• September 2008 - Volume 3, Number 9


    Some of the state’s 2 million public acres will be smokin’ hot this year.

    With more people moving to North Carolina and conversions of former farms and wood lands into housing tracts and shopping centers, finding places to hunt can be a frustrating experience.

    Wateree’s abundant crappie population really turns on at night in late summer and fall.

    Patience is a virtue for any fisherman, but waiting for a cantankerous crappie to get in the “bite” mode can be a test of any angler’s patience.

    Preparation, perspiration and persistence are keys to successful early season archery hunts for whitetails.

    Early season bow hunting can be one of the more challenging ways to hunt white-tail deer. But it can be perhaps the most rewarding of all to a serous bow hunter.

    Opening of shrimp-baiting season calls for big nets, homemade concoctions and plenty of fun.

    The sun was just beginning to come up over the Atlantic as Johnny Spitzmiller and Marc Deschenes launched Spitzmiller’s boat at Buck Hall Landing near Awendaw — with a day of shrimp baiting at hand.

    Trail cameras are giving hunters a new eye on the deer world.

    Rising interest in deer hunting has triggered a tidal wave of unique innovations.

    Lake Norman has emerged since 2001 as a lake with more and bigger largemouths and healthy spotted bass.

    A decade ago, Lake Norman was widely known as North Carolina’s inland “Dead Sea.”

    The family of fishermen at the end of Johnny Mercer’s Pier enjoy each other’s company and top king mackerel fishing each fall.

    When the first nor’easter blows, the water begins cooling for the fall, giving anglers itchy riggin’ fingers.

    A peanut field yields a trophy for this Jasper County hunter.

    According to brother-in-law, John Petno couldn’t find the center of a paper target while practicing on the shooting range the day before deer season open.

    The Broad River gives inshore anglers a place they can stay the entire season.

    Danny Rourk has six rivers within an hour’s drive of his home in Beaufort, but he only fishes one of them.

    What works for one hunter, another may scoff at; here are three approaches to getting your big buck.

    By almost all accounts, the peak of the whitetail deer rut arrives in various parts of South Carolina in late October.

    N.C.’s best 2007 bow deer offered shots to hunters on consecutive days.

    The two North Carolina archery hunters who downed the top bow-killed bucks of 2007 had something in common — neither had seen their bucks previously; they hunted food sources at almost the same time in the middle of September; and they admit they were lucky.

    Migrating flounder give Carolina Beach fishermen a great fall outlook.

    Like snowbirds heading south for the winter, flounder start a similar fall migration this month at the Carolina Beach area.

    Which of the state's 2 million public acres will be most productive this year? We have the answer in this issue.