• November 2007 - Volume 2, Number 11


    Willaimsburg County produced a 233-pound buck for a Charleston high school freshman.

    Dixon Krall is 14. He’s been hunting for about seven years, and he’ll likely hunt for dozens more.

    But it may be all downhill from here, because the buck he killed in Williamsburg County on Sept. 2 may be about as good as it gets.

    Prefer uncrowded classrooms to learn the basics of hunting? Try western N.C. squirrel hunting at the state’s 1 million acres of public game lands.

    For decades, squirrel hunting has been a rite of passage for young hunters.

    A first .22 rifle or shotgun was proudly carried into the woods with dad for that first hunt.

    This wilderness river is South Carolina’s top stream for wild brown trout.

    Rising in the high country of North Carolina and carving a 40-mile natural border between South Carolina and Georgia, the Chattooga River is one of the Southeast’s most celebrated trout streams.

    When fall arrives, Lake Tillery largemouths concentrate at creeks to gorge on shad, and savvy bass anglers can find prime-time action.

    As the leaves fall at Morrow Mountain State Park, largemouth bass fishing at adjacent Lake Tillery hits a peak. Autumn has long been a favorite time to fish the 5,000-surface-acres reservoir near Albemarle.

    A trail-camera photo led this Horry County teen to his first buck ever, a 220-pound, 9-point trophy.

    Horry County, home of the “Grand Strand,” is widely known for its spectacular beaches, but the spotlight may be shifting inland, just across the Waccamaw River off Cates Bay Highway.

    The Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge offers quality deer hunting, but applicants need to sign up early, learn the rules and scout for a chance at a big whitetail.

    It was a warm November morning in 2006, and hunters were starting to trickle in at the check station.

    The sound of gunshots had issued from here and there throughout the surrounding hardwoods, pine forests and crop fields, indicating hunters had been having some luck.

    Granville and Rockingham surrender North Carolina’s top bucks.

    Michael Clifton and Duane Boston hadn’t met prior to last March’s Dixie Deer Classic at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

    Greensboro’s Charlie Green reduced his hunting territory and downed his best trophy.

    When Charlie Green of Greensboro ended his competitive bass fishing career, he renewed his interest in white-tailed deer hunting.

    Now 67, he’s glad he did, as he bagged one of N.C.’s top muzzleloader bucks last year in southern Guilford County.

    Deer hunters may double or triple their chances of success by accessing crackerjack public hunting areas by water.

    South Carolina’s Piedmont area is blessed with an abundance of Wildlife Management Areas, ranging from rugged mountain terrain to lowland — almost swampland — bottoms.

    Old-fashioned tactics will produce plenty of ducks and geese – without great expense.

    Long ago, seasoned waterfowlers who wanted no part of the standard “sit-in-a-blind-and-twiddle-your-thumbs-while-practicing-your-calling” approach taught me that there are other ways to kill a duck.

    OBPA’s suggestion that Cape Hatteras National Seashore user groups talk to each other may result in rules with something for everyone.

    Put together some people with some facts, other people with other facts, lots of people without facts but plenty of opinions, and people with the responsibility of getting them to agree on anything and one may sense the conundrum facing the managers of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    Fall bass fishing on Lake Marion is even more than it’s cranked up to be.

    When Inky Davis says, “Good cast” as soon as your crankbait touches the water, expect good things to happen — very quickly.

    This was precisely the case for Chuck Porter on the upper end of Lake Marion with Davis one bright autumn afternoon.

    North River offers amazing red drum and speckled trout bites during November.

    The watery ring the bait and float created when they lightly splashed into the protected water at the mouth of the small creek off the North River had spread just a few feet when the bobber unceremoniously disappeared.

    Murrells Inlet is the center of 50 miles of great king mackerel fishing along the Grand Strand.

    When he thinks about fishing out of his home port of Murrells Inlet, Terry Grantham of Florence must feel like the guy who ordered a donut at Krispy Kreme and found the center filled with the delicious surgary glaze.

    Beach-bound fishermen can enjoy plenty of autumn action along South Carolina coastline.

    Surf fishing can be one of the more leisurely techniques to target South Carolina’s inshore fish species.

    Fishing from the shore is a great option for visitors or residents without access to a boat. A popular sentiment goes, if you’re lucky enough to be at the beach, then you’re lucky enough.

    It’s a moveable feast for red drum and inshore topwater anglers at the central N.C. coast during November when mullet schools begin to travel.

    When autumn arrives, North Carolina’s coastal backwaters fill with baitfish.

    Mullet are swimming everywhere, forming huge schools in grass beds and near creek mouths. As the shiny baitfish swim in massive abandon, gamefish crash this moveable feast, breaking the surface as they crush hapless baitfish leaping from the water while attempting to escape.

    Duane Boston (left) and Michael Clifton (right) bagged the biggest bucks in the state last November.