The Eastern Deer Duo

Some of the best public deer hunting in eastern North Carolina takes place in Angola Bay and Holly Shelter game lands.

Angola Bay and Holly Shelter game lands offer hunters a little bit of everything on tracts of land that are anything but little.

Along a sandy road winding through a wiregrass ridge shaded by longleaf pines, a pickup truck parked. Tied atop a kennel built into the pickup bed was a buck with a pair of long, sickle-shaped antlers. The “cowhorn” was the first deer of the season taken by Richard “Junior” Grubb of Topsail Beach.

“We’ve been hunting this area for 30 years,” Grubb said. “There don’t seem to be as many hunters as there were, and they are scattered out more.”

Grubb was hunting on Lodge Road in Holly Shelter Game Land on Opening Day of the 2011 deer season, along with seven other hunters, including his brother, Ricky.
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Mike Marsh is a freelance outdoor writer in Wilmington, N.C. His latest book, Fishing North Carolina, and other titles, are available at

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