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Public outcry slows Orange County firearms ban

A proposal to restrict firearms use in Orange County was defeated in February after opponents crowded a meeting of the county’s Board of Commissioners, which instead accepted a proposal in March to form a Firearms Safety Committee to study gun use on unincorporated private property in the county.

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March 28 at 9:44 am
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South Cape Lookout faces bottom-fishing closure

In an effort to protect and boost the numbers and quality of fish in the snapper-grouper complex, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council will close South Cape Lookout to bottom fishing. The 5.1 square mile area is a popular spot for anglers fishing on the bottom.

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March 23 at 6:45 pm
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Hatchery-supported trout waters opening April 2

April 2 marks the beginning of trout season for North Carolina’s approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters across 25 counties in the western part of the state. Anglers can begin fishing that day at 7 a.m., and the season runs through Feb. 28 of next year.

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March 23 at 12:22 pm
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NCWRC seeks public input on upcoming waterfowl seasons

Have you ever wondered where agencies like the NCWRC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service get their ideas for what they think will benefit outdoorsmen? These agencies often ask for public input concerning topics like migratory bird seasons, and they are requesting such input now through April 10. 

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March 22 at 1:54 pm
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NCWRC takes next step in stocking redfish on Hyco Lake

The NCWRC took another step toward establishing a red drum fishery at Hyco Lake on March 12, when they held a public forum at the Hyco Lake Campground Community Center in Leasburg to hear input from the public on the possibility. The overall opinion of the public was favorable to the idea.

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March 21 at 10:58 am
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John Cox wins Hartwell FLW tournament

John Cox of DeBary, Fla. won the FLW Lake Hartwell tournament after losing the lead on day three to Clark Wendlandt. Cox fished a small impoundment off of the Seneca River on the last day, and it paid off for him with a check for $100,000. 

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March 20 at 10:01 pm
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Bryan Thrift in 5th place at Lake Hartwell FLW tournament

The first day of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell is in the books, and so far, the local boys have not fared well. Darrel Robertson of Jay, Oklahoma leads the event after weighing in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 20-6. 

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March 17 at 9:25 pm
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NCWRC holding Outdoors Day on March 30 in Currituck County

How would you like to get some experience and practical knowledge while fishing, kayaking, shooting a bow, or an air rifle? How about checking out activity stations like Game Species, Talking Turkey, Backyard Bass, Birding Basics, and Sea Turtles? You can do all that on March 30 during the NCWRC’s free Outdoors Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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March 17 at 9:12 am
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How to catch more Roanoke River stripers

Before I started guiding full time, I was a television producer doing fishing shows for the Outdoor Channel and Fox Sports South. While shooting a show at the National Catfish Championship at Randolph's Landing on Santee Cooper almost twenty years ago, I witnessed something that really made an impression on me when it comes to fish being sensitive to water levels.

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March 16 at 4:16 am
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Director of Marine Fisheries reassigned to another job within agency

Dr. Louis Daniel III, who resigned Feb. 29 after nine years as director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, has been reassigned to a different job within the agency.

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March 14 at 10:03 pm
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Bryan Thrift wins Costa FLW Santee Cooper tournament

FLW angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby went down to Santee over the weekend looking to improve on what has been a rough 2016 season for him so far. He did just that, winning the Santee Cooper Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament, which netted him $48,200 and a Ranger Z518 bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

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March 14 at 8:10 am
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Double your rig to catch more flounder

Everybody likes a two-for-the-price-of-one sale, especially on fishing equipment. Flounder like it too, so increase your chances at hooking up with them by using a double flounder rig. Whether your preferred flatfish lure is a bucktail jig or a Shrimposter, try two at a time this spring.

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March 11 at 2:14 pm
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Feds announce June 20 closure of cobia fishery

The recreational harvest of cobia between the Georgia-Florida border and New York will close at June 20, 2016, and will reopen on Jan. 1, 2017, NOAA Fisheries announced earlier today.

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March 09 at 2:36 pm
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Eastern Carolina Houndsmen Alliance looks to unite all hunters

Hunting with dogs is a long-term tradition for many North Carolina outdoorsmen, but controversy has surrounded this type of hunting for some time. The Eastern Carolina Houndsmen Alliance (ECHA) would like to remind hunters and landowners that killing a hunting dog is a felony, even if the dog is on land it shouldn’t be.

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March 08 at 10:56 am
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Rockingham County Boone and Crockett buck wins Best of Show at Dixie Deer Classic

A big Rockingham County buck scored big — Boone and Crockett Club big — and brought home the Best in Show award at the 2016 Dixie Deer Classic that wrapped up on Sunday, March 6, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

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March 07 at 9:46 am
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Obtain written permission to hunt, fish on private land

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds  hunters and anglers to obtain written permission from a landowner or leaseholder before hunting or fishing on privately-owned posted property — including land, waters, ponds or legally established waterfowl blinds.

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March 03 at 5:20 pm
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