only till Jan 1st and buck only. That Is a relatively new reg used be you get 3 weeks gun then it was just done. But lot rut activity gets hot in mid Dec in mtns so they gave us the buck only archery.But it looks like you could extend your season if you grabbed a muzzle loader. Just saying.
No certain distance or time I walk till I find fresh sign then sit on it could be hour could be 5 minutesHow far do most of you guy like to walk? I am 55 and I think a mile will be good enough for me. I don't plan on shooting anything this trip BUT I won't let that big guy get away if I see him. I will actually be limited on time (I am on-call for work) so I don't plan on shooting anything on purpose. I may have to walk in and out before 2pm. My apologies if I walk up on anyone!!!