From hunting in Alleghany County a number of times, I had a fairly good idea where the gobbler might be in the pasture that lay level with the ridge above me. Nearing the mountaintop, I pulled out a crow call and sent forth several coarse caws.
The annual Spanish invasion usually begins along North Carolinas southern coast in late April with a few platoons of scouts, but by May, the armada has arrived from more southern climes, and the occupation is in full swing.
A century ago, Horace Kephart, the Dean of American Campers, came to the North Carolina mountains seeking a place back of beyond. He found the solitude he sought, but from the perspective of todays world, he would be just as happy in the mountainous upstate corner of South Carolinas as in the vastness of the Great Smokies.
Cape Fear is one of the hottest spots along the Atlantic for Spanish mackerel action this month.