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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
769 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
898 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
2513 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.


Monty Mesimer (left) and Jeff Huggins (right) doubled up on these big Pender County gobblers on April 13. Mesimer's bird had four beards that measured a total of almost 30 inches. Four-bearded Pender County gobbler ranks high in NC record books
981 Views - Posted: May 05 at 6:55 pm

His big gobbler had been dead a good half-hour before Monty Mesimer of Atkinson noticed there was something unusual about the Pender County tom. He had more beards than he was supposed to. Quite a few more.


Zach Satterfield of Reidsville killed this 24 1/2-pound Rockingham County gobbler with 1 1/2-inch spurs and beards measuring 11 and 10 inches. Monster gobbler pays his taxes on time to Rockingham County hunter
2390 Views - Posted: May 04 at 7:47 am

Zach Satterfield said it was common knowledge that a big gobbler with two beards lived on a farm he hunted in Rockingham County close to the Caswell County line. “He was seen during deer season for the last year or two, but nobody ever saw him during turkey season,” he said. But the big gobbler’s “taxes” came due on April 15, when he showed up 30 yards from the end of Satterfield’s shotgun barrel. Now, Satterfield, a 19-year-old Reidsville resident, has in his freezer one of the biggest turkeys ever taken in North Carolina.


A bill that passe the N.C. House on Tuesday would allow Sunday hunting with firearms in most areas of North Carolina. Sunday hunting bill passes N.C. House with flying colors
25628 Views - Posted: April 30 at 11:27 am

The N.C. House of Representatives on April 28 passed Rep. Jimmy Dixon’s Outdoor Heritage Act, including a measure that would legalize hunting with firearms on Sundays in most rural areas of North Carolina.


Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide
1012 Views - Posted: April 29 at 9:41 pm

Sportsmen across North Carolina flooded the woods earlier this month as the spring gobbler season opened, and many have enjoyed reasonable success. But as the season wanes, the gobblers have heard all the misplaced yelps and purrs and busted fidgety hunters, and they’re a lot more wary. It’s a time when guides like Karl Helmkamp of Albemarle Outfitters in the northeastern corner of the state really shine.


A bill in the N.C. House of Representatives would address ways to attract youths under 16 to outdoors activities, as well as allow Sunday hunting and change several hunting regulations. Bill in N.C. House would have wide-ranging effects on hunting in state
4983 Views - Posted: April 16 at 7:04 am

Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin/Wayne) has introduced a bill that could change and add to responsibilities of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.


A bill in the state senate would allow gun hunting on Sundays, if it's passed through both houses of the legislature. Bill to allow gun hunting on Sundays is introduced in state senate
4538 Views - Posted: April 13 at 11:15 am

Sen. E.S. "Buck" Newton, a Republican who represents Johnston, Nash and Wilson Counties, has filed a bill in the state senate that would allow gun hunting on Sundays on private property and possibly on public lands.


David Moore of Kinston poses with two of his 13-year-old triplets, Joel (left) and Will (right), who both killed great Lenoir County gobblers on April 4, opening day of North Carolina's youth-only turkey season. Joel's bird had four beards and rare Two Lenoir County triplets double up on huge gobblers as youth season opens
3579 Views - Posted: April 09 at 9:36 pm

Two out of three ain’t bad, especially if one of them is really special. That’s got to be the way that David Moore of Kinston is feeling after two of his three 13-year-old triplet sons, Will and Joel, killed monster Lenoir County gobblers on April 4, the opening day of North Carolina’s week-long youth-only turkey season – with Joel’s bird being a rare, “smoke phase” gobbler.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wants to collect the lower legs of 500 wild turkeys this spring to test for a disease that has been discovered in North America in the past few years. Commission asks turkey hunters to donate lower legs of birds killed for research
1442 Views - Posted: April 08 at 11:09 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking the assistance of turkey hunters for a study of North Carolina’s wild turkey population and a disease that affects turkeys during the April 11-May 9 spring gobbler season.


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
872 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.


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