November has something for every outdoorsmen

Outdoor opportunities abound in November

For outdoorsmen, November just might be the perfect month, or as close to it as possible. Almost everything we want to hunt is open, except for turkey season, but hey, we’ve got to save something for spring.

Numerous birds, waterfowl, small game, deer. And even bear season is still open in certain parts of North Carolina this month.

The bulk of the deer rut takes place this month in most of the Carolinas, according to wildlife biologists. So trophy bucks are making daytime appearances in front of hunters, giving many of them their best shot at getting that buck-of-a-lifetime.

Hunters looking for lots of action will find plenty of it this month in the form of squirrels jumping through trees, invading bait piles intended for deer, and dashing along forest floors before scurrying up trees and out of sight. It’s tough to beat an autumn walk through the woods, but doing it with a .22 rifle in hand looking for tree rats makes it even better.

And the fishing is as good as it gets, except maybe for bream, but if you’ve never fished for them in deep holes this time of year, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Catfish, stripers, bass and crappie will bite like mad this month, frisky with cooler weather and feeding up for the even colder weather they sense is coming. Speckled trout and redfish, among others, will keep saltwater anglers casting and reeling, feeling those same sentiments.

One of the best parts about being outdoors this month is that usually, it’s not too hot and not too cold. Bugs are also much less of a problem, and the weather is perfect for cooking (outdoors, of course) the bounty of our pursuits.

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Brian Cope is the editor of Carolina Sportsman. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at

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