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A sweet swan song - The tundra swan sings a sweet song for North Carolina waterfowl hunters

After pulling on their chest waders at 6 a.m., six hunters left a comfortable cabin and drove to a nearby wheat field to set a spread of over-sized shell and windsock decoys in the soft, black soil near Pantego, N.C. The “weep-weep” sound of a young swan soon turned their faces skyward.

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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New public shooting range opens in Rocky Point

A new shooting range opened at Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County on Nov. 4, 2016. Located at 8717 Shaw Highway, Rocky Point, N.C., the new range is just north of the WRC's Holly Shelter Depot.

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November 11 at 7:55 pm
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Tag, You’re it!

Catch a tagged fish in North Carolina’s coastal waters and you may reel in a cash award. The NCDMF’s fish tagging program randomly selects tag numbers; anglers who have turned them in win $100. Of 1,020 fish tags anglers returned in 2015, the program drew three tag numbers for each of four species in the tagging program. 

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Chum slingers

Croakers make great bait for red drum, and they also make good chum. The Longer Life Bait Slinger was a great tool for tossing chunks of fish far out into the water to attract big red drum.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Day or dusk drum: North Carolina’s big September fishing treat

Once upon a time, anglers headed out of Oriental, taking a pounding from afternoon waves on the expansive waters of the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound in search of the sundown bite that characterized the huge adult red drum of summer.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Feel the teal - Early teal season on tap in North Carolina in September

“Feeling the teal” is an expression used by supporters of UNC-Wilmington’s athletic teams. Teal became the school’s official color in 2009 after serving unofficially for many years prior. Greenish blue or bluish green, depending upon your perception, it is an iridescent color present in the speculums of blue-winged and green-winged teal.

These two tiny waterfowl species lure early birds like Paul Sasser of Greensboro, a dedicated hunter, to the marshes north and south of Wilmington in September. He says the four-hour drive is worth the effort.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Noisy lures attract more trout bites

Daybreak is the best time to catch speckled trout during summer. Helping fish locate the lure takes more than just the typical vibration of an injured or swimming baitfish or the subtle movements of a soft plastic. The best lures are the noisiest, so noisy, in fact, that it seems they would scare the daylights out of the trout rather than make them strike.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Weakfish are a big bonus for speckled trout fishermen

While most anglers who catch summer trout are targeting spotted seatrout exclusively, other species will torpedo lures intended for specks. One of the best of these bonus species is the gray trout, aka weakfish, so-called for its weak mouth. However, a mouthful of treble hooks that snags one usually holds it tightly all the way to the boat.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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