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January  •  February 2022


Embracing BearWise Basics

written by Ashley Hobbs     photographed by Melissa McGaw 

North Carolina communities see a decline in human-bear interactions after adopting the program.


After the Catch 

written by Mike Zlotnicki     photographed by Melissa McGaw

A Pechmann Center workshop teaches how to cook the fish you catch.


Wild & Tasty

written by BB Gillen   I   photographed by Melissa McGaw

The Cajun catfish stew recipe is equal parts easy and delicious.


Aiming for Fun

written by Mike Zlotnicki  

A good time should be the focus when introducing children to hunting.


Giving a Helping Hoot for Barn Owls

written by Allison Medford

A new nesting box prototype is part of the Commission's study of barn owls.


My Father, the Original Girl Dad

written by Phyllis Baker Smith   I   illustrated by Gary Palmer

A childhood spent hunting with my father provided a lifetime of lessons.


State of the Gobble

written by Josh Leventhal

A Commission study identifies when turkey gobbling peaks across North Carolina.


Everyone is a Birder (PDF)

written by Scott Anderson

The N.C. Bird Atlas research project is mapping bird populations from the mountains to the coast.


This Month's Sample Articles

Coming in the Next Issue

In the March  •  April Issue

Counting Diamondbacks

Each spring, the Wildlife Commission helps oversee the Terrapin Tally, a citizen science project that collects population data of diamondback terrapins. Learn more about how you can get involved.


Fishing icon Joe Albea and longtime guide Richard Andrews embarked on the challenge of catching shad in four of our state's coastal rivers in a single day. Did they do it?.

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

Table of Contents for 2021 Spring Outdoor Guide


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

Table of Contents for 2020 Fall Outdoor Guide

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

Wild & Tasty Videos



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2022 Sample Articles


Everyone is a Birder (PDF)

Wild & Tasty Cajun Catfish Stew (PDF)



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