|One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more
5636 Views - Posted: July 29 at 5:20 pm
Earl Trent of Harmony had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County, S.C., tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.
|Nurse's Northampton County gobbler is No. 2 all-time in North Carolina
2617 Views - Posted: July 21 at 12:30 pm
A Maryland native who grew up fishing and crabbing and had never fired a shotgun at a wild turkey bagged North Carolina’s No. 2 all-time gobbler taken by a female this past spring.
|Dove season will open Saturday of Labor Day weekend as NCWRC sets seasons
3149 Views - Posted: July 17 at 4:53 pm
Dove hunters will open the 2015 season on a Saturday for the first time in several years after the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.
|Governor signs Sunday hunting bill into law
6750 Views - Posted: July 09 at 4:07 pm
North Carolina’s long-standing ban on Sunday hunting with guns ended on Wednesday when Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law HB 640, “The Outdoor Heritage Act”, which will take effect Oct. 1.
|Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey
553 Views - Posted: July 06 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.
|N.C. Senate sends Sunday hunting bill to McCrory for his signature
1574 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.
|Waterfowl hunters will get an extra three weeks to take light geese in 2015-16
757 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.
|Spring turkey harvest is second-highest on record
808 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.
|Commission plans nine public forums next month to discuss deer hunting
1505 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.
|Bear harvest is off 16 percent, despite baiting being allowed for first time
1416 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.
|Caswell County hunter takes bearded hen with bow
1230 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 ½-inch beard. The bird closed to 15 yards before catching an arrow from Sykes’s bow.
|Deer harvest is off 18 percent over 2013-14, NCWRC announces
2976 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.