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The cash-strapped NC Division of Marine Fishers, and in particular, the marine patrol, would receive a major financial shot in the arm if the state enters into a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service. NCDMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top government officials
377 Views - Posted: 13 hours ago

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has yet to act on an item in the 2014 state budget, apparently because it hasn’t gotten the green light from higher-ups in the government, all of whom have received a letter from 10 Republican legislators asking them to delay action.


North Carolina's first-ever fatality involving archery equipment took place last Thursday in Transylvania County. Crossbow involved in North Carolina's first-ever archery related fatality
7774 Views - Posted: September 23 at 7:50 pm

North Carolina’s first archery-related hunting fatality in history occurred the evening of Sept. 18 in Transylvania County when George Harley Case Jr., 58, of Pisgah Forest died when he was struck by a crossbow bolt fired by a friend who mistook him for a deer.


Brad Duke of Butner killed this huge 9-point Granville County buck in full velvet on Sept. 13, almost 11 months after he suffered serious injuries in a tree-stand fall. Butner man arrows huge Granville County buck
12588 Views - Posted: September 16 at 8:54 pm

A Butner man who suffered serious injuries in a fall from a tree stand last year got a measure of revenge on the buck he was hunting that day. And what revenge it was! The 9-point buck, taken this past Saturday on opening day of North Carolina’s statewide archery season, has been rough-scored at 161 inches in full velvet.


A Johnson spoon fitted with a soft-plastic trailer is an overlooked lure that will catch bass in the fall when they're keying on threadfin shad. In the fall, follow the shad and spoon-feed the bass
615 Views - Posted: September 16 at 7:05 am

We’re approaching the fall fishing season, and many largemouth bass anglers await its coming with great anticipation. Why? Because bass do lots of the same things they do in the spring without the spawning activity. Their movements are largely triggered by the movements of threadfin shad, one of their favorite foods, and when shad head up in creeks and into shallow water, they follow.


The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries attempted to close a loophole that allowed commercial fishermen to sell more red drum than daily limits allowed. Whether the loophole has been completely sealed remains to be seen. Latest attempt to curtail commercial sale of red drum may have hit snag
1376 Views - Posted: September 15 at 11:34 am

An attempt by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to curtail the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters lost a lot of its punch last week when officials with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries determined that new restrictions might very well violate state statutes.


Game Lands Depot Contact Info Game Lands Depot Contact Info
169 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

A. Marion Depot: Green River, Pisgah NF, 828-652-9974


Counties that lead in the annual archery harvest statistics are rarely among the leaders in overall harvest. Big-harvest areas aren’t bow leaders
178 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

The top counties in terms of deer taken with archery equipment are rarely among the top counties in overall harvest.


The expansion of deer herds into surburban and urban areas has provided incentive for more municipalities to join the state’s Urban Archery Season. Deer expansion means urban archery rocks
168 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

When the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission started its Urban Archery deer season program in 2007, a handful of towns signed up — Elkin was first — while many others and major cities in North Carolina turned up their noses.


Duke Energy said it hasn't been trying to kill aquatic grass at Shearon Harris Lake, despite the claims of a number of local bass fishermen. Duke Energy denies spraying aquatic grass at Shearon Harris
1372 Views - Posted: September 09 at 9:36 pm

Anecdotal evidence sometimes points toward the truth, and sometimes it is just, well, anecdotal. That may be the case in the tale of Duke Energy’s attempts to spray and kill the aquatic grass in Shearon Harris Lake. Despite what it might look like to some, they likely didn’t happen.


Carl Thomason caught this 20-inch New River smallmouth over Labor Day weekend on a float trip with guide Marty Shaffner. Smallmouth action on New River is back on track as water reaches 70-degree mark
616 Views - Posted: September 08 at 1:07 pm

Smallmouth bass fishing in the New River has been tough this year for a variety of reasons, but now it’s apparently back on track.


Natural resources lose again in D.C.
135 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

When you mix politics with decision-making concerning the management of natural resources, it’s a lose-lose proposition. Both major political parties have awful track records.


Colorful fox squirrels can be found on a number of game lands across North Carolina’s Sandhills area and in mountain counties. Game Lands hunting is wide open in North Carolina
751 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

North Carolina contains 85 separate areas where public hunting is allowed, tracts that cover more than 2 million acres — more than a million alone in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests in the western third of the state.


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