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January • February 2021


2020 Photo Competition

Presenting the top photos in 10 categories.
grand prize
reptiles and amphibians
wild plants
outdoor recreation
wild landscapes
animal behavior
youth photographer 13–17
youth photographer 12 and under


Wild & Tasty

recipe by Clark Barlowe | photographed by Thomas Harvey

Looking for something tasty on a cold winter night? Chef Barlowe is here to help with a delicious venison French onion soup recipe.

In From the Cold

written and photographed by Todd Pusser

Each winter, volunteers work with state and federal employees to give cold-stunned sea turtles a helping hand.


This Month's Sample Article

2020 Photo Competition (PDF)



Coming in the Next Issue

In the March • April Issue

Playing with Fire Ants

Most people do their best to avoid fire ants. Dr. Adrian Smith, of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. State University, gets up close to them in his studies. He shares some of their unique traits and behaviors in this fascinating article.

Introduction to Hunting Dogs

Considering investing in a hunting dog? Then be sure to read this primer on what breed might be right for you, who you should buy from and whether you really need a hunting dog at all. 

Skunked During Turkey Season

An experienced and successful turkey hunter conducts a little soul searching after failing to kill a bird last spring. His lessons learned could be helpful for any hunter.


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.

2020 Spring Outdoor Guide

Table of Contents for 2020 Spring Outdoor Guide


Editor’s Note


For the Life of a Pond

written by John Manuel | photographed by Melissa McGaw
The ups and downs of reviving a Piedmont farm pond.


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


A Season of their Own

written by Josh Leventhal | photographed by Thomas Harvey

A week-long youth turkey season gives young hunters an uninterrupted opportunity to hunt turkey.


Coastal Boating Guide


Coastal Boating Access Areas

What is R3?

written by Chet Clark | photographed by Thomas Harvey

A new philosophy for recruiting, retaining, and reactivating outdoor participants has become central to the Wildlife Commission's outreach efforts.


2019 Reported Spring Wild Turkey Harvest


Inaugural Fishing and Boating Industry Summit

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

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