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Tim Coble’s gobbler, killed in the Uwharrie Mountains of Davidson County last spring, pushed the 20-pound mark and sported a 10-inch beard and inch-long spurs, but it left him in second place in his family to son Tyler, who killed a bigger bird during the 2014 Youth Only season. Tips for Uwharrie turkeys

• Scout near creekbottoms and river bottoms. Look for places where turkeys have been scratching for bugs and worms. Follow their trail back up the ridges. Most turkeys will hang out just a few hundred yards from a stream.


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David Moore of Kinston poses with two of his 13-year-old triplets, Joel (left) and Will (right), who both killed great Lenoir County gobblers on April 4, opening day of North Carolina's youth-only turkey season. Joel's bird had four beards and rare Two Lenoir County triplets double up on huge gobblers as youth season opens

Two out of three ain’t bad, especially if one of them is really special. That’s got to be the way that David Moore of Kinston is feeling after two of his three 13-year-old triplet sons, Will and Joel, killed monster Lenoir County gobblers on April 4, the opening day of North Carolina’s week-long youth-only turkey season – with Joel’s bird being a rare, “smoke phase” gobbler.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wants to collect the lower legs of 500 wild turkeys this spring to test for a disease that has been discovered in North America in the past few years. Commission asks turkey hunters to donate lower legs of birds killed for research

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking the assistance of turkey hunters for a study of North Carolina’s wild turkey population and a disease that affects turkeys during the April 11-May 9 spring gobbler season.


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Waterfowl hunting will be on center stage at the Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo in Wilson this weekend. Gold Leaf Waterfowl Outdoor Expo will debut this weekend in Wilson

The inaugural Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo will debut on Friday, April 10, and run through the weekend at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Wilson.


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Brent Phillips (right) and his father, Merle, celebrate tagging a nice gobbler taken during the 2013 season. Five tips for early season turkey hunting success

Hunters across North Carolina await the April 11 opening of turkey season on with eagerness that rivals children on Christmas Eve.  While the peak gobbling period is more likely to produce a tom within earshot, filling your tags is met with challenges. To make sure your season starts off with a bang, utilize these tips from a Bear Creek hunter with more than 30 years of experience and 49 birds under his belt.


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Hunters should expect to find enough birds in enough areas to give them a reasonable chance to take down a tom anywhere in North Carolina. 2015 North Carolina turkey preview

Back when North Carolina was moving wild turkeys all around the state and in from other states, some of the last counties to get imported gobblers and hens were those in the coastal plain. They were considered to have the least turkey-friendly habitat across the state, well behind the Piedmont, the mountains and counties along the Roanoke River.


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Robert Thornburg killed this 18-pound gobbler on opening day of the 2014 spring turkey season near Denton. Old hills, modern toms - Hunters shouldn’t miss out on turkey hunting in the Uwharrie mountains and Uwharrie National Forest

In North Carolina, the Uwharrie River flows through an ancient mountain range that offers a modern challenge for turkey hunters. Between the urban sprawl of Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad, hunters escape to rolling woodlands of the 51,551-acre Uwharrie National Forest and the surrounding farm lands and forest. Once here, they can test their skills against a worthy game bird. 


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JEBS Chokes JEBS Chokes

The JEBS Headhunter Turkey Choke Tube is for everyone from the serious turkey hunter to the beginning novice. This tube has a patented interior bore design which allows for better shot and wad cup separation, thus making patterns smaller and denser on your intended target. It will deliver extreme patterns down range at longer distances. Due to its restrictions, quality materials and overall craftsmanship, JEBS chokes are quickly becoming the “Go-To” choke tube for the serious shotgunner.


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Two Republicans in the state senate have introduced a bill to give control of deer farms to the N.C. Department of Agriculture, taking it away from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Deer-farm supporters find two friends in state senate

Two Republican state senators, Andrew Brock and Brent Jackson, have introduced a bill that would strip the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of regulatory authority to manage penned-in deer and turn it over to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


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A disease outbreak around the Raleigh-Durham area and a tremendousd acorn crop are probably the driving factors behind a lower-than-expected deer harvest in 2014. Poor deer season last fall has multiple causes, biologist says

Evin Stanford, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's supervising deer biologist, faced dozens of questions from hunters at the Feb. 26-March 1 Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh, but at least the questions were all similar: “What happened to the deer in my county last year?” Most felt like an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease had wiped out their deer herd, and Stanford said they were correct – but only partially.


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Fisher Whitlock's huge non-typical buck, taken last November in Henry County, Va., was Best in Show at this past weekend's Dixie Deer Classic. Virginia youth's buck wins Dixie Deer Classic's top honor

For sportsmen who battled the elements to attend this past weekend’s Dixie Deer Classic, the trip was worth the effort, especially for those interested in the annual Big Buck Contest, which sent a 10-year-old Virginia boy home with its top prize.


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A trained dog can make hunting shed antlers a great postseason treat. Shed Happens - Extend your deer season! Spend some time hunting for shed antlers and you’ll be a leg up on bucks in the fall

Deer hunters who didn’t get the chance to collect that trophy buck’s antlers while they were still attached to his head this past deer season still have a chance to get them now that deer season is over and he is done with them. 


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