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    North Carolina's 2015 bear harvest saw an uptick of 20 percent over the 2014 season.

    North Carolina’s 2015 bear harvest up 20 percent

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set a goal in 2013 to slow down the state’s expanding black bear population, increasing hunting opportunities in hopes of an raising the annual harvest to around 25 percent of the state’s bruins.

    July 07 at 9:43pm
    The free June 25 wildlife photography workshop will focus on close-up photography, and will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard.

    Free wildlife photography class offered June 25 in Brevard

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free wildlife photography class on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard.

    June 01 at 8:39pm
    Plowing under fall food plots and replacing them with warm-season mixes for spring and summer to offer bobwhites with food and cover.

    Repurpose fall deer plots into spring/summer quail outposts

    Deer hunters make up the majority of hunters in the Carolinas, yet many will frequently chase a turkey, duck or a covey of quail during other seasons. Deer hunters with control of a big network of food plots can greatly benefit quail reproduction by planting a warm-season mix in all of their food plots.   

    March 15 at 7:00am
    Quail populations can recover quickly because of the birds’ reproductive capability.

    Take care of your quail

    Quail season for bobwhite quail ends when February departs, leaving many purists with heavy heads. If the season didn’t quite produce the best results, hunters and land managers have nearly nine months available to make a change. Historic land-management activities that nurtured historic quail populations can still work today.  

    March 08 at 9:00am
    Chad Gilreath, William Reece, A.J. Snyder, and Wesley Jordan make up Team Snyder, who won the Carolina Coyote Classic with six coyotes.

    33 coyotes killed in Carolina Coyote Classic tournament

    On the first day of the Carolina Coyote Classic tournament last Friday, 111 hunters from across the state had a difficult time luring the super-wary predators close enough for shots.

    February 29 at 4:59pm
    A.C. Weeks of Guilford County carries a tired beagle near the end of a day’s hunt through rough terrain.

    Top canine noses belong to beagles

    The lineage of beagles extends to Greece, in the fifth century B.C., where a small hound that hunted hares and was followed on foot was mentioned in “Treatise on Hunting”, but England is the modern beagle’s country of origin. 

    February 15 at 7:00am
    Overgrown, fallow fields are perfect spots for rabbits to feed; they provide cover from predators on the ground and in the air, and they’re perfect spots for a pack of beagles to jump a bunny and begin a chase.

    Choosing, training beagles takes time, expense, effort

    Finding, obtaining and training beagles isn’t difficult, but it takes some time and reasonable expense.

    February 15 at 7:00am
    Rabbit hunter Mike Harden of Graham shows a rabbit to a beagle pack to let the dogs know it’s time to begin another hunt.

    Bunny-bumping beagles - Rabbit hunters can find plenty of bunnies across North Carolina

    After North Carolina’s deer season ends Jan. 1, hunters still have a couple of months to target waterfowl and different small-game species.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Coyotes inhabit all 100 of North Carolina's counties. Where did they come from?

    Where did all these coyotes come from?

    “Everybody knows the NCWRC released coyotes to help control the deer population.”

    January 24 at 10:07pm
    North Carolina is the only state in the American alligator's range that does not allow alligator hunting.

    Alligator hunting season proposed for North Carolina

    The last of nine public hearings on proposed changes to the state’s hunting and fishing regulations took place last night in Rocky Mount. While many of the proposed changes involve modifying the slot size of certain fish species or extending certain hunting seasons, one big proposal, if passed, will allow something that’s never been done in North Carolina.

    January 22 at 8:40am
    Follow these tips to bag more squirrels on your hunting trips.

    Bag more squirrels with these hunting tips

    “I don’t understand it. I see plenty of squirrels when I’m deer hunting, but once deer season is over and I go after squirrels, they just don’t seem to be around.” 

    January 15 at 11:12am
    Berries like crabapples (above) and smilax are prime foods for grouse during the winter.

    Grouse: Thanks berry much

    Grouse enjoy eating berries above all else, so hunters should keep a sharp eye out for them. Early in the season, grapes are a mainstay, but many types of berries remain edible all winter, even after a hard freeze. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Knowing the details of an established forest service trail can provide hunters with a good idea of where to go and how to get there.

    Trail tips for grouse hunters

    Foot access to good habitat is the most-important aspect of grouse hunting. A hunter who can’t walk the rugged terrain for several miles with relative ease is not going to flush many grouse.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Lindy Ammons’ setter, Clyde, wears a GPS tracking collar that helps Ammons keep track of him when he’s hunting grouse in heavy cover.

    Grouse hunters keep track of dogs with GPS collars

    Lindy Ammons is an old-school grouse hunter who believes in covering lots of ground, giving his setter, Clyde, his head so he can lead the hunt. Keeping up with the dog is just short of a foot race at a fast-walking pace, so another hunter needs to be in good shape to keep up with him.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Ken Spell took this 720-pound black bear in Pender County. Such heavyweight bears are unusual in the state's southern counties.

    Salemburg hunter kills 720-pound bear in Pender County

    Hunting at Long Bluff Hunting Club on December 12, 2015, Salemburg Resident Ken Spell took a 720-pound black bear. Spell said it is the biggest bear ever reported from Pender County.

    January 14 at 10:55am
    The author killed this beautiful ruffed grousein the Pisgah National Forest near Linville Gorge. That’s Lake James in the background.

    Get rough on Ruff - Public lands offer almost unlimited opportunity for grouse hunters

    Lindy Ammons of Robbinsville is a lifelong grouse hunter who, at 55,  still hunts along the steep trails near Fontana Lake Village like a young man, keeping the pace of a power walk.

    January 01 at 7:00am