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Season dates change on AJs, black sea bass in South Atlantic

Anglers who target several popular species of bottomfish will see a few changes that become effective on Dec. 8 after a federal fisheries management board changed when the annual season begins and several other harvest details. The changes were published in the Federal Register on Nov. 7. 

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November 24 at 8:02 pm
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Regulation changes allow North Carolina hunters to hunt with more handguns

A change in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 2014-2015 regulations is allowing allows hunters to carry a wider variety of handguns into the deer woods.

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November 21 at 7:11 am
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Gray trout, red drum and bluefish set up a Cape Lookout angler's buffet

Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the cold weather hasn’t slowed the great fishing around Cape Lookout, where gray trout, red drum and bluefish have been feeding. The hot spots have been the area between the point at the hook and the cape, plus down Shackleford Banks toward Beaufort Inlet.

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November 20 at 4:52 pm
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Army veteran wins October Bag-A-Buck contest

Staff Sgt. John Valles of the U.S. Army had a chance to go on his first deer hunt with Combat Warriors Inc. in late October as a guest of the Embro Hunting Club in Warren County. He took the chance, and it turned out to be a great decision. Valles, a 34-year-old native of Houston, Tex., living in Fayetteville, killed a 7-point buck late on the afternoon of Oct. 25. A few days later, he entered the buck in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck Contest, and he was drawn on Nov. 1 as the winner of the monthly contest for October.

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November 19 at 8:27 pm
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Deer-farm supporters blast Commission over strict regulations

A select committee of the N.C. House listened on Tuesday as four deer-farmers from North Carolina and two out-of-state supporters of deer farming castigated the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s management of state deer farms and their owners without anyone associated with the Commission getting a chance to respond.

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November 19 at 12:22 pm
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Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat

When the sun sinks into the western sky, night stalkers begin to prowl. They prepare for the evening onslaught and make careful preparations for their sneak attack on unwary victims. But we’re not talking Jack the Ripper; we’re talking about nocturnal crappie fishermen using lights to catch limits of slab crappie on Lake Wylie, and the fishing is wide open.

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November 18 at 6:51 pm
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Legislature will put N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission under microscope

Just when you thought the deer-farm issue had been resolved, the topic will reappear Tuesday, Nov. 18, in a special legislative hearing in Raleigh.

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November 17 at 6:56 am
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Commission settles suit over coyotes, red wolves

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement in a lawsuit filed against it that will restore “conditional” coyote hunting in five counties where red wolves live in eastern North Carolina.

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November 16 at 7:04 pm
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Cooling weather sets off hot crappie bite at Hyco Lake

Sportsmen who aren’t chasing deer this month and are dialed into fishing might consider hunting crappie at Hyco Lake — and throughout the winter.

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November 13 at 9:06 pm
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Was black drum caught and released at Wrightsville Beach a state record?

Bob Wagner, a 66-year-old retiree from Pennsauken, N.J., beached a possible state-record black drum from the surf at the north end of Wrightsville Beach last Thursday, but mistaking it for a red drum, he released it.

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November 13 at 7:13 am
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Virginia hunter takes NC's No. 2 black bear in Hyde County

On the morning of Nov. 11, Thomas Capps of Richmond, Va., killed a 782-pound black bear from a blind overlooking a field of soybeans and corn on private land in Hyde County. The bear is officially the largest-ever killed in North Carolina by a still-hunter and is the second-largest bear ever taken in the state.

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November 12 at 5:34 pm
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Stripers, speckled trout in productive late-fall patterns in Pamlico, Tar rivers

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said fish in the Pamlico River have settled into late fall-early winter patterns, with speckled trout and stripers the primary catches, but some redfish and a few late flounder being caught also.    

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November 12 at 7:01 am
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Cape Carteret man decks 82-pound black drum at Bogue Inlet Pier

Roger Brown of Cape Carteret is a regular at Bogue Inlet Pier and catches a lot of big fish there. However, even he was surprised when he landed an 82-pound black drum on the morning of Nov. 6.

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November 10 at 8:46 pm
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North Carolina has opened three public shooting ranges in 2014

With three public shooting-range openings in 2014, hunters and target shooters now have four state-sponsored ranges across North Carolina to practice with their rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols.

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November 09 at 10:04 pm
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Best speckled trout bite of year hits Atlantic Beach area waters

Fishing for speckled trout in inshore waters and the surf around Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort is about as it gets, according to Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors.

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November 07 at 7:12 am
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Big red drum highlight great week of surf, pier fishing on Outer Banks

Surf fishing on the Outer Banks has been great over the past week or so, especially for the big drum that draw so many anglers to beaches from Nags Head south to Ocracoke.

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November 06 at 10:07 am
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