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Earl Trent of Harmony killed his huge grey hog on a South Carolina hunt last weekend. One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more
5839 Views - Posted: July 29 at 5:20 pm

Earl Trent of Harmony had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County, S.C., tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.


Kim Guglielmo's Northampton County gobbler sported four beards and is the No. 2 all-time turkey taken in North Carolina by a female hunter. Nurse's Northampton County gobbler is No. 2 all-time in North Carolina
2680 Views - Posted: July 21 at 12:30 pm

A Maryland native who grew up fishing and crabbing and had never fired a shotgun at a wild turkey bagged North Carolina’s No. 2 all-time gobbler taken by a female this past spring.


North Carolina dove hunters can take to the fields this year the morning of Sept. 5, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Dove season will open Saturday of Labor Day weekend as NCWRC sets seasons
3235 Views - Posted: July 17 at 4:53 pm

Dove hunters will open the 2015 season on a Saturday for the first time in several years after the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.


Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill allowing Sunday hunting with guns on private land -- with certain restrictions. Governor signs Sunday hunting bill into law
6814 Views - Posted: July 09 at 4:07 pm

North Carolina’s long-standing ban on Sunday hunting with guns ended on Wednesday when Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law HB 640, “The Outdoor Heritage Act”, which will take effect Oct. 1.


Duck numbers in the Carolinas should be almost identical to last season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's annual spring waterfowl breeding survey. Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey
568 Views - Posted: July 06 at 7:54 am

Waterfowl hunters in the Carolinas can expect to see roughly the same number of ducks this coming season as they have in the past several, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on the breeding duck population shows numbers slightly above 2014 levels.


Sunday hunting with firearms on private land could be a reality of Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill passed Wednesday by the N.C. Senate and last week by the N.C. House. N.C. Senate sends Sunday hunting bill to McCrory for his signature
1584 Views - Posted: June 25 at 1:43 pm

Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature is all that stands between a huge expansion of Sunday hunting opportunities for North Carolina hunters. On Wednesday, the N.C. Senate passed by a 33-15 vote a compromise bill passed last week by the N.C. House.


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
771 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.


North Carolina hunters tagged 17,828 turkeys during the spring season that ended early last month, the second-highest harvest on record. Spring turkey harvest is second-highest on record
822 Views - Posted: June 03 at 2:59 pm

North Carolina hunters recorded the second-highest wild turkey harvest on record during the 2015 spring season, downing 17,828 gobblers, according to statistics released by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled nine public forums across the state to discuss deer management. Commission plans nine public forums next month to discuss deer hunting
1518 Views - Posted: May 25 at 7:14 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.


North Carolina hunters took 2,521 bears last season, a 16-percent drop from 2013's record harvest. Bear harvest is off 16 percent, despite baiting being allowed for first time
1432 Views - Posted: May 20 at 8:41 am

Even with hunters allowed to take black bears over bait for the first time, North Carolina’s 2014 harvest didn’t increase. In fact, it declined.


Travis Sykes of Leasburg killed this bearded hen on April 26 with his bow. Caswell County hunter takes bearded hen with bow
1237 Views - Posted: May 13 at 11:54 am

Killing a turkey is an achievement. Shooting one with a bow is impressive. Shooting a bearded hen with a bow is the stuff of legend. Travis Sykes of Leasburg did just that April 26 when he killed a 10-pound, 9-ounce hen that sported an 8 -inch beard. The bird closed to 15 yards before catching an arrow from Sykes’s bow.


A lot of North Carolina deer hunters would like to have had a shot at these two does; the 2014-15 harvest was off 18 percent, or 44,000 deer. Deer harvest is off 18 percent over 2013-14, NCWRC announces
2990 Views - Posted: May 07 at 7:00 am

North Carolina hasn’t experienced back-to-back deer-hunting seasons like 2013-14 and 2014-15 since records have been kept by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In 2013-14, hunters tagged a record 188,130 whitetails. But in 2014-15, the harvest dropped a record 18.3 percent to 144,315 deer, the lowest harvest since 2005-06.


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