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September • October 2021



On Alert: North Carolina Continues to Monitor the Threat of Chronic Wasting Disease

written by Sydney Brown 

The incurable disease has serious implications for the state's deer herd.


Surf Fishing for Everyone 

written by Mike Zlotnicki  I  photographed by Daniel Pullen

Don't let a lack of dedicated equipment or experience keep you from wetting a line on your next trip to the beach.


An Urban Refuge

written by Jack Horan 

For over 60 years, Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge has been a haven for waterfowl in the shadow of Charlotte.


North Carolina Hunting Seasons


Help from Your Friends

illustrated by Gary Palmer  I  photographed by Rick Small

Wildlife Commission staff and partners offer five tips for better deer hunting success.


Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition Rules


Survival Skills for Kids

written by Josh Leventhal

If your child got lost in the woods, would they know what to do to stay safe?

This Month's Sample Article

On Alert: North Carolina Continues to Monitor the Threat of Chronic Wasting Disease




Coming in the Next Issue

In the November • December Issue

Blazing a Trail

More and more women are holding positions in wildlife conservation and management previously filled primarily by men. Several Wildlife Commission staffers share their stories of breaking down barriers.

Where the Elk Roam

A small but steady population of elk has become established in western North Carolina 20 years after the animal was reintroduced to the region.



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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