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July • August 2021


A Decade of Listening to Bats

written by Katherine Etchison  I  photographed by Melissa McGaw

The Wildlife Commission's bat acoustic monitoring efforts have helped reveal the species' significant declines in the western region of the state.


These Boots Are Made for . . . 

written by Mike Zlotnicki  I  photographed by Melissa McGaw

Whether at work or play, what you wear on your feet can be the difference between a good, bad or painful day.


"If You Bring Fish Home, You Have to Clean Them"

written by Ben Ricks I  photographed by Melissa McGaw

Fish cleaning made simple, as explained by a veteran Wildlife Commission fisheries biologist.


Wild & Tasty 

written by Clark Barlowe    photographed by Thomas Harvey

This fried catfish and chips with sumac slaw recipe is perfect for summertime get-togethers.


Growing Together

written by Kacy Cook  and Brooke Massa  I  illustrated by Sarah Mullin

The Wildlife Commission's Green Growth Toolbox helps communities with nature-based development planning that keeps wildlife and natural resources in mind.


Giant Swimming Heads

written and photographed by Todd Pusser

Encounters with North Carolina's most unusual fish add to its mysterious history.

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Monitoring Our Herd

What is Chronic Wasting Disease? How does it impact deer? What could happen if it is detected in North Carolina? We answer these questions and more about the neurological disease that affects deer species.

Deer Abby

We take a shot at our own advice column by asking various deer hunters about the best tips they would offer their peers for better hunting success.

Survival Skills for Kids

A wise action figure once said that knowing is half the battle. That mantra holds true with the outdoors, so we'll detail several skills to teach your young ones.


Wild Notebook

Endangered...Threatened...Special Concern

written by Sydney Brown  | illustrated by Liz Bradford

Learn the laws that help protect animals in need by placing them in one of three categories.

Home In the Muck

written by Ann May  | illustrated by Amy Friend

Shoreline plants help protect ponds and lakes while providing food for critters that live there.

Here a Quack, There a Quack

written by Sydney Brown  | illustrated by Anne Runyon

Ducks are almost EVERYWHERE in North Carolina, yet not all ducks are the same.

Underground Living

written by Sydney Brown  | illustrated by Liz Bradford

From tiny ants to medium-sized mammals, all sorts of creatures prefer to make their homes in burrows beneath the surface.

Fooled You

written by Sydney Brown  | illustrated by Anne Runyon

Insects like ants, butterflies and wasps use tricks to keep predators away.

Snow Birds

written by Liani Yirka  | illustrated by Amy Friend

Waterfowl species like snow geese migrate south every winter to warm places like North Carolina.

2021 Spring Outdoor Guide

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Editor’s Note


Our Favorite Lures

photographed by Melissa McGaw

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff members dig into their tackle boxes for a favorite fishing lure.


Mountain Trout Map


North Carolina Freshwater Fishing Records


Fish Identification Chart


Satisfying a Fishing Curiosity Along the Cane River

written by Geoff Cantrell | photographed by Melissa McGaw

After years of passing the mountain river by, this angler stops to wet a line.


Coastal Boating Guide


Coastal Boating Access Areas


Getting Current on River Largemouths

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Thomas Harvey

Two expert anglers share their tips for how to fish rivers effectively.


2020 Reported Spring Wild Turkey Harvest


Upland Gazette

2020 Fall Outdoor Guide

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Editor's Note


A Helping Hand

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Melissa McGaw

You don't need to be an expert to be a mentor.


Index to Game Lands


North Carolina Hunting Seasons


Deer Hunting 101 (PDF)

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Melissa McGaw
A group of N.C. State students get an outdoors education while participating in the Commission's Getting Started Outdoors workshop.


Regulations for Warmwater Game Fish


Regulations for Mountain Trout


Bear Season Map


Deer Season Maps


Hunting Regulations and Information


When Hunting is Permitted

written by Josh Leventhal 

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's permit hunting program brings opportunities to life.


2019-20 Big Game Harvest Reports


The Upland Gazette

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