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The 2014 summer wild-turkey brood survey indicates that enough poults survived to keep North Carolina's statewide flock in good shape. Wild turkey brood survey reports adequate poult survival for 2014
1032 Views - Posted: December 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual report on wild turkey reproduction contains some familiar numbers, but the agency is interpreting them a little differently. Chris Kreh, the Commission’s wild-turkey project leader, said the poults/hen survival ratio of 1.9 observed statewide the past summer, previously considered “poor” is nothing to worry about.

Gill lice have been discovered in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwater streams, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is plenty concerned. Gill lice found in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwaters streams
1086 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County. 

The Tuckasegee River, especially the stretch of water on the lower end before it enters Fontana Lake, has been producing some great trout in cold weather. Don't forget winter trout fishing in the mountains, where cold means hot
991 Views - Posted: December 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Anglers often think winter isn’t a good time to fish for mountain trout, but guide Eugene Shuler of the Ela community near Bryson City said it’s actually the best time to land a trophy brown or rainbow.

Craig Hester's huge 10-point buck fell on Nov. 27, just four days after he hung a stand to take advantage of sign he'd discovered while rabbit hunting. Rabbit hunt was stroke of luck that put Person County hunter on huge buck
14476 Views - Posted: December 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

A rabbit hunt turned out to be one of the best days ever spent afield for Craig Hester of Person County, because it put him in the right spot to kill a huge 10-point buck on Nov. 25 that may score in the low 160s.

Speckled trout are hitting soft-plastics in the creeks off the New River and the ICW near Sneads Ferry. Creeks off New River producing plenty of specks, reds for Sneads Ferry anglers
1754 Views - Posted: December 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said the speckled trout and red drum have been biting in the creeks off the New River and Intracoastal Waterway, and if you’re in the right spot at the right time, the action can be downright hot.

David Honeycutt Jr. killed this 784-pound black bear -- the second-heaviest ever killed in North Carolina -- on a Thursday morning hunt in Hyde County. Wilmington teen kills 784-pound bear, second-largest ever in North Carolina
51668 Views - Posted: December 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

A 16-year-old Wilmington hunter took the second-largest bear in North Carolina history on Thursday in Hyde County on his first bear hunt.

Matt Morgan and Kent Morgan, two crappie pros, have a set game plan for winter fishing, especially on a lake with which they're not familiar. Take these six tips and catch more winter crappie
1411 Views - Posted: December 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Crappie fishing is extremely popular in the Carolinas, and what better way to spend the cold months than catching slab crappie. Here’s what two of the Southeast’s top crappie fishermen do when going to a new lake to find crappie.

The N.C. Marine Patrol recovered 78 stolen crab pots and charged a Chowan County man with a handful of crimes related to their theft. Chowan County man charged in theft of dozens of crab pots
2731 Views - Posted: December 19, 2014 at 7:00 am

A Marine Patrol investigation into crab pot thefts in the Pasquotank River that covered 8 months ended in the arrest of a Chowan County man this week.

Downsizing to much smaller lures is often a key to catching more winter bass and stripers. Downsize baits for better winter results on bass, stripers
834 Views - Posted: December 18, 2014 at 7:11 am

Whether you fish for striped bass or largemouth bass during the winter, most guides and experienced anglers suggest downsizing your fishing lures for more strikes.

Plenty of stripers are hitting topwater baits in the Cape Fear River. Carolina Beach area fishing continues to be first class in all areas
1184 Views - Posted: December 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Rennie Clark of Tournament Trail Charters in Carolina Beach said that despite cooler water and air temperatures, fishing around Carolina Beach continues to be pretty hot.

Spots remain available for a Jan. 31 youth-only permit duck hunt in Currituck County. Permits remain available for youth-only waterfowl hunt in Currituck County
620 Views - Posted: December 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only waterfowl hunt on Jan. 31 on Currituck Sound.

One proposed change to fishing regulations for 2015-16 would eliminate the 20-fish daily creel limit and 8-inch size minimum on crappie in portions of the Yadkin River, including High Rock and Tuckertown lakes. State announces dates for public hearings on proposed regulation changes
1229 Views - Posted: December 16, 2014 at 6:12 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings across the state in January on proposed changes to the wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.