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Randy Howell, the 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion, shows off his Howell's new Livingston crankbait makes plenty of noise
951 Views - Posted: March 12 at 7:00 pm

Randy Howell, the former Lake Gaston bass pro and guide who now lives in Springville, Ala., won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, and Livingston Lures has rewarded him by naming a crankbait after him: the Livingston Howeller.


Jon Royce (left) caught this 86-pound blue catfish on a trip to Lake Gaston this past Monday with his son, Zakk. Big Lake Gaston blue catfish narrowly misses state record
3345 Views - Posted: March 12 at 9:58 am

What started out as a slow day turned into a fishing trip that the father and son duo of Jon and Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro will never forget. Lake Gaston has spit out its share of big blue catfish, but this past Monday, it almost produced a state record, falling short by 3 pounds when Jon Royce landed an 86-pound behemoth.


Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to totally eliminate corn ethanol content in fuels. Senate bill would eliminate corn ethanol content in fuels
2046 Views - Posted: March 10 at 8:31 am

Three U.S. senators have co-sponsored a bill to eliminate the mandate to use corn ethanol in fuels, and early expectations are that the bill – similar to one that was never brought to a vote in the last session – will proceed toward passage.


Largemouth bass will be making a big move to the shallows of Shearon Harris Lake as soon as the water warms a bit. Shearon Harris guide expects bass to be moving shallow soon
1179 Views - Posted: March 09 at 12:37 pm

Even though early March has been cold, dreary and wet, it’s when lunker largemouth bass head for staging areas to prepare for the spawn at lakes around the Raleigh-Durham area, especially Shearon Harris.


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
8891 Views - Posted: March 06 at 8:52 am

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.


Red drum are one of only two inshore fish species that haven't been shut down around Cape Lookout by the recent cold weather. Drum, red and black, are only Cape Lookout targets thanks to cold snap
1001 Views - Posted: March 04 at 9:25 pm

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the recent weather has affected fishing around Cape Lookout, and not in a positive way. All he’s finding, Lynk said, are drum, and he’s not alone. The cold displaced plenty of fish, and drum are the only ones most fisherman are finding.


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
6965 Views - Posted: March 02 at 2:54 pm

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.


A Republican member of the N.C. House has slipped an amendment into the 2014 state budget bill after the fact to keep open the possibility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission losing its ability to manage captive deer and elk. Last year's budget bill gets a secret amendment to help deer farmers
2014 Views - Posted: February 26 at 8:18 pm

A legislative move that prevented scrutiny of a substitute amendment to the 2014 state budget bill has kept alive the potential for more cervid farming and relaxed rules for penned deer. 


Keeper season for striped bass in the Roanoke River opens on Sunday, March 1, running through April 30. Commission will open Roanoke River keeper striped bass season March 1
1257 Views - Posted: February 26 at 12:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest on Sunday, March 1. The season will remain open through April 30 unless closed or extended through proclamation. 


A few cold-stun and kill events were reported over the past 10 days, but they weren't widespread, and NCDMF doesn't plan on closing the speckled trout fishery. Speckled trout escape effects of recent frigid weather
2867 Views - Posted: February 26 at 7:00 am

The second round of cold weather over the past two weeks included a few cold-stuns and kills for coastal fish, but they weren’t as severe as a 2014 fish kill, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said there is no reason to close the fishery.


Kayla Heafner (right) downed her first wild hog, a 327-pounder, with the first shot of her first hunt with boyfriend Sean Casey in Union County. Locust woman's first wild hog is a big one: 327 pounds
5521 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:30 pm

Kayla Heafner, a 25-year-old Locust resident, got her big-game hunting career off to a rousing start on Jan. 31, killing a 327-pound Union County hog with one shot at 165 yards – at night.


Nice crappie have already moved toward the backs of Kerr Lake's major creeks, and all it will take is a little warm weather to get their appetites cranked up. Kerr Lake slabs already moving back into big creeks, waiting for warm weather
2286 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:48 am

The arctic blast that swallowed up much of North Carolina may have frozen crappie in their tracks, but rest assured the clock is ticking on a big move to shallower water before the spawn. Guide Chris Bullock of Fountain is already finding fish staging in the backs of major creeks on Kerr Lake, and he’s ready to start spider-rigging as soon as warmer weather returns.