• September 2006 - Volume 13, Number 9


    N.C.’s public lands offer places for wildlife to survive and thrive despite hunting pressure.

    North Carolina, like many southern states, is experiencing changes and challenges for the future.

    More people are moving to the state, and the native population is growing. In many instances, expanding human numbers cause problems for wildlife with the destruction of natural habitat. And wildlife-vs.-human conflicts certainly occur at times.

    If fishing at spooky-sounding places isn’t your cup of tea, you may miss some top saltwater action at the S.C. coast.

    Largemouths, smallmouths, crappies, bream, red drum, black drum, flounders, sheepsheads. No, this isn’t the start of a nursery rhyme but rather a ghost story.

    Anglers who like catching fall flounders should do their homework to find the best hotspots.

    Anglers and fishing, by their natures, can present different faces to different people.

    Clemson and SCDNR use a permit system and antler-size limit to convert Fants Grove to a safe-hunting, big-buck area.

    Location, location, location.

    As it is in real estate, location is of utmost importance when it comes to deer hunting as well.

    For Jimmy Fricks, that means hunting essentially in his own back yard.

    Take a tip from two pros, and make correct preparations for a successful king mackerel bite.

    As autumn approaches, the dog days of summer become shorter and less sunlight strikes the northern hemisphere, cooling the waters of the Atlantic ocean.

    After autumn arrives, some of the world’s largest king mackerels swim in N.C. waters.

    The iridescence of the long silver fish was beginning to shine through the deep blue water.

    Lake Russell may be sandwiched between two better known impoundments, but there’s no doubt which rules the roost for bug crappies.

    Within the chain of great lakes formed along the Savannah River, Lake Russell often is overshadowed by its older, more famous big brothers, Lakes Thurmond and Hartwell.

    A late-summer trip to the South Fork of this ancient river offers scenery and bronzeback action.

    The riffle flowed into the pool at its left side and, as the canoe made its approach, Kevin Hining recognized the inherent potential.

    In the market for a new rifle? Consider these offerings that’ll have you hurling hot lead at big bucks this season.

    Death is inevitable. Like a cloud, it hangs ever on the horizon.

    On this sea of life, all living things are like little boats being swept along by a great current, its force irresistible and its flow unimpeded. We look up, and see the cloud looming larger and larger, but the current never blinks. It forges us onward, always heading directly for the tempest.

    The start of dove season during Labor Day weekend is an anticipated event for Palmetto State wing-shooters.

    From Chesnee to Charleston and points between, Labor Day weekend ushers in a special time for many South Carolina hunters — namely, the opening of dove season.

    A Person County minister had his best deer season in 2005, capped by one of the state’s top archery trophies.

    Matthew Rummage didn’t attend the awards ceremony at March’s Dixie Deer Classic.

    His no-show was unusual — category winners don’t often miss the trip to Raleigh to receive awards during Sunday’s final session of the nation’s oldest deer exposition. And Rummage’s buck already had been scored and certified as the Classic’s No. 1 typical-rack bow kill of 2005 in North Carolina.

    Anglers don’t have to travel to Florida or Louisiana this year to find “gator” speckled trout.

    Cell phones have a dubious reputation when it comes to answering them while driving vehicles on a busy highway. They can be just as dangerous when used by someone aboard a boat.

    When September’s cool nights lower water temperatures, Jordan Lake’s linesider fishing heats up.

    The “dog days” of late summer can make striper anglers howl at the moon.

    Knowing how to use the tips nature supplies is the best way for a hunter to fill a deer tag.

    Jerry Simmons of Jasper, Ala., considered one of the nation’s best bowhunters, spends thousands of hours in the woods scouting and hunting for whitetails each year.

    Sticking flounders after dark is a popular pastime in the Palmetto State.

    There’s more than one way to get a doormat flounder.

    Flounder fishing with a hook and line is fun, but gigging them at night can be awesome. Night gigging provides a unique perspective of saltwater creeks and waterways.

    Which of the state's game lands will deliver the most deer this year? Read this issue to find out.