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Setting up trail cameras can be productive for deer hunters, if you follow Bill Howard's directions. Set up that trail camera now! But do it correctly!  Video Included
3535 Views - Posted: September 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm
Trail cameras are an invaluable tool when used properly for scouting. Whether setting up on game trails, food plots and feeding areas, the camera can pick up game animals visiting those areas, providing you with a census of the game you have.

Bill Howard shares some basic information on how to set up the cameras as well as some tips on how to program the settings of the cameras for maximum effectiveness.

Jennifer Morris of Stem killed this great Granville County buck on Monday, Sept. 10. It had 135 inches of antler and rough scored at 135 1/2 inches in full velvet. Granville County woman tags huge buck in full velvet
7342 Views - Posted: September 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Jennifer Morris had settled down and decided that her hunting trip last on Monday afternoon was going to be an uneventful one, much like the ones she’d taken the previous two days.

"I didn’t see a deer on Saturday, and on Sunday, I saw eight does,” said Morris, who lives in the Granville County community of Stem. “I went Monday after work, got in my stand around 5:30, and at 7 o’clock, I hadn’t seen anything, things were getting quiet and the sun was going down, and I’m thinking, ‘I’m gonna have another evening with no luck.’”

Then, Lady Luck came wandering up to her stand in the form of a big 9-point buck, in full velvet, with long brow tines and 135 inches of antler.

Guide Jeff Thomas says Shearon Harris Lake is the best best for Raleigh-Durham area fishermen this week. Triangle bass fishing slow, but soft-plastics still working at Harris
2732 Views - Posted: September 13, 2012 at 11:32 am
Largemouth fishing is tough right now at the three premier bass lakes around the Raleigh-Durham area — Jordan, Shearon Harris and Falls of the Neuse – but the bite should pick up as soon as water temperatures start to drop, according to guide Jeff Thomas of Broadway.

Heather Horton's 129-inch Chatham County buck had a 6 1/2-inch drop tine and was still in full velvet when she killed it on the opening day of archery season. Chatham County buck is trophy for female crossbow hunter
4894 Views - Posted: September 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm
A hot, humid day and an approaching storm with high winds didn’t deter Heather Horton from completing a memorable hunt on the first day of bow season in Chatham County this past Saturday.

What made it memorable? How about a 9-point buck with a 6 1/2-inch drop tine, its antlers still in full velvet?

A mullet run in the New River has caused a great topwater bite for speckled trout and redfish, according to Capt. Ricky Kellum. Topwater action for reds, trout on fire in New River
2953 Views - Posted: September 10, 2012 at 8:14 am
Speckled trout and redfish are hitting a variety of topwater lures in the New River between Jacksonville and Sneads Ferry.

Capt. Ricky Kellum said the action has been good in the New River for trout, redfish and flounder, but the excitement of catching specks and reds on topwater is making fishermen smile. Schools of finger mullet are running the river, and the fish that are feeding on them are aggressive.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has reported an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in the whitetail deer herd in Northwest North Carolina. Commission schedules meeting to dicsuss hemorrhagic disease in Northwest North Carolina
2901 Views - Posted: September 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a meeting to present information to the public about the scope and impact of an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) on deer in western North Carolina.

The meeting is scheduled for 6-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, just before the Commission’s annual public hearing on proposed regulations.

PVC pipe and fittings is all you need to build an inexpensive deer feeder. Gravity deer feeder easy, inexpensive to make  Video Included
26124 Views - Posted: September 07, 2012 at 7:05 am
Feeders offer a great way to help pattern deer and present temporary holding areas for deer in their normal traveling corridors. In this video, Bill Howard shares how to build and set up a gravity-feed deer feeder. For less than $20 and in about 10 minutes, you can build a feeder that is much more efficient than just dumping corn on the ground, yet costs much less than broadcast feeders.

The NCDMF wants to examine the carcasses of red snapper caught during the two upcoming 3-day recreational seasons. It has set up freezers at locations along the coast to receive the carcasses. NCDMF wants to study red snapper carcasses
2175 Views - Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:46 am
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries wants red snapper carcasses.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has established two 3-day weekend seasons this month; recreational fishermen will be allowed to keep one red snapper per day, and the NCDMF wants to examine those carcasses – asking them to take them to collection centers along the coast.

Should the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and N.C. Department of Agriculture merge? That's the topic to be discussed at public meetings this week in New Bern and Manteo. Meetings tonight, Thursday on possible NCDMF, NCWRC merger
1332 Views - Posted: September 05, 2012 at 10:04 am
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold meetings concerning a possible merger with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission tonight and Thursday.

The meetings will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in New Bern at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Office on 300 Industrial Drive; and Thursday at 6 p.m. in Manteo at the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive.

Big blue catfish have been regular catches the past two weeks on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie Norman, Wylie producing big blue catfish regularly
2383 Views - Posted: September 05, 2012 at 9:27 am
Big blue catfish currently are the main objects of anglers’ attention at two lakes near Charlotte.

“We’ve been targeting Arkansas blues on both Lake Wylie and Lake Norman,” said Jerry Neeley of Jerry’s Fishing Guide Service. “We’ve been catching fairly good-size fish recently.”

Guide Mark Stacy said redfish are really working over finger mullet that are heading out of the marshes. Reds, flounder, specks acting like it's fall in Shallotte/Ocean Isle area
2401 Views - Posted: September 04, 2012 at 8:58 am
Inshore fishing is already in fall form in the waters from the Shallotte River to Little River Inlet. Fishermen are catching red drum, black drum, flounder and trout – and that’s about as good as it gets.

Waterfowl hunters have had their daily bag limit for scaup, aka bluebills, doubled from two to four for the 2012-13 season. State announces waterfowl season dates, bag limits
4481 Views - Posted: September 01, 2012 at 10:29 am
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set dates and bag limits for 2012-13 waterfowl seasons, and there's little that was not expected.

The season will still be split into three parts: a short season in early October, a longer season around Thanksgiving and a 5-week season bridging December and January.