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Ellerbe teen downs massive buck after 3 years

Garret Richardson, a 14-year old Richmond County bowhunter, almost didn’t go hunting on Sept. 20, but he’s glad his dad encouraged him to give it a try. The teenager killed a big buck he’s been after for over three years.

“It was hot out and I didn’t really feel good about hunting that evening. I told my dad I might just go check the camera card, but he reminded me that it would be the last day I could hunt for a while because baseball practice was starting the next day,” said Richardson.

September 28 at 11:00 am

Kansas youth downs 230-inch monster buck

Sixteen-year-old Clayton Brummer did what few adult hunters would have the self-contol to do: He passed on taking a shot at a huge non-typical that stuck its head out of a milo field milo early in the Kansas hunting season.

“Dad told me not to shoot, that we needed to wait for another day because we couldn’t see much of the buck,” Brummer said. “I’m not sure that’s what I wanted to do, but it was the right thing to do. My dad was right.”

September 28 at 9:16 am

Goldston bowhunter kills 140-inch buck after several years of observation

Chad Gaines of Goldston had a familiar buck under surveillance for four years, even giving it a unique nickname, but their relationship ended this past Monday when Gaines slipped a razor-sharp Rage broadhead through the ribcage of the buck, which had an 18 ½-inch inside spread and measured 140 inches.

Gaines, who called his trophy “Brows” because its brow tines were as long as its other tines and a good 4 to 5 inches from the base of its antlers, estimated the buck at 6 ½ years old.

September 28 at 7:00 am

Last-minute change to proposed bill keeps NCWRC in control of deer farm oversight

A huge outpouring of opposition from North Carolina hunters and other sportsmen led to a section of the N.C. Farm Bill of 2015-16 that would have shifted oversight of deer farms from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services being stripped from the bill on Thursday.

After a preliminary vote count, the Republican Caucus realized the House overwhelmingly opposed taking away oversite of deer farms from the Commission, then rewrote that portion of the bill. The House then voted 86-13 to approve the rewrite.


September 25 at 4:46 pm

North Carolina alleged hoaxster hunter charged with 4 wildlife violations

The Surry County man at the center of a hoax involving a set of huge deer antlers has been charged with four wildlife violations by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Nick Davis of Elkin, who passed off a deer that was wearing a set of shed horns purchased from a deer farm in Pennsylvania as a potential state-record archery buck last week, was charged on Friday with closed-season deer hunting, unlawful possession of an illegally taken deer and two charges for failure to tag and register a deer.

September 25 at 2:29 pm

Youth deer hunting day is this Saturday, Sept. 26th across North Carolina

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set Saturday, Sept. 26, as a Youth Deer Hunting Day. On this day, youth under the age of 16 may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have completed a hunter education course. The Youth Deer Hunting Day provisions apply to both private and public lands. 

Hunters age 16 and older with a valid hunting license may use only the weapon that is legal for the type of season open in their county on this day. All hunters must wear hunter orange on Sept. 26, even if the hunter is using archery equipment. The use of dogs for deer hunting is allowed, if it is otherwise lawful in that particular locality.

September 25 at 1:05 am

Lucky 13: 13-point buck makes 13th birthday special for Chatham County hunter

Nothing is better than getting what you want for your birthday, even if it’s a day late. That’s exactly what happened for Caleb Davis, a Lexington teen who downed a 13-point Chatham County buck on September 21st, a day after his 13th birthday.

“I picked the boys up from school and thought it would be a good day to go hunting,” said Jimmy Davis, Caleb’s father. “But, one of the boys didn’t have his hunting clothes, so we had to go back home to get them.” 

September 25 at 12:18 am

Lake James smallmouth biting live shad and bright artificials

There’s a chill in the air this week at Lake James, not too many boats on the lake, and plenty of smallmouth bass that are biting. Those three factors add up to some great fishing, according to guide Colt Bass of Colt Bass Fishing.

“The fishing is going to be good until we get a hard, hard cold front and winter weather,” said Bass, who lives in Collettsville. “That’s when they’ll go a little deeper on the main body of the lake.”

September 23 at 10:28 pm

6 wild hog diseases to avoid

Feral hogs are everywhere these days, so deer hunters are bound to run across them during time afield. And putting some of the pigs down is a great way to manage their burgeoning populations, which can cause habitat problems.

In fact, most biologists encourage hunters to shoot every hog possible.

But there are some potential health concerns when handling hogs, according to biologists.

September 23 at 3:33 pm

Some coastal North Carolina rivers closing to gill nets Thursday

Some rivers and creeks in the central coastal area of North Carolina will close to anchored, large-mesh gill nets at 5 p.m. Thursday due to interactions with Atlantic sturgeon.

The action closes Management Unit C under the state’s Atlantic Sturgeon Incidental Take Permit, which includes the Pamlico, Pungo, Neuse and Bay rivers and their tributaries. The closure impacts all anchored, large-mesh gill nets, including those set under a Recreational Commercial Gear License.

The closure will remain in effect until Dec. 1.

September 23 at 12:01 pm

NCWRC holding family-friendly hunting and fishing events this weekend

Learn more about fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation this weekend as nine family-friendly events supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission get underway. With the exception of two Greenwing fishing events, all events are free.

The events, celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day, will be held across the state on Sept. 26. Times and activities vary for each event, although each event will provide opportunities for participants to connect with nature while practicing outdoor skills in fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifle shooting, fly-casting, identifying aquatic insects, reptiles and amphibians and much more. 

September 22 at 5:59 pm

North Carolina hunt clubs help feed the hungry through free cooler rental program

Want to help feed the hungry? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the N.C. Wildlife Federation, is offering hunters free use of a mobile cooler to collect and transport deer safely to participating USDA-certified processors for donation to the N.C. Hunters for the Hungry program.

Qualifying conservation and charitable organizations and organized hunt clubs can reserve the deer cooler on a first-come, first-serve basis Monday through Thursday each week until Jan. 1, by submitting an online application. 

September 22 at 12:01 pm

Teen bowhunter downs big Chatham County buck

Luke Bayse, a 17-yr old Thomasville hunter, isn’t your typical youth deer hunter. While many teen hunters are happy to get a shot at anything in the woods, Bayse is very selective in what he shoots, and this attitude has resulted in his share of trophy bucks, including a Chatham County 11-point buck he shot last week that has been green-scored at 141.

Bayse has been watching this buck with the help of trail cameras for over three years, and this year decided it was big enough to shoot. He had to wait a few days after the season opened because of the wind. Bayse and his dad had the buck patterned well enough to know that once the wind was right, whoever sat in that stand would have a chance to take this buck.

September 22 at 7:01 am

Hit the shipwrecks for Carolina Beach flounder

The nearshore reefs and shipwrecks out of Carolina Beach are hotspots for flounder right now, and Capt. Dennis Barbour of Island Tackle and Hardware has been having a lot of success in those areas right now, and while flounder aren’t the only fish biting, he said that has been the most consistent fishing for the past couple of weeks, and he doesn't see any reason to think that will change soon.

Capt. Barbour said two keys are essential to a successful flounder trip, and the first key is anchoring. “If you don’t anchor properly, you’re not going to be able to cast as well without getting hung up and losing a lot of tackle. You want to anchor so that you’ll have good bottom to cast to, and the ability to work your bait along the bottom without your hook getting hung in the wreck,” he said.

September 21 at 7:02 am

Hoax: NC non-typical archery deer killed last week proves false, scorer says

Joey Thompson, an official scorer for the N.C. Bowhunters Association, said on Sunday night that the antlers from an apparent state-record whitetail deer that he scored for a Surry County hunter last week came from Pennsylvania.

Thompson posted on his Facebook page on Sunday night that a non-typical buck that he measured at 208 inches net non-typical – more than 30 inches larger than the existing state-record archery kill – taken by Nick Davis, an Elkin hunter, were actually a set of antlers from Pennsylvania that had been screwed into the skull plate of a small buck killed in North Carolina.

September 20 at 10:47 pm

Stokesdale bowhunter sticks 150-inch buck

R.J. Seiler of Stokesdale had hunted a piece of property in Rockingham County for about 20 years and knew it like the back of his hand, but when 30 acres that adjoin the property were clear-cut this year, he had to rethink everything. Fortunately, the place he decided to hang a stand turned out to be a winner, with a 150-inch buck making a fatal mistake there this past Monday night.

Seiler figured the new clear-cut would have a profound effect on the deer using his property, and he was correct. There were tracks all over the place with several major trails entering and exiting the cutover littered with fresh, tender sprouts. After thorough scouting this past summer, he found a place inside his hardwoods where several trails converged leading into the cutover and connecting with a 4-acre field of standing corn field adjacent to a creek bottom. 

September 18 at 12:01 pm