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A disease outbreak around the Raleigh-Durham area and a tremendousd acorn crop are probably the driving factors behind a lower-than-expected deer harvest in 2014. Poor deer season last fall has multiple causes, biologist says
8062 Views - Posted: March 06 at 8:52 am

Evin Stanford, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's supervising deer biologist, faced dozens of questions from hunters at the Feb. 26-March 1 Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh, but at least the questions were all similar: “What happened to the deer in my county last year?” Most felt like an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease had wiped out their deer herd, and Stanford said they were correct – but only partially.


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
6687 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.


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
1877 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
5241 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
3138 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.


Turkey hunters can attend a series of seminars around North Carolina over the next seven weeks to better prepare themselves for the spring gobbler season, which begins in mid-April. Commission, NWTF will hold turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina
1020 Views - Posted: February 11 at 8:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 16 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April before spring gobbler season arrives. 


Karley Davidson skipped school on Nov. 19 to kill this big 10-point Randolph County buck. New home, new land, new big buck
397 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Karley Davidson may be 16, but she approaches hunting like a 40-year veteran.


Kenny Snyder’s big 10-point buck from Orange County fell on Nov. 25, 2014. Father’s fingerprints “all over” big Orange County buck
458 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Kenny Snyder of Efland and his wife, Rhonda, have enjoyed a run of successful deer hunts for trophy bucks in recent years.


John Del Papa killed this 145-inch Wake County 8-pointer on Nov. 21 with a compound bow. Raleigh teen archer had the right stuff
347 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Sometimes it’s an easy read when encountering people, even younger ones, who have the right stuff. 


A chase of more than 4 hours ended when Tim Willliams killed this 12-pound Gates County buck in front of his beagles. Gates County beagles come through
382 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Timothy Williams’ pack of beagles earned their dog food for an entire year on Nov. 29, when a chase that lasted more than four hours ended with Williams putting a great 12-point buck on the ground.


Scott Niemitalo took this 140-inch Randolph County 8-pointer last Nov. 23. Passing on little bucks results in Randolph County trophy
311 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Scott Niemitalo grew up in eastern Oregon where he hunted mule deer and elk with a bow and arrow. But tagging a large Randolph County whitetail buck provided one of his most satisfying experiences.


Will Fussy got two chances at this big Union County non-typical. He missed the first shot, then scored with the second. The hunting gods frowned, then smiled on hunter
250 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am

Will Fussy skipped school on Nov. 25 because he had only one class, and the hunting gods punished him. Walking into his stand, a big non-typical buck presented him with a 65-yard shot, which he promptly missed.


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