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    80 percent of southern flounder caught in North Carolina's waters are caught in gill nets, and most never spawn a single time.

    Threat assessment? Something is rotten

    When is a threat not a threat? In the case of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission’s southern flounder fiasco in August, Rep. Bob Steinburg, a Republican who represents several northeastern North Carolina counties in the heart of commercial-fishing territory, made a very real threat to the members of the Commission. 

    October 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    Deer farmers’ cash went a long way

    You have to hand it to North Carolina’s small, but powerful deer-farm cadre, especially Tom Smith, former CEO of Food Lion. He learned how to play the political game to get what he and his buddies want — a shot at removing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s oversight of deer farms. The Commission has put in place a lot of restrictions on deer farms to try and keep Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, out of North Carolina. 

    September 02, 2015 at 9:00am

    Would netters OK a flounder buyout?

    During the run-up to a June 17 public hearing about southern flounder management, several members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission asked that the meeting be held in Raleigh. Their chairman, Sammy Corbett, rejected their requests, and the meeting was held in New Bern.

    August 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    Big money calling deer-farm bill shots

    When the topic is the management of cervid (deer) farms, big money calls the shots in the state legislature.

    July 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    When it matters to keep a cub a cub

    How nice it would be if state legislators didn’t include portions of bills as favors or special-interest awards, especially when they think they’re wildlife experts.

    June 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    NCDMF is on top of striped bass

    If you’re a fishermen who targets striped bass and you monitor the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries proclamations and stock-status reports, your heart may have skipped three or four beats since Jan. 1.

    May 01, 2015 at 9:00am

    Money, politics, CWD make a deadly mix

    Whitetail deer are the crown jewels of North Carolina wildlife. More hunters — more than a quarter-million — target them within state boundaries, more than any other wildlife species. Deer hunting accounts for $370 million in annual statewide economic impact, including $120 million in salaries and wages and $250 million in retail sales. It also generates $28 million in local and $30 million in federal taxes.

    April 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    Don’t make CAHA mistakes at CALO

    Fifteen Octobers ago, Rich Stevenson and Lee Huffines invited me to South Core Banks for my first surf-fishing adventure. It also was my first trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore. 

    March 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    Guilford club hooked by HOA’s ruling

    Unless the Guilford Wildlife Club and Lake Jeanette Home Owners Association can reach an agreement about dues for use of the lake, the 65-year-old club likely will fold.

    February 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    Gunsmoke: Netters’ video is informing

    Smoking gun: A term that originally referred to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. -- Wikipedia 

    January 01, 2015 at 9:00am

    NCWRC’s deer-farm vote deserves praise

    North Carolina’s sportsmen, especially deer hunters, felt better about the state’s wildlife agency after Oct. 30. And for good reason.

    December 01, 2014 at 7:00am

    Wildlife, saltwater are in NC’s OZ

    Poor politicians. Even though most of us consider them lower on the popularity rung than polecats at a church social, they want us to vote for them in November. Anyway, I think we’re lucky to live in the USA because if we had the political history of, say, Syria and Iraq, we’d be sharpening knives and dropping in at campaign headquarters.

    November 01, 2014 at 9:00am

    NCSU ponders making Hofmann Forest error

    Around 4 a.m. one cold November day in the 1950s, my father got me out of bed. I was ordered to dress for being outside. We climbed into the family’s ’53 Chevy coupe for a long drive east to Onslow County. Our destination was unknown to me — Daddy simply called it “Hofmann” — but I knew this trip was about deer hunting. 

    October 01, 2014 at 7:00am

    Natural resources lose again in D.C.

    When you mix politics with decision-making concerning the management of natural resources, it’s a lose-lose proposition. Both major political parties have awful track records.

    September 01, 2014 at 7:00am

    Does love of money put wildlife at risk?

    On a long-ago hunt with my dad, I saw my first framed $1 bill in a Caswell County country store. Above the bill was written: “In God we trust. All others pay cash.”

    August 01, 2014 at 9:00am

    Chess moves to end large-mesh gill nets

    My 90-year-old father and 88-year-old mother require around-the-clock assisted care. Even with their retirement funds and Social Security, the family has been stunned at the pace their nest egg is dissolving. Now imagine such funds as North Carolina saltwater fisheries and commercial netting as the agent eating away those public-trust resources. So here we go.

    July 01, 2014 at 7:00am