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Person County hunter kills trophy 158 5/8-inch, chocolate-racked buck

Killing a big buck is every deer hunter’s dream, but when you kill a trophy buck that has some kind of cool feature to it, that’s a bonus. Non-typical racks with long drop tines and unnaturally facing tines are cool, calico bucks are always a big hit, and a true albino buck would be even better. But sometimes, the unique feature is a little less noticeable than those.

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December 23, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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Graham County hunter kills 120-class trophy

Some trophies are measured in more ways than shear size, and sometimes it’s the smaller trophies that are the most memorable. That’s definitely the case for Josh Hyde’s 120-class buck he killed at the end of November in Graham County.

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December 23, 2015 at 12:05 am
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Mitchell County hunter drops 200-pound, 130-class, 9-point buck

Joshua Miller of Mitchell County saw the biggest deer of his life the week of Thanksgiving, and he saw it on his grandpa’s old farm. He killed that buck, and said it’s extra special to him because of it being on his family’s land that has been passed down to him. The 9-point buck weighed about 200-pounds, and its rack featured a split main beam and measured 5 1/2-inches at each base.

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December 22, 2015 at 10:36 pm
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Angler sets new North Carolina blue catfish record with 105-pounder from Lake Gaston

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice? You can bet guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro won’t be making that wager any time soon. After catching a 91-pound blue catfish at Lake Gaston on Sunday, Dec. 20 — a fish that stood to break the state record by 2 pounds — he bested himself by shattering that record the next day with another blue that weighed 105 pounds and measured 55 inches.

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December 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm
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Butner hunter kills 150-inch buck in Granville County

Granville County is growing them big this year, with another 150-inch monster making a fatal mistake with only two weeks left of the 2015 season. Anthony Richard of Butner finally got the big 10-pointer he had been targeting for two months within rifle range.

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December 21, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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NCWRC proposing elk hunting season in western North Carolina

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff is proposing a hunting season on elk in western North Carolina as a result of a successful reintroduction in the mountains 15 years ago.

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December 21, 2015 at 10:01 am
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Rutherford County hunter kills trophy 151 1/4-inch, 18-pointer

We’ve all been there. You’re super excited about the next day’s hunt and for whatever reason, you oversleep. The story behind Jeffrey Burgess II’s Rutherford County buck that he took on Dec. 5 testifies that late is certainly better than never, because this 151 - inch, 18-point was a late morning mover.

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December 18, 2015 at 11:08 am
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Mooresville woman wins NCS Bag-A-Buck contest for November

With a big, full moon in the skies on Thanksgiving weekend, Paige Clayton of Mooresville and her fiance, Johnny Carpenter, decided that a mid-day hunt might be in order.

What a great decision.

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December 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm
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Summer turkey survey shows usual survival rates

North Carolina turkey hunters shouldn’t expect a big change in the number of birds they see afield during the spring season, according to the 2015 brood survey that was recently released.

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December 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Penn Clash spinning reel makes great stocking stuffer

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer or a spinning reel for yourself to enjoy this mild winter weather, you won’t be disappointed in the Penn Clash. The Clash won Best Saltwater Reel at this year’s ICAST show.

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December 16, 2015 at 9:29 pm
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Liberty hunter kills trophy buck after 2-year pursuit

Finding antler sheds after duck season has become a passion of Kasey Ferguson and her husband, and when they found the right-side shed of one particular deer they’d been watching on camera, they felt blessed. The next year, they found the complete pair of the same buck’s shed antlers. At that point, Ferguson decided she wanted to harvest that buck. After hunting it hard the past couple of seasons, she finally killed it on Dec 8.

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December 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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Indian Trail teen hunter bags trophy, 138 1/4-inch buck

When you’re 17 years old and have already bagged five bucks scoring better than 120 inches, it takes a lot to get excited. But the afternoon of Dec. 3, Noah Hill of Indian Trail felt that fever when he laid eyes on a Union County 10-point buck walking toward him on a trail. While the buck green-scored 138 inches, he almost made it a double.

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December 16, 2015 at 8:55 am
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Winchester recalls all XPR rifles due to potential safety issue

Winchester has recalled all of their XPR rifles due to a potential safety issue, and has issued a strong safety notice.

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December 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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Speckled trout bite hot around Ocean Isle area and below

The speckled trout bite is hot along the border, with good catches coming from areas in Little River on up to Ocean Isle Beach. The fish are very concentrated though, so while the specks are thick in some areas, they are no present at all – or at least not feeding – in others.

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December 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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Rockingham County hunter bags his second trophy of year

After R.J. Seiler took his all-time largest buck on the first few days of the season, he would have never dreamed of killing another trophy buck before the end of the 2015 season. But in the afternoon of December 10, Seiler punched out his last tag on another fine Rockingham County brute that will score in the upper 130’s.

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December 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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Statewide survey shows deer hunters managing more for quality than in the past

North Carolina deer hunters continue to harvest a lot of young bucks, but they’re proportionally tagging more does and fewer bucks each season, according to a survey of 22,500 hunters by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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December 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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