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Elk hunting season approved by NCWRC

The NCWRC approved elk hunting in Western North Carolina. The measure was passed by unanimous vote last night during a Wildlife Commission meeting in Raleigh. This makes North Carolina the third state to have a legal elk hunting season, joining Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Yesterday at 12:02 pm
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N. Wilkesboro angler catches 70-pound catfish at Blewett Falls

When guide Robbie Burr of Wadesboro prepares for a catfish charter, he gives his clients the choice of filling their coolers with eating-size fish or spending the day chasing trophies, and that decision tells him where they’re fishing. While angling for magnum cats usually means a trip to to the Pee Dee River, his party got the best of both worlds on February 8th when client Craig Bennett of North Wilkesboro caught and released an unexpected 70-pound blue catfish in Burr’s fish fry honey hole, Blewett Falls Lake.

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Yesterday at 11:28 pm
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Schedule set for 38th Annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments

The schedule has been set for the 38th Annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments by the NCWRC, with nine district-level competitions throughout the month of March. Thousands of middle school and high school students will compete in the popular pre-collegiate shooting sports competitions.

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February 11 at 8:02 am
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Catch a variety of species on Fontana with these tips

The fishing is good on Lake Fontana, and one of the best reasons to fish there now is that everything in the lake is biting. Even if you’re going there targeting one specific species, you’re all but guaranteed to catch that species and more.

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February 10 at 9:51 am
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Kill your next big game animal with a Airbow

Every now and then, a new product comes along that changes the way we hunt. For bow hunters, the invention of the compound bow was revolutionary. These high-tech bows allow us to use greater power without exerting more energy of our own to load the weapon. They shoot faster, are more accurate, and have adjustments that recurve bows don't have.

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February 09 at 5:06 pm
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White shirt ruined while fishing? This stain remover will help

I never could wear white without collecting stains. Back in the ’80s when white pants were in style (for some unknown reason), I tried to look cool and ended up looking like a dalmatian from the waist down.

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February 08 at 3:52 pm
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Haywood County elk were killed legally

Last week, three elk were killed in Haywood County, prompting an investigation from the NCWRC. It turns out, these were legal killings of elk that had been causing extensive damage to a landowner’s property. Under these conditions, it is legal to kill elk, even without a depredation permit, as long as the landowner does not intend to claim the meat.

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February 08 at 12:55 pm
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24 turkey hunting seminars hosted by NCWRC, NWTF

It’s time to get geared up for turkey season, and the best way to do that is to attend one of the 24 free turkey hunting seminars scheduled across the state in March and April. The seminars are a joint effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

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February 05 at 9:02 am
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3 elk killed in Haywood County, NCWRC investigating

Enforcement officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are investigating the reported killing of three elk on one farm in Haywood County, according to a report in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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February 04 at 6:20 pm
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3 universities from Carolinas qualify for 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship

Three college fishing teams from the Carolinas have qualified for the 2017 College Fishing National Championship after finishing in the top 10 last month at the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference Opener on Crescent Lake in Florida.

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February 04 at 10:52 am
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Raccoon hunting great way to get kids in the outdoors

It’s tough to envision anything more rewarding than introducing kids to the outdoors, so when Michael Burkhard of Mooresville recently asked his friend Jonathan Beller to go on an Iredell County raccoon hunt, they took the opportunity to show Beller’s 10-year-old daughter, Tyler, what the outdoor life is all about. 

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February 03 at 10:48 pm
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VIDEO: Turkey hunting season not too far away

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Let's face it, turkey season can't get here soon enough. The groundhog just popped out of his hole and has told us spring will come early. It's too bad for us that he doesn't decide when turkey hunting season starts, because who out there isn't ready to take a seat in the woods and listen for gobbles from the closest treeline, then match wits with the big boys and see if we have what it takes to fool them into shotgun range?

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February 02 at 5:41 pm
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Are you using the right fishing weights?

Using weights to keep your fishing bait on or near the bottom is a good tactic for getting in the strike zone, but sometimes it just aids in getting your rig hung up in debris. A number of solutions are out there, and although it’s impossible to avoid getting hung up 100% of the time, using the proper type of weight can certainly reduce it.

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February 01 at 10:40 pm
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Duck season is over, but Canada geese are still fair game

With duck season ending on Jan. 31, hunters across the Carolinas can turn to resident Canada geese to get their last waterfowl fix of the year, but even those birds who are used to contact with humans can be a little tougher to take.

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February 01 at 8:27 pm
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Morganton hunter arrows big 8-point buck during Urban Archery Season

North Carolina’s traditional deer season ended on January 1st. But for hunters that just cannot get enough quality time in the deer stand, the urban archery season cranked up on January 9th. And for Jeremy Carpenter of Morganton, the urban archery season couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time. At 5:44pm on January 28th, Carpenter arrowed an impressive eight pointer, his biggest buck to date, on a small, seven-acre woodlot in Morganton’s highly-populated suburbs. 

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January 31 at 7:09 pm
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Top tips for catching walleye from Fontana Lake

With bait-bucket stocking of alewives, white perch and spotted bass in many reservoirs in western North Carolina, fishing for walleye, long a local favorite, has taken a nosedive. Walleye eat alewives, which carry an enzyme that keeps walleye from being able to form eggs, and those fish that do drop a cluster of eggs get to watch the white perch eat them. And if the eggs ever hatch, the aggressive spots are there to eat the fingerlings.

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January 28 at 10:42 pm
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