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A Republican member of the N.C. House has slipped an amendment into the 2014 state budget bill after the fact to keep open the possibility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission losing its ability to manage captive deer and elk. Last year's budget bill gets a "secret" amendment to help deer farmers
1030 Views - Posted: February 26 at 8:18 pm

A legislative move that prevented scrutiny of a substitute amendment to the 2014 state budget bill has kept alive the potential for more cervid farming and relaxed rules for penned deer. 


Keeper season for striped bass in the Roanoke River opens on Sunday, March 1, running through April 30. Commission will open Roanoke River keeper striped bass season March 1
598 Views - Posted: February 26 at 12:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest on Sunday, March 1. The season will remain open through April 30 unless closed or extended through proclamation. 


A few cold-stun and kill events were reported over the past 10 days, but they weren't widespread, and NCDMF doesn't plan on closing the speckled trout fishery. Speckled trout escape effects of recent frigid weather
1556 Views - Posted: February 26 at 7:00 am

The second round of cold weather over the past two weeks included a few cold-stuns and kills for coastal fish, but they weren’t as severe as a 2014 fish kill, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said there is no reason to close the fishery.


Kayla Heafner (right) downed her first wild hog, a 327-pounder, with the first shot of her first hunt with boyfriend Sean Casey in Union County. Locust woman's first wild hog is a big one: 327 pounds
3443 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:30 pm

Kayla Heafner, a 25-year-old Locust resident, got her big-game hunting career off to a rousing start on Jan. 31, killing a 327-pound Union County hog with one shot at 165 yards – at night.


Nice crappie have already moved toward the backs of Kerr Lake's major creeks, and all it will take is a little warm weather to get their appetites cranked up. Kerr Lake slabs already moving back into big creeks, waiting for warm weather
1459 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:48 am

The arctic blast that swallowed up much of North Carolina may have frozen crappie in their tracks, but rest assured the clock is ticking on a big move to shallower water before the spawn. Guide Chris Bullock of Fountain is already finding fish staging in the backs of major creeks on Kerr Lake, and he’s ready to start spider-rigging as soon as warmer weather returns.


Supports of deer-farming in North Carolina got a shock earlier this month when a leading spokesman for the movement was arrested on charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. Vocal supporter of deer-farming has been arrested
2529 Views - Posted: February 24 at 8:04 am

A man arrested in Wake County earlier this month for obtaining property by false pretenses in Stanly County is a long-time supporter of the North Carolina Deer Farmers Association’s legislative attempts to relax import-export rules for captive cervids and allow more cervid farms in the state.


Andrew Helms (left) and Josh Whittaker of UNC-Charlotte won the Bassmaster College Classic title on Sunday on South Carolina's Lake Keowee. UNC-Charlotte pair wins Bassmaster College Classic
685 Views - Posted: February 24 at 7:09 am

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker, students at the UNC-Charlotte, made college bass-fishing history Sunday by adding the 2015 Bassmaster College Classic title to add to their National Championship title.


South Carolina pro Casey Ashley lands a Lake Hartwell bass on the way to winning the Bassmaster Classic on Sunday. SC pro Casey Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, his home lake
868 Views - Posted: February 22 at 6:16 pm

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out. Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a homerun on Sunday, fishing on his home water, to the cheers of an adoring, hometown crowd, winning the Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of better than 20 pounds.


Japanese bass pro Takahiro Omori leads the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell after two days. 2004 champ Omori leads Bassmaster Classic entering final day
382 Views - Posted: February 21 at 7:41 pm

The final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all, with a handful of former champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.


Brandon Gray of Bulloch caught six bass on six straight casts in Saturday's second round of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell. Gray misses Bassmaster Classic cut, even with six fish on six casts
701 Views - Posted: February 21 at 7:04 pm

How crazy can bass fishing be? Brandon Gray of Bulloch found out on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.


Arizona pro Dean Rojas leads the Bassmaster Classic with a 21-pound, 2-ounce catch. Rojas burns up field in frigid Bassmaster Classic
524 Views - Posted: February 20 at 8:04 pm

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?


Brandon Gray of Bullock shows off the two biggest of the three bass he caught in Friday's opening round of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell. North Carolina pro is well back after opening round of Bassmaster Classic
566 Views - Posted: February 20 at 7:46 pm

There’s deep, and there’s DEEP. That’s how pro bass fisherman Brandon Gray felt after Friday’s first day of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. How deep should he have fished?


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