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Travis Sykes of Leasburg killed this bearded hen on April 26 with his bow. Caswell County hunter takes bearded hen with bow
1143 Views - Posted: May 13 at 11:54 am

Killing a turkey is an achievement. Shooting one with a bow is impressive. Shooting a bearded hen with a bow is the stuff of legend. Travis Sykes of Leasburg did just that April 26 when he killed a 10-pound, 9-ounce hen that sported an 8 -inch beard. The bird closed to 15 yards before catching an arrow from Sykes’s bow.

Joel Richardson can change out crankbaits quickly and easily because of the way he organizes his tackle and lures. Organized tackle makes for better days on the water, bass guide says
562 Views - Posted: May 11 at 9:26 pm

Successful anglers have several common characteristics, but one of the most important is organization. For bass fishermen, that means every piece of tackle has a place, and every place has a certain piece of tackle.

Big, gaffer-sized dolphin have invaded the waters out of Hatteras. Hatteras captain expects dolphin fishing to return to fantastic as soon as seas subside
734 Views - Posted: May 11 at 3:12 pm

Fishermen headed offshore from Hatteras received a few days of R&R over the weekend as tropical storm Ana stirred up the ocean, but Capt. Jeremy Hicks of Calypso Sportfishing expects the dolphin, tuna and wahoo to resume their relentless attack as soon as the seas subside.

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572 Views - Posted: May 11 at 8:09 am

There’s a new Cool Breeze blowing in, and it will definitely keep you comfortable all summer long.

With Wes Schwabe on the rod, Mark Chambers and Steven Meyers boated this 110-inch blue marlin while fishing in a 24-foot center console boat offshore out of Morehead City. Small-boat crew decks enormous blue marlin out of Morehead City
12246 Views - Posted: May 07 at 7:00 pm

What does a 550-pound blue marlin that measures almost 10-feet long look like inside a 24-foot center-console boat?

Finding this big flathead catfish floating lazily next to his family's Lake Norman boat dock, 10-year-old Nick Holjak netted the fish and pulled it in. After taking a few pictures, he released the fish, which calmly swam away. Lake Norman boy, 10, nets 4-foot flathead sunning near family dock
3116 Views - Posted: May 07 at 12:25 pm

Nick Holjak often fishes from his family’s dock at Lake Norman, or in a nearby cove from a makeshift boat, but the 10-year-old wasn’t even holding a rod when he landed the kind of fish many anglers spend their lives pursuing: a flathead catfish that weighed close to 40 pounds.

A lot of North Carolina deer hunters would like to have had a shot at these two does; the 2014-15 harvest was off 18 percent, or 44,000 deer. Deer harvest is off 18 percent over 2013-14, NCWRC announces
2872 Views - Posted: May 07 at 7:00 am

North Carolina hasn’t experienced back-to-back deer-hunting seasons like 2013-14 and 2014-15 since records have been kept by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In 2013-14, hunters tagged a record 188,130 whitetails. But in 2014-15, the harvest dropped a record 18.3 percent to 144,315 deer, the lowest harvest since 2005-06.

Summer is prime season for encounters between sportsmen and ticks. Here's how to keep them from putting the bite on you. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise; here's what they do and how to avoid them  Video Included
1557 Views - Posted: May 06 at 11:03 am

Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. It’s not necessarily the sound of a time bomb, but it just might be. With summer arriving this month and more and more people spending time outdoors fishing, camping and, in the fall, hunting, the chances of having an encounter with a tick are at their highest. And nothing about those encounters can be good.

Lots of gaffer dolphin have piled into the bluewater offshore of Morehead City in the past week. Dolphin bite out of Morehead City has been off the charts
2646 Views - Posted: May 06 at 6:55 am

Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing in Atlantic Beach said a full-blown dolphin bite is taking place around the Big Rock, Swansboro Hole, the Rise and other popular offshore fishing destinations, with the bite taking off a few days ago after the first fish showed up in the middle of April.

Monty Mesimer (left) and Jeff Huggins (right) doubled up on these big Pender County gobblers on April 13. Mesimer's bird had four beards that measured a total of almost 30 inches. Four-bearded Pender County gobbler ranks high in NC record books
1183 Views - Posted: May 05 at 6:55 pm

His big gobbler had been dead a good half-hour before Monty Mesimer of Atkinson noticed there was something unusual about the Pender County tom. He had more beards than he was supposed to. Quite a few more.

Fishermen will be able to target black sea bass in waters north of Cape Hatteras in 10 days. Black sea bass closure ends May 15 north of Cape Hatteras
1086 Views - Posted: May 05 at 8:37 am

The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open May 15 in both federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

Zach Satterfield of Reidsville killed this 24 1/2-pound Rockingham County gobbler with 1 1/2-inch spurs and beards measuring 11 and 10 inches. Monster gobbler pays his taxes on time to Rockingham County hunter
2581 Views - Posted: May 04 at 7:47 am

Zach Satterfield said it was common knowledge that a big gobbler with two beards lived on a farm he hunted in Rockingham County close to the Caswell County line. “He was seen during deer season for the last year or two, but nobody ever saw him during turkey season,” he said. But the big gobbler’s “taxes” came due on April 15, when he showed up 30 yards from the end of Satterfield’s shotgun barrel. Now, Satterfield, a 19-year-old Reidsville resident, has in his freezer one of the biggest turkeys ever taken in North Carolina.