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North Carolina hunters took 2,521 bears last season, a 16-percent drop from 2013's record harvest. Bear harvest is off 16 percent, despite baiting being allowed for first time
825 Views - Posted: May 20 at 8:41 am

Even with hunters allowed to take black bears over bait for the first time, North Carolina’s 2014 harvest didn’t increase. In fact, it declined.


The N.C. Wildlife Federation hopes its “Sounds Solutions” recommendations will result in positive results for saltwater species. NCWF offers "Sound Solutions" to North Carolina's coastal fisheries issues
638 Views - Posted: May 19 at 12:29 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has embarked on a program called “Sound Solutions” in an attempt to convince major players in state government that new steps are needed to reverse pressure on fish that live in the state’s sounds and backwaters.


The smallmouth bass spawn is cranking up on the New River in northwest North Carolina, promising good fishing as June approaches. Smallmouth spawn cranking up on New River, great fishing ahead
344 Views - Posted: May 18 at 12:30 pm

Smallmouth bass fishing on the New River in northwestern North Carolina is beginning to pick up as water temperatures are on the rise, setting the stage for spawning.


Boss gobblers won’t allow interlopers in their territory and often come at a fast pace to the decoy setup. To decoy or not to decoy
59 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Marshall Collette never uses decoys in the morning but employs them almost exclusively at fields in the afternoon and evening.


No matter what kind of shotgun you use during turkey season, test it with several different shotshell loads so you’ll know how it performs with a gobbler 40 yards from the end of the barrel. The right stuff
94 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Turkey hunters can be successfully using many varieties and gauges of shotguns, even archery equipment, but most hunters stick to scatterguns because they offer a better chance of success and can be fitted to different hunting approaches.


Joel Richardson can change out crankbaits quickly and easily because of the way he organizes his tackle and lures. Organized tackle makes for better days on the water, bass guide says
362 Views - Posted: May 11 at 9:26 pm

Successful anglers have several common characteristics, but one of the most important is organization. For bass fishermen, that means every piece of tackle has a place, and every place has a certain piece of tackle.


A lot of North Carolina deer hunters would like to have had a shot at these two does; the 2014-15 harvest was off 18 percent, or 44,000 deer. Deer harvest is off 18 percent over 2013-14, NCWRC announces
2572 Views - Posted: May 07 at 7:00 am

North Carolina hasn’t experienced back-to-back deer-hunting seasons like 2013-14 and 2014-15 since records have been kept by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In 2013-14, hunters tagged a record 188,130 whitetails. But in 2014-15, the harvest dropped a record 18.3 percent to 144,315 deer, the lowest harvest since 2005-06.


NCDMF is on top of striped bass
69 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.


Late in the season, use decoys in the afternoon or evening around fields. 11th-Hour gobblers - Late-season turkeys require a little different approach in North Carolina
103 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

One May morning a few years ago, I sat in heavy cover beside a small, weed-filled Orange County field. My heart thumped in my chest like a bass drum.


Striper fishing in the Roanoke River downstream from Weldon is just getting into full-swing as the keeper season, extended for three days, prepares to end. Roanoke River striper run just getting ready to peak
820 Views - Posted: April 30 at 1:59 pm

Striped bass fishing is beginning to hit its stride in the upper reaches of the Roanoke River, according to guide Richard Andrews of Bath.


A bill that passe the N.C. House on Tuesday would allow Sunday hunting with firearms in most areas of North Carolina. Sunday hunting bill passes N.C. House with flying colors
25660 Views - Posted: April 30 at 11:27 am

The N.C. House of Representatives on April 28 passed Rep. Jimmy Dixon’s Outdoor Heritage Act, including a measure that would legalize hunting with firearms on Sundays in most rural areas of North Carolina.


Bass pro Dustin Wilks said he tries to get a bedding bass agitated before he can really try to catch it. Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her
1547 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 pm

Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.


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