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NCWRC hosting fly fishing, other skills workshops throughout March

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The NCWRC is hosting 14 outdoors-related programs at the Pisagah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County throughout March. The events are free, open on a first-come, first-serve basis, and require pre-registration.

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February 18 at 9:27 am
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Record catfish holder to speak at Bass Pro Shops in Cary tonight

I met Zakk Royce about a month after he set the new North Carolina state record for blue catfish. After discussing my personal best, 76-pound catfish (which is almost 30-pounds lighter than his record fish), I joked that maybe soon I would catch a bigger one, and break his record. His response surprised me.

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February 16 at 7:35 pm
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How to catch stripers on the Trent and Neuse Rivers in February

If you’re itching to scratch your fishing bug, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Neuse and Trent Rivers, where stripers are currently keeping anglers busy.

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February 15 at 5:54 pm
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How to catch stripers and hybrids on Lake Norman during cold weather

Plenty of anglers choose to sit at home on the coldest months of the year, and while they may be nice and toasty inside their homes, they are missing out on some of the best fishing of the year. This is true all across the Carolinas, including on Lake Norman, where the striper and hybrid are biting aggressively right now.

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February 15 at 4:50 pm
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How to catch bass with lockjaw

The coldest month of the year is here, but you still want to go out and catch some bass. The question is: How?

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February 15 at 3:50 pm
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Red drum fishing on Hyco Lake?

The NCWRC is considering stocking red drum into Hyco Lake. It’s okay if you want to read that sentence again. Yes, THAT Hyco Lake. The freshwater one that’s 3-hours away from saltwater. Sound like a crazy idea? Not really, thanks in large part to Hyco’s warmer water temperatures due to its role as a power plant cooling reservoir.

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February 15 at 11:50 am
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Elk hunting season approved by NCWRC

The NCWRC approved elk hunting in Western North Carolina. The measure was passed by unanimous vote last night during a Wildlife Commission meeting in Raleigh. This makes North Carolina the third state to have a legal elk hunting season, joining Kentucky and Tennessee.

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February 12 at 12:02 pm
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N. Wilkesboro angler catches 70-pound catfish at Blewett Falls

When guide Robbie Burr of Wadesboro prepares for a catfish charter, he gives his clients the choice of filling their coolers with eating-size fish or spending the day chasing trophies, and that decision tells him where they’re fishing. While angling for magnum cats usually means a trip to to the Pee Dee River, his party got the best of both worlds on February 8th when client Craig Bennett of North Wilkesboro caught and released an unexpected 70-pound blue catfish in Burr’s fish fry honey hole, Blewett Falls Lake.

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February 11 at 11:28 pm
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Schedule set for 38th Annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments

The schedule has been set for the 38th Annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments by the NCWRC, with nine district-level competitions throughout the month of March. Thousands of middle school and high school students will compete in the popular pre-collegiate shooting sports competitions.

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February 11 at 8:02 am
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Catch a variety of species on Fontana with these tips

The fishing is good on Lake Fontana, and one of the best reasons to fish there now is that everything in the lake is biting. Even if you’re going there targeting one specific species, you’re all but guaranteed to catch that species and more.

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February 10 at 9:51 am
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Kill your next big game animal with a Airbow

Every now and then, a new product comes along that changes the way we hunt. For bow hunters, the invention of the compound bow was revolutionary. These high-tech bows allow us to use greater power without exerting more energy of our own to load the weapon. They shoot faster, are more accurate, and have adjustments that recurve bows don't have.

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February 09 at 5:06 pm
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White shirt ruined while fishing? This stain remover will help

I never could wear white without collecting stains. Back in the ’80s when white pants were in style (for some unknown reason), I tried to look cool and ended up looking like a dalmatian from the waist down.

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February 08 at 3:52 pm
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Haywood County elk were killed legally

Last week, three elk were killed in Haywood County, prompting an investigation from the NCWRC. It turns out, these were legal killings of elk that had been causing extensive damage to a landowner’s property. Under these conditions, it is legal to kill elk, even without a depredation permit, as long as the landowner does not intend to claim the meat.

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February 08 at 12:55 pm
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24 turkey hunting seminars hosted by NCWRC, NWTF

It’s time to get geared up for turkey season, and the best way to do that is to attend one of the 24 free turkey hunting seminars scheduled across the state in March and April. The seminars are a joint effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

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February 05 at 9:02 am
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3 elk killed in Haywood County, NCWRC investigating

Enforcement officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are investigating the reported killing of three elk on one farm in Haywood County, according to a report in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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February 04 at 6:20 pm
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3 universities from Carolinas qualify for 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship

Three college fishing teams from the Carolinas have qualified for the 2017 College Fishing National Championship after finishing in the top 10 last month at the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference Opener on Crescent Lake in Florida.

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February 04 at 10:52 am
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