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Fishing North CarolinaMike Marsh's latest book, Fishing North Carolina, was released February 14, 2011 and the book is now available for sale on this website. Mike is extremely proud of this latest offering and considers it some of his best work to date.

Mike has been touring the state attending more than a dozen book signings and other events, as well as giving radio and television interviews.

Fishing North Carolina covers 100 lakes, rivers, streams, park millponds, watershed lakes, sounds, fishing piers and beaches in a way only Mike can do. No other book has been, or will ever be written, that covers the fantastic fishing available all across the state in so much detail. [Read more]

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Mike MarshMike Marsh is one of the most prolific, widely read and highly respected outdoor writers in the nation. Most of his stories and photography are based on his adventures in the Southeast, especially North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana. He has written thousands of magazine and newspaper articles and sold thousands of photographs to “hook and bullet” print and online media. In a typical year, Mike produces 400 to 500 published articles and 600 to 850 published images.
Sunday Gun Hunting Passes NC Senate, but Cup May be Only Half Full PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Marsh   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 16:25

The Senate version of H640, the Outdoor Heritage Act, passed the N.C. Senate today by a vote of 35-14. The overwhelming support shows how much pent-up demand for Sunday gun hunting in North Carolina there has been. Supporters rallied behind the bill as a property rights issue and the Republican-dominated legislature obviously concurred.

The Senate version does not agree with the House version, in that it does not allow all-day Sunday gun hunting, but it has added language that gun hunting cannot begin until noon. Also in the Senate version, hunters may not hunt within 500 yards of a residence not owned by the hunter or within 500 yards of a house of worship.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 16:27
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Statement from Richard Childress regarding House Bill 640 and Seven Day Hunting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Marsh   
Monday, 27 April 2015 06:49

 

Below is a statement from Richard Childress, a lifetime North Carolina resident, Second Vice President, Board of Directors Member and Chairman of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee of the NRA and Board of Directors Member of the Congressional Sportsman Foundation regarding the NC House Bill 640; the Outdoor Heritage Act.

“Like many North Carolina property owners, I support (NC) House Bill 640, the Outdoor Heritage Act. While it allows limited firearm hunting on private property seven days a week, the provision that has received the most press attention, I support the act because it protects individual property rights while also providing a wide range of outdoor recreation for our youth. The bill will expand the opportunities for young people to engage in activities from hiking to boating to bird watching as passing on North Carolina’s heritage is becoming increasingly important.

“The bill will increase economic output and job creation, especially in rural counties, adding an estimated $311 million in total economic output. An additional 3,600 jobs with more than $94 million in wages will also be generated.

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Outdoor Heritage Act Opens Sunday Hunting, Increases Outdoor Opportunity For All PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Marsh   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:33

After years of frustration, Mike Marsh took a gobbler on Sunday, April 19, while hunting with a crossbow on private property in Pender County. While it was his first archery take of a gobbler, North Carolina legalized hunting with archery gear on private property Sunday several years ago. It is the only remaining Southeastern State that does not allow Sunday gun hunting after Virginia legalized Sunday hunting last year.

The Outdoor Heritage Act, House Bill 640, would pay it forward for North Carolina outdoor enthusiasts. However, an eleventh-hour end-run by a lobbyist for those opposing the bill had local ordinances sent to the legislature exempting more than 30 counties from its provision to allow Sunday gun hunting on private property. The OHA's primary sponsor is Jimmy Dixon (House Dist. 4, Duplin, Wayne). Dixon held many meetings with 26 stakeholder groups, ensuring everyone would gain from the legislation. Even N.C. Farm Bureau and N.C. Dept. of Agriculture, which once opposed Sunday gun hunting, supported the OHA. The only remaining opposition came from deerhound groups and the Christian Action League.

"It passed a vote of the Wildlife Committee, 10-to-4," said Dixon. "An amendment to exclude certain counties from the Sunday take provision didn't pass. In drafting the bill, I asked, 'Is our outdoor heritage economically and socially important? As we become more urbanized, do we want to pass it on to the next generation? Should we adjust our existing laws on take to include Sunday hunting?' Obviously, the answer is yes."

Dixon spoke with county commissioners, poultry growers, Eastern Band of the Cherokee, Blue Ridge Parkway Association, Horse Council, Christian Action League and hound-hunters and many other stakeholders then revised wording in response to concerns. Besides Sunday gun hunting, other provisions include expansion of youth opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, boating, sport shooting, archery, bird-and-wildlife watching, camping swimming, hunting, trapping and fishing. It initiates a $2 check-off donation during N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission license transactions to pay for the youth programs and establishes an 11-member Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:41
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Super Sharp Knife Makes Cleaning Crappie Easy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Marsh   
Monday, 23 March 2015 15:18

The Havalon Baracuta is a super-sharp knife that makes filleting small fish like crappie an easy chore. Its replaceable surgical steel blades are so sharp, anglers should wear a Berkley Kevlar fish cleaning glove to protect their hands.One of my favorite places to catch crappie is Tar River Reservoir, which is located near Rocky Mount and provides water for the city. The 1850-acre lake produced two state-record crappie within a few weeks of one another several years ago and has therefore been on my spring fishing circuit ever since.

I headed to the reservoir with Capt. Butch Foster, who operates Yeah Right Charters (910-845-2004) in Southport. He had recently been fishing at High Rock Lake, where he still has a second home. Before he became a saltwater inshore and offshore captain Foster fished for crappie and other freshwater fish and is a crappie fanatic.

The fishing had been off so far this year because of the lingering after-effects of February's cold, rainy, icy weather. So, I held off on calling Butch until a brief respite from all of the precipitation came. Still, when we arrived, we launched my trusty Alumacraft 16-footer into water that was less than ideal because the visibility was about 18 inches. Most of the lake was the color of brick, but a clearing effect was occurring in the Saponi Creek branch, so we decided to try our luck in that area.

I had 10 dozen small minnows swimming in a foam ice chest to keep them cool and alive. Recent trips to other waters had shown the water was still chilly enough that minnows were the ticket. Crappie begin striking jigs as the water warms, but seldom turn down live minnows if they are presented at nose length even for anglers who are ice fishing.

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Springer Spaniel Fan Seeks Higher Profile for Smaller Sporting Breeds

Jim Keller speaks with Mike Marsh about training flushing spaniels after a hunt with Scratch, the 2014 AKC National Champion Springer Spaniel. Spaniels are great pets as well as easily trained and enthusiastic hunters.Not many hunters get the chance to shoot over a national field trial champion, but recently I shot ring-necked pheasants over one when I was invited by Susan Quigley to hunt at Cutter Ridge Plantation. I shot released pheasants flushed by Scratch, the 2014 national champion English Springer spaniel, as well as over Annie, the English Springer spaniel that has won more field trial points than any other spaniel in history. The plantation is a private controlled hunting preserve in Brunswick County owned by Kyle McIntyre and Quigley trains Springer spaniels on the property.

"I moved to Wilmington about four years ago," Quigley said. "Hunting with spaniels is not well known in North Carolina. But, they have a strong presence in the West, Midwest, Northeast where hunters use them for hunting pheasants, the various grouse species, woodcock and other game birds. They are also used for hunting upland game birds on the plantations of Northern Florida and Southern Georgia."

Anyone who lives in North Carolina knows how bad the cold, windy, icy winter has been in this region. Quigley had invited one of the best spaniel trainers in the country to the area to sample the training grounds. Anyone who thinks winter was bad here should have been in Maine, where Jim Keller lives.

"I usually spend the winter in Kansas or Pennsylvania," Keller said. "But the snow was so deep in those places that I took Susan up on her offer. The cover and training conditions here are ideal and there is no snow."

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