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Admiral, an 18-month-old German shorthair, looks on as his owner, Tommy Jones, lands another nice speckled trout. Trout bite has been great in Swansboro area as waters cool
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If you’re a saltwater fisherman, no month compares to October. Waters get cooler each day and put baitfish on the move, and all kinds of gamefish arrive to follow and eat them. Even better, gamefish that were juveniles during the spring and half-grown in summer are now big-shouldered, pot-bellied adults. A favorite October target is spotted seatrout, aka specks. And the magical water temperature, 71 degrees, has ignited the best trout bite of the year in the waters around Swansboro.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted not to relax regulations concerning the management of deer farms as far as elk or whitetail deer are concerned, but it will allow expansion of farms where other species, including red deer (above), axis deer and fallow deer, can be raised. Commission votes to continue restrictions on farm raised elk, whitetails
376 Views - Posted: 23 hours ago

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission slowed a concerted push to create more deer pens in North Carolina at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday in Raleigh, voting to allow new farms to be built for axis, fallow and red deer – but not for whitetail deer and elk.


Flounder fishing has been excellent around Carolina Beach as fish are taking advantage of a big run of mullet. Flounder keeping Carolina Beach fishermen on their toes
411 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:45 pm

Wes Barbour of Carolina Beach fishing is pretty much wide open from the creeks to the Continental Shelf, and the timing is right to enjoy a great day of fishing, catch a bunch of fish for the freezer or both.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will vote Thursday on a proposal that might ease restrictions on rules managing penned-in deer and add to the chances of North Carolina's deer herd being infected with Chronic Wasting Disease. Commission faced with big decision Thursday on state's deer farms
1690 Views - Posted: October 28 at 8:28 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet today and on Thursday morning in Raleigh to discuss a number of issues involving fish and wildlife in the state, but none is likely to be bigger than a proposal that would increase the number of deer farms.


Big flounder like this 8.26-pound doormat caught by David Derrick, have been the norm in the Southport area recently. Flounder fishing still excellent in Southport area
1031 Views - Posted: October 24 at 10:17 pm

Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said as odd as the weather has been, the fall flounder bite is going strong. Despite all kinds of runoff from recent rains that has left waters stirred up and discolored, flounder – and some great big ones – are being caught.


A court of appeals has thrown out a suit that asked for better labeling at the gas pump of offerings of E15, a controversial fuel that includes Ethanol. Court throws out suit seeking more strict requirements for ethanol pumping
784 Views - Posted: October 23 at 10:21 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia circuit has thrown out of court the most-recent case involving ethanol labeling, reasoning that the groups bringing the complaint – including the recreational boating industry – don’t have standing because they “cannot show members have suffered or are suffering with an injury that is traceable to the misfueling regulations.”


Harness available technology and plenty of scouting before and during deer season can be done without setting foot in the woods and leaving any human scent. Link up to technology and make your deer scouting a remote venture
698 Views - Posted: October 22 at 9:24 am

Hunting has definitely entered the 21st century, with range-finding rifle scopes, night-vision binoculars for predator and hog hunting, and apps for our smartphones that tell us exactly when the sun rises and sets. With new technology comes new ways to scout off-site, preventing you from putting down any scent that might disturb the deer you’re targeting.


Robert Mixon and Matt Stanley weighed in a limit that was almost 30 pounds at High Rock, where a drawdown has concentrated fish in the backs of creeks. Has High Rock drawdown created a perfect bass-fishing storm?
1281 Views - Posted: October 21 at 7:39 am

Two fishermen who blistered High Rock Lake’s bass earlier this month credit the drawdown for what has been a great bite over the past several weeks.


Guide Jeff Thomas has been catching plenty of Jordan Lake bass this fall on small crankbaits. Bass fishing looks great on Jordan, Harris as water cools
891 Views - Posted: October 20 at 6:38 am

Guide Jeff Thomas of Broadway said that fall bass fishing is about to break loose on Jordan and Harris lakes south of the Raleigh-Durham area.


U.S. Army Sgt. Cody Harris of the 82nd Airborne arrowed this great buck at Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg spits out great archery buck for 82nd Airborne soldier
4640 Views - Posted: October 16 at 7:36 am

It’s not often a hunter’s first deer is a trophy animal. It’s even rarer to take a Pope and Young Club buck as a first bow kill. But Sgt. Cody Harris did his homework – and the needed work – and reaped a nice reward Sept. 14 at Fort Bragg.


Lake Norman anglers can't do without a Sabiki rig when it comes to catching every species of gamefish imaginable. Sabiki rigs working over various Lake Norman species
1545 Views - Posted: October 15 at 11:41 am

Lake Norman, like many other reservoirs in North Carolina, has seen major changes in its fish species. Once filled with largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and bream, striped bass were added in the 1960s, followed by blueback herring, alewives and spotted bass – it’s assumed that fishermen brought in these non-natives –and finally, white perch. Fortunately, there’s one rig that will catch nearly every fish that Norman has to offer: the Sabiki rig.


Brian Hudson, Ricky Moore and Ryan Hardee boated this 95-pound wahoo while fishing for king mackerel out of Beaufort Inlet on Oct. 3. Huge wahoo was big surprise for king mackerel fishermen
2864 Views - Posted: October 14 at 6:57 am

Three fishermen made the right call when they left the nearshore waters of Beaufort Inlet after trolling for king mackerel on Oct. 3 to head offshore to a piece of livebottom, a spot that produced the fish of a lifetime: a 6-foot wahoo that destroyed a trolled menhaden and strained the scales at 95 pounds.


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