• January 2009 - Volume 16, Number 1


    Calabash and Little River are good places to find winter puppy drum, but be sure to have proper licenses.

    “See where that oyster rock trails down into this pool?” said Capt. Mark Dickson, pointing at the jutting pile of exposed oysters about 40 feet away.

    Orangeburg County produces back-to-back trophies

    When big bucks come out of Orangeburg County, no one is really surprised — especially if they’re products of land where a trophy-management program is in place.

    Specks make Little River’s ‘big ditch’ a winter hotspot, and stripers are a nice bonus.

    It’s cold along the northern reaches of the “big ditch.”

    When it passes through Little River, the Intercoastal Waterway doesn’t completely chill out the New Year’s wishes of fishermen.

    The 2009 winter turkey season may be the last one in the Tar Heel state.

    Basil Watts heard a turkey gobbler calling in the distance. It was early in the morning in a location where he had seen a gobbler the afternoon before. Setting up hastily to face the bird, he leaned his back against a tree and began calling to the gobbler.

    Well-travelled Greenville hunter scores on Abbeville County trophy

    Greenville’s Alan Harris has traveled far and wide in pursuit of trophy deer: from Illinois to Alabama, from Missouri to Montana.

    Whether you chase them with dogs or wait them out on a stand, wild hogs provide plenty of extended season hunting in the Palmetto State.

    “Now I got to warn you up front,” said veteran hog hunter Scott Emery of Blue Ridge, “this ain’t like any other kinds of hunting. That hog’s not going to trot off with his tail stuck in the air like a deer — he may just put his head down and come after you.”

    White perch are making an impact on South Carolina lakes — but is it a good or bad one?

    Here’s a news flash — illegal aliens are overrunning South Carolina. Unlike other illegal aliens, these are underwater. And there are also just as many, if not more, of them.

    Enroll now for winter schooling striper action at N.C.’s northern coast.

    Motoring through the near shore waters off Oregon Inlet, the captain scanned the early morning water for any sign of activity and also monitored four sets of trolling rods that dipped into the boat’s wake as the craft plowed through the rolling water.

    Got the January blues? Then head on over to Beaufort, where sight-casting to redfish will more than lift your spirits.

    Okay, Christmas is over, and so is deer season. What’s left to do outdoors?

    Let’s check out the rules bulletin.

    Dog owners take advantage of a true upland venue to give pointers and setters a workout.

    Nothing has hammered N.C.’s native northern bobwhite quail more than disappearing small family farms and clean-farming practices at mega-farms.

    North Carolina hunter’s highway miles pay off in Chester County monster.

    For years, Marshall Brack has burned up the highway between his home in Shelby, N.C., and his hunt club near the Blackstock community in southern Chester County.

    Wilmington-area anglers head for the Brunswick River during winter when they want to load the boat with gator trout.

    Boats lining the banks of the Brunswick River south of the U.S. 17-74-76 Bridge between Leland and Wilmington have become part of the winter scenery. They create a flotilla rivaling the cruisers in Banks Channel during a busy summer weekend.

    Though it's winter, speck fishing is usually red hot at Little River's 'big ditch.'