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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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Piedmont deer hunters now having to sort through the bait pile

This year, deer hunters in the Piedmont are finding themselves confused for the same reason that hunters along the coastal plain and in the mountains have been since 2007. What can they use for bait and what’s not allowed?

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November 05 at 9:46 am
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ICW at Oak Island produces another humongous flounder

Tommy Craddock of Oak Island looked at Oct. 30 like he does many other days. He had a little work to do and hoped to go fishing. The focus of his day changed, however, when he hooked into a 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder.

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November 04 at 2:37 pm
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Stay quiet and a squirrel-deer double isn't out of the question

Theodore Roosevelt called shooting small game while hunting big game the cardinal sin for hunters. With North Carolina’s squirrel season already open, the temptation to shoot a bushytail while deer hunting is ever-present. Sometimes the urge proves too strong, and when it does, hunters need to be as quiet as possible to avoid scaring away a big buck. With the right equipment, archers can shoot squirrels quietly from a tree stand while waiting for a big buck to stroll past.

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November 02 at 9:54 pm
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Trout bite has been great in Swansboro area as waters cool

If you’re a saltwater fisherman, no month compares to October. Waters get cooler each day and put baitfish on the move, and all kinds of gamefish arrive to follow and eat them. Even better, gamefish that were juveniles during the spring and half-grown in summer are now big-shouldered, pot-bellied adults. A favorite October target is spotted seatrout, aka specks. And the magical water temperature, 71 degrees, has ignited the best trout bite of the year in the waters around Swansboro.

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October 31 at 12:49 pm
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Commission votes to continue restrictions on farm-raised elk, whitetails

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission slowed a concerted push to create more deer pens in North Carolina at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday in Raleigh, voting to allow new farms to be built for axis, fallow and red deer – but not for whitetail deer and elk.

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October 30 at 8:28 pm
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