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Wake Forest's Heather Sheperd killed the second largest bear ever taken by a woman during a Nov. 14 dog hunt in Hyde County. Hyde County bruin tips scales at 677 1/2 pounds
8830 Views - Posted: November 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm
Heather Shepherd doesn’t wear ragged hunting clothes, have a face with three days of beard growth or have Red Man or Beechnut stains on her shirt.

Nonetheless, she’s a bear hunter. In fact, the 24-year-old Wake Forest resident and Meredith College grad downed the largest North Carolina black bear ever killed by a female hunter during a Nov. 14 dog hunt. It is the second-largest bear taken with any legal means by a Tarheel woman.

NorthCarolinasportsman.com users can now upload photos to the reports photo right from their iPhones by using a free app, CliqCliq QuickPic. iPhones, iPads now fully compatible with forums
1667 Views - Posted: November 28, 2011 at 10:25 am
Photos can now be posted to the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com forum directly from iPhones and iPads by using the free third-party app CliqCliq QuickPic.

“We’ve been working hard to find a way to make Apple mobile devices fully compatible with our forums, and our IT staff has finally worked out all the bugs,” the site’s Andy Crawford said. “Now our many iPhone users can upload photos right from their boats and hunting leases!”

Jack Wood (far left) and the crew of the Thumpin at the 2010 Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament with their big check for winning the tournament. Wood, who was a two-time SKA National Champion, and Travis Lawson were killed in a wreck on their way to the 2011 SKA National Championship Tournament. ‘Celebration of life’ scheduled for popular Tar Heel angler killed in wreck
2617 Views - Posted: November 18, 2011 at 10:34 am
A “celebration of life” will be held tomorrow (Nov. 19) for a popular coastal angler killed in an accident Nov. 7 while driving to the Southern Kingfish Association Championship in Biloxi, Miss.

Wake Forest’s Jack Wood, a two-time winner of the SKA championship, and another SKA competitor was killed when the truck in which he was driving slammed into a tanker truck stopped because of a previous wreck.

The North Carolina legislative study committee tasked with making saltwater fisheries management recommedations should begin holding public meetings in January, a committee co-chair said. Legislator says public hearings on saltwater management will be held in January
1918 Views - Posted: November 16, 2011 at 10:34 am
The legislative research committee that will study how North Carolina saltwater resources will be managed in the future will hold its first of three meetings in January, according to a co-chairman of the joint-legislative committee that will do the study.

The ASFMC voted in early November to begin the process of reducing menhaden harvest to protect the important baitfish species. ASMFC votes to reduce menhaden harvest
2659 Views - Posted: November 11, 2011 at 10:36 am
Atlantic Coast recreational fishermen have been asking for a reduction in the menhaden harvest for a decade or more, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission finally agreed at its annual meeting in early November.

With a lopsided margin, the ASMFC voted to set a reduction that could be as high as 37 percent through a fishery management plan to be formulated through research and public meetings held in the coming months.

A proposed wind farm in Beaufort County might cause major problems for local wildlife, and the company that wants to build windmills is yet to offer an environmental assessment.
Beaufort County wind-farm proposal draws criticism
4052 Views - Posted: November 09, 2011 at 1:02 pm
The nation’s largest maker of windmill turbines applied to North Carolina’s Utility Commission during September for a permit to built 49 turbines to heights of 492 feet each on 11,000 acres of land in northern Beaufort County.

However, some worry about the impact of the proposed wind farm on wildlife.

Recreational anglers will be limited to four spotted seatrout of at least 14 inches per trip, starting Nov. 15, 2011.
NCMFC reduces spotted seatrout recreational limit to four, allows weekend commercial catches on most waters
4193 Views - Posted: November 08, 2011 at 3:17 pm
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted 4-3 Friday (Nov. 4) to set in place more stringent recreational fishing regulations governing the harvest of spotted seatrout – effective Nov. 14.

The agency said in a news release the regulation change, which drops the daily creel from six to four fish (at least 14 inches in length), was “a short-term measure" to address overfishing.

NorthCarolinaSportsman.com users named this photo as the winner of the monthly Trail Cam Contest. ‘DuFHuntin’ wins monthly Trail Cam Contest
4755 Views - Posted: November 06, 2011 at 9:33 am
A photo of an owl swooping down on a doe was selected as the best of the best in the October edition of the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com Trail Cam Contest by the site’s users.

User “DuFHuntin” entered the image, and received 53 percent of the votes cast in the monthly contest.

Spotted sea trout may have a chance to grow to good sizes if the North Carolina legislature’s saltwater study committee passes a measure to protect these fish from commercial exploitation.
Saltwater committee to list dates for public hearings in November
3004 Views - Posted: October 26, 2011 at 11:30 am
North Carolina saltwater anglers soon will get to speak their minds about the future of saltwater resources management during the first of four public hearings.

“The (Legislative Research Commission’s) committee (on saltwater issues) will meet Nov. 1 in Raleigh and decide by Nov. 4 when, where and what time these meetings will be held,” said Ann Murtha, legislative aide to Rep. Darrell G. McCormick (R-Winston-Salem).

The November issue of North Carolina Sportsman magazine is packed with information aimed at helping you be more successful while hunting and fishing. November issue of North Carolina Sportsman magazine now available!
2548 Views - Posted: October 24, 2011 at 8:16 am
If trophy bucks are your passion, then the November issue of North Carolina Sportsman is a must read.

Not only does the magazine have feature stories providing tips for taking big bucks at the peak of the rut and explaining the “plantation” option for deer hunters, it reviews how some of the Tarheel State’s biggest bucks have been taken early in the 2011 season – including one Orange County giant that will rank among the biggest ever killed by a bowhunter in North Carolina.

White-tailed deer held in captivity are at the center of a controversy involving the N.C. Wildlife Commission.
Penned-deer killing results in court date; NCWRC says no CWD found in euthanized animals
3871 Views - Posted: October 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission released information Oct. 19 that none of the nine deer killed during a raid on a Randolph County deer-pen farm showed signs of chronic wasting disease.

Pen owner Wayne Lindley has vowed to pursue legal action against the Commission for the raid, claiming violation of his Constitutional rights.

The National Park Service is considering charging hikers/campers fees to use backcountry campgrounds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. NPS looks at charging trail fees at Smokies
1214 Views - Posted: October 20, 2011 at 9:54 am
The National Park Service is considering charging overnight campers and hikers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a fee for the first time.

The GSMNP is one of the few parks in the nation that doesn’t charge a fee to visitors, either to visit attractions or drive through the park. The original documents that created the park in 1940 declared it would be open and free to public. No fees have been charged in the park since its creation.