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    A bill on a net ban is facing an uphill climb, but Rep. Billy Richardson, who introduced the bill, remains optimistic about the bill's chances.

    Net-ban bill languishing after being introduced by Fayetteville legislator

    Rep. Billy Richardson, (D-Cumberland) said all winter that he planned to introduce a bill to place a net ban referendum on the 2016 fall ballot, and last week, he remained true to his word.

    Yesterday at 8:56pm
    Capt. Lewis Emery of Tails Up Charters in Carolina Beach holds a typical speckled trout for this time of year.

    Catch Carolina Beach speckled trout with these lures and tips

    By the time day broke over Buzzard’s Bay on Tuesday morning, Lewis Emery of Tails Up Charters in Carolina Beach and his buddy, Larry Essick, already had a handful of speckled trout in the boat — and neither was surprised.

    May 20 at 8:34am
    Cobia fishing will remain open longer than the federally mandated June 20 closure, thanks to the NCMFC, which voted to keep cobia fishing open in state waters through September 30.

    N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission votes to keep cobia fishing open, go out of compliance with feds

    The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted Thursday at a meeting in Morehead City to keep its cobia fishery open in state waters beyond the federally mandated June 20 closure, going out of compliance with the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.

    May 20 at 1:14am
    Introductory fly fishing classes, as well as many other programs, are offered throughout June at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. These NCWRC programs are free, and open on a first-come, first-served basis.

    NCWRC offering 14 outdoors programs throughout June

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering 14 outdoors public programs in June at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

    May 19 at 9:14am
    34 trout streams and two lakes, all of which are delayed-harvest trout waters, will open under hatchery-supported regulations on June 4.

    Delayed-harvest trout waters open under hatchery-supported regulations June 4

    On June 4 the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations.

    May 17 at 3:27pm
    Cody Durham and Mitch Mincey killed these two 300+ pound hogs in Jackson County on a night hunt.

    Western N.C. boar hunt produces two 300-plus pounders

    Cody Durham and Mitch Mincey recently went on a hog hunt in Jackson County, and had a very interesting trip. While most people think of the eastern part of the state when talking about hog hunting, their western North Carolina trip produced some good hogs, but there was more to this hunt than just waiting for hogs to show up. It could have passed as a scouting trip for bears.

    May 16 at 2:25pm
    The NCWRC is hosting some free fishing workshops in June at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

    NCWRC offering free fishing workshops in June

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two free fishing workshops in June at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, in Fayetteville. 

    May 16 at 9:14am
    Blake Michael caught this 116.2-pound while fishing out of Hatteras a few days before his wedding.

    Angler catches huge cobia out of Hatteras

    Blake Michael of Poquoson, Va., knew he was headed to Hatteras earlier this week for the catch of a lifetime, but he didn't know it would be a doubleheader. Fishing with his buddy, Bryan Nester, this past Thursday, a few days before marrying his “catch-of-a-lifetime” girlfriend, Hailey Hill, Michael landed a 116.2-pound cobia, missing the state record by slightly more than four ounces.

    May 15 at 12:46pm
    Sandy Brady holds the sling bow in his left hand he used to down the N.C.- and USA-record eastern wild turkey he bagged May 6 in Rockingham County.

    Record ‘sling-bow’ gobbler downed in Rockingham County

    Robert “Sandy” Brady of Reidsville bagged an eastern wild turkey gobbler in Rockingham County the last day of the 2016 hunting season. 

    Although the bird weighed a modest 17 pounds, sported an 11 1/8-inch beard and 1 3/8-inch spurs, it nonetheless is a North Carolina and world-record for the type of weapon he used, a sling bow.

    May 13 at 2:10pm
    80 kids participated in the 2nd Annual Fishers of Kids Anglers Academy in Snow Hill on May 10.

    Fishers of Kids Anglers Academy takes 80 kids fishing

    Samantha Gay is a Technology Assistant at Greene County Intermediate School in Snow Hill, and students there have always loved hearing her talk about fishing, one of her favorite hobbies. She loves telling those fishing tales, but could never quite put into words what fishing was all about, and when she learned that many of the kids had never been fishing before, she realized what she had to do. 

    May 12 at 11:10am
    The recreational black sea bass season opens on May 15 in state and federal waters north of Cape Hatteras.

    Black sea bass season opens May 15 north of Cape Hatteras

    The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open May 15 in both federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.

    May 11 at 6:08pm
    Jerry Faw and David Whitley are two of the multiple anglers who caught king mackerel off Ocean Crest Pier on May 10.

    Nice king mackerel being caught off Ocean Crest Pier

    May is a big month for king mackerel on piers along the coast of Brunswick County, and the action that fishermen on Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island had on May 10 was a perfect example.

    May 11 at 9:17am
    Austin Thompson killed this triple-bearded gobbler during the youth season.

    Youth hunter bags triple-bearded gobbler in Halifax County

    Sherman Thompson took his two sons hunting during the youth season, and it was a day none of them will ever forget. Austin, Thompson’s 14-year-old son killed a triple-bearded gobbler, and 12-year-old Levi killed a jake.

    May 09 at 11:40pm
    This trophy gobbler beat Brant Grady on April 16, but Grady got the last laugh on the following Monday.

    Durham hunter bags trophy gobbler

    Brant Grady learned a lesson about how badly even a small, rusty wire fence can ruin a turkey hunt on April 16, but he capitalized on the lesson, and bagged his trophy gobbler on the following Monday near Hurdle Mills in Orange County.

    May 09 at 1:54pm
    Tammy Tucker, from Kannapolis, killed this double-bearded gobbler on April 23 in Cabarrus County.

    North Carolina woman bags state-record archery gobbler

    North Carolina has another state-record turkey, and a Kannapolis woman has her second state record.

    Tammy Tucker killed a double-bearded gobbler on April 23 in Cabarrus County that will become the state record with the N.C. Bowhunters Association as soon as scorer Joey Thompson’s paperwork is accepted. 

    May 08 at 8:18pm
    Rob Digh lead the way for North Carolina in the team division. The Denver native bagged 10 fish weighing 24-03 during the event.

    North Carolina wins team event at B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional

    North Carolina won the team competition between 18 states at the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional presented by Magellan Outdoors underway on Douglas Lake.

    May 06 at 9:05am