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Chess moves to end large-mesh gill nets
176 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
156 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
639 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
250 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
309 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
495 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
528 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
383 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
434 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
766 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
844 Views - Posted: September 02, 2013 at 9:00 am

From the 1972 movie “Deliverance”:

Republicans shoot themselves in foot
646 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.