• Volume 22 Number 11 - November 2015

    Features

    If you’re a still-hunter stuck on land next to a dog-hunting club, don’t despair. Let the hounds work in your favor.

    Hunting with hounds is a Southern tradition that dates to the early 19th century, and North Carolina is no exception, yet public pressure continues to brew against deer hunting with dogs across the state.

    Fall largemouth bass on Lake Marion is an overlooked, underutilized and amazing fishery.

    November may be the best month to catch big bass at Lake Marion that almost no one knows about. The overall fishing for quality and quantity is outstanding, and the Santee Cooper lake is surprisingly underfished during the month of Thanksgiving.

    When shooting at a deer across a beanfield or down a power line, make sure your equipment is up to the task and you’ve had plenty of practice, practice, practice.

    Jerry Land of Greer grew up hunting in rural Pennsylvania where he had few opportunities to take shots at whitetail deer at distances greater than 100 yards. After a career in the U.S. Air Force, while working with the U.S. Department of Interior in South Dakota, he discovered prairie dogs. That led to a passion for long-range, precision shooting, and he eventually collected five national titles for bench-rest varmint shooting.

    Food, cover, bedding areas and escape routes are keys to finding trophy deer hotspots in November.

    Although whitetails are in the rut from October’s final days through November, success afield doesn’t always depend on the presence of the mature bucks that are the target of most hunters.

    Marsh hens, preserve bobwhites provide bird hunters with plenty of opportunities around South Carolina this month.

    The wait is over. After months of prepping gear, training dogs, shotgun practice and just plain suffering from bird-shooting anticipation anxiety, wing-shooting season is upon us. 

    The jetties that line the entrance to Murrells Inlet are a real hot spot for big speckled trout in November.

    If you had to choose a month to be on the water along South Carolina’s coast, November would be the winner. Even though the deer hunting is great and the Thanksgiving turkey is tasty, there isn’t a better time to float a live shrimp across the jetty rocks at Murrells Inlet in search of a whopper speckled trout. 

    From Little River to Sunset Beach, fishermen in both Carolinas can jump in on a great trout bite in November.

    Fall is often a very long season along the coast close to the North Carolina/South Carolina border, between North Myrtle Beach and Sunset Beach. The area seems to be south of the areas that get the biggest cold fronts in the fall. There are times that cold weather may dip into this area, but it is usually only for a day or two, and the weather warms right up after it passes. Fishing may slow for a couple of days, but most of the time, it recovers, and often, fish are more active than before the weather change.

    Outdoorsmen will appreciate the quiet operation, instant starting ability and lightweight construction of STIHL battery-powered equipment. Each tool in this innovative battery system is powered by Lithium-Ion technology, delivering long run times with no gradual drop in power. Because their Lithium-Ion batteries are designed to be swapped between STIHL Battery KombiSystem tools, you can use a single battery to tackle a wide range of outdoor projects – no gasoline required.

    Outdoorsmen will appreciate the quiet operation, instant starting ability and lightweight construction of STIHL battery-powered equipment. Each tool in this innovative battery system is powered by Lithium-Ion technology, delivering long run times with no gradual drop in power. Because their Lithium-Ion batteries are designed to be swapped between STIHL Battery KombiSystem tools, you can use a single battery to tackle a wide range of outdoor projects – no gasoline required.

    Many hunters in the Carolinas are missing out on a great strategy for attracting deer by failing to grunt, bleat or snort-wheeze.

    Deer hunters go to great lengths to get a big buck within shooting range. Preseason planning, analyzing the wind and getting your stand in the right place are all crucial components, but another factor is used to great advantage by some hunters but totally overlooked or misused by many: vocalization.

    Many hunters in the Carolinas are missing out on a great strategy for attracting deer by failing to grunt, bleat or snort-wheeze.

    Deer hunters go to great lengths to get a big buck within shooting range. Preseason planning, analyzing the wind and getting your stand in the right place are all crucial components, but another factor is used to great advantage by some hunters but totally overlooked or misused by many: vocalization.

    November is the first month when North Carolina waterfowlers can really expect a good bit of action, especially on the sprawling Pamlico Sound.

    Waterfowl season arrives across North Carolina on Nov. 14, and even though the often mild weather might not seem as perfect for a duck hunter as the late-season, ice-breaking mornings of January, don’t think the Old North State’s coastal sounds done offer some fantastic early season action.

    When cool weather arrives in the fall, few lures can outproduce an Alabama rig, especially on Lake Gaston’s clear waters.

    What lure can give a fishermen the thrill of having one of his best days ever on the way, while at the same time make another argue passionately against its use under any circumstances, especially in bass tournaments?

    It’s the Alabama rig, released to the public on July 1, 2011, and soon thereafter sued by pro Paul Elias to win a tournament on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville and its $100,000 first-prize money by a 17-pound margin over four days.

    November is prime deer hunting time, and you can find everything you need for success within these pages -- along with how to catch some fish when you're not in the woods.