• December 2008 - Volume 3, Number 12


    This non-typical buck was one that a Colleton County hunter could really count on.

    Matthew Groves doesn’t have a problem with arithmetic — he just couldn’t believe he’d counted all the way to 25 when he examined the rack of a huge Colleton County buck he killed on Oct. 3.

    Little River and Murrell’s Inlet are great wintertime redfish destinations.

    As Capt. Patrick Kelly guided his sleek, 21-foot center-console boat through the marsh creeks near Little River, the need for warm, layered clothing became obvious.

    This Williamsburg County hunter dropped a huge buck in a cornfield.

    Deep within the agricultural-rich Lowcountry of South Carolina, another trophy buck has bitten the dust.

    Belly up to the sand bars of Pamlico Sound for fast wing-shooting at redheads, brant and pintails this winter.

    When the weather turns ugly, head to the Outer Banks for North Carolina’s premier duck hunting.

    Morehead City anglers risk freezing weather to catch chopper blues.

    By December many anglers have given up fishing inlets, bars and artificial reefs. They think cold weather means schooling fish have gone south or to the Gulf Stream to find warmer havens.

    Masonboro is a prime spot to find monster spotted seatrout during the dark days of winter.

    It’s easy to tell when the speckled trout are biting at Masonboro Inlet. All you have to do is take a look at the boats lined up along the jetties, their anchor ropes pointing out the average direction of friction against the boat hull battled to a stalemate by the wind and the tide.

    Canada geese offer South Carolina hunters a unique opportunity in many areas.

    If you think you have to make a long trip to bag a limit of Canada geese, you’re mistaken.

    Dorchester County buck is a real bruiser.

    In a season when heavy whitetail bucks have been fairly common, Bill McKinnon may have taken a deer that really stands out.

    Lake Murray crappie are suckers for a tiny jig fished around deep brushpiles during the winter.

    Just because Lake Murray’s crappie are entering their winter pattern this month doesn’t mean you can load the livewell like it was April.

    A few simple steps may fool ol’ Mossy Horns in December.

    Deer are a naturally suspicious lot by nature.

    The secondary rut was the key factor in this Guilford teen downing N.C.’s No. 3 non-typical.

    During 2006’s deer season, the best non-typical buck taken by a North Carolina gun hunter was Tommy Ayers’ 172 3/8-inch monster from Stokes County — or so everyone thought at the 2007 Dixie Deer Classic.

    The Palmetto State has plenty to offer in terms of squirrels, rabbits, woodcock and quail.

    Strange though it may seem to many, the hunting habits of South Carolinians have changed immensely in just two generations.

    Even though N.C. anglers have few problems catching bottomfish, the SAFMC says they’re overfished. And that means changes are coming.

    Bait thieves had been pecking at a big chunk of bait that Capt. Mike Webb had positioned beside a rock ledge about 95 feet below the anchored Pelagic Too when they suddenly stopped, indicated by a motionless rod tip.

    Tyler Hickman of Cary dropped this Bladen County beast during an opening-day hunt.