In the North Carolina county of Davidson, the welcoming signs rightfully could say Welcome to Crankbait Country.
Along with Tar Heel, Blue Devil, Wolfpack and Demon Deacon fans, central N.C. is crankbait territory, a watery landscape where kids cut their bass teeth on deep-divers and adults earn fishing PhDs with a steady retrieve.
More than a quarter of a century ago, a then-young fellow named Roy Turner called me and chatted a bit about some management efforts that he and his father, along with a few other hunters, had undertaken on family property.
It was obvious that Roy was, as my Grandpa Joe would have put it, as country as cracklin'cornbread, and it was equally manifest that he was a sportsman to the core of his being.
Hog hunting never goes out of season in South Carolina.
Some hunters enjoy wild hogs because they offer a change of pace from deer or other hunting sports. Some take part as a means of keeping their woodsmanship and shooting skills sharp. A final group does it simply because its their personal passion.
Some people head to Las Vegas for fast action, while others head to the nearest NASCAR oval. If you are a fisherman, you ought to make plans to be on the ocean this month for adrenaline-surging action.
Capt. Jeff Cronk is one of the most energetic fishermen along the coast of North Carolina. A high school math teacher, he still finds a way to take clients fishing more than 120 days per year. He guides evenings, weekends and vacation breaks and knows his home waters of Swansboro better than most people know their backyards.
During August at the southeastern N.C. coast, the heats usually so intense people dont bother stopping at cafes for breakfast; they just scoop up fried eggs off the sidewalks. The humiditys also likely to be so high gnats and mosquitos surf down rollers of sweat on arms and legs of anyone foolish enough to walk outside past mid morning.
The lower Saluda River is certainly the most improbable of South Carolinas trout streams.
The Chamber of Commerce describes the climate in the Columbia area as subtropical, and Spanish moss hangs in palmetto trees within sight of the river, which flows 10 miles from Lake Murray Dam to the confluence with the Broad River near downtown Columbia, forming the Congaree River.
If the stars align like our experts think they will, Palmetto State hunters will be very happy this year.