Merry Christmas to all

Brynlee and Bentley Parker made it a sibling double last month.

December offers plenty of opportunities for sportsmen

What a great month for sportsmen in the Carolinas! December has a little bit of everything for us, including some down time from work, hopefully, for everyone.

It’s time to get in those last-minute deer hunts, because pretty soon, we’ll all be longing for the thrill of the chase again soon.

Jenn Cubbage killed this 250-pound bear in Henderson County.

But we’ve got plenty of small game opportunities this month as well. And with families and friends gathering for holiday get-togethers, it’s tough to beat late-season dove hunts, squirrel hunts, rabbit hunts, waterfowl hunts. It’s truly a month with more opportunities than most of us can fit into our schedules.

And this isn’t a month to forget about fishing. We have plenty of mild days this month that are downright pleasant to be on the water. But even on the dreariest, cold-weather days, fishing can be great for numerous species for anglers who are willing to bundle up and brave the cold.

Fishing can truly be the best way to beat the winter doldrums, because despite what many folks still believe, December’s weather does not hinder the bite from bass, catfish, stripers, speckled trout. Crappie fishing can be excellent this month, and for those who know a few secrets, bream fishing can also be top notch.

Of course, December wouldn’t be complete without a few stocking stuffers. It’s a great time to give your favorite hunting and fishing friends small but useful gifts to enhance their outdoor experiences.

Most importantly, this month is for spending time with loved ones, many of whom we don’t see often enough. And if we can’t do that in pursuit of fish or game, let’s at least do it with a meal of something we’ve taken from the water or the field.

Merry Christmas to all, and thank you all for another great year at Carolina Sportsman Magazine and

About Brian Cope 2762 Articles
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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