• October 2009 - Volume 16, Number 10


    N.C.’s public hunting lands are likely to get more pressure, but some tracts have enough wildlife to handle it quite well.

    With the economy gone south, North Carolina sportsmen are likely to seek hunting opportunities closer to home this fall and winter. That probably means more hunting at public lands.

    Getting away from it all is an awesome way to experience first-class deer hunting.

    Some years back, a study found that the average deer hunter ventured less than a half-mile from his vehicle, and game wardens will readily tell you that rarely does a hunter on public land get far from roads or maintained trails.

    Hatteras anglers get to sample the great fall run of these hard-charging fish this month.

    When anglers hear the word “Hatteras” mentioned in the same sentence with the word “fishing,” the first species that cross their minds are probably red drum or channel bass, speckled trout, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna and bluefish.

    The numbers are in, and the northern Piedmont continues to be the best place to kill a trophy buck in North Carolina.

    When Scott Osborne was the big-game project leader for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, he kept a map of the state in his desk. For every huge whitetail buck he found out about, he put a dot of black ink in the county where it was killed.

    A look at South Carolina’s record-book bucks shows there’s no overwhelming area for big bucks -- a trophy could show up anywhere.

    So, what exactly is the common thread that links South Carolina’s all-time biggest bucks?

    October is prime time to catch slab crappie around Lake Wylie’s boats docks.

    When the leaves start to change colors, Jerry Neeley and Ed Duke start to change fishing tactics. It takes a something a good bit different to keep filling the cooler with slab crappies from Lake Wylie when summer turns to fall.

    Hunters understand the need to harvest does, but many are confused about when, why and how many. Two deer managers answer those questions.

    Twenty-five years ago, killing a doe deer was not only disapproved of, it likely would get you run off the property you were hunting or kicked out of your club.

    Camping on Bear Island is the ticket for great fall fishing in surf and backwaters.

    The 3-mile paddle from the mainland to Bear Island couldn’t have been any easier. The tide was falling, with just a slight breeze blowing out — the forecast excellent for the entire camping trip.

    Little River mackerel action is unparalleled during the fall run.

    At 5:18 p.m. on Sept. 22, fall finally arrived on the calendar. It also kicked off some spectacular king mackerel fishing in the inshore and nearshore waters around Little River Inlet.

    Edisto area offers shrimp-baiters a myriad of opportunities to fill their coolers.

    South Carolina’s shrimp-baiting season began its 60-day run at noon on Sept. 11, so the season is in full swing already.

    Long-line trolling will produce great crappie catches on Thurmond this month.

    Lake Strom Thurmond, better known by the politically incorrect as Clarks Hill Lake, was built between 1946 and 1954 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers near the confluence of the Little River and the Savannah River.

    Prepare for deer-hunting success by following the tips of this successful archer.

    Jason Kaufman of Iron Station has been a dedicated bow hunter most of his adult life.

    Hunt North Carolina's top game lands this year, and you'll be making some room in your freezer.