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March / April 2017


The Evolution of Camera Traps

written by Roland Kays
A new statewide camera trap survey offers beautiful pictures for citizens, data for scientists.


The Hunt

written by Doug Elliott | illustrated by Gary Palmer
Inspired by his young son, a novice hunter searches for his way in the woods.


Long-Distance Shot

written by Marty Shaffner | photographed by Melissa McGaw
Advancements in shells and chokes allow turkey hunters to take aim from farther and farther away, but is it the right move?


The Bandit Outside my Window

written and photographed by Todd Pusser
Raccoons are creative, intelligent and perhaps the most successful mammal on the planet.


Farming for Fish and Other Things

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Melissa McGaw
The Commission’s six fish hatcheries have evolved to produce a variety of species and serve new needs throughout North Carolina.

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The Evolution of Camera Traps

written by Roland Kays
A new statewide camera trap survey offers beautiful pictures for citizens, data for scientists.



Wild & Tasty

Empty your freezer and fill up your hungry family all at once with our easy-to-prepare venison chili mac recipe.

Coming in the Next Issue


A Stately Stroll

The secret is out on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which spans 1,175 miles from Clingmans Dome on the Tennessee border to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. Our first installment of a three- part series focuses on the western portion of the trail, where spectacular views can be found at every turn.


Bear City

Biologists from N.C. State and the Wildlife Resources Commission have come to Asheville to study the ecology of the city’s booming urban bear population.


Fishing Our Parks

Many of the best fishing holes in North Carolina can be found in our state parks. Come along as we visit some of our favorites and detail the variety of options.


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Editor’s Note


Where the Bass Are

written by Mike Marsh
Seven years after opening, Randleman Lake fills the bill as a bass fishing destination. Do even better days lie ahead?


Regulations for Mountain Trout


North Carolina Angler Recognition Program


North Carolina Freshwater Fishing Records


Identification Chart


Regulations for Warmwater Game Fish


Blazing a Trail for a New Fishing Experience (PDF)

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Thomas Harvey
The Oak Hollow Fishing Trail is the first of its kind in North Carolina. Hopefully, it won’t be the last.


Catch-and-Release Basics


Coastal Boating Guide


Mountain Region Boating Access Areas


Earning Their Stripes

written by Jack Horan | photographed by Melissa McGaw
Bodie bass have replaced striped bass, plagued by summer die-offs, as Lake Norman’s newest game fish.


2016 Reported Spring Turkey Harvest


The Upland Gazette

2016 Fall Outdoor Guide

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Gone to the Dogs

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Thomas Harvey
Wade Meacham shares his secrets to success after decades of training gun dogs and pets.


Deer Hunting for a Cause

written by C.C. King | photographed by Melissa McGaw
Backyard Bow Pro helps feed those in need by building a partnership between hunters and landowners.


First Hunt (PDF)

written and photographed by Andrea Danchi
A passion to learn leads this novice from the classroom to a box blind.


The Upland Gazette (PDF)

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