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July  / August 2018

Wildlife in North Carolina MagazineFeatures

The Magic and Mystery of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

written and photographed by Todd Pusser

They have been the focus of birders and non-birders for generations, but there is still a lot to learn about these dainty-yet-powerful creatures. 

Have a Crappie Summer

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Melissa McGaw

The oddly-named but good-eating fish are plentiful and easy to catch, if you know what you're doing.

Zoning In On The Piers (Sample Article) 

written by Richard "Dr. Bogus" Ehrenkaufer

How to target fish on North Carolina's coastal piers, from the wash to the tips.

Wild & Tasty

written by Chad McIntyre | photographed by Melissa McGaw

Chef Chad takes us through the step-by-step process of how to make mouth-watering fish tacos.

Beleaguered Icon

written by Jeff Beane | photographed by Todd Pusser

Few species have been as maligned, or misunderstood, as the timber rattlesnake.

Badin's Piscatorial Picasso Carves and Paints Artofishal Fish

written by Make Marsh | photographed by Melissa McGaw

Henry Snuggs combines his passion for woodworking and fish into a unique artform.

This Month's Sample Articles

Sample ArticleZoning In On The Piers

written by Richard "Dr. Bogus" Ehrenkaufer

How to target fish on North Carolina’s coastal piers, from the wash to the tips.


Wild & Tasty

Our chef gave his traditional duck recipe a North Carolina twist by swapping a red wine sauce for a Cheerwine glaze. While the combination may sound unusual, this crispy and tender dish is sure to please.

Coming in the Next Issue

In the September / October Issue

Brook Trout Restoration

The Wildlife Resources Commission has spent several years working to restore populations of native brook trout in our mountain streams.

A Keen Eye

Roughly 1,000 deer hunters are helping monitor wildlife populations by noting what animals they see in the woods for the North Carolina Deer Hunter Observation Survey. 

Spot the Spotted Skunks

Did you know that North Carolina is home to a second species of skunk? The elusive spotted skunk is drawing more attention because of a steady decline in its population.

2018 Spring Outdoor Guide

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Editor’s Note


Putting a Bow on a Fishing Alternative

written by Hannah Shively | photographed by Melissa McGaw
If you are passionate about hunting and fishing, then you might want to give bowfishing a shot.


Regulations for Mountain Trout


Delayed Harvest Stocking Dates


North Carolina Angler Recognition Program


North Carolina Freshwater Fishing Records


Identification Chart


Regulations for Warmwater Game Fish


Bass on Top

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Thomas Harvey
Nothing beats the strike when fishing topwater lures.


Coastal Boating Guide


Piedmont Boating Access Areas


Mountain Boating Access Areas


Youth Take to the Fields at Pirate Classic

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Melissa McGaw
Inaugural event seeks to help ‘remove barriers’ for young turkey hunters.


2017 Reported Spring Wild Turkey Harvest


The Upland Gazette

2017 Fall Outdoor Guide

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Editor's Note


An Upland Alternative

written by Mike Zlotnicki | photographed by Melissa McGaw
Hunting preserves vary in amenities and options but share a similar quality: a place to pursue gamebirds.


Index to Game Lands


North Carolina Hunting Seasons


Secrets of the Sandhills (PDF)

written and photographed by Brady Beck
Follow along as longtime biologist Brady Beck leads a special tour of Sandhills Game Land.


Regulations for Warmwater Game Fish


Regulations for Mountain Trout


Bear Season Map


Deer Season Maps


North Carolina Goose Zones


Hunting Regulations and Information


A Return to Squirrels

written by Walter “Deet” James | photographed by Melissa McGaw
Once a staple of every young hunter, squirrel hunting has largely been replaced by a pursuit of big game. The time has come for a change.


Big Game Harvest Reports for 2016–17


The Upland Gazette

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