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Duck numbers in the Carolinas should be almost identical to last season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's annual spring waterfowl breeding survey. Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey
141 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:54 am

Waterfowl hunters in the Carolinas can expect to see roughly the same number of ducks this coming season as they have in the past several, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on the breeding duck population shows numbers slightly above 2014 levels.


Sunday hunting with firearms on private land could be a reality of Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill passed Wednesday by the N.C. Senate and last week by the N.C. House. N.C. Senate sends Sunday hunting bill to McCrory for his signature
1208 Views - Posted: June 25 at 1:43 pm

Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature is all that stands between a huge expansion of Sunday hunting opportunities for North Carolina hunters. On Wednesday, the N.C. Senate passed by a 33-15 vote a compromise bill passed last week by the N.C. House.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow hunters in North Carolina an extra three weeks to target light geese next season. Waterfowl hunters will get an extra three weeks to take light geese in 2015-16
604 Views - Posted: June 17 at 6:55 am

In response to requests from hunters, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the season for snow, blue and Ross’ geese in the 2015-16 season. According to Commission biologist Doug Howell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Order allows additional opportunities for hunters to target “light’ geese but requires a re-ordering of hunting dates.


North Carolina hunters tagged 17,828 turkeys during the spring season that ended early last month, the second-highest harvest on record. Spring turkey harvest is second-highest on record
725 Views - Posted: June 03 at 2:59 pm

North Carolina hunters recorded the second-highest wild turkey harvest on record during the 2015 spring season, downing 17,828 gobblers, according to statistics released by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled nine public forums across the state to discuss deer management. Commission plans nine public forums next month to discuss deer hunting
1396 Views - Posted: May 25 at 7:14 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.


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
1292 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.


Travis Sykes of Leasburg killed this bearded hen on April 26 with his bow. Caswell County hunter takes bearded hen with bow
1145 Views - Posted: May 13 at 11:54 am

Killing a turkey is an achievement. Shooting one with a bow is impressive. Shooting a bearded hen with a bow is the stuff of legend. Travis Sykes of Leasburg did just that April 26 when he killed a 10-pound, 9-ounce hen that sported an 8 -inch beard. The bird closed to 15 yards before catching an arrow from Sykes’s bow.


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
2882 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.


Monty Mesimer (left) and Jeff Huggins (right) doubled up on these big Pender County gobblers on April 13. Mesimer's bird had four beards that measured a total of almost 30 inches. Four-bearded Pender County gobbler ranks high in NC record books
1190 Views - Posted: May 05 at 6:55 pm

His big gobbler had been dead a good half-hour before Monty Mesimer of Atkinson noticed there was something unusual about the Pender County tom. He had more beards than he was supposed to. Quite a few more.


Zach Satterfield of Reidsville killed this 24 1/2-pound Rockingham County gobbler with 1 1/2-inch spurs and beards measuring 11 and 10 inches. Monster gobbler pays his taxes on time to Rockingham County hunter
2586 Views - Posted: May 04 at 7:47 am

Zach Satterfield said it was common knowledge that a big gobbler with two beards lived on a farm he hunted in Rockingham County close to the Caswell County line. “He was seen during deer season for the last year or two, but nobody ever saw him during turkey season,” he said. But the big gobbler’s “taxes” came due on April 15, when he showed up 30 yards from the end of Satterfield’s shotgun barrel. Now, Satterfield, a 19-year-old Reidsville resident, has in his freezer one of the biggest turkeys ever taken in North Carolina.


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
26688 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.


Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide
1116 Views - Posted: April 29 at 9:41 pm

Sportsmen across North Carolina flooded the woods earlier this month as the spring gobbler season opened, and many have enjoyed reasonable success. But as the season wanes, the gobblers have heard all the misplaced yelps and purrs and busted fidgety hunters, and they’re a lot more wary. It’s a time when guides like Karl Helmkamp of Albemarle Outfitters in the northeastern corner of the state really shine.


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