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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
7237 Views - Posted: Yesterday 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
283 Views - Posted: Yesterday 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
477 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
47 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
70 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
58 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
1019 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
417 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.
93 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
630 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.


Randy Williams of Oxford took this great buck, which netted almost 150 inches, in Granville County last year with a compound bow. Go with a bow! North Carolina’s archery season offers hunters plenty of opportunities to take whitetails
1106 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

The moment of truth came for Oxford’s Randy Williams at 6:30 p.m. last Sept. 14.


The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has voted to close a loophole that allowed commercial netters to sell more than their daily allotment of State closes loophole that allowed netters to sell over their limit of drum
898 Views - Posted: August 29 at 12:57 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries took a major step Thursday toward curtailing the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters when Executive Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation that takes effect Sept. 1 when the 2014-15 netting season opens. The proclamation said the daily amount of “by-catch” red drum that can be sold will drop from 10 to seven fish, and  netters must sell their reds at the same time and place as they sell targeted species such as bluefish, flounder, mullet and spotted seatrout.


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