Hunting

Master turkey hunters

The members of the Cathey family are in an elite group of hunters that understand the skills required to be successful in turkey hunting. The numbers they have amassed are phenomenal.

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Hunting

Taking it one more step

For years, Bob Cathey ran a farm in Anderson, but in 1998, he went into a different kind of farming, one that seems a natural extension to the Cathey family’s love of hunting.

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In a family way

Sporting traditions run deep. The Cathey family of Anderson is an outstanding example, with three generations of record-setting sportsmen and no end in sight.

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Freshwater Fishing

Delayed-harvest menu

The following streams are in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s delayed-harvest program:

Alleghany County: Little River (Whitehead to 275 yards downstream of the intersection of SR 1128 and SR 1129;

Ashe County: Big Horse Creek (SR 1324 Bridge to North Fork New River), Helton Creek (Virginia state line to New River), South Fork New River (Todd Island Park), Trout Lake;

Burke County: Jacob Fork (Shinny Creek to lower South Mountains State Park boundary);

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Freshwater Fishing

Favorite delayed-harvest streams

Kevin Howell, the owner of Davidson River Outfitters, recommends four delayed-harvest streams as his favorites among those designated as such by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Howell, who has been fishing delayed-harvest streams since the program began in 1992, likes the North Fork of the Mills River in Henderson County, the East Fork French Broad River in Transylvania County, the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County and the Green River in Polk County.

“The delayed-harvest program allows the (Commission) to reclaim water for trout fishing that may not support trout throughout the year,” he said. “It also provides a great opportunity for anglers to be very successful in their fishing. The delayed-harvest streams are stocked at a much-higher density than the regular streams. Today, we are seeing a lot more anglers due to the popularity of the program, which has been great for the towns that depend on tourism.”

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Delayed Delight – Delayed-harvest trout streams provide fishermen great and different opportunities

The late Lee Wulff, a master fly-fisherman, once wisely stated, “Gamefish are too valuable to be caught only once.” That goes directly to the heart of delayed-harvest trout fishing, a system that serves the catch-and release-fisherman as well as the angler that desires to keep his catch for a nice fish dinner. 

Personally, I enjoy fishing in the fall, winter and spring on delayed-harvest streams because of the possibility of constant action. In addition to the numerous fish in the 10- to 12-inch range, the occasional brood fish that is stocked or a holdover from previous stockings can add the element of surprise. Several occasions come to mind when these large fish responded, making the day special.

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Freshwater Fishing

Locating isolated ponds

Fishing on smaller Upstate lakes such as Bowen, Cunningham, Robinson and Cooley is always a good choice, but you will find more competition for the fishing than on remote ponds. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Kayak selection

Kayak selection is a matter of choice. A good choice for bush-whacking into remote ponds would be a fairly light kayak in the 10- to 11-foot range. For late-spring and summer fishing gin warm weather, either a sit-on-top or sit-inside is okay. Cold weather might favor the sit-inside model. […]

Deer Hunting

Tagging a ‘City boy’

Wilderness hunting for whitetail deer is a great experience; being away from civilization and enjoying the peace and quiet has a great appeal to most of us. The reality is that deer are very adaptable creatures and often exist on the margins of densely populated areas. All they need is a little cover to mask their movements, a source of water and they will eat the ornamentals in your yard down to a nub.

Sometimes, shifting our focus from rural areas to the urban scene can pay big dividends. This scenario can be a bonanza for bow hunters who can quietly hunt along the edges of subdivisions where deer have become a nuisance, their stands often close enough to civilization to see television sets through picture windows and smell hamburgers grilling on someone’s deck. […]

Deer Hunting

Upstate urban hunts

Opportunities often go unnoticed or may be forgotten. We are creatures of habit. We find a location to hunt and get locked into it and don’t make the effort to try new locations. Here are a few opportunities that have been available in recent years and bear follow-up as you look forward to a new deer season. […]

Deer Hunting

Tactics for urban deer hunting

If you are a bowhunter, you may have an undiscovered bonanza closer to home than you think. You need to take an analytical look at the small, urban woodlots that you have passed by on the way to your “out-of-town” hunting spots. Ride around nearby developments and look for small woodlots, swamps or stream corridors passing through the area. […]