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The N.C. House version of the 2014 state budget includes a section that would transfer N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission management of captive deer and elk to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. House bill would take management of captive deer away from NCWRC
1370 Views - Posted: June 25 at 3:34 pm

A section of the proposed 2014 House budget would transfer management authority over deer farming from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Senate budget doesn’t include the proposal and both bodies currently are “reconciling” their versions.

North Carolina deer hunters killed a record 188,130 deer in the 2013-14 season, an all-time harvest record. North Carolina deer harvest sets all-time record
1828 Views - Posted: April 29 at 6:01 am

 North Carolina deer hunters posted an all-time harvest record during the 2013-14 season, tagging 188,130 whitetails according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Gary Stevens of Marion killed this enormous buck in Adams County, Ohio, on Jan. 1, that was judged Best in Show at the Dixie Deer Classic. Huge Ohio buck is Best in Show at Dixie Deer Classic
2375 Views - Posted: March 02 at 9:13 pm

A huge Ohio buck killed by a McDowell County hunter and a handful of great bucks from the Piedmont, including two Boone and Crockett Club monsters, highlighted the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic that ended on Sunday, March 2, at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Chase Watson sits in the door of a Hughes Box Blind, holding a Leupold scope; both were part of his grand-prize package for winning the Bag-A-Buck contest. Bag-A-Buck winner picks up grand-prize package at Dixie Deer Classic
1357 Views - Posted: March 01 at 12:01 pm

Chase Watson of Oxford, the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, picked up his prize package on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.

North Carolina deer hunters are just a few days away from the annual Dixie Deer Classic, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Raleigh. Dixie Deer Classic will open this Friday in Raleigh
1003 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:00 am

Can the Dixie Deer Classic possibly be 34 years old? Well, it’s difficult to remember a time when North Carolina’s best bucks weren’t on display at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, but the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic is indeed at hand, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, specifically the Jim Graham Building, the Exhibition Building and Dorton Arena.

Chase Watson's entry of this big Granville County buck taken last Oct. 3 was drawn as the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest. Oxford hunter is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest
2343 Views - Posted: February 18 at 1:42 pm

A Granville County hunter is the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for the 2013 season. Chase Watson of Oxford, “baseball1cw” on’s forums, killed the buck last Oct. 3, and a few days later, he entered it in the contest, which is presented by Leupold. His name was drawn on Feb. 14 as the grand-prize winner from among the hundreds of entries.

Lynsey Koury killed this buck, which scored almost 145 points, in mid-November in Alamance County. She added a 130-inch deer two weeks later. Burlington woman's double play makes for a great deer season
1924 Views - Posted: February 05 at 6:00 pm

It’s a rare accomplishment for an archer to take two big whitetails in the same season, but it’s even less common for a female hunter. Consider Burlington’s Lynsey Koury an uncommon hunter. She took up hunting in 2008 when she and eventual husband Carson started dating, and last fall, she killed two trophy bucks in the space of two weeks. 

Tommy Hogshead of Hayesville killed this huge Clay County buck last Sept. 30. Because of an injury to its genitals, the buck was still in full velvet. Wide, heavy mountain buck carried his velvet extra time for a reason
1671 Views - Posted: February 04 at 6:00 am

In the southwestern corner of North Carolina, Clay County is recognized more for black bears than whitetail deer, but Tommy Hogsed, owner of Parker’s Country Store in Hayesville, had seen a heavy-beamed buck chasing a doe in 2012. He found him again last fall and killed him last Sept. 30, the opening day of muzzleloader season.

Cody Caviness of Asheboro killed this huge buck on Friday, Dec. 13 -- his lucky day. Friday the 13th was plenty lucky for Asheboro hunter
1416 Views - Posted: January 31 at 12:01 pm

A lot of people consider Friday the 13th an unlucky day, but don’t sell that superstition to Cody Caviness of Asheboro. On Friday, Dec. 13, the 22-year-old construction superintendent bagged his career-best whitetail. It has a nearly-perfect 5x5 rack that’s been scored at 1691/8 inches by Denton taxidermist Tommy Freeman. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plans to trap between 75 and 150 deer -- a huge percentage of them does -- over the next three years from Morrow Mountain State Park for relocation on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina. Cherokees having tribal lands restocked with deer from state park
1299 Views - Posted: January 30 at 12:00 pm

Visitors to the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina often see wildlife – not including the ones headed for slot-machine seats inside Harrah’s – and thanks to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, they’ll be seeing more whitetail deer in the near future. 

Floridian David Curtis returned to his native Alamance County to kill this huge buck last Thanksgiving morning. Huge buck makes Florida man thankful for Thanksgiving hunt
1677 Views - Posted: January 30 at 6:00 am

David Curtis, a native North Carolinian who has lived most of his life in Florida, returns home nearly every November to deer hunt in Alamance County. Last fall was a special season for Curtis, who used a Thompson Center Encore rifle with a .25-06 barrel to drop the best buck of his hunting career, a 10-point typical that scored 166 7/8 Boone and Crockett Inches.

Hunters are passing up more young bucks than ever before, according to a survey done by QDMA. QDMA: Hunters passing on more 1.5-year-old bucks than ever before
943 Views - Posted: January 29 at 12:00 pm

More yearling bucks are getting a pass from deer hunters than at any time in modern history, according to data gathered by QDMA for its 2014 Whitetail Report, now available online.