• Volume 24 Number 9 - September 2017

    Features

    Erase these boo-boos from your resume and you’ll be on your way to using more tags on bigger bucks.

    During the past three decades, the tactics used to hunt whitetail deer have evolved greatly, but hunting mature bucks is still a tough challenge. Mistakes are still being made, and for some hunters, these mistakes become habit — and they wonder why some hunters seem to kill big bucks and they don’t. 

    Inshore waters around the South Carolina-North Carolina line hold plenty of gamefish to target, and September begins fall fishing that’s the year’s best.

    Preparing for a pleasant day of fishing on a gorgeous fall day, Patrick Kelly warmed the engine of his boat at Cricket Cove Marina near Little River, S.C., just a short run from great fishing on either side of the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

    Hunters should do everything they can to keep a big buck from knowing he’s got human company in the woods. Here are a few tips for hunters in the Carolinas.

    Every year, hunters spend countless hours preparing food plots, planning and finding ways to improve their chances to get a wall-hanger downrange and in range. If a mature buck falls into the trap, hunters must tread lightly to close the deal.

    With its human population growing, North Carolina is responding with better wildlife management on quality public-hunting areas

    North Carolina is shrinking for wildlife.

    If habitat is the key for their survival, there’s less room for wild creatures in the Tarheel State each year. Forests and fields are yielding to chain saws, bulldozers, housing developments, city and town expansion, more roads and parking lots.

    One of the best ways to catch Carolina redfish in late summer and early fall is pretend you’re fishing for largemouth bass.

    Of all the pages on the calendar, September might be the best for chasing redfish, because of cooling water and more stable weather — as long as the tropics behave. With fishing in inland lakes still below average, a bass fisherman might find that an early fall trip to the coast might just scratch his fishing itch.

    Current, stained water and baitfish are building blocks for some great fishing as summer gives way to fall in the Carolinas and bass make a big move.

    Every bass fisherman worth his salt knows that September is the month of the big move. As summer begins to give way to fall, baitfish head back into creeks that feed reservoirs, and it doesn’t take long for bass to follow. 

    What do early season rubs, scrapes and tracks really mean to Carolina deer hunters? If you understand the markers that deer leave behind, you’re a leg up on putting venison in the freezer.

    With deer season cranking up, hunters are preparing food plots, erecting stands and making plans for a productive season: plenty of venison for the freezer and high hopes of something to send to the taxidermist. 

    South Carolina’s top public-hunting areas offer plenty for both big-game and small-game hunters. Look up these destinations when it comes time to head afield.

    South Carolina has a significant amount of public hunting opportunists on Wildlife Management Areas across the state, and some have ample habitat diversity to provide good hunting opportunities for several game species.

    The Carolinas offer public-land hunters plenty of opportunities for deer and other game species. Photo by Rick Small.