• December 2015 - Volume 22, Number 12


    Go slow and go deep, and add mountain trout to your winter fishing resume in North Carolina.

    Although few trout fishermen even pause to ponder the matter, this is a sport that has, in its own fashion, changed as dramatically in the past 50 years as turkey hunting. Just as chasing gobblers has transitioned from a fall and winter pursuit to springtime, trout fishing has expanded from a warm-weather pursuit to a year-round activity. 

    Crappie fishing doesn’t end in South Carolina lakes when winter arrives. In fact, it might get better.

    December signals the end of the calendar year, but not the end of great crappie fishing in South Carolina. The action can be sensational statewide through the cold months if anglers use the correct tactics for specific bodies of water.

    North Carolina’s black bear population, especially in eastern counties, is still the envy of the nation.

    With the inventions of GPS, trail cameras and hand-held devices that use satellite imagery to keep track of dogs, bear hunting in eastern North Carolina has changed nearly as much as every aspect of life in America.

    North Carolina hunters should take advantage of the last few weeks of deer season.

    A lot of North Carolina hunters store their deer rifles when December arrives, in part because many have filled their tags — especially during the November rut — and because big bucks seem to disappear in the final month of the year.

    Quack, quack, quack! These five calls are all you need to bring birds into your decoy spread.

    Calling ducks is a skill, an art that very few people master, but it’s one that waterfowl hunters need to know how to do.

    Dredging in big North Carolina river has created plenty of fish-holding spoil island between Wilmington and Southport.

    As he pulled away from the ramp it Carolina Beach, Stuart Caulder said he expected to catch a few trout early and then look for some red drum as the tide rose enough to let him get into the shallows around a few of the spoil islands in the Cape Fear River. 

    Deer season is slipping away, but these offbeat tactics may help you fill your tag and freezer as hunting time wanes.

    Suddenly, you find yourself in December with no productive deer hunts to remember. October optimism has become December despair, and you are anxious to put venison in the freezer and a positive end to your season. 

    Nearshore livebottom areas along the South Carolina coast are full of big, hungry black sea bass this time of year. Here’s how to find and catch them.

    Many anglers view black sea bass as the scourge of the ocean, mainly because they are so plentiful and eager to bite when anglers are targeting different fish, but others view them as a good source of entertainment — as well as table fare. 

    New green growth draws deer to areas that have been recently logged. Take advantage of this new food source for great hunting.

    North Carolina is home to over 18 million acres of forestland, and these wooded pavilions fuel the state’s top manufacturing industries. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the forest-products industry is the leading manufacturing industry in the state, supplying more than 175,000 jobs and $16 billion in product shipments annually. 

    Don’t put trophy bucks on the back burner.

    Deer hunters are funny. Many of them sit in their stands for months, peering through the woods hoping to see a trophy deer. 

    Discover the latest crop of huge bucks killed this season, including this one taken by Murrells Inlet's Tripp Love. And you can also find out how to take your own trophy.