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Chris Howard of Pineville used the Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in the Uwharrie National Forest for target practice and to tune up for hunting season. Thanks to increase in excise tax revenues, North Carolina is "range rich"
1511 Views - Posted: November 09 at 9:50 pm

With three public shooting-range openings in 2014, hunters and target shooters now have four state-sponsored ranges across North Carolina to practice with their rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols.

The Atlantic Beach area is on fire with the season's best speckled trout bite. Best trout bite of year hits Atlantic Beach area waters
1572 Views - Posted: November 07 at 7:09 am

Fishing for speckled trout in inshore waters and the surf around Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort is about as it gets, according to Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors.

Surf fishermen along the entire Outer Banks have been catching plenty of fish, including some big red drum and Big red drum highlight great week of surf, pier fishing on Outer Banks
1784 Views - Posted: November 06 at 10:03 am

Surf fishing on the Outer Banks has been great over the past week or so, especially for the big drum that draw so many anglers to beaches from Nags Head south to Ocracoke.

Piedmont deer hunters are learning that changes in bear-hunting regulations have changed what they can use as bait for whitetails; throw out the molasses and salt! Piedmont deer hunters now having to sort through the bait pile
3746 Views - Posted: November 05 at 9:40 am

This year, deer hunters in the Piedmont are finding themselves confused for the same reason that hunters along the coastal plain and in the mountains have been since 2007. What can they use for bait and what’s not allowed?

Thomas Craddock's 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder hit a 3-inch Gulp! shrimp fished off a dock along the ICW on Oak Island. ICW at Oak Island produces another humongous flounder
6847 Views - Posted: November 04 at 2:32 pm

Tommy Craddock of Oak Island looked at Oct. 30 like he does many other days. He had a little work to do and hoped to go fishing. The focus of his day changed, however, when he hooked into a 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder.

Taking a squirrel or two while deer hunting doesn't have to run your chances at a whitetail. Stay quiet and a squirrel-deer double-play isn't out of the question
2553 Views - Posted: November 02 at 9:44 pm

Theodore Roosevelt called shooting small game while hunting big game the cardinal sin for hunters. With North Carolina’s squirrel season already open, the temptation to shoot a bushytail while deer hunting is ever-present. Sometimes the urge proves too strong, and when it does, hunters need to be as quiet as possible to avoid scaring away a big buck. With the right equipment, archers can shoot squirrels quietly from a tree stand while waiting for a big buck to stroll past.

Admiral, an 18-month-old German shorthair, looks on as his owner, Tommy Jones, lands another nice speckled trout. Trout bite has been great in Swansboro area as waters cool
1194 Views - Posted: October 31 at 12:44 pm

If you’re a saltwater fisherman, no month compares to October. Waters get cooler each day and put baitfish on the move, and all kinds of gamefish arrive to follow and eat them. Even better, gamefish that were juveniles during the spring and half-grown in summer are now big-shouldered, pot-bellied adults. A favorite October target is spotted seatrout, aka specks. And the magical water temperature, 71 degrees, has ignited the best trout bite of the year in the waters around Swansboro.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted not to relax regulations concerning the management of deer farms as far as elk or whitetail deer are concerned, but it will allow expansion of farms where other species, including red deer (above), axis deer and fallow deer, can be raised. Commission votes to continue restrictions on farm raised elk, whitetails
1645 Views - Posted: October 30 at 8:12 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission slowed a concerted push to create more deer pens in North Carolina at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday in Raleigh, voting to allow new farms to be built for axis, fallow and red deer – but not for whitetail deer and elk.

Flounder fishing has been excellent around Carolina Beach as fish are taking advantage of a big run of mullet. Flounder keeping Carolina Beach fishermen on their toes
1067 Views - Posted: October 29 at 9:45 pm

Wes Barbour of Carolina Beach fishing is pretty much wide open from the creeks to the Continental Shelf, and the timing is right to enjoy a great day of fishing, catch a bunch of fish for the freezer or both.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will vote Thursday on a proposal that might ease restrictions on rules managing penned-in deer and add to the chances of North Carolina's deer herd being infected with Chronic Wasting Disease. Commission faced with big decision Thursday on state's deer farms
2794 Views - Posted: October 28 at 8:28 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet today and on Thursday morning in Raleigh to discuss a number of issues involving fish and wildlife in the state, but none is likely to be bigger than a proposal that would increase the number of deer farms.

Big flounder like this 8.26-pound doormat caught by David Derrick, have been the norm in the Southport area recently. Flounder fishing still excellent in Southport area
1618 Views - Posted: October 24 at 10:17 pm

Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said as odd as the weather has been, the fall flounder bite is going strong. Despite all kinds of runoff from recent rains that has left waters stirred up and discolored, flounder – and some great big ones – are being caught.

A court of appeals has thrown out a suit that asked for better labeling at the gas pump of offerings of E15, a controversial fuel that includes Ethanol. Court throws out suit seeking more strict requirements for ethanol pumping
1218 Views - Posted: October 23 at 10:21 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia circuit has thrown out of court the most-recent case involving ethanol labeling, reasoning that the groups bringing the complaint – including the recreational boating industry – don’t have standing because they “cannot show members have suffered or are suffering with an injury that is traceable to the misfueling regulations.”