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NCDMF is on top of striped bass
49 Views - Posted: May 01 at 9:00 am

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.


Money, politics, CWD make a deadly mix
269 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

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.


Don’t make CAHA mistakes at CALO
818 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

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. 


Guilford club hooked by HOA’s ruling
487 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

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.


Gunsmoke: Netters’ video is informing
495 Views - Posted: January 01 at 9:00 am

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


NCWRC’s deer-farm vote deserves praise
585 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

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


Wildlife, saltwater are in NC’s OZ
690 Views - Posted: November 01, 2014 at 9:00 am

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.


NCSU ponders making Hofmann Forest error
1558 Views - Posted: October 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

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. 


Natural resources lose again in D.C.
543 Views - Posted: September 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

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.


Does love of money put wildlife at risk?
735 Views - Posted: August 01, 2014 at 9:00 am

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.”


Chess moves to end large-mesh gill nets
731 Views - Posted: July 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

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.


Time to forget about following orders
680 Views - Posted: June 02, 2014 at 9:00 am

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Mr. Charles Laughridge III is a recreational-fishing appointee to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. One of his qualifications, in addition to being a crackerjack angler who displays a good touch with the fly rod, is operating a popular Web site, www.ncwaterman.com.


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