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September • October 2020


Fly Trying

written by Mike Zlotnicki  | photographed by Thomas Harvey

Getting outside your comfort zone is just a cast away. 

My First Deer

illustrated by Gary Palmer

Commission staff members recall memorable experiences that helped turn them into hunters for life.

Carolina Discoveries

written and photographed by Todd Pusser

From strange-looking whales to brightly colored salamanders, North Carolina has a long history of introducing new species to the world.

State of the Birds

written by Sara H. Schweitzer, Christine Kelly, John Carpenter, Carmen Johnson and Scott Anderson | photographed by Melissa McGaw | illustration by Liz Bradford

As bird populations decline, Commission biologists focus on protecting species of greatest conservation need. 

A Dream Job Comes True

written by Josh Leventhal

Executive Director Gordon Myers prepares to retire after nearly 30 years with the Commission.

Archery Makes the Grade

written by Teri Boggess | photographed by Thomas Harvey

Bows and arrows join books and computers as part of the curriculum at schools across the state, and families and educators love the surprising results.



This Month's Sample Article

My First Deer (PDF)



Coming in the Next Issue

In the November • December Issue

Beetle Mania

One out of every four animals on the planet is a beetle. They have conquered every continent and are found across North Carolina. Let's take an up-close look at these fascinating critters.

More than an Artist

Before he became one of the most renowned and beloved wildlife artists in North Carolina and beyond, Duane Raver served as a biologist and editor for the Wildlife Commission. His memoir sheds light on this part of his career.

Great Dogs

This photo essay reveals why hunting dogs are much more than pets.


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

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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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