• December 2011 - Volume 6, Number 12


    Good dogs and good habitat are key components to good rabbit hunting and the accompanying good times.

    Some things go together so effectively that one without the other leaves one feeling less than satisfied.

    As the season wanes, take some tips from these experts and your chances of tagging a trophy will greatly increase.

    By the first of December, with a month left in North Carolina’s deer season, careless behavior by the deer population is long gone, except in the extreme western mountains where the rut is in full swing.

    Lake Murray has all four species, and they’re all biting this month. Here’s how to ‘hit for the cycle.’

    One of the better-kept secrets among Palmetto State fishermen is the unique catfishing opportunity to catch four major species of catfish, sometimes in a single day, at Lake Murray.

    Winter is prime time to tangle with a Kerr Lake striper. Here’s how.

    Fishermen who are so affected by their habit that they can’t stand to put their rods away know that December and January are just about the worst months of the year. There’s little relief in sight until the crocuses start to peep through February’s snows.

    For big water, this Midlands reservoir is a waterfowler’s heaven. Here’s how to fill your limit.

    The predawn cold rattled my bones as I pulled my neoprene waders up over many layers of insulation. Sunrise was still a couple of hours away, and the anticipation of big ducks swooping into our decoys helped me stave off the cold as I pulled the waders up as far as they would reach. The dirt ramp was longer than normal; we had to drag the boat out a hundred yards to deeper water before climbing in and heading upstream.

    Be willing to hunt in the thickest cover and you might bring Mr. Bobwhite and a few of his friends home for dinner.

    Ben Chewning has run bird dogs over most of the 5,000 acres on the Buchanan Shoals Sportsman’s Preserve in Anson County, so he’s got a good idea of what kind of wild quail live on the property — even though he mostly runs guided hunts for released birds.

    Too many fishermen ride past Manteo and Wanchese on the way to the Outer Banks and miss some great action.

    Sometimes it seems that Roanoke Island is a place that many fishermen know, but don’t really give the respect it deserves.

    Change your tactics as the end of deer season approaches, and your chances of tagging a trophy will increase.

    By the first of December and the last month of the Palmetto State’s deer season, crisping leaves and frost-covered fields become common visions just after daybreak. But sightings of trophy bucks trampling across wide-open places chasing mates should not be expected with any confidence. Even though some rutting activity will continue, careless behavior is over, but the remaining days of the season can prove successful for the hunter willing to alter his strategy.

    This river in eastern North Carolina supplies stripers, red drum, speckled trout, perch and even gar for enterprising winter anglers.

    Gary Dubiel hunkered down behind his boat’s windshield to avoid a biting facial assault on the Trent River one cold winter’s day last year. At daylight, the mercury hovered around 25 degrees at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern.

    Take a few tips, and take more third-season doves.

    As winter arrives in North Carolina, the final segment of dove season kicks off, allowing a wingshooter crouched in a hedgerow one final hoorah.

    What lessons can you learn from some of North Carolina’s most-promising young bass fisherman? Here they are.

    Whoever said, “Today’s young people just don’t get it,” hasn’t spent any time with some of North Carolina’s best young bass anglers. Some of them are already making inroads in tournaments and scholastic fishing, and they get it.

    Cast-and-blast in the marsh? The Broad River tides will point you to marsh hens and redfish.

    Being a sportsman in South Carolina is not an either/or situation. You can be a hunter or fisherman — or both. So it’s no surprise that Lowcountry sportsmen have discovered a way to combine their two loves on the Broad River, casting and blasting the day away.

    Inshore fishing guide Mike Taylor of Swansboro killed this huge main-frame 8-point buck in Alamance County.