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Threat assessment? Something is rotten

When is a threat not a threat? In the case of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission’s southern flounder fiasco in August, Rep. Bob Steinburg, a Republican who represents several northeastern North Carolina counties in the heart of commercial-fishing territory, made a very real threat to the members of the Commission.†

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Deer farmersí cash went a long way

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.†

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September 02, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Would netters OK a flounder buyout?

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.

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August 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Big money calling deer-farm bill shots

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

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July 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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When it matters to keep a cub a cub

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.

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June 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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NCDMF is on top of striped bass

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.

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May 01, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Money, politics, CWD make a deadly mix

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.

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April 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Donít make CAHA mistakes at CALO

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.†

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March 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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