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By NCWRC blogger on 12/21/2012 1:25 PM
Once the gifts are unwrapped and the turkey is eaten on Christmas Day, forgo that comfy couch and instead head outdoors with your binoculars and bird ID guide in hand to participate in the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world.

Now in its 113th Year, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is a perfect way for you to make an enormous contribution to bird conservation in North Carolina, regardless if you’re a backyard birder or a serious field observer. Best of all, it’s free and pretty easy to do, too. Just visit Audubon’s website to sign up and find a count near you.

According to Audubon,which organizes the annual count, the count takes place within “count circles,” which focus on specific geographical areas. Each circle is led by a count compiler and each count is conducted on a specific day. Once you sign up,you’ll find a list of more than 50 Christmas Bird Count circles located across the state, as well as the email addresses for the count compilers. Some count compilers request pre-registrations. Others just advise you to show up on the day of the count.

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By NCWRC blogger on 12/20/2012 11:02 AM
Successful crappie fishing in winter can be as simple as finding baitfish. So, where to look? As the water temps this time of year really start to plunge, baitfish leave the shallows and head to the main creek and river channels. They pack into huge schools and often suspend directly over the channel. When this happens, you can bet the larger predator fish will be close. This is when a fish finder really will come in handy. It not only will show you where the channels are, but it also will show you big schools of baitfish, along with the larger fish hanging below the bait or at least near the bait. Many fishermen will automatically think they need to run down to the deep water near the dam, but on many reservoirs, these large pods of bait will gather in the deepest water just down from the upper dam. This can be a mile or two down...
By NCWRC blogger on 12/14/2012 2:35 PM
Nothing can discourage a new hunter, or a seasoned sportsman, quicker than a miserable hunt. Unexpected weather, poor planning and lack of equipment can all lead to a hunt that, well, didn’t seem worth leaving the truck for.

We’ve compiled some tips that may not ensure harvesting yourdream buck, but will make sure you arrive home safe, warm and in one piece.

Here goes.

Always bring rain gear. Nothing guarantees a surprise gully washer like forgetting the things that keep you dry. Purchase your license well in advance. Review and follow safety procedures to avoid hurting yourself, a friend or a non-hunter. Also review regulations if you aren’t sure of the laws. Even if you think you are sure, it never hurts to review them again. ...

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