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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow hunters in North Carolina an extra three weeks to target light geese next season. Waterfowl hunters will get an extra three weeks to take light geese in 2015-16
530 Views - Posted: June 17 at 6:55 am

In response to requests from hunters, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the season for snow, blue and Ross’ geese in the 2015-16 season. According to Commission biologist Doug Howell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Order allows additional opportunities for hunters to target “light’ geese but requires a re-ordering of hunting dates.


Waterfowl hunting will be on center stage at the Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo in Wilson this weekend. Gold Leaf Waterfowl Outdoor Expo will debut this weekend in Wilson
1010 Views - Posted: April 06 at 10:15 am

The inaugural Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo will debut on Friday, April 10, and run through the weekend at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Wilson.


Coozy’s Custom Calls Coozy’s Custom Calls
191 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Coozy’s Custom Calls are handmade from start to finish for the avid waterfowler that demands the true tones that bring ducks in. Made from high grade hard woods that will last for years to come, Coozy’s Custom Calls are easy to blow, work in all types of weather, from 10 degrees freezing in the far north up to 65 degrees in the southern coastal marshes, and have been tested by some of the best guides from all over the country to insure that the right sounds and notes are there.


Groups in North Carolina and South Carolina are offering seminars on coyote control in the coming months. Get schooled on coyote control
561 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

From pestering livestock and domestic animals to preying on juvenile deer and small mammals, coyotes are becoming a major nuisance to both native wildlife and domestic animals. 


Spinning-wing decoys are an effective use of motion to help convince ducks to make decision to drop into a spread of decoys. Add motion to your decoy spread for more ducks
254 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Hunters using clever decoy spreads can increase their odds of taking home more feathered fowl by incorporating Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion to make their hunting spot more attractive. 


A scissor rig might be quickest and easiest way to turn a boat into a floating duck blind. Secret of the scissor-rig
495 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

A scissor rig’s two-piece design is a marvel in form and function, and it must be custom-built to your vessel’s specs. However, one cannot begin construction with just any old planks. Sure, most any wood floats, but even treated lumber will become waterlogged and sink relatively quickly and rot in the briny sound water. Juniper wood is the secret, sought-after for its buoyancy and resistance to decay. 


Mitchell Blake’s homemade Alabama rigs fool plenty of winter stripers in the Albemarle Sound. Sweet, home Alabama rig
262 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

The Alabama rig, aka A-rig, debuted in 2012 after a pro bass fishermen used it to win a big tournament on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. Now, it’s used on almost every lake where it’s legal, mostly by fishermen targeting largemouth bass. However, striped bass love to bust a bait ball, too, according to guide Mitchell Blake, who has been breaking ground with it ever since.


Keep an eye out for flocks of ducks heading into your area on the shoulders of cold-weather systems. Look for big duck moves
691 Views - Posted: January 08 at 9:00 am

While it may be the first month of the year, it is the last opportunity to sit in a blind and take down a limit of ducks. Hunters should take advantage of the last three weeks of the season, when ducks have flooded the Carolinas and are anxious to fill up on rich food resources. But by January, the waterfowl migration is practically over — or is it?


Guide MItchell Blake takes care of the striped bass for sportsmen who want to a cast-and-blast experience on the water around the Albemarle Sound and Roanoke River. January cast and blast - The Albemarle and Pamlico sounds are two great spots for a cast-and-blast double-play in January
812 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

While winter bears down on North Carolina, the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds play host to a combination of fins and feathers that’s sure to light a fire under any sportsman. Taking advantage of the coincidence are two guides looking to sample the best duck hunting and striper fishing available during frostbitten January.


Paddleboards like the Flatstalker are excellent vessels for getting into hard-to-reach places during waterfowl seasons. Paddle up waterfowl
503 Views - Posted: December 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

Years ago, in the back of a lake near home, my father took me on my first duck hunt. The water was cold, the world was dark, and paddling the wooden johnboat deep into the swamp was tiring. It was nearly enough to turn a young future hunter away from the sport.


Spots remain available for a Jan. 31 youth-only permit duck hunt in Currituck County. Permits remain available for youth-only waterfowl hunt in Currituck County
893 Views - Posted: December 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only waterfowl hunt on Jan. 31 on Currituck Sound.



Trappers across the Carolinas are gearing up for the core of their season. Don’t get trapped: Know trapping rules
570 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Beginning with Native Americans during pre-settlement through the modern day, trapping has been one of the nation’s unique past-times. To some, trapping has lost its luster, but, there is still a sold trapping community beating the bushes all over the Carolinas. In fact, North Carolina issues nearly 4,000 permits each year. 


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