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March • April 2021


A Liking for Piking

written by Mike Marsh

Old school and new school anglers share a passion for catching redfin pickerel.

The Ides of March

written by Thomas Harvey  I  illustrated by Gary Palmer

Some days on the river are about more than fishing.


March Meanderings in the Woods

written by Bruce Ingram  I  photographed by Melissa McGaw

A simple stroll turns into a learning experience for the author and his grandsons.


A Sting of Fire

written by Adrian Smith  

Everything you ever wanted to know about fire ants, without getting stung.


Measures of Success (PDF)

written by Walter "Deet" James  

Even the most experienced turkey hunters encounter a challenging season, but they don't let it define them.


Going to the Dogs

written by Mike Zlotnicki  I  photographed by Thomas Harvey

Buying a hunting dog is not an easy (or cheap) decision, so here are a few tips to consider before making a purchase.

This Month's Sample Article

Measures of Success (PDF)



Coming in the Next Issue

In the May • June Issue

Let's Go Fishing

Interested in fishing but not sure how to get started? Our introductory guide has you covered on everything from baiting a hook to picking out a rod and reel.

A Familiar Snake

The copperhead is the most common of the six venomous snakes in North Carolina. Coexisting with it remains a challenge for many residents. 

On Call

For several years, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists have been answering your wildlife problems and concerns while staffing our Wildlife Helpline. It's been an informative, educational and sometimes entertaining experience.


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


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