• September 2007 - Volume 14, Number 9


    Tar Heel sportsmen will have more public properties to hunt during 2007-08, and prospects have never looked better.

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission continues to serve sportsmen by adding new game lands to its 2-million acre total, with most of the new properties coming on line in 2007 and next year in the Central section, which is administered by supervising biologist Harlan Hall of Burlington.

    This Anderson hunter knows that fooling a buck’s nose is the key to deer-hunting success.

    Sometimes, when Delton Roe is restless and wakes up in the middle of the night, he ponders what could have been.

    He lies in bed and thinks back on many of the fruitless deer hunts that were commonplace in his younger years.

    Learn the secrets of bowhunting around soft mast, and get more early-season enjoyment.

    A grand sporting scribe from neighboring North Carolina, Robert Ruark of “The Old Man and the Boy” fame, was fond of saying that “September sings a mighty sweet song.”

    Autumn is a productive time on Catawba River’s largest reservoir.

    Covering almost 14,000 surface acres, Lake Wateree is the largest reservoir on the Catawba River chain in South Carolina.

    The early season gives South Carolina hunters a month-long waterfowl bonanza.

    The scene is a classic waterfowl setting. The hunter and his retriever crouch behind a makeshift blind of natural vegetation at water’s edge, watching as the birds hail to their plastic comrades.

    The Little River on the ‘Peaceful Side of the Smokies’ is a top-100 trout stream in America.

    Guide Gene Shuler approached the East Prong of the Little River’s first pool below the Chimneys campground on his hands and knees and from the side to avoid being seen by trout chasing cream midges to the surface.

    Not all recreational shrimpers are created equal. Here’s how to get the most from the 2007 shrimp-baiting season.

    As the days become shorter and the nights longer, autumn brings many riches to outdoor enthusiasts across the state.

    Through the season, South Carolinians pound the water and beat the bushes to bring home some sort of wild critter for dinner. What could be better to drop in a boiling pot of seasoned broth with sausage and potatoes or battered in flour and dropped in hot grease than a mess of jumbo shrimp?

    A bowhunter’s patience pays off with his first Tar Heel buck, which turns out to be a winner at the Dixie Deer Classic.

    A Floridian who literally found greener pastures in North Carolina as a football player and deer hunter bagged the state’s No. 1 non-typical archery-killed whitetailed last September.

    The Beaufort, Hilton Head area offers unique opportunities for fly fishermen to target redfish in the fall.

    The Beaufort and Hilton Head areas of the Lowcountry are a redfish angler’s paradise. For fishermen who target reds with fly rod and reel, the rich estuary system and expansive flats create endless opportunities to connect with these hard-fighting fish. Sight-casting flies to tailing reds in skinny water is an unforgettable experience — one that will have you coming back time and time again.

    For striper fishermen, Lakes Greenwood and Murray offer top-drawer topwater action.

    Of all the things surrounding the back-to-school craze in September, striper fishing falls somewhere down the list, behind buying school supplies, meeting the teacher, or even football games.

    Puppy drum fishing at the marsh islands of the southern coast is about as good as it gets.

    The resurgence of puppy drum at the southern coastline of North Carolina has anglers literally seeing red.

    Fishers from all walks of life are getting in on the action. Some of them like fishing so much they shun real “jobs” to become fishing guides.

    Knock off the rust, and fill your bag this month with fast-flying, sweet-tasting doves.

    Floodwaters left by Tropical Storm Ernesto were still rising, but that didn’t prevent several dozen hunters from finding a refuge from their day-to-day cares on opening day of the 2006 dove season. Some roads were closed to vehicle traffic around Greenville and Kinston.

    Nevertheless, all the invited hunters made it for lunch.

    A veteran Swansboro angler follows a tightly-scripted water dance when he goes for big mackerel.

    Capt. Stan Jarusinski can claim the title of being one of the best small-boat king mackerel anglers in the southeastern United States.

    He and the crew of his 23-foot Regulator, Mister Stanman, won the two-day Southern Kingfish Association 2005 national championship for boats less than 23 feet in length by landing back-to-back king mackerel, each weighing more than 40 pounds, off the Florida coast during April 2006.

    If the summer doldrums are getting you down, try the inshore barracuda wrecks at the Southeast Coast.

    Fishermen come in contact with barracudas an awful lot at the North Carolina coast.

    Rarely is it a happy meeting — at least for the fisherman or his catch.

    For a veteran Atlantic Beach captain, nothing’s more fun than a double dip of bottomfishing and trolling.

    The previous night never really cooled off and, as Capt. Mike Webb eased the Pelagic Too into the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway underneath the Atlantic Beach Bridge, the haze obscured the lights at the Morehead City and Money Island Bay waterfronts.

    The high humidity added to the haze, and our shirts clung to us after normal activity.

    Charlotte bow-hunter Paul Cleveland pursues whitetails at small wood lots near high-population areas because big bucks live in the ‘burbs.

    Paul Cleveland, a Florida native native now living in Charlotte, may be the most hard-core outdoorsman in the state.

    If you hunt public land, you'll like what the state's experts have to say about the coming season.