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Commission plans nine public forums next month to discuss deer hunting

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.  

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May 25 at 7:19 am
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Commission schedules women's fly-fishing clinic for June 13 in Fayetteville

Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville on June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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May 23 at 7:00 pm
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Atlantic Beach cobia bite has gone off the chain this week

Matt Lamb at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said the spring cobia bite has ramped up to absolutely wide open in the past few days, with fish cruising bait pods, searching just outside the breakers and feeding on the bottom of channels everywhere from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.

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May 22 at 7:00 am
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Commercial landings way up, recreational landings way down in 2014

North Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs, spiny dogfish and summer flounder, while recreational fishermen caught 25-percent fewer fish last year, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

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May 21 at 11:48 am
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Bear harvest is off 16 percent, despite baiting being allowed for first time

Even with hunters allowed to take black bears over bait for the first time, North Carolina’s 2014 harvest didn’t increase. In fact, it declined.

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May 20 at 8:44 am
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The NCWF has offered ideas on fixing coastal fisheries problems

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has embarked on a program called “Sound Solutions” in an attempt to convince major players in state government that new steps are needed to reverse pressure on fish that live in the state’s sounds and backwaters.

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May 20 at 8:32 am
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Shelby bass pro strikes it rich on Alabama's Lake Eufala

Bass pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby scored his fourth major national tournament win on Sunday, taking the FLW Tour event on Alabama’s Lake Eufala by more than three pounds.

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May 19 at 7:00 am
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Smallmouth spawn cranking up on New River, great fishing ahead

Smallmouth bass fishing on the New River in northwestern North Carolina is beginning to pick up as water temperatures are on the rise, setting the stage for spawning.

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May 18 at 12:30 pm
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Commercial shrimpers will have to add second bycatch device on June 1

Shrimp fishermen will be required to use an additional bycatch reduction device in their trawl nets beginning June 1, and they will have a wider range of certified bycatch reduction devices to choose from than in the past.

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May 18 at 7:36 am
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Caswell County hunter takes bearded hen with bow

Killing a turkey is an achievement. Shooting one with a bow is impressive. Shooting a bearded hen with a bow is the stuff of legend. Travis Sykes of Leasburg did just that April 26 when he killed a 10-pound, 9-ounce hen that sported an 8 ˝-inch beard. The bird closed to 15 yards before catching an arrow from Sykes’s bow.

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May 13 at 11:59 am
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Organized tackle makes for better days on the water, bass guide says

Successful anglers have several common characteristics, but one of the most important is organization. For bass fishermen, that means every piece of tackle has a place, and every place has a certain piece of tackle.

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May 12 at 7:00 am
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Hatteras captain expects dolphin fishing to be fantastic as seas subside

Fishermen headed offshore from Hatteras received a few days of R&R over the weekend as tropical storm Ana stirred up the ocean, but Capt. Jeremy Hicks of Calypso Sportfishing expects the dolphin, tuna and wahoo to resume their relentless attack as soon as the seas subside.

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May 11 at 3:17 pm
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Cool Breeze just got cooler

There’s a new Cool Breeze blowing in, and it will definitely keep you comfortable all summer long.

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May 11 at 10:00 am
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Crew of small boat decks enormous blue marlin offshore of Morehead City

What does a 550-pound blue marlin that measures almost 10-feet long look like inside a 24-foot center-console boat?

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May 07 at 7:00 pm
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Lake Norman boy, 10, nets 4-foot flathead sunning near family dock

Nick Holjak often fishes from his family’s dock at Lake Norman, or in a nearby cove from a makeshift boat, but the 10-year-old wasn’t even holding a rod when he landed the kind of fish many anglers spend their lives pursuing: a flathead catfish that weighed close to 40 pounds.

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May 07 at 12:30 pm
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Deer harvest is down 18 percent over 2013-14 numbers, NCWRC announces

North Carolina hasn’t experienced back-to-back deer-hunting seasons like 2013-14 and 2014-15 since records have been kept by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In 2013-14, hunters tagged a record 188,130 whitetails. But in 2014-15, the harvest dropped a record 18.3 percent to 144,315 deer, the lowest harvest since 2005-06.

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May 07 at 7:00 am
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