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A new shooting range in Cleveland County will provide the public with plenty of opportunities to practice on a 250-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap courses and a 3D archery course. Ground was broken on Monday; the range should be completed in the fall. Commission breaks ground on public shooting range in Cleveland County
507 Views - Posted: April 09 at 12:19 pm

With a symbolic turn of earth from 15 shovels, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners officially broke ground Monday for a new, state-of-the-art public shooting range just north of Shelby. 

A Trilene knot will work for stripers and big catfish, but only with certain line tests. Know your knots and tie them correctly before targeting big cats, stripers
969 Views - Posted: April 09 at 6:43 am

With spring here and summer approaching, more and more anglers will be targeting stripers and magnum-size catfish in North Carolina’s rivers and lakes, and an important part of landing big fish without fear of losing them is understanding the best knots and line strengths and how those two factors are related. Few things in fishing are more frustrating than battling a big-shouldered fish, only to lose it when a knot falls apart.

Workers at Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County clean up some of the 150,000 rainbow trout killed after the hatchery was vandalized this past Saturday. Commission trying to make up for 150,000 trout killed after hatchery is vandalized
1925 Views - Posted: April 08 at 6:55 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is exploring a lot of options as it attempts to replace around 150,000 trout that died after vandalism at the agency’s Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County over Easter weekend.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wants to collect the lower legs of 500 wild turkeys this spring to test for a disease that has been discovered in North America in the past few years. Commission asks turkey hunters to donate lower legs of birds killed for research
1456 Views - Posted: April 08 at 11:09 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking the assistance of turkey hunters for a study of North Carolina’s wild turkey population and a disease that affects turkeys during the April 11-May 9 spring gobbler season.

It's not just largemouths, but also spotted bass, that are beginning to spawn at Lake Norman and find their way into bass pro Hank Cherry's boat. Try boat docks for Lake Norman's spawning bass
816 Views - Posted: April 07 at 4:55 pm

Largemouth bass have been making their way toward spawning beds for weeks at Lake Norman, but the days leading up to this past weekend’s full moon saw that movement pick up in a big way. Anglers are catching bass all around the lake as the fish head to docks for sheltered spawning grounds.

Waterfowl hunting will be on center stage at the Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo in Wilson this weekend. Gold Leaf Waterfowl Outdoor Expo will debut this weekend in Wilson
903 Views - Posted: April 06 at 10:15 am

The inaugural Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo will debut on Friday, April 10, and run through the weekend at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Wilson.

Brent Phillips (right) and his father, Merle, celebrate tagging a nice gobbler taken during the 2013 season. Five tips for early season turkey hunting success
2521 Views - Posted: April 05 at 8:47 pm

Hunters across North Carolina await the April 11 opening of turkey season on with eagerness that rivals children on Christmas Eve.  While the peak gobbling period is more likely to produce a tom within earshot, filling your tags is met with challenges. To make sure your season starts off with a bang, utilize these tips from a Bear Creek hunter with more than 30 years of experience and 49 birds under his belt.

Visitors to the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla will be able to fish, crab, target shoot and kayak as part of NCWRC schedules plenty of outdoor activities for Outer Banks center
600 Views - Posted: April 03 at 7:00 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a free “Outdoors Day” on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla in Currituck County.

Target-shooting is now illegal on the Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands because of concerns over safety and habitat destruction. Commission closes two game lands to target shooting over safety concerns
789 Views - Posted: April 02 at 6:55 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has halted target shooting on Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands, citing habitat destruction and public safety concerns.

Trout season on hatchery-supported streams in North Carolina will open on Saturday, April 4, at 7 a.m. Commission has 1,100 miles of trout streams ready for Saturday's opener
536 Views - Posted: April 02 at 1:55 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 4. The season will run through Feb. 29, 2016.

Redfish are still schooled up and beginning to bite better in the marshes of lower Brunswick County, hitting mud minnows on light jigheads and soft-plastic shrimp. Redfish action warming up in lower Brunswick County marshes
818 Views - Posted: April 02 at 9:25 am

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters in Ocean Isle said redfish in his area have been biting pretty regularly and trout fishing is beginning to improve as the weather begins to moderate.

Crappie are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water in Hyco Lake by fishermen tightlining live minnows. Hyco fishing is behind schedule, but crappie are starting to break out
610 Views - Posted: April 01 at 3:19 pm

It’s been a long winter and cold spring, putting fishing behind on most Piedmont lakes, but at Hyco Lake, crappie fishing is finally catching up.