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Several unpermitted deer were killed in September by NCWRC officers in keeping with a policy to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease into North Carolina. NCWRC destroys unregistered penned deer
4777 Views - Posted: October 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm
North Carolina Wildlife Resources officials arrived unannounced at a Randolph County deer farm during September after receiving a tip that the owner was keeping fallow and white-tailed deer without proper permits.

Using shotguns and rifles, the wildlife officers shot and killed seven fallow deer and two whitetails.

Owner of euthanized penned deer protests during NCWRC meeting
2248 Views - Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:14 am
Wayne Kindley, his wife and friend Jo Henderson appeared at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s monthly meeting yesterday (Oct. 13) in Raleigh at the invitation of WRC Executive Director Gordon Myers.

Henderson presented a petition containing 7,000 names opposing NCWRC actions during which nine deer at Kindley’s farm were killed.

NOAA officials are closing the black sea bass recreational fishery south of Cape Hatteras on Oct. 17. Black sea bass recreational fishing closes south of Hatteras Oct. 17
4141 Views - Posted: October 08, 2011 at 3:18 pm
Angerls in North Carolina south of Cape Hatteras and in all of South Carolina will not be able to keep black sea bass beginning Oct. 17, federal officials announced Friday (Oct.7).

NOAA Fisheries announced that the 2011-12 recreational catch limit has been reached, and the fishery would close 10 days later and remain closed until June 1, 2012.

Portsmouth Island will likely be closed well into next spring because of damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The upper image shows the beach before the storm, while the lower photo was taken after the hurricane. Portsmouth Island remains off-limits for surf fishermen
4723 Views - Posted: October 05, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Besides ringing up a $10 billion price tag for cleanups from North Carolina to New York, Hurricane Irene has become the gift that keeps on giving.

One of North Carolina anglers’ favorite fall surf-fishing destinations — Portsmouth Island, aka North Core Banks — has been rendered off-limits, probably until 2012, by the storm’s effects.

User ‘OCbowhunter’ wins September Trail Cam Contest
3810 Views - Posted: October 05, 2011 at 11:56 am
An infrared photo of a two big, velvet bucks standing feeding the edge of cornfield won the September edition of the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com Trail Cam Contest.

Site user ‘OCsouthernstyletile’ entered the winning photo in the contest, which runs monthly through Nov. 15.

Doug Malikowski’s 17-point whitetail buck, arrowed Sept. 27, may be the state’s No. 2 all-time archery non-typical. State record-book buck downed in Orange County
15696 Views - Posted: October 03, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Doug Malinowski, owner of a landscaping business in Hillsborough, discovered on Sept. 27 that the fourth time was a charm.

That’s when, hunting alone from a tree stand in Orange County, the 28-year-old deer hunter arrowed one of the great bucks in North Carolina archery annals.

A new pier will make it easier for those in wheelchairs and children to fish Lake Lindley. Lake Lindley gets new universally accessible fishing pier
2013 Views - Posted: September 30, 2011 at 10:57 am
A new fishing pier on Lake Lindley’s Country Park now provides greater fishing access to the six-acre lake in Greensboro, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said.

The pier, which incorporates low handrail sections to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast lines, is the result of a partnership between the NWRC and the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.

A skiff navigates the sand bars in Lockwood Folly Inlet between Oak Island and Holden Beach. Severe shoaling menas the Coast Guard will remove channel buoys until dredging can begin. Buoys to be removed from inlets while Coast Guard waits for dredging approval
3944 Views - Posted: September 27, 2011 at 10:06 am
Coastal anglers may soon find there are no buoys making the channels in several of North Carolina’s shallow-draft inlets. While the inlets are in the process of being scheduled for dredging, they have already filled to shallow enough depths the Coast Guard considers them un-navigable, and is preparing to remove the channel markers.

Some buoys also have been moved off their position by Hurricane Irene and have not yet been corrected.

Mike Yates (left) and volunteer Matt Huff show off a nice wahoo Yates caught while fishing with Huff and Wayne Cohen on Cohen’s Big Mama at the MAD event in Oak Island on Sept. 10. Oak Island MAD event a success again
2423 Views - Posted: September 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm
It wasn’t a battle, and the locals didn’t surrender, but the troops invaded the sleepy coastal village of Oak Island in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 10 for Military Appreciation Day.

There were no gunshots or rumbling of tanks and artillery, as this was a friendly takeover. The event was “MAD 6,” and the invading troops were welcomed with open arms, almost like the soldiers who liberated European villages during World War II.

Coastal anglers could soon be forced to release all black sea bass if an aniticpated early closure materializes. Black sea bass facing October closure
3161 Views - Posted: September 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Recreational fishermen along the south Atlantic Coast weren’t expecting to get in a full year of black sea bass fishing, but when the limit was reduced from 15 to five fish, most thought the season would last more than four or five months.

However, at the recent South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting held Sept. 12-16 at Charleston, S.C., a National Marine Fisheries Service spokesman told council members the federal agency anticipated having to close the fishery some time in October.

The 2012 Southern Opens will stop at Lake Norman in April. 2012 Bassmaster Open schedule includes North Carolina stop
3603 Views - Posted: September 23, 2011 at 11:12 am
The schedule for the 2012 Bassmaster Southern Open tournament trail includes a stop at Lake Norman, B.A.S.S. announced yesterday (Sept. 22).

Southern Open events are part of three circuits that include a total of nine tournament stops.

Wake Forest pro Dave Wolak earned $125,000 by winning the FLW stop at Lake Champlain this past weekend. Wolak takes FLW win at Lake Champlain
2473 Views - Posted: September 20, 2011 at 9:44 am
Wake Forest’s David Wolak clinched his first FLW win Sunday (Sept. 18) during the Tour stop on Lake Champlain, where he put together a four-day weight of 81 pounds.

The win earned the pro $125,000.

“The key for me this week was being able to make the proper adjustments,” Wolak said. “I fished in rain and cold and wind, and was able to adapt correctly for every situation.”