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A sea turtle escapes a trawl net through a turtle-extruder device. A suit says federal fisheries managers are endangering turtles by not actively enforcing their use. Conservation groups sue feds over sea-turtle regulations
773 Views - Posted: March 01 at 6:00 pm

A coalition of conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of its intent to file suit over the agency’s failure to prevent the annual capture and drowning of more than 53,000 threatened and endangered sea turtles in the nets of shrimp trawlers operating in the Gulf of Mexico and the south Atlantic.


Chase Watson sits in the door of a Hughes Box Blind, holding a Leupold scope; both were part of his grand-prize package for winning the Bag-A-Buck contest. Bag-A-Buck winner picks up grand-prize package at Dixie Deer Classic
772 Views - Posted: March 01 at 12:01 pm

Chase Watson of Oxford, the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, picked up his prize package on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted Thursday to allow baiting of bears by still-hunters across the state. Commission votes unanimously to allow bear-baiting by still-hunters
1998 Views - Posted: March 01 at 6:00 am

Members of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted unanimously at their Feb. 28 meeting in Raleigh to approve changes in bear baiting and hunting regulations for the 2014-15 season. The agency took six proposed changes to public hearings across the state in January, and for Thursday’s vote, they were lumped into one proposal, and a voice vote was taken with no objections raised verbally, so a 19-0 vote was recorded.


Bays and small creeks of the ICW between Surf City and Swansboro have been full of redfish lately, but they've been a little spooky and choosy at times. ICW creeks, bays producing redfish from Surf City to Swansboro
1212 Views - Posted: February 28 at 6:01 am

Some of the abundant shallow bays and creeks along the Intracoastal Waterway between Surf City and Swansboro are holding big schools of winter redfish. Many of them are also too shallow to move about except at high tide, so timing is very important to get in as soon as there is enough water and to get out before the tide gets too low.  


Big bass are starting to stir in reservoirs around North Carolina, especially Shearon Harris. Big bass welcome fishermen to Shearon Harris Lake
1036 Views - Posted: February 27 at 7:34 am

Muddy water from recent winter storms has slowed down fishing on bass fishing on lakes around North Carolina, but a couple of fishermen showed this past weekend just how good it can be – even when things look bad. Todd Massey of Chapel Hill and Brandon Gray of Bullock won the first Boats Unlimited tournament trail event of 2014 on Shearon Harris Lake near Sanford with a 5-fish limit that weighed a whopping 27.07 pounds, taking home $3,845


At its latest meeting, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission backed off an earlier proposal to immediately reduce by-catch from shrimp trawling. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission keeps trout closure, changes shrimp by-catch stance
1246 Views - Posted: February 26 at 12:01 pm

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission kept in place at its Feb. 19-21 meeting a ban on all commercial and recreational speckled trout fishing through mid-June and kept in place the current creel and size limits, but it changed course when it came to reducing by-catch from shrimp trawling.


Larry Stauch  and Jack Watts caught this 20-pound stringer of bass at Badin Lake this past Saturday. Badin's late-winter bass fishery is among state's best
254 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:01 pm

Bass anglers can pick easier lakes than Badin to fish in February, especially those with warm-water discharges from power plants. But Badin has the potential to be a great winter fishery, and few lakes can match it for scenery, as this Yadkin River impoundment meanders through the gentle slopes of the ancient Uwharrie Mountains. 


Larry Stauch and Jack Watts caught this 20-pound stringer of bass at Badin Lake this past Saturday. Badin's late-winter bass fishery is among state's best
681 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:01 pm

Bass anglers can pick easier lakes than Badin to fish in February, especially those with warm-water discharges from power plants. But Badin has the potential to be a great winter fishery, and few lakes can match it for scenery, as this Yadkin River impoundment meanders through the gentle slopes of the ancient Uwharrie Mountains. 


North Carolina deer hunters are just a few days away from the annual Dixie Deer Classic, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Raleigh. Dixie Deer Classic will open this Friday in Raleigh
758 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:00 am

Can the Dixie Deer Classic possibly be 34 years old? Well, it’s difficult to remember a time when North Carolina’s best bucks weren’t on display at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, but the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic is indeed at hand, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, specifically the Jim Graham Building, the Exhibition Building and Dorton Arena.


David Maness enjoys a pheasant hunt with granddaughters Sara Greg and Awna Greg at the Relay For Life benefit hunt/shoot on Feb. 22. Benefit shoot near Asheboro raises $5,000 for Relay for Life
848 Views - Posted: February 24 at 12:01 pm

Cancer took the life of John W. Maness in 2009, but it could not kill his family’s hunting heritage. On Saturday, Feb. 22, his son, Jeffrey, held the fifth-annual Relay For Life benefit shoot at the Shady Knoll shooting preserve near Asheboro, raising more than $5,000 for the charity.


Bassmaster Elite Series pro Randy Howell of Alabama jumped from 11 places today to win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville. Howell changes fishing area, claims 2014 Bassmaster Classic
747 Views - Posted: February 23 at 8:45 pm

Alabama’s Randy Howell had only two B.A.S.S. wins to his credit when his twelfth Bassmaster Classic competition began on Friday. He went into today’s final round in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the leader.

No one, including Howell really thought he had a shot.

“I didn’t expect to have the chance to win after the first day, and especially after yesterday,” Howell said.

But he whacked the bass today, putting 29 pounds, 2 ounces on the scales to seal the 2014 Bassmaster Classic championship and pocketing the $300,000 first-place prize.


Maiden pro Hank Cherry could only sit and watch as his 2014 Bassmaster Classic run ended. Cherry improves weight, misses Bassmaster Classic cut
526 Views - Posted: February 22 at 8:47 pm

Maiden’s Hank Cherry returned to the waters that gave up his first-day Bassmaster Classic stringer today, but by lunchtime it was apparent it wasn’t going to happen there.

“I went to cranking rocks this afternoon,” Cherry said.

That strategy yielded quick results, and the Bassmaster Elite Series pro built a 17-pound, 7 ounce stringer.

But it wasn’t enough to make the cut: Cherry wrapped up the tournament in 27th place, only two places out of the cut.


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