Dixie Deer Classic 2018

Dixie Deer Classic 2018The 2018 Dixie Deer Classic: Join in for Some Good Fun for a Great Cause!

Since the first event was held way back in 1981, the Dixie Deer Classic has grown to become one of the most anticipated events in the country for outdoor sports enthusiasts. With an impressive slate of presentations and exhibits, this year’s event promises to be the best one yet.  

What is the Dixie Deer Classic? 

The Dixie Deer Classic was formed as a way to bring together hunters and sporting enthusiasts from all over the nation and help them network, communicate, and learn from each other. Each year since, new events, contests, seminars, and exhibits have been added to the mix, all of which seek to promote responsible hunting and outdoor sports.  ​

When and Where Will the 2018 Dixie Deer Classic Be Held? 

The 2018 Dixie Deer Classic will be held from March 2nd through March 4th, 2018 at:

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

1025 Blue Ridge Road,

Raleigh, NC 27606. 

Parking for most vehicles will be provided free of charge at both the State Fair grounds and nearby Carter-Finley Football Stadium, however, recreational vehicles are excluded. 

What Can Visitors Expect to See and Do at the 2018 Dixie Deer Classic? 

This year’s exciting exhibits, seminars, and events include some old favorites, along with dozens of new ones, including: 

  • The Carolina Dockdogs Jumping Competition
  • Snakes of North Carolina and Birds of Prey exhibits
  • Kid’s Fishing Rodeo (Free) 
  • Turkey Calling Competition
  • Antler Scoring 
  • Turkey Call Making 
  • Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of The CRUSH 
  • Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactical

A complete, updated list of events, presentations, and seminars is available here. In addition, there will also be several exciting contests, with more than $50,000 worth of prizes and awards, including hunting gear and a 2018 Polaris Sportsman ATV. 

Where Can More Information Be Obtained? 

Interested parties can get more information about the 2018 Dixie Deer Classic, including maps, driving directions and an updated list of attractions and events by visiting their website or Facebook page



NC 2018 Turkey Season is Almost Here!

NC Turkey Season NC Turkey Season 2018 Dates:

If a turkey hunter had written a beloved classic song, the words would likely read something like “nothing could be finer than to be in North Carolina on the opening morning of turkey season.” With the 2018 turkey season set to run April 14th through May 12, 2018, novice and veteran hunters alike are already gearing up for some stellar hunting in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. If you plan to join the fun this season, here are some helpful tips to get you started. Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission here.

NC Turkey Hunting SeasonLook for the Chufa 

Great food sources attract the interest of turkey flocks and keeps them coming back for more. In addition to traditional food plot crops, like wheat, milo, and corn, North Carolina landowners have found that adding a sedge crop like chufa will bring the big birds running. 

According to information from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), wild turkey flocks actually consume the tubers from the mature chufa plant. This means that turkeys are still eating the previous year’s crop during the spring turkey hunting season, giving hunters an excellent opportunity to locate them by paying attention to available food sources.  

Learning the Area 

North Carolina is huge, with property types ranging from wooded hills and meadows to livestock and crop farms and residential real estate. For turkey hunters who are not familiar with the state, the task of finding a great place to hunt the big gobblers can seem overwhelming. 

Solving this problem is easiest by choosing to work with residents of the area who have the knowledge you need. A good place to begin is by contacting a local real estate brokerage whose agents are as serious about turkey hunting as you are. Gardner Reynolds and Frank Gombatz of Legacy Farms and Ranches of North Carolina TM look forward to turkey season each year and thoroughly enjoy helping both resident and visiting hunters learn more about the area. 

Whether you need some help securing a guided hunt or have a question about turkey hunting in general, Gardner and Frank can help you find the information you need. And if you find yourself addicted to the North Carolina lifestyle, as visiting turkey hunters often do, they can help you with that, too, by finding you a perfect farm, ranch, or parcel of land to call your very own. Now get packing, because turkey season is just around the corner! 

Pine Beetles, Pine Wilt, The Drought, and Over Population of Trees

Pine Beetles, Pine Wilt, The Drought, and Over Population of Trees.Drive along the country roads and you will spot them – those brown trees in the middle of a green forest and possible causes are Pine Beetles, Pine Wilt, The Drought, and Over Population of Trees. If you are lucky, it is just one or two trees. In some spots, it may be the entire face of a hill that is covered with dead trees. This is the face of Pine Wilt.

Pine boring beetles are one of the main reason that mature pines die. It is a nematode that the beetles carry that plugs up the resin channels which also moves water from roots to the top of the tree. 

The War on the Beetle

Naturally, the reaction is to kill the beetle, but we are beginning to understand that the relationship between the pine tree and the beetle is millions of years old. The two organisms have been waging war for millennia. What many people do not understand is that the pine tree is very capable of defending itself from the beetle’s attacks.

So, why then are pines dying? 

Pine trees use resin to push invading beetles out of their trunks. Trees use resin to keep their bark sealed so that they do not lose water to evaporation. When trees do not get enough water, the balance of power in the war between the tree and beetle shifts to the beetle’s favor and more trees begin to die. 

One reason that trees are dying is that there are too many trees per acre and the available water table cannot support them all. In nature, a fire would keep the number of trees per acre at a reasonable level, but we humans put the fire out as soon as it starts. The result is that there are too many trees growing on lands, Add into this the occasional drought and the balance in the war between the pine and the beetle shifts even farther in favor of the beetle. 

The Solution 

One solution is to use labor to replace the role that fire plays. Thinning trees and maintaining forests responsibly is key. The idea is that the balance between the tree and the beetle remains in the tree’s favor. The benefit to the landowner is healthier stands of trees that are not struggling for resources. Contact your local forester for a site analysis and land owners can visit and find their local forester on the North Carolina Forestry Association website here. 

Pine Beetles, Pine Wilt, The Drought, and Over Population of Trees.

Preparing for Spring High Tunnel Tomato Production

AS POSTED ON THE CFSA WEBSITE! https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/preparing-for-spring-high-tunnel-tomato-production/Preparing for Spring High Tunnel Tomato Production by Gena Moore, CFSA Organic Research Coordinator
Tomatoes are one of the leading crops grown in high tunnels throughout the Carolinas. With the capability for season extension, tomato transplant dates for high tunnels are already quickly approaching.

Targeting an early market with tomatoes can mean higher profits for many farmers. While most production plans are set for our upcoming growing season, there are some critical decisions to be made in regards to the implementation of a production plan.

Early spring grafted and un-grafted heirloom tomatoes in a high tunnel at Lomax Farm.

Consider your market and customer needs before selecting varieties, as varietal selection is key in tomato success:

Heirlooms have superior taste qualities but may not produce as much as a hybrid variety.
Grafting is also an option to increase yields and help mitigate disease risk, although it can be more expensive and time consuming.
Determinate tomatoes will produce a quick early crop while indeterminate tomatoes will produce a crop throughout the summer.

Seeds vs Transplants

If not already purchased, choose seeds and put your order in soon.

If buying transplants, preorders are most likely past due; however, some retailers may have select varieties available on your transplant date. Contact your desired supplier to check dates and availability. For information on transplant production and suppliers, give Successful Transplant Production a gander.


Determining your transplant dates depends greatly on your market needs, the variety itself and the microclimate in your high tunnel.

As a general rule, choose transplant dates 2-4 weeks earlier than field planting or frost dates.

Carefully consider your high tunnel’s conditions and capabilities before setting a transplant date. If you’re unsure of your tunnels microclimate choose “safer” transplant dates to avoid potential cold damage.

Once transplant dates are set, select seeding dates approximately 5 weeks prior to transplant date.

Bed Prep

Prepare beds in your tunnel prior to the transplant date. Tomatoes like deep, well-drained soil, which can be accommodated with raised beds.

Be sure to also harden-off transplants a few days prior to the transplant date.

When the time comes, transplant tomatoes into moist soil to reduce stress on plants. Proper spacing depends on variety and trellising.

A 30-inch bed can accommodate:

One row of tomatoes with Florida weave trellising at 18-inch in-row spacing, or:
Two rows of tomatoes with roller hook trellising at 24-inch staggered in-row spacing and 18 inches between row spacing.
Row cover blanketing grafted and un-grafted heirloom tomatoes in a high tunnel at Lomax Farm.


Finally, closely monitor plants and the high tunnel micro-climate.

When lows are forecasted to be below freezing, close the high tunnel in the late afternoon to capture peak heat. Also consider using row cover to further protect plants from cold damage. Once nighttime lows are forecasted to be 50°F or higher, leave the tunnel open or vented to avoid unnecessary leaf moisture.

Prune and sucker plants as needed. Prepare for your harvest!

Thirsty for More?

See our brand spankin’ new “Seasonal High Tunnel Production: Organic Tomato Guide” for a more comprehensive exploration on the topics discussed above.
Prefer hands-on guidance? CFSA now has a technical service provider on staff who can help you find success growing in a high tunnel! For further information, please read more here. https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/preparing-for-spring-high-tunnel-tomato-production/Preparing for Spring High Tunnel Tomato Production

Roanoke River Duck Paradise in Bertie County, NC

Duck Impoundment for Sale in Bertie County North Carolina. THIS DUCK HUNTERS DREAM property is loaded with ducks and approximately 55 acres with approx 50 acres of impoundments! The impoundments are split into three separate impoundments. Each can be drained separately! Only miles from the Roanoke River, this property has road frontage on 832 NC Highway 45 S in Windsor and close to Hwy 17 and Merry Hill. $300,000

This area is renowned for the duck populations and close to many bodies of water including the Chowan River, Cashie River, Middle River, Roanoke River, and Albemarle Sound. Canvas Backs, Ring-necks, Geese, Gadwall, Hooded Merganzers and others are on the property now!! Property is approximately 12 miles from Williamston and 14 miles from Edenton.

There is a Wildlife management plan in place with future cabin site that sits under beautiful oak trees. Ponds are also loaded with fish and one could be used as a private fishing retreat and managed to create world class fishing for any species. Call Frank Gombatz (919)-696-4249 or Gardner Reynolds (919)749-3177 for details!

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From the Bertie County Website: Click Here for more information on Bertie County.

Bertie County History

    Bertie County is one of the largest counties in North Carolina, spanning 741 square miles. It was originally part of Albemarle County, established in 1660. In 1670, Chowan County, including Bertie Precinct, was cut from Albemarle County. Bertie Precinct was finally given status of county in 1722 when it separated from Chowan County. Initially, Bertie County was comprised of present Bertie County, Tyrrell County, Edgecombe County, Northampton County and Hertford County. By 1780, Bertie County had been divided to resemble its current shape.

Duck Impoundments for Sale in Bertie County NC. Duck Hunting in Bertie County.



3575 NC Hwy 56E 75 Acres

(UNDER CONTRACT) This is a great 75 acre land tract at 3575 NC Hwy 56E in Granville County near Wilton. There is lot’s of road frontage on Hwy 56 but limited access at this time. There is a nice pine plantation growing for future harvest. Call for details! $232,500

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Reno Sharpe Store Road Farm for sale

238 Acres on Reno Store Road in Chatham County

238 Acre Farm for sale on Reno Store Rd in Chatham County! Chatham County Farm with 238 Acres! –This tract is located 15 minutes south of Pittsboro and has paved road frontage on Reno Store Road. It has a good stand of merchantable timber, a good road system, food plots and lots of wild game. The pine plantation is approaching 23-25 years of age. This land offers excellent deer and turkey hunting.  This is a very nice parcel.

The price per acre is $4150. Contact Frank Gombatz 919-785-4249 or Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 for maps and information.

**The seller will not subdivide this farm.

365 Acres for Sale in Chatham County

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Chatham County Agriculture and Information Links:

Statistics cited below come from the United States Agriculture Census, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and North Carolina State University and the Agriculture page on the Chatham County website.

Agricultural and agribusiness (food, fibers and forestry) industries account for 38% of Chatham County’s total income. Employment in agriculture and agribusiness is 33% of the county’s total employment.

In 2006, we ranked tenth in overall income from livestock, dairy and poultry and fifteenth in total farm income.

Based on 2002 Census information, Chatham ranks eleventh in the state in the number of farms, with 27% of the county’s total acreage in farmland.

One reason that Chatham County still has a fairly strong agricultural economy is due to a growing number of small sustainable farms focused on specialty needs (organic farming, herbs, cut flowers, unique produce, and diverse nurseries) as well as a continuing strength in cattle and broiler chicken production. The county ranks number one in the state in beef cattle and is third in overall cattle, while we rank fifth in broiler production. The county grows quite a bit of feed crops, such as hay, which promote the livestock industry.

The horticulture industry in the county is diverse and includes some very specialized niche nurseries, such as those producing aquatic/wetlands plants, Asian herbs, shady perennials, crinums, daylilies, orchids, exotic ferns, as well as trees and shrubs.

As of 2002, the average farm size in Chatham County was 105 acres, but most are in the range of 10 to 49 acres. In 2005, we had a total of 1,128 farms with a total of 118,752 acres used for farming, figures that have not changed much since 1997. This is unique for most counties, where both the number of farms and acreage have seen major declines.

The county has three Farmers’ Markets—in Pittsboro, Siler City and Fearrington Village. They are open from early spring through late fall of each year. Chatham County is also home to Carolina Stockyards Inc., a major cattle marketing hub in the Piedmont.

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North Carolina Equestrian Ranch for Sale Texas Style!


Are you a horse lover looking for an Equestrian Compound in North Carolina? Welcome to 411 New Hope Church Road in Turkey, North Carolina! This amazing Equestrian Compound is the prior location of renowned Carroll’s Cutting Horses and is a turnkey horse facility ready to accommodate multiple families or a large equestrian operation.

Just a little over an hours drive from Raleigh or Wilmington, this ranch is comprised of approximately 485 acres! With facilities so extensive- only a site visit will confirm their magnitude!

Driving in the gated property, you immediately see the attention to detail with well-landscaped grounds, multiple fenced pastures with covered sheds, a private stocked lake, and winding paved drive.There are multiple dwellings on the property, including the 2 smaller 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes that over look the lake, and then a luxurious estate home.

The world-class 200 x 120’ state of the art arena will amaze you! This spacious arena (with covered front porch) has it all with facilities to accommodate your riders and guests! Split cedar rails and rustic designs accent the arena and its well lit with extra large towering fans to cool.

The arena has a nice foyer, multiple offices, large kitchen, game room, an apartment with full kitchen, bath and laundry, and plenty of storage. There are covered pens on the back, adjacent fenced pastures and more!

The large 18-stall horse barn is 80’ wide and 200’ long and comes complete with a feed & tack room, vet room, wash pit and covered porches.

The 9-stall barn has covered porches, office, tack room, wash pits, bath and more and both barns are adjacent to the 7 turnout paddocks with covered sheds and feeders.

An additional quarantine barn has covered porches, with 8 stalls and there are 2 wood round pens on the property, a huge metal storage building with attached hay barn, another large storage barn with adjacent wood shavings barn, cattle shoots, and the list goes on!

Winding back through this tranquil and quiet equestrian setting, you are greeted by the gated estate home, complete with pool, and both tennis and basketball courts.

With a total of 5 bedrooms, the well kept home and grounds and immaculately maintained awaiting new owners!

The circle drive and fountain set the scene for the home, and coming inside, the grand foyer will dazzle guests with marble floors and custom wrought iron work, and winding dual staircases that lead to the upper floor.

The expansive den with large fireplace, opens out to the terraces and pool, with dazzling evening views.

Both the formal dining room and library have custom trim and detail work, and the extra large kitchen, with spacious island is adjacent to the large eating area.

The first floor master is spacious as well as the spacious master bath… and moving upstairs, all of the additional bedrooms offer views of the grounds with 2 additional large bathrooms.

The Multiple bay garage has plenty of space for the vehicles and the expansive pool, hot tub, and pool house offer all of the amenities you need including open fireplace, bathrooms and more!

The Grain bins, dog kennels, backup generators and other assets add to the enormous equestrian campus so call us for a complete list today!

Call Gardner Reynolds or Frank Gombatz Brokers, for more information and a showing.


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Country Retreat on 10 Acres & Tar River with Pond Views in Oxford, NC

4658 James Royster Road, Oxford NC 27565.  Price drop to $285,000 with additional 1.81 acre lot just added!

Charming 3 Bedroom Home with almost 12 Acres! This Immaculate “Wake Forest” Open Floor Plan Has a Private Master Suite, Spacious Living Room w/ Direct Vent LP Fireplace, 2 Additional 1st Floor Bedrooms and Lots Of Privacy. Handicap Features Include Non Slide Floor, Grab Bars in Baths and 17″ Toilets. LARGE Detached, 3 Car Oversized Garage w/ 2nd Floor Storage Area.

There is a Back Up 22KW Generator, Concrete Patio and Private Screened Porch that Overlooks the Beautiful Wooded Area. Oak trees surround the lean to shed that lead down to the Tar River! This Home can Be Purchased with MLS #2161467. The home has been well maintained and in GREAT CONDITION! Access the Floor Plan here.

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448+/- Acres for Sale in Nash County!


Don’t miss this land buying opportunity just minutes from the town of Nashville, North Carolina! The farm has it all with miles of road frontage and great opportunity for future development. There are multiple building sites and great access to the whole farm.

This diverse terrain offers everything for the sportsman and includes open fields, rolling hills, timber, flooded timber, 6 ponds, and loaded with native wildlife. Property is located just outside of Nashville on Sykes Road and Campground Road. Contact us for maps and a showing!

The homes and other structures are sold “As is” but some could be updated and reconditioned. There has been a farming lease in place and can be negotiated. Call for details!

448+/- Acres of Land for Sale in Nash County! $4352 per acre

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