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Guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville has been working over nice largemouth bass like these on Belews Lake. Bass bite is great on 'unique' Belews Lake
4007 Views - Posted: October 25, 2012 at 8:16 am
North Carolina has a handful of lakes that feature active, year-round largemouth bass bites, and Belews Lake is perhaps the best.

Currently, anglers are catching bass from six to 25 feet deep in its clear waters on a variety of lures.

Hunters can't bring back full deer heads from Pennsylvania to North Carolina because of the discovery of a deer infected with CWD in that state. Check with the N.C. Wildlife Resources for details. CWD in Pennsylvania deer forces NCWRC to change regulations
2594 Views - Posted: October 23, 2012 at 9:54 am
A whitetail deer born and raised in captivity in Pennsylvania has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), prompting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to implement restrictions regarding importing deer heads from Pennsylvania.

As a result, North Carolina taxidermists no longer can accept full deer heads for mounts from Pennsylvania and must inform wildlife officers if they receive one.

In addition, anyone bringing a deer from Pennsylvania, or the 20 other states or two Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations, which can be found at www.ncwildlife.org.

King mackerel fishing along North Carolina's southernmost coastline has been excellent for most of October. King mackerel fishing taking off along North Carolina/South Carolina border
2883 Views - Posted: October 23, 2012 at 9:43 am
A poor summer for king mackerel fishermen out of Little River has turned around in a big way over the past several weeks.

Beginning at the end of September, kings showed up thick along the North Carolina/South Carolina border, clobbering the huge schools of baitfish pooled up just off the beach.

Capt. David Cutler and Capt. Jim Bowen of Lowcountry Fishing Charters keep feeding these hungry beasts just what they want, and lots of it.

Kayak-fishing guide Mark Patterson caught this big red drum around Yaupon Beach. Kayak fishermen catching big drum, kings, Spanish around Yaupon Reef
4296 Views - Posted: October 19, 2012 at 12:46 am
A growing number of large red drum are showing up around nearshore artificial reefs, especially off the coast of Brunswick County. Most are being caught incidentally while targeting other species, but increasing reports indicate most are well above the minimum size of 40 inches for a release citation.

“We had heard the big drum were pretty thick at Yaupon Reef and decided to make a trip out there and see for ourselves,” said Mark Patterson of Brigadoon Guide Service. “They are at some of the other reefs off Brunswick County, too, but Yaupon is the closest, and when you don’t have a motor that counts a lot. A few kayakers have caught them in the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers, but tackling drum of this size in the ocean on kayaks is a special treat.”

Chris Campbell's big Bladen County buck carried antlers featuring a 17 1/2-inch spread and 12-inch tines. Bladen County hunter takes huge buck with blackpowder rifle
10917 Views - Posted: October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am
Chris Campbell from Elizabethtown slipped into the woods on Saturday, Oct. 13, intending to cap a long day of working on stands, corn piles and shooting lanes by shooting a doe that his son, Zac, could take back to N.C. State.

He wound up killing the biggest buck he’s taken in 25 years of hunting, a 150-inch, 10-point Bladen County trophy.

Shakey head rigs with soft plastics are producing largemouth bass at Lookout Shoals Lake Fall bass action on Lookout Shoals Lake ready to take off
3585 Views - Posted: October 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm
Bass fishing at Lookout Shoals Lake has been steady, but the best action of the fall is just around the corner, according to Andy Fox of Fishers of Men Guide Service.

“Right now we’re still catching largemouths on a deep pattern, throwing shakey head rigs at secondary points, and also I’m using small buzzbaits at rocks on secondary points,” said Fox (828-312-8771), who said bass are following schools of threadfin shad that haven’t quite reached the backs of creeks yet.

“It’s not wide-open fishing yet; the bass are just starting to school up,” Fox said. “As the lake water temperature cools down, these fish will follow shad wherever they go. They’re trying to feed up and get nourishment before winter weather gets here. So they’re following the baitfish.”

Michael Sprinkle's 255-pound Forsyth County buck had a main-frame 7-point rack with five sticker points, including a 6-inch drop tine. Forsyth County archer downs huge, 'familiar' buck with tall, heavy rack
9403 Views - Posted: October 16, 2012 at 8:40 am
Michael Sprinkle of Winston-Salem could be considered a nature photographer based on how long his trail camera had been taking photos of a huge whitetail buck in Forsyth County.

Sprinkle finally made a personal connection with the buck when he arrowed it on Oct. 9. The buck carried a huge 7-point main-frame rack with five non-typical points and a total of 162 2/8 inches of antlers.

An easy-to-build, do-it-yourself game cart can make getting a nice deer out of the woods less of a chore. Portable game cart can be valuable - and built for less than $10  Video Included
6746 Views - Posted: October 15, 2012 at 8:33 am
Game carts are becoming a valuable and important piece of a hunter’s arsenal. They come in handy, being lightweight but able to help carry equipment for harvested game. They do less damage to the land than an ATV and are much quieter and more compact.

Many carts may cost more than $100, but here’s a simple, do-it-yourself design that you can build in less than 30 minutes and for the cost of – or less – than a good deer drag.

Brandon Vaughn of Southport caught this 21.1-pound king mackerel on a menhaden at Oak Island Pier. Kings, flounder visiting Oak Island Pier regularly
3116 Views - Posted: October 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm
The fall fishing from the Oak Island piers is expected to be good, and those expectations are being met. From flounder to king mackerel, the bite is on, and fishing is good.

“Fishing is really good right now, and it should still get a little better,” said Tommy Thomes at Oak Island Pier. “Already this week we’ve had several citation flounder, a citation cobia and several king mackerel caught. The kings and the cobia create the excitement, but there are more fishermen after the flounder and other fish.”

Crankbaits thrown at Jordan Lake’s riprap and rocky shorelines are a good lure choice in the fall. Changing weather pushing Jordan Lake bass in and out of shallow water
1737 Views - Posted: October 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm
With changeable weather currently playing a capricious role in bass fishing at Jordan Lake, guide Jamie Olive of New Hill said there’s a way to defeat its effects on largemouths.

“With the warm front we had last week, then the cold front this week, bass went back to a summertime pattern,” said Olive (919-625-0707), with fish pushing away from the shorelines and into deeper water.

“Bass had just started chasing shad in (the) creeks,” he said. “Then, with the warm spell, they went back to deep water.”

Traveling with firearms doesn’t have to be as difficult as the TSA can sometimes make it. Keep these tips in mind to breeze through your next flight. Tips for flying with firearms  Video Included
1715 Views - Posted: October 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm
I’m fortunate enough to get to travel quite a bit to hunt, and it didn’t take me long to figure out some things to help me breeze through TSA at the airport, not to mention how to keep my gun sighted in.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has invited Lake Norman fishermen to discuss the striped bass fishery at a meeting next week. Commission will hold meeting on Lake Norman striped bass
1422 Views - Posted: October 10, 2012 at 8:25 am
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public input meeting at Lake Norman High School in Mooresville on Oct. 16 to discuss the Lake Norman striped bass fishery.

Commission biologists will present an overview of the lake’s striped bass fishery, provide information on the status of the population, and discuss the current management of the fishery, as well as potential future strategies to improve the fishery.