• December 2017 - Volume 24, Number 12


    Late-season bucks can be tough, but knowing the best times and places to concentrate your efforts — and why — can be keys to putting your tag on a great December deer.

    December is the last hurrah for deer hunters in North Carolina and South Carolina. If they haven’t taken a trophy yet, their chances are steadily but surely slipping away with only a few weeks left in the season.

    Crappie fishing at Shearon Harris Lake can be a great way to celebrate a day on the water this December. Here are some tips for catching the tasty panfish.

    When most fishermen recall the day when they first started crappie fishing, typically involve nostalgic boyhood tales of bobbing with minnows with family members at a local pond or lake.

    Layout blinds give hunters a big edge when scoters and other sea ducks take wing in North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound

    Jennings Rose launched his 18-foot boat from a private ramp near Hobucken, N.C., with a smaller boat ­— a one-man layout boat — strapped securely to its bouncing bow. Nosing into the wind, he left the protective waters of a small creek, heading into Pamlico Sound for a day of duck hunting.

    December doesn’t mean your deer-hunting gear goes on the shelf. Plenty of in-the-know hunters can zero in on what makes a whitetail tick late in the season.

    The Last Hurrah, the Final Countdown, the Fourth Quarter. Call it what you want; the late deer season is here. It’s a time when, statistically speaking, more than half the people who hold big-game hunting licenses have decided that doing something else, anything else, is better than sitting in a deer stand.

    Color, size and lure style make a big difference for Southport father-and-son guide partners.

    Nearly every winter, it seems that when the holiday season approaches, the weather takes a turn for the warm. And when Butch and Chris Foster of Yeah Right Charters hear there is a zero chance of a white Christmas at their Southport, N.C., home, they head out to catch speckled trout.

    Still-hunting, stand-hunting and hunting will a dog will all put squirrels in your game pouch. Here are the pros and cons of each.

    Like many of my generation I cut my teeth in the outdoors hunting squirrels along creeks and pastures. I will always remember my first successful hunt, sitting under a large cedar tree near an old abandoned farm house, motionless, imagining the family that used to call this place home, daydreaming of children playing under the tree, of chickens scratching for food and fields of cotton, corn and vegetables where giant trees now stand. 

    Try these five lakes in the Carolinas for top cold-weather catfish action.

    Gone are the days when catfish were delegated to warm weather and water for consistent fishing. With the introduction of blue catfish into many lakes and rivers in the Carolinas, the cold-weather catfishing game has changed significantly. 

    Cody Fields of Antreville, S.C., took this 16-point, 160-inch non-typical buck in Abbeville County on Oct. 13. The buck weighed 200 pounds.