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This 18-inch brown trout is eligible for a citation from the N.C. Angler Recognition Program and is common sight on the upper Catawba River. Trophies galore
58 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission defines a trophy brown trout as any fish weighing 2 1/2 pounds or more or measuring 18 inches or longer — according to the N.C. Angler Recognition Program.


Fishing the Catawba Bugger Fishing the Catawba Bugger
40 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

“Let it sink, twitch the line twice, followed by a long trip to take in the slack,” guide Scott Cunningham said. “You don’t want to have enough line out to make a lot of false casts. You want to make short, quick casts for slow, methodical fishing.”


Guide Scott Cunningham lifts a net full of brown trout from the special-regulations section of the  upper Catawba River. Brown is beautiful - Upper Catawba River below Lake James is a trophy brown trout stream
274 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

A pickup towing a trailer carrying two inflatable boats pulled into the parking lot of the Bridgewater Public Fishing Access Area downstream from one of the two dams that impounds Lake James. A cold, rainy morning is not most what most fly-fishermen call ideal, but Scott Cunningham of Marion was excited about being on the water.


Remington execs used gelatin blocks to examine the penetration of their new Hog Hammer ammunition. Hit hogs with the right punch
148 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Many ammunition manufacturers are developing special ammo designed for taking hogs because of their expansion and a growing interest in hunting them. Remington’s Hog Hammer ammo — available in .223, .30-30, .308 and .30-06 among seven calibers — is just such a development.


Milton Turnage invented an LED device that clips on a rifle’s scope that helps with long-distance shooting of hogs at night. Turn darkness into daytime
122 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Milton Turnage invented The Assassinator AS-900, an LED lighting device that illuminates the landscape within 300 yards or more for precision night shooting. 


This LED light attached to the bottom of a spin feeder will come on when animals approach the feeder after dark. We’ll leave the light on....
112 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

An LED feeder light such as The Kill Light is an excellent way to illuminate the ground under an electric spin-feeder at night when attached to the bottom of a feeder motor.


Barbecued rabbit is a specialty of Willow Oaks Plantation’s chef, Danny Martin. Barbecue that bunny!
128 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Danny Martin, Willow Oaks Plantation’s chef, served barbecued rabbits as an appetizer after the hunt using this scrumptious family recipe:


A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max is a good fit for rabbit hunters, who often need to get off several shots in quick succession. Rabbit hunting requires a quick shotgun
172 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max Sportsman is the best type of shotgun for hunting rabbits. It offers fast follow-up shots and handles quickly in the dense thickets where rabbits live. The synthetic stock and metal finish are practically indestructible, which is handy when a hunter is bushwhacking his way through the brier thickets. 


Look up a hog after dark and turn its lights out. Light up a hog
395 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

When North Carolina started allowing hunters to target wild hogs after dark, Milton Turnage was one of the first hunters to do so effectively. He began offering guided night hunts as soon as he was set up, in January 2012, after honing his techniques by hunting them during daylight hours for years.


Mike McBride thrills his pack of beagles with an up-close encounter with an unlucky rabbit. Roll those rabbits - Working on habitat for quail has side benefit of cottontail explosion on Rockingham County plantation
297 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

A desert-tan, four-wheel-drive vehicle bounced along a farm road, a cloud of fine dust rising up from its tires. The car had a broad brush-guard on the front, a lighted roll bar on top and a half- dozen hunters seated high and low.


Prescribed burning of stands of pines is a  primary tool for managing wildlife habitat, including quail. Recipe for quail-habitat management is complicated
645 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

John Henry Harrelson, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, helps coordinate the Columbus County Quail Co-Op’s habitat-management efforts. He said that managing quail habitat is like making alphabet soup — a lot of different things go in.


This prime quail habitat was created by the excavation of an irrigation pond because the area could not easily be farmed and became overgrown by all kinds of vegetation. Wastelands are not wasted on quail
541 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

The excavation of an irrigation pond created some prime quail habitat. The spoil from the pond excavation became a mound at the water’s edge, creating an area that farming equipment cannot easily enter. 


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