• December 2009 - Volume 4, Number 12


    Considered by many hunters to be the toughest part of the season, learn what experts have to say about taking Lowcountry bucks near the bitter end.

    The light was fading fast as the wind finally subsided and cold, winter air began to creep across the land.

    For Matthew Outlaw, it had been a long season in the deer stand, filled by ups and downs, since the mid-August opener.

    Learn from this hunter’s successful tactics to put one on your wall this season.

    Ronald Briggs has seen big and small whitetail deer during his 25 years as a public-safety officer for the town of Butner.

    Winter is prime time for ocean bottom-bumping.

    Making his way through the Winyah Bay jetties from Georgetown, Will Herbert couldn’t help but shiver. After all, it was December, and it was downright cold on the ocean before sunrise.

    A dog makes a big difference for squirrel hunters.

    Squirrels can be hunted on foot with no help other than sharp eyes and a quiet approach, but bringing a dog into the equation can make a hunt more exciting — and a lot more successful, too.

    Fishermen can ‘scrape up’ sheepshead from Little River jetties in cooler months.

    The bounce at the tip of Capt. Mark Dickson’s rod looked way too aggressive to be a sheepshead, a fish with whose subtle bite has earned it quite a reputation.

    The Trent and Neuse rivers provide smokin’ action during chilly December.

    While cold weather and blustery winds may deter some anglers, those who fish year-round can find no better species to target in the winter than striped bass. Stripers are stocked in many inland reservoirs, but in their natural habitat, they are anadromous coastal fish that migrate from saltwater to freshwater to spawn.

    Lake Greenwood is the winter destination for quality catfish.

    Cold weather catfishing is popular on many lakes across the Palmetto State, but one lake overlooked by many anglers is Lake Greenwood.

    Eastern North Carolina bruin hunting can be tough, but the rewards are worth the effort.

    Ralph Britt still looks like he could suit up and catch a footballs the way he did for Tom Reed and Dick Sheridan as an N.C. State tight end in the mid-1980s and for one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    The Little Pee Dee River offers waterfowlers untapped public hunting opportunities.

    Not every hunter has the time or means to travel to places where web-footed birds blacken the sky. Most hunters can’t spend the price of a good duck boat for a single year’s shared hunting lease where fields of grain are flooded to attract ducks by the dozen.

    High Rock Lake is making a play to become the Yadkin system’s best striper lake.

    For years, Jerry Hill lived and fished — and guided fishermen for striped bass — on Badin Lake.

    The Cape Fear and Northeast Cape Fear give Wilmington anglers a good shot at reds, specks and stripers.

    Light ice had crunched under shoes on the dock earlier that morning, but later in the day, when the fish started biting, it was suddenly warm — enough to unzip jackets and peel off layers of clothing.

    Michael Helbert's beautiful 10-point is only about an inch shy of qualifying for the B&C record book.