|Dixie Deer Classic is beginning and end
53 Views - Posted: March 03 at 9:00 am
A lot of sportsmen believe North Carolina’s 2013 deer season ended Jan. 1, but that’s only partly correct. It’s also the start of the 2014 season.
The 2013 season will end when the last exhibitor walks out the door of the 34th Dixie Deer Classic on Sunday, March 2. But the Classic also makes sportsmen look ahead to the 2014 deer season.
In 1980, members of the Wake County Wildlife Club dreamed up the idea of a deer expo to find the state’s top whitetails. Dr. Carroll L. Mann III, a Raleigh neurosurgeon who became president of Safari Club International and the N.C. Wildlife Federation, was a key mover and shaker.
|Bear proposals bare Commission troubles
263 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
This month, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 19 appointed members will make a decision that will affect future fish-and-game management. They are scheduled on Feb. 27 to announce their approval or disapproval of proposed changes to hunting and fishing regulations for the 2014-15 season, including one that may reflect a sea change in how the agency manages public resources.
|More bureaucracy means trout trouble
354 Views - Posted: January 01 at 9:00 am
With many Americans working in the public sector, often it cuts too close to the bone to rip “government” as inefficient, wasteful, venal, and, even worse, disastrous. Nonetheless, it’s become easier during recent years, in light of catastrophes ignored or promulgated by our overseers.
|Two heroes of 2013 show rare courage
229 Views - Posted: December 01, 2013 at 6:00 am
December is traditionally a time to recognize people or events that occurred during the year that impacted our lives or showed us what we could be but rarely are.
|Park Service is not sportsman’s friend
296 Views - Posted: November 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
If uncertainty once existed about the National Park Service’s course to nurture animal and plant life at public venues — acknowledging the need to protect some birds and turtles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore — the federal agency erased all doubt recently in Florida.
|Silencer law shows Repubs tone deaf
519 Views - Posted: October 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Just for argument’s sake, say you’re a deer poacher and you found a half-buried bottle of Jim Beam in a creek, rubbed it and a genie appeared and announced he’d grant you one wish.
|Threats, intimidation won’t win in the end
443 Views - Posted: September 02, 2013 at 9:00 am
From the 1972 movie “Deliverance”:
|Republicans shoot themselves in foot
488 Views - Posted: August 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Recently, as I was vacationing at Oak Island, my cell phone jingled. An upset caller said he’d explored the upper reaches of the creek that flows by the boat ramp off Fish Factory Road in Southport.
|Red wolf genie is out of the bottle
645 Views - Posted: July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Since 1988, many people have wondered when the decision to release red wolves in eastern North Carolina would return to haunt the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
|It’s way past time for gamefish bill
485 Views - Posted: June 01, 2013 at 9:00 am
The North Carolina legislature will attempt for the fourth time this year to approve a gamefish-status bill for spotted seatrout, red drum and striped bass.
|Bear-baiting bill full of shortcomings
1357 Views - Posted: May 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Responding to constituents’ requests is a good idea for politicians. It shows attention and compassion and pays dividends at the ballot box.
|Will Republicans end pay-to-play format?
585 Views - Posted: April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
The “Government Reorganization and Efficiency Act,” aka Senate Bill 10 — part of which would change appointments of N.C. Wildlife Resources Commissioners — passed a Senate vote Feb. 7 and awaits House approval before the bill is sent to Governor Pat McCrory’s desk.
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