Fishing

Crackin’ Craw

If you want to catch bass or redfish, you better get crackin’.

Artificial lure manufacturer Zach Dubois, who specializes in soft plastics, has watched the fairly new Crackin’ Craw — a crawfish imitation — take the bass fishing world by storm. And to his pleasant surprise, it’s also become a go-to bait for redfish along the coast.

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Deer of the Year

18-point buck goes down in Forsyth County

George Mattison of Trinity, N.C. was hunting with his 4-year-old son from a double ladder stand on Nov. 17 in Forsyth County when he killed the biggest buck he’s ever seen. The 18-point buck had four drop tines on the right side of its antlers, including one that was over 8 inches long.

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Deer of the Year

Big 10-point goes down in Anson County, N.C.

Phillip McBryde of Matthews, N.C. celebrated Veterans Day with a hunting trip with his uncle in Anson County on the morning of Nov. 11. And he killed the biggest buck of his life when a 10-pointer with a wild-looking rack showed up and offered him a shot after following a doe in a loop that took it four times around McBryde.

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Deer of the Year

Winston-Salem hunter downs big Forsyth County trophy

Travis Manuel won an award at the Dixie Deer Classic in 2010 for a 147 6/8-inch buck. Unfortunately, it was under the non-hunting category for a beast that he actually did shoot, but wasn’t able to find until running across it 6 months later. And he’ll likely attend the 2019 Dixie Deer Classic with a 147-inch (green-score) buck he killed on Nov. 16 while hunting with his muzzleloader in Forsyth County.

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