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Properly handling bass can increase survival during the heat of the summer. Tips on keeping bass alive during summer heat
2474 Views - Posted: August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Keeping bass alive after being caught can be a challenge during the summer heat, and often many bass die after release or when placed in livewells. However, there are steps that can be taken to increase the chances of survival, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

The problem is that dissolved oxygen levels drop during the summer when water temperatures soar, and that stresses fish.

North Carolina was well represented during this year's Youth Hunter Education Challenge held in New Mexico. Tarheel youth make mark at Youth Hunter Education Challenge
2975 Views - Posted: August 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm
North Carolina youth won three first- and one second-place awards during the recent Youth Hunter Education Challenge held in Raton, New Mexico.

The event is a week-long series of shooting competitions with .22-caliber rifles, muzzleloaders, shotguns and archery. There also are non-shooting components including orienteering, wildlife identification, written exams and hunter-safety trail tests.

Renovations to the Halls Creek Boating Access Area include a fixed fishing pier. Halls Creek Boating Access Area renovations completed
2874 Views - Posted: August 12, 2011 at 8:27 am
Renovations to Halls Creek Boating Access Area in Elizabeth City has been completed and the boat launch is now open for public use, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission announced Wednesday (Aug. 10).

“The renovations to this Pasquotank County site will give both boaters and anglers better, more convenient access to the Little River,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the NCWRC’s Division of Engineering Services. “The access area has a new ramp and fixed docks, and we also made the parking ADA accessible.”

Linden's Marty Stone is one of 24 top bass pros to be competing in the newly formed Major League Fishing circuit. New pro bass-fishing league formed
3182 Views - Posted: August 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Twenty-four of the nation’s top bass anglers have teamed with the Outdoor Channel to form a new professional fishing circuit designed to test anglers’ prowess in putting together patterns quickly.

The Major League Fishing trail will allow anglers to weigh as many legal fish as they catch, but competitors must begin each event without the benefit of user-generated GPS waypoints or practice. Anglers also will fish on surprise venues, meaning they will have to make on-the-water adjustments to catch bass.

Clay Reed, who goes by Reed wins final Big Bass Contest monthly prize
2446 Views - Posted: August 07, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Clay Reed easily won the final round of the 2011 Big Bass Contest for a photo of a 3-pounder he caught in a Scotland County pond.

“(I) caught it … (in) deep water with lots of stumps,” Reed wrote. “(It) looks bigger, but that’s on a digital scale.

The Trail Cam Contest is back, and better than ever! Trail Cam Photo Contest kicks off
3355 Views - Posted: August 03, 2011 at 6:24 pm
It's time to show off all the photos from your trail cams in the 2011 Trail Cam Photo Contest.

“Hunting season might not begin until mid September, but scouting begins much earlier than that – and trail cams have become a big part of the scouting scene,” the site’s Andy Crawford said. “So we wanted to provide a place for our users to post their photos and compete for monthly prizes."

Skip Conklin (left), Sandy Conklin (center) and Jay Russell with their 60.30-pound king mackerel that won the Raleigh Salt Water Sportfishing Club King Mackerel Tournament on July 30. Ocean Athlete sprints to Raleigh king tourney win
3565 Views - Posted: August 02, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Skip and Sandy Conklin, and Jay Russell have caught enough large king mackerel they are rarely surprised, but the 60.3-pounder they caught on Saturday (July 30) to win the Raleigh Salt Water Sportfishing Club King Mackerel Tournament was indeed a pleasant surprise.

In fact, it established a new record for the tournament.

The N.C. Bowhunters Association certifies hunters with a shooting skills test and hunter-safety test to give them a better chance to get hunting permission from landowners. NC Bowhunters Association offers certification for hunters to help landowner, communities control deer numbers
3647 Views - Posted: July 29, 2011 at 9:08 am
With whitetail deer numbers increasing and herds spreading into new territory, some neighborhoods, towns, villages and cities often turn to bowhunter groups to reduce the herd eating their gardens, shrubbery, flowers, colliding with autos and spreading ticks to pets and humans.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission encourages communities to join its Urban Archery Program, and often puts them in contact with private bow-hunter groups.

North Carolina’s oldest bowhunting organization, the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, often puts members who have participated in its Bowhunter Certification and Referral Service in touch with those communities and landowners.

Among proposed changes to 2012-13 hunting regulations would be an expansion of bear-hunting season. Bear seasons grow, pistol changes confusing in 2012-13 regulation proposals
5260 Views - Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:04 am
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission will propose 55 changes in hunting and fishing regulations for the 2012-13 seasons, and will present them at a series of public hearings across the state this month.

Chief among the changes are proposals that would lengthen bear season in a handful of counties in eastern North Carolina and establish seasons in several counties, change striped bass regulations on a handful of lakes and increase the size minimum on bass in western North Carolina.

Public hearings have been set for proposed 2012-13 North Carolina hunting and fishing regulations. Public hearings for 2012-13 fishing and hunting regulations scheduled
2316 Views - Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:02 am
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s schedule of public hearings for proposed changes in 2012-13 fish-and-game laws has been released.

All meetings are begin at 7 p.m.

The schedule is:

Charlotte's James W. Cogdell apparently has been appointed to serve on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Cogdell reportedly gets final appointment to North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
2349 Views - Posted: July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm
James W. Cogdell said he has been named by Gov. Beverly Perdue as the last of the new members to join the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Cogdell, a 70-year-old multi-millionaire and former founder and chairman of the board of the medical-office real estate investment firm Cogdell Spencer Inc. of Charlotte, said he was appointed in July. His appointment hasn’t been announced officially by the governor’s office.

Angler Tim Cox set the North Carolina state record for queen triggerfish when he landed this 10.34-pound brute May 22. Huge queen triggerfish sets state record
5120 Views - Posted: July 14, 2011 at 11:14 am
Micah Cox is no stranger to saltwater fishing or to catching big fish. He has a stated goal of catching a citation-sized fish of every marine species on the North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries’ list.

“I’m about halfway through the list,” Cox said. “Last year, I caught two citation queen triggerfish that each weighed 7˝ pounds.”

But it was Tim Cox, Micah’s cousin, who on May 22 caught a queen 10.34-pound triggerfish that established a new state-record category and took the top spot.