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NCWRCís deer-farm vote deserves praise
304 Views - Posted: December 01 at 7:00 am

North Carolina’s sportsmen, especially deer hunters, felt better about the state’s wildlife agency after Oct. 30. And for good reason.

Wildlife, saltwater are in NCís OZ
435 Views - Posted: November 01 at 9:00 am

Poor politicians. Even though most of us consider them lower on the popularity rung than polecats at a church social, they want us to vote for them in November. Anyway, I think we’re lucky to live in the USA because if we had the political history of, say, Syria and Iraq, we’d be sharpening knives and dropping in at campaign headquarters.

NCSU ponders making Hofmann Forest error
1108 Views - Posted: October 01 at 7:00 am

Around 4 a.m. one cold November day in the 1950s, my father got me out of bed. I was ordered to dress for being outside. We climbed into the family’s ’53 Chevy coupe for a long drive east to Onslow County. Our destination was unknown to me — Daddy simply called it “Hofmann” — but I knew this trip was about deer hunting.†

Natural resources lose again in D.C.
392 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

When you mix politics with decision-making concerning the management of natural resources, it’s a lose-lose proposition. Both major political parties have awful track records.

Does love of money put wildlife at risk?
584 Views - Posted: August 01 at 9:00 am

On a long-ago hunt with my dad, I saw my first framed $1 bill in a Caswell County country store. Above the bill was written: “In God we trust. All others pay cash.”

Chess moves to end large-mesh gill nets
643 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

My 90-year-old father and 88-year-old mother require around-the-clock assisted care. Even with their retirement funds and Social Security, the family has been stunned at the pace their nest egg is dissolving. Now imagine such funds as North Carolina saltwater fisheries and commercial netting as the agent eating away those public-trust resources. So here we go.

Time to forget about following orders
597 Views - Posted: June 02 at 9:00 am

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”†Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Mr. Charles Laughridge III is a recreational-fishing appointee to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. One of his qualifications, in addition to being a crackerjack angler who displays a good touch with the fly rod, is operating a popular Web site,

Netters in end game that they asked for
1040 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

The premise of the 1950s television show “You Asked For It” was to create stories people wanted to see, such as William Tell shooting the apple off his son’s head or a politician not telling a lie (I made up the second one).

Turkey hunting, golf are big obsessions
570 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

“No incompetence in existence can hold a candle to experienced incompetence, and that is the deepest cut of all.”

† † †† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †— Tom Kelly, “The Season”

Dixie Deer Classic is beginning and end
606 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
714 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
678 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.