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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set aside 139 acres in the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Lands as an archery only zone, with 58 more acres designated as Gun Free and Restricted Firearms zones. Commission restricts weaponry on 157 acres of Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Lands

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved on Thursday a proposal to re-designate approximately 157 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land to an Archery Zone, Gun Free Zone, and a Restricted Firearms Zone.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set waterfowl seasons for this fall and winter at its meeting in Raleigh on Thursday. State sets late duck, goose seasons at meeting in Raleigh

North Carolina waterfowl hunters will get their usual three-part season for ducks this fall and winter, along with two youth-only days and an extended season for snow and other light geese as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set seasons on Thursday at its meeting in Raleigh.


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North Carolina continues to produce trophy bucks on a regular basis, despite ups and downs in the herd. Harvest was down in 94 percent of North Carolina counties

Biologists emphasized that declines in the deer harvest in 2014 were concentrated in five counties north of Raleigh, but they actually dropped in 94 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.


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A new strain of epizootic hemmorrhagic disease wreaked havoc on the deer herd in a handful of North Carolina counties last fall. New EHD strain put a strain on deer

The epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreak that affected deer in several North Carolina counties last fall was compounded by a new strain of the virus.


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Expanded methods available for North Carolina goose hunters

For hunters looking to heat up their shotgun barrels, fill up the freezer and contribute to conservation and eradication efforts, the resident Canada goose season arrives on Sept. 1. 


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North Carolina and South Carolina hunters have the entire month of September to thin out populations of resident Canada geese. Discourage geese from setting up in food plots, impoundments

With the deer season just around the corner, this year’s batch of cool-season food plots should be in the planning stage. For landowners with a field full of maturing grain intended for this year’s migratory flock of ducks, it is time to safeguard crops from resident Canada geese. 


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Brian McCoy of Mooresville has been named Volunteer of the Year by conservation group Delta Waterfowl. Mooresville man is named Delta Waterfowl's Volunteer of the Year

Brian McCoy of Mooresville has been named Delta Waterfowl’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year from a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote.


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Populations of resident Canada geese have exploded over the past 20 years, leading to the birds becoming something of a nuisance. Prevent goose problems

The once-prolific populations of migrating Canada geese that were a popular hunting target in the mid-20th century have become muted by the massive explosion of resident populations all across the Lower 48. 


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North Carolina hunters took 18.3 percent fewer deer in 2014 than 2013. Hunters hope 2015 is not a repeat. 2015 North Carolina deer season preview

North Carolina hunters, especially those in counties hit by last year’s outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, may wonder whether or how it will affect the 2015 season.


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Earl Trent of Harmony killed his huge grey hog on a South Carolina hunt last weekend. One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more

Earl Trent of Harmony had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County, S.C., tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.


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Kim Guglielmo's Northampton County gobbler sported four beards and is the No. 2 all-time turkey taken in North Carolina by a female hunter. Nurse's Northampton County gobbler is No. 2 all-time in North Carolina

A Maryland native who grew up fishing and crabbing and had never fired a shotgun at a wild turkey bagged North Carolina’s No. 2 all-time gobbler taken by a female this past spring.


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Summer is a great and important time to reduce local populations of feral hogs. Fire up feral hog-trapping efforts

The feral hog explosion continues, and for landowners in the Carolinas, swine invasion is far less than divine. Wild hogs have been around since they were released by the Spanish five centuries ago, and even though the sausage and chops are quite tasty on the dinner table, their destructive nature is devastating to wildlife habitat. Summer is an ideal time to reduce the population by increasing trapping efforts. 


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