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White perch going to town at Lake Norman

If you want to catch white perch, catfish or possibly a spotted bass, Lake Norman is a good bet.

“White perch are stacked up right now at Norman,” said David “Buck” Roser of Huntersville.
September 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Belews Lake guide is real fan of Wolfpack

The “real” Wolfpack – the N.C. State kind – will be playing football this Saturday in Raleigh against The Citadel.

But guide Joel Richardson is “playing” against “wolfpacks” every day he slides his bass boat down the ramp into Belews Lake, a 3,863-acre reservoir north of Winston-Salem close to the corner where Forsyth, Guilford, Stokes and Rockingham counties meet.

“There are bass cruising up and down steep banks from the mid-lake to the dam, in the real clear water,” said Richardson ( “I call them ‘wolfpacks’. They’re just cruising around, eating any minnows they come up on.”
September 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

Henderson woman arrows a real wide load

Bonnie Collier of Henderson had hunted deer only during gun season for three years, so with restrictions on crossbow hunting eliminated, she decided to expand her season, and it paid off almost immediately.

Hunting in Vance County, Collier, a PSNC Energy employee, arrowed a 12-point buck on Sept. 15 that’s likely to wind up among North Carolina’s widest whitetails this season.
September 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

Snaky Scotland County swamp produces big 10-point buck

Scouting, eyeball observations and determined tracking through a snake-infested swamp allowed veteran bowhunter Mark Miller to kill a 10-point buck in Scotland County on Sept. 10.

Miller, who has hunted exclusively with a bow for the past 30 years, was on some private land where he’d put up tree stands for several years.
September 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

Dirty water hasn't slowed down excellent fishing around Wrightsville Beach

Fall won’t arrive for a couple more days, but fall fishing is approaching wide open in the waters around Wrightsville Beach. There are excellent opportunities whether your preference is for fishing in the backwaters or the ocean.

Capt. Allen Cain of Sightfish NC said the water has been dirty because of all the runoff from recent rains, but that hasn’t slowed the fishing. He said there are lots of redfish and they are responding to just about every method of fishing.
September 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

Union County hunter arrows huge 9-pointer

Once archery season opened, it didn’t take long for Travis Purser of Union County to down his best bow buck.

And it’s certain there’ll be more to come, because he’s in the woods almost every day – although another 140-inch 9-pointer might be hard to come by.
September 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

'Dawn of the Deer' wins August trail camera contest user “DoctorDeerSlayer” has won the Web site’s August Trail Cam Contest with his photo “Dawn of the Deer,” taken on Aug. 16. Read More...
September 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Set up that trail camera now! But do it correctly!

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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.
September 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Granville County woman tags huge buck in full velvet

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.
September 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Triangle bass fishing slow, but soft-plastics still working at Harris

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.Read More...
September 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

Chatham County buck is trophy for female crossbow hunter

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?Read More...
September 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Topwater action for reds, trout on fire in New River

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.
September 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

Commission schedules meeting to dicsuss hemorrhagic disease in Northwest North Carolina

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.
September 08, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Gravity deer feeder easy, inexpensive to make

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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.Read More...
September 07, 2012 at 7:05 am

NCDMF wants to study red snapper carcasses

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.
September 06, 2012 at 11:46 am

Meetings tonight, Thursday on possible NCDMF, NCWRC merger

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.
September 05, 2012 at 10:04 am