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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed four public meetings scheduled around the state this week. Commission postpones four public meetings because of weather
687 Views - Posted: February 16 at 6:29 pm

Due to anticipated inclement weather across North Carolina, a handful of public meetings scheduled for discussion of fishery and wildlife issues have been postponed, but a meeting to discuss the replacement of an important buoy off Wrightsville Beach will remain on schedule for Tuesday night.

Turkey hunters can attend a series of seminars around North Carolina over the next seven weeks to better prepare themselves for the spring gobbler season, which begins in mid-April. Commission, NWTF will hold turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina
1096 Views - Posted: February 11 at 8:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 16 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April before spring gobbler season arrives. 

A bill has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent E-15 from being added to the national fuel supply. House gets bill to overhaul Renewable Fuel Standards, kill E-15 expansion
2040 Views - Posted: February 11 at 4:26 pm

A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Feb. 4 to overhaul the current Renewable Fuel Standard regulations and its outdated ethanol mandates. 

Striper fishing on the lower Roanoke River has been better than good over the past several weeks, with no signs of slowing down. Lower Roanoke River striper fishing continues to be hot
1158 Views - Posted: February 10 at 11:14 pm

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said striper fishing in the lower Roanoke River is good, really good, and unless there is a drastic change, he anticipates the action to remain hot for when the keeper season opens on March 1. 

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is operating on a budget that's $600,000 short because of a delay in implementing a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the feds. NCDMF still operating on low budget level due to missing JEA
1691 Views - Posted: February 09 at 9:56 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continues to operate on a budget raided by the state legislature of $600,000 six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a Joint Enforcement Agreement that would earn the state’s saltwater management agency that amount in federal assistance.

Big schools of redfish have been in bays off the ICW and New River in the Sneads Ferry area, and getting the to bite hasn't been terribly difficult Despite being in huge schools, redfish are biting in Sneads Ferry area
2519 Views - Posted: February 08 at 10:03 pm

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said there are red drum in the shallow bays off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, in schools of anywhere from 50 to 200 or 300 fish – and most of them are hungry.

Crappie have been biting jigs tipped with minnows and slow-trolled in deep water at Badin Lake. Go deep for Badin Lake's cold, winter crappie
1224 Views - Posted: February 05 at 8:56 pm

Most fishermen don’t consider February a prime month because of the cold weather, but a few sunny days can make a big difference, and they have recently for anglers targeting crappie on Badin Lake.

Learn to follow the movements of baitfish during the winter as guide Chris Hammill has, and big blue catfish won't be far away. Kannapolis guide: follow baitfish, find big catfish
1481 Views - Posted: February 04 at 9:51 pm

You may think dog days of summer when catfish come to mind, but blue cats are perfectly happy in cold water, where they will be shadowing every move of shad and feasting on the baitfish in reservoirs across North Carolina. Patterning baitfish is a key for Kannapolis guide Chris Hammill of Hammill Outdoor Adventures, who puts them in the boat on Yadkin/Pee Dee system reservoirs. Here are some of his winter catfishing tips:

More than 1,000 striped bass were tagged and released on 10 recent trips by NCDMF personnel who want to study the species' migration and spawning patterns. NCDMF tags more than 1,000 ocean stripers to study migration, spawning
3620 Views - Posted: February 03 at 9:13 pm

I recently had the opportunity to go on a couple of the 10 fishing trips that are part of a program funded by sales of North Carolina’s Coastal Recreational Fishing License to catch and tag coastal striped bass. On the two trips I took part in, more than 400 fish were caught and tagged, and slightly more than 1,000 fish were caught and tagged during the 10 trips. Most, unfortunately, had not migrated into North Carolina waters, so trips had to be run out of Virginia’s Rudee Inlet.

Southern flounder remain overfished and overharvested, but an NCDMF report that outlines the problems has been rejected by a peer-review board, thus sidetracking mandated moves to improve the fishery. NCDMF's stock-assessment report for southern flounder is sidetracked
4452 Views - Posted: January 31 at 9:11 am

Southern flounder, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, have been in trouble for more than 10 years, and a potential big step toward ending overfishing and overharvest of the species has turned into a big stumble.

Karley Davidson skipped school on Nov. 19 to kill this big 10-point Randolph County buck. New home, new land, new big buck
436 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Karley Davidson may be 16, but she approaches hunting like a 40-year veteran.

Kenny Snyder’s big 10-point buck from Orange County fell on Nov. 25, 2014. Father’s fingerprints “all over” big Orange County buck
515 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Kenny Snyder of Efland and his wife, Rhonda, have enjoyed a run of successful deer hunts for trophy bucks in recent years.