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Deer farmers’ cash went a long way
51 Views - Posted: 9 hours ago

You have to hand it to North Carolina’s small, but powerful deer-farm cadre, especially Tom Smith, former CEO of Food Lion. He learned how to play the political game to get what he and his buddies want — a shot at removing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s oversight of deer farms. The Commission has put in place a lot of restrictions on deer farms to try and keep Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, out of North Carolina. 

Would netters OK a flounder buyout?
378 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

During the run-up to a June 17 public hearing about southern flounder management, several members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission asked that the meeting be held in Raleigh. Their chairman, Sammy Corbett, rejected their requests, and the meeting was held in New Bern.

Big money calling deer-farm bill shots
479 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

When the topic is the management of cervid (deer) farms, big money calls the shots in the state legislature.

When it matters to keep a cub a cub
130 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

How nice it would be if state legislators didn’t include portions of bills as favors or special-interest awards, especially when they think they’re wildlife experts.

NCDMF is on top of striped bass
164 Views - Posted: May 01 at 9:00 am

If you’re a fishermen who targets striped bass and you monitor the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries proclamations and stock-status reports, your heart may have skipped three or four beats since Jan. 1.

Money, politics, CWD make a deadly mix
417 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Whitetail deer are the crown jewels of North Carolina wildlife. More hunters — more than a quarter-million — target them within state boundaries, more than any other wildlife species. Deer hunting accounts for $370 million in annual statewide economic impact, including $120 million in salaries and wages and $250 million in retail sales. It also generates $28 million in local and $30 million in federal taxes.

Don’t make CAHA mistakes at CALO
951 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Fifteen Octobers ago, Rich Stevenson and Lee Huffines invited me to South Core Banks for my first surf-fishing adventure. It also was my first trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore. 

Guilford club hooked by HOA’s ruling
644 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Unless the Guilford Wildlife Club and Lake Jeanette Home Owners Association can reach an agreement about dues for use of the lake, the 65-year-old club likely will fold.

Gunsmoke: Netters’ video is informing
602 Views - Posted: January 01 at 9:00 am

Smoking gun: A term that originally referred to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. -- Wikipedia 

NCWRC’s deer-farm vote deserves praise
752 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 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 NC’s OZ
791 Views - Posted: November 01, 2014 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
1737 Views - Posted: October 01, 2014 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.