• September 2011 - Volume 18, Number 9


    Where to go in North Carolina to find great deer, duck, bear and small-game hunting on public lands.

    North Carolina has two million acres of public hunting lands on 89 game lands that dot the landscape from the ocean to the western border, a distance of approximately 500 miles.

    WMA Preview: Public-land hunters have plenty of places in South Carolina offering prime opportunities for deer, waterfowl and small game.

    South Carolina hunters have a lot of reasons for being thankful. First, the diversity of land available to hunt, from rugged mountains to coastal marsh and swamp, is among the most-productive and diverse found anywhere. Second, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of public land available to hunters. These areas are designated as Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs); all you need is a WMA permit, specific guidelines for specific species on specific tracts — and the desire to go hunting.

    Sneads Ferry and New River make up a fall redfish hotspot like none other along North Carolina’s coastline.

    The New River is the only river in North Carolina that begins and ends in the same county, but that’s not the only reason it’s recognized. Fall fishing on the watercourse should get it plenty of notice, and with good reason.

    Bottom-fishing along the North Carolina coast isn’t just a summertime activity. Fall action can be excellent, according to one Southport captain.

    Like many North Carolina charterboat captains, Butch Foster of Southport migrated to the coast from inland after spending many vacations there, finally deciding to make it his permanent home.

    The Chattooga River Trail offers fishermen the chance to pack in and camp along some of the Southeast’s best trout water.

    Mention trout fishing in South Carolina and many people will think of speckled seatrout, oyster beds and marsh grass. Seldom thought about are rainbow, brown, and brook trout in a mountain wilderness setting.

    Opening Day of dove season in North Carolina can be an afternoon to remember

    The gray, feathered missile bobbed and weaved, riding the afternoon breeze as several loads of No. 8 lead shot narrowly missed making contact and sending it tumbling to the ground.

    Some of North Carolina’s best waterfowl hunting is open to the public -- if you apply for a permit.

    It’s said that you should be prudent about what you wish for, because you might get it. Then again, one man’s disaster can be another’s opportunity.

    South Carolina hunters can take lessons from this Greenville man’s history of great dove shoots.

    In the beginning, Louis Batson III was his dad’s designated retriever in the dove field — a 5-year-old boy scrambling through corn stalks to pick up birds brought down by the blast of his father’s humpback Browning 12-gauge.

    Try “early” bows for early-season deer. It doesn’t take a $700 compound to fill a tag.

    There is something mystical about the feel of a good primitive bow. It seems to come alive in the archer’s hands. Light, responsive and, when shot instinctively, they are very quick-handling.

    This sleepy village has more than its share of great fishing holes.

    Southport is one of those places just about everyone has heard about and some have fished. It is a sleepy tourist and fishing town on the mainland near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    The Stono, Kiawah and Folly rivers offer all kinds of great fall fishing.

    Rob Bennett grew up fishing the waters around Folly Beach, Kiawah Island and the Stono River, and he’s never found a reason to leave them.

    Western North Carolina rivers are smallmouth havens for anglers with a sense of adventure.

    Last July, when West Jefferson’s Ben Lucas and I glimpsed the deep-water ledge 50 yards downstream from us on the South Fork of the New River, we knew exactly how to double-team it.

    Nature has worked her magic on certain WMAs. Find out which will be hottest in this issue.