Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 66 Issue 8, Aug 2002
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The 50,000-acre Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County is part of two million acres of game land managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It is also the state's first public game land, having been acquired during the Great Depression. Deen describes the pocosins, savannas, and diversity of plant and animal life in the state's oldest game land.
Monarch butterflies begin their migration to Mexico from southern Canada and the eastern United States in late August. Many of the 100 million travelers will cover 3,000 miles at speeds of 10 mph. In mid-September the monarchs pass through North Carolina. The best areas to view them are along the beaches and gaps along the Blue Ridge Parkway and other mountain roads.
The black drum, the largest member of the croaker family, is a feisty game fish that provides plenty of fight for fishermen along the Carolina coast. Many states regulate size and creel limits to protect the fish, but black drum fishing in North Carolina is unregulated. The largest black drum ever caught in state waters weighed 100 pounds and 1-ounce and was caught in the Cape Fear River in 1998.
The three largest members of the freshwater catfish family - channel, blue, and flathead catfish - live in the state's streams. In size, the blue is the largest, weighing up to 150 pounds, followed by the channel and flathead. Ashley describes and compares the catfish.