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Although many North Carolina anglers may have missed the shallow water daytime bite for walleyes at Fontana, walleye guide Ronnie Parris says the night time bite is still on. Fontana walleye turning to after-dark bite on bank
2499 Views - Posted: May 31, 2012 at 8:39 am
If you’ve been waiting on the daytime shoreline bite for walleye at Fontana Lake, the wait is over – you missed it.

According to Ronnie Parris of Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited don’t feel bad. Parris guides for walleye, smallmouth and spotted bass on Fontana, and while he didn’t exactly miss it, he said it came and went so quickly during a warm spell back in March, if he had blinked, he would have missed it, too.

Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox of N.C. State's Basspack won the BoatUS Collegiate Bass fishing Championship May 24-25 on Alabama's Lake Pickwick. Basspack wins collegiate fishing crown
3326 Views - Posted: May 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm
For the first time in its seven-year history, the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions trophy is making a repeat visit to a campus, thanks to N.C. State’s Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox.

The Basspack’s duo hauled in a total of 45.60 pounds of largemouth and smallmouth out of Lake Pickwick near Florence, Ala., to win the tourney last week.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is co-sponsoring dozens of free kids' fishing events in association with National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. Free kids fishing events on tap for this weekend
998 Views - Posted: May 29, 2012 at 11:08 am
Now is a great time to take a kid fishing, as more than 35 free, family-oriented fishing events are scheduled across the state in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.

Blake Cox’s cinnamon wild turkey gobbler he shot April 20 in Guilford County is a 1-in-300,000 coloration pattern, experts said.

Cinnamon-colored gobbler spices up season for Kernersville hunter
4339 Views - Posted: May 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Odd coloration in Eastern wild turkeys is fairly common across the southeastern states, but Blake Cox of Kernersville bagged a gobbler that may take the 2012 prize in North Carolina.

Cox, 55, and was hunting in Guilford County on April 20 when he shot a gobbler that not only had light cinnamon-brown feathers but also white quills, and its belly and legs were mostly white with mottled brown specks.

Eddie Bridges, director of the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation, is one of six finalists for a national outdoor magazine’s “Heroes of Conservation” award. Greensboro man is candidate for national conservation award
1559 Views - Posted: May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Eddie Bridges of Greensboro is in the running for a national outdoor magazine’s top conservation award, having been named one of six finalists in Field & Stream’s 2012 “Heroes of Conservation” competition.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has voted to end the practice of purse-seining for menhaden in North Carolina waters, seven years after the last North Carolina-based menhaden reduction operation closed its doors. Marine Fisheries Commission ends purse-seining of menhaden
3399 Views - Posted: May 16, 2012 at 11:23 am
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted at its May 11 meeting in Atlantic Beach to end the controversial practice of purse-seining for menhaden in North Carolina waters. Menhaden may still be harvested by other means.

Interactions between endangered or threatened sea turtles and gill nets has led to further restrictions on commercial netting in two areas of North Carolina's inshore waters. Feds force state to close, restrict gill-net fishing in two areas
3527 Views - Posted: May 15, 2012 at 11:26 am
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted at its May meeting in Atlantic Beach to close the lower Core Sound, Back Sound and the North River to all large-mess gill nets and to restrict the amount of nets that can be fished in an area from Lennoxville Point near Beaufort to the US 58 bridge between Emerald Isle and Cape Carteret.

The votes came on the heels of the National Marine Fisheries Service informing the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries that the state needed to lower the number of “interactions” between gill nets and endangered sea turtles. Closure of several areas and restrictions in other areas were determined by a 6-3 vote to be the best course of action. The three dissenting votes were cast by commercial members of the Commission, fish-house owners Mikey Daniels, Joe Smith and Bradley Styron.

Guide B.J. Keener holds up the gobbler taken by 8-year-old Cory Holbrooks of Franklin on an April 21 hunt for handicapped kids in Macon County. Two youths take gobblers on Macon County handicapped hunt
2512 Views - Posted: May 14, 2012 at 11:27 am
For Miguel Villagomez, a visually impaired eighth grader who was guided by Gene Piver of Asheville, a long-time member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the hunt ended with a bang at first light that left a big gobbler flopping on the ground.

It took a little longer for 8-year-old Cory Holbrooks of Franklin to connect, but it was no less sweet. Holbrooks, whose walking ability is impaired, high-stepped through a cow pasture in the predawn darkness, learning that it was best to avoid the scattered, plate-sized dark spots.

CCA-NC has asked for and received the resignation of a lobbyist who had an inappropriate relationship with a staff member of Rep. Thom Tillis (above), speaker of the North Carolina House of Representative. CCA-NC cuts ties with lobbyist
1407 Views - Posted: May 10, 2012 at 11:24 am
The Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina has ended its relationship with lobbyist Dean Plunkett, who admitting May 2 to having an improper relationship with a staff member of Rep. Thom Tillis (R-Charlotte), the N.C. General Assembly’s Speaker of the House.

Plunkett was asked to resign by CCA officials and did so almost immediately. A CCA-NC official said that if Plunkett hadn’t resigned, the organization that represents North Carolina’s recreational saltwater anglers would have dismissed him.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is considering a proposal to expand youth-only turkey hunting from one to six days. Commission considers expanding youth turkey-hunting opportunities
3420 Views - Posted: May 08, 2012 at 3:58 pm
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will take to its July 5 meeting in Raleigh several proposals for changes to the spring wild-turkey season, including a week-long youth season and allowing hunters to take their 2-bird season limit on a single day.

Doug Parsons of Clinton served on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission from 2002 to 2012. Parsons resigns spot on N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
2062 Views - Posted: May 08, 2012 at 1:53 pm
W. Doug Parsons of Clinton, a member of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission since 2002, resigned on May 3 after his appointment as a district court judge.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plans to allow hunters to take wild hogs and coyotes at night, with lights, on public lands. Commission moves toward opening more opportunities to take hogs, coyotes
3262 Views - Posted: May 03, 2012 at 11:19 am
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission took a step toward implementing a rule Thursday that allows for the taking of coyotes and feral swine by hunting on private lands at night with a light.

The rule would also allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes on public lands from ½ hour after sunset to ½ before sunrise with a light by permit only. Night hunting is one means of controlling localized populations of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina and destructive to the landscape.