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Patrick Williams' 200-inch Rockingham County buck was among this season's Deer of the Year. And Lake Gaston produced two state-record blues.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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The drop zone - Belews Lakeís artificially warm waters invite North Carolina bass fishermen through the winter

When bass pro Tim Grein of Winston-Salem fishes Belews Lake, he approaches the 3,864-acre reservoir with a mindset that’s different from when he fishes most other North Carolina waters.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Normanís power house - Lake Normanís bass fishing hot year-round

I was surprised to be fishing so close to the docks and in such shallow water. It was February; big bass were supposed to be suspended in deep water, barely moving, let alone feeding. But bass pro Hank Cherry of Maiden had other ideas.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Mixing it up - The waters north of North Carolinaís Bald Head Island are a winter inshore hot spot

Running through the Basin and Second Bay to the creeks beyond Buzzard Bay, Christian Wolfe of Seahawk Inshore Charters weaved his bay boat around submerged mud and oyster rocks and through marsh islands like there were highway markers and a dotted center-line.†

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Patrick Williams' 200-inch Rockingham County buck was among this season's Deer of the Year. And Lake Gaston produced two state-record blues.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Bunny-bumping beagles - Rabbit hunters can find plenty of bunnies across North Carolina

After North Carolina’s deer season ends Jan. 1, hunters still have a couple of months to target waterfowl and different small-game species.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Donít snow on my parade - The snow goose parade begins this month in eastern North Carolina

When the talk turns to snow geese, most North Carolina hunters immediately think about a long trip to the great plains of North Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Manitoba or any of the other states and provinces along the central flyway. †

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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North Carolinaís top deer for 2015 are unveiled

We should have seen it coming.†

The fall of 2014 featured the second-largest mast crop on record in North Carolina, and it was followed by a predictable drop in the deer harvest that season.†

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Tag big catfish for tell-tail information

Jeff Manning and Dieter Melhorn are staunch believers in tagging and releasing their larger catfish. The tags, obtained through the Catawba Catfish Club, are numbered to identify the fish and have contact info to report recaptures to share information.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Wylieís catfish from a biological perspective

It’s one thing to have fishermen tout a lake as being great for a certain species, but taking a look from a scientific and biological perspective adds depth to that analysis.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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The catfish graph shows all

Dieter Melhorn said the above graph represents 13-pound and larger catfish caught each year, depicted in different colors. The length of the bar represents the average number of fish caught per day that were 13 pounds or larger.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Planer boards adapt well for striped bass

Maynard Edwards is one of North Carolina’s supreme tinkerers when it comes to discovering new and effective fishing techniques.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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In January, think cold for long-lining Badin Lake crappie

Although long-line trolling is the goal when suspended crappie are the target, it is always possible that a mild December or a series of warm fronts could cause crappie to hang up in the deep brush they’ve been calling home rather than transitioning to open water.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Tight-line for tough Badin Lake crappie

“l’ll do whatever I need to do to catch crappie in winter,” said guide Maynard Edwards, and if January turns off bitter cold, that might just mean chasing them all the way to the bottom of Badin Lake.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Commissionís tight regulations have revived red drum

In the 17 years since the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission defined catch standards to prevent overfishing, and the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission published a fisheries management plan for the species that set more-restrictive limits for commercial and recreational fishermen, red drum have thrived in North Carolina waters.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Disk between rows of pines after prescribed burning

On average, pine plantations comprise nearly 25 percent of the forested cover in the Carolinas. Since a quarter of those are in homogeneous stands with uniform rows, the rows left empty after thinning can be manipulated through disking or harrowing to create corridors of beneficial wildlife habitat. The best time to disk is right after a prescribed burn, when most of the debris has been converted to ash.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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