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Mallard breeding was a big success this spring, with almost 11 million greenheads estimated in the USFWS's annual survey. Breeding survey predicts improved duck numbers this year
492 Views - Posted: July 08 at 7:31 am

Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.


The N.C. House version of the 2014 state budget includes a section that would transfer N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission management of captive deer and elk to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. House bill would take management of captive deer away from NCWRC
1325 Views - Posted: June 25 at 3:34 pm

A section of the proposed 2014 House budget would transfer management authority over deer farming from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Senate budget doesn’t include the proposal and both bodies currently are “reconciling” their versions.


North Carolina's spring wild-turkey harvest was off 8-percent this year, but it was still the second-largest on record. North Carolina turkey harvest is off 8 percent from 2013 levels
878 Views - Posted: June 06 at 6:02 am

For the first time in seven seasons, North Carolina wild turkey hunters saw a decline in the total spring harvest. During the April 12-May 10 gobblers-only season, hunters downed 16,912 birds. 


The federal protection of red wolves in five eastern North Carolina counties apparently trumps the state's right to manage coyotes, according to a federal judge's decision. Judge puts halt to coyote hunting in five NE NC counties
1405 Views - Posted: May 30 at 12:01 pm

A U.S. District Court judge issued a temporary injunction earlier this month that banned coyote hunting in five counties in eastern North Carolina because endangered red wolves may have been mistakenly killed in the same areas, but the decision will be up for review in September.


North Carolina deer hunters killed a record 188,130 deer in the 2013-14 season, an all-time harvest record. North Carolina deer harvest sets all-time record
1802 Views - Posted: April 29 at 6:01 am

 North Carolina deer hunters posted an all-time harvest record during the 2013-14 season, tagging 188,130 whitetails according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.


Brian Sykes' Orange County gobbler had five beards that measured between 7 and 9 3/4 inches. Orange County gobbler with five beards will rank No. 10 all-time in North Carolina
1478 Views - Posted: April 28 at 7:32 am

Veteran turkey hunter Brian Sykes of the Caldwell community in northeastern Orange County has had little trouble filling his tags in recent season, but a gobbler he took two weeks ago is a first for him: a 5-bearded bird that ranks in the top 10 all-time in North Carolina.


Shannon Lyndon of Taylorsville killed this beautiful red stag on a New Zealand hunt last month that he won at a 2012 archery trade show. Taylorsville man cashes in on New Zealand stag hunt
1023 Views - Posted: April 08 at 6:01 am

Shannon Lyndon won an all-expenses-paid hunt for New Zealand red stag in 2012, and after two years of waiting, he cashed in for a spot-and-stalk hunt on March 24.


Jeff Webb killed this enormous wild hog, which weighed at least 500 pounds, on hunt-club land in Bertie County on Feb. 28. Huge Bertie County hog exceeds 500-pound mark
38570 Views - Posted: March 07 at 12:03 pm

Under starry skies on Feb. 28, Jett Webb of Conetoe ensured there will be one less mouth to feed in the Indian Woods section of Bertie County – and a real big mouth, too. Webb took down a massive wild boar that bottomed out a set of scales certified to 500 pounds that’s used for weighing tobacco bales. 


Gary Stevens of Marion killed this enormous buck in Adams County, Ohio, on Jan. 1, that was judged Best in Show at the Dixie Deer Classic. Huge Ohio buck is Best in Show at Dixie Deer Classic
2343 Views - Posted: March 02 at 9:13 pm

A huge Ohio buck killed by a McDowell County hunter and a handful of great bucks from the Piedmont, including two Boone and Crockett Club monsters, highlighted the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic that ended on Sunday, March 2, at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.


Chase Watson sits in the door of a Hughes Box Blind, holding a Leupold scope; both were part of his grand-prize package for winning the Bag-A-Buck contest. Bag-A-Buck winner picks up grand-prize package at Dixie Deer Classic
1330 Views - Posted: March 01 at 12:01 pm

Chase Watson of Oxford, the grand-prize winner in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, picked up his prize package on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted Thursday to allow baiting of bears by still-hunters across the state. Commission votes unanimously to allow bear-baiting by still-hunters
2670 Views - Posted: March 01 at 6:00 am

Members of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted unanimously at their Feb. 28 meeting in Raleigh to approve changes in bear baiting and hunting regulations for the 2014-15 season. The agency took six proposed changes to public hearings across the state in January, and for Thursday’s vote, they were lumped into one proposal, and a voice vote was taken with no objections raised verbally, so a 19-0 vote was recorded.


North Carolina deer hunters are just a few days away from the annual Dixie Deer Classic, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Raleigh. Dixie Deer Classic will open this Friday in Raleigh
996 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:00 am

Can the Dixie Deer Classic possibly be 34 years old? Well, it’s difficult to remember a time when North Carolina’s best bucks weren’t on display at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, but the 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic is indeed at hand, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, specifically the Jim Graham Building, the Exhibition Building and Dorton Arena.


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