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Fisher Whitlock's huge non-typical buck, taken last November in Henry County, Va., was Best in Show at this past weekend's Dixie Deer Classic. Virginia youth's buck wins Dixie Deer Classic's top honor
4954 Views - Posted: March 02 at 2:54 pm

For sportsmen who battled the elements to attend this past weekend’s Dixie Deer Classic, the trip was worth the effort, especially for those interested in the annual Big Buck Contest, which sent a 10-year-old Virginia boy home with its top prize.

Guide Richard Andrews loves the kind of action he gets from striped bass in the lower Roanoke River and its tributaries before the spring spawning run opens up. Ready for Roanoke rocks? The lower end of North Carolinaís Roanoke River is full of striped bass this month
27 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Some angler think striper fishing in the Roanoke River begins around March 1 each year, because that’s when the keeper season opens on the Roanoke River and in the Albemarle Sound.

Rod Kingís best Falls of Neuse crappie are usually caught in late February and March. Spring slabs? Donít be late! At Falls of Neuse Lake, itís the early angler that catches the crappie. Donít wait for April. March is madness!
9 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Popular opinion among many fishermen is that April is the best month to catch crappie because fish are heading for shorelines to spawn and are susceptible to jigs and live minnows.

Donít make CAHA mistakes at CALO
114 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.†

A Republican member of the N.C. House has slipped an amendment into the 2014 state budget bill after the fact to keep open the possibility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission losing its ability to manage captive deer and elk. Last year's budget bill gets a secret amendment to help deer farmers
1152 Views - Posted: February 26 at 8:18 pm

A legislative move that prevented scrutiny of a substitute amendment to the 2014 state budget bill has kept alive the potential for more cervid farming and relaxed rules for penned deer.†

Kayla Heafner (right) downed her first wild hog, a 327-pounder, with the first shot of her first hunt with boyfriend Sean Casey in Union County. Locust woman's first wild hog is a big one: 327 pounds
3789 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:30 pm

Kayla Heafner, a 25-year-old Locust resident, got her big-game hunting career off to a rousing start on Jan. 31, killing a 327-pound Union County hog with one shot at 165 yards – at night.

Supports of deer-farming in North Carolina got a shock earlier this month when a leading spokesman for the movement was arrested on charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. Vocal supporter of deer-farming has been arrested
2664 Views - Posted: February 24 at 8:04 am

A man arrested in Wake County earlier this month for obtaining property by false pretenses in Stanly County is a long-time supporter of the North Carolina Deer Farmers Association’s legislative attempts to relax import-export rules for captive cervids and allow more cervid farms in the state.

The Davidson River is know for producing some trophy trout in the section close to the Pisgah Forest Hatchery. Stay warm and dry on a winter stream
367 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

With water temperatures likely to be in the 30- to 40-degree range through February, staying warm and dry are crucial to enjoy ingmountain trout fishing.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission sold more than 92,000 trout-fishing permits in 2013. Mountain trout are North Carolinaís most sought-after fish
376 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

If a contestant on “Jeopardy” buzzed in first after getting the club “The most sought-after fish by North Carolina anglers,” the response would probably be a question involving largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, flounder, red drum or spotted sea-trout.

Biologists believe Jordan Lakeís crappie are rebounding quite well and not in need of any new size or creel limits. Should Jordan Lake get new crappie limit?
418 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

The Jordan Lake crappie kill in 2011 also nearly ruined fishing at nearby Shearon Harris Lake last year — at least that’s what guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton believes.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is operating on a budget that's $600,000 short because of a delay in implementing a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the feds. NCDMF still operating on low budget level due to missing JEA
1390 Views - Posted: February 09 at 9:56 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continues to operate on a budget raided by the state legislature of $600,000 six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a Joint Enforcement Agreement that would earn the state’s saltwater management agency that amount in federal assistance.

Crappie have been biting jigs tipped with minnows and slow-trolled in deep water at Badin Lake. Go deep for Badin Lake's cold, winter crappie
1038 Views - Posted: February 05 at 8:56 pm

Most fishermen don’t consider February a prime month because of the cold weather, but a few sunny days can make a big difference, and they have recently for anglers targeting crappie on Badin Lake.