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  • Anthony Gagliardi, a pro bass fisherman on the FLW Tour and the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup champion, visited the Lake Murray CAST (Cast a Special Thrill) event on March 25.

    He spoke at the awards presentation about the importance of getting kids involved in fishing and assisted with awards, presenting plaques to each of the 20 participants and their boat captains.

    CAST is a national, non-profit organization with bass pro Jay Yelas as national director. It has been sponsoring fishing events across the nation for 27 years. The Lake Murray event was a joint effort between Lake Murray's Seniors Bass Club and Mt. Horeb Methodist Church's Special Needs Ministry. Twenty special needs kids and a parent were paired with members of the club, with each kid receiving a spinning rod and reel, tackle box and T-shirt for an 8:30-11:30 a.m. fishing event, followed by a barbecue lunch provided by club member Jim Edwards and his family.

    June 04 at 6:54am

    April 1 was a big day on the water for Tina and Randy Thomason. Tina caught her first redfish, a nice bull at that, near the South Jetty at Charleston Harbor, on cut mullet fished on a sliding sinker red. Randy caught a nice black drum on a piece of oyster fished on a Carolina rig near Drum Island.

    April 10 at 9:17am

    Ty and Wyatt Little both caught their biggest bass ever on Friday, April 6, fishing on W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkes County. Ty Little's bass was 22 1/4 inches long and weighted 6.89 pounds. Wyatt Little's bass was 22 1/4 inches long and weighed 6.75 pounds. Fishing with Kris Little, the five biggest bass of the day weighed 24 pounds. Ty (at top) is 13 years old; Wyatt (above) is 9.

    April 10 at 8:59am

    Mitch Simmons of Lake Waccamaw, N.C., had a good day duck hunting in Columbus County, N.C., on Dec. 23. His black lab, Ace, retrieved this nice brace of wood ducks.

    January 02 at 8:26am

    James Poe caught this nice smallmouth bass on Sept. 16 on the New River near the North Carolina/Virginia border.

    November 13, 2017 at 11:04am

    Jeff Wiebe of Efland, N.C., killed this nice 8-point buck in Orange County. He was watching a doe whose flank had an obvious wound, and who was missing an eye, when the buck showed up just before dark. He kille dit with a single shot from his .50 Thompson Center Arms blackpowder gun.

    November 13, 2017 at 11:00am

    Jason Long of Person County, N.C., took this tall, 148-inch 8-pointer in full velvet on Sept. 17, using a crossbow.

    November 13, 2017 at 10:57am

    Cody Dean Leonard, 12, who lives in Davidson County, N.C., killed this 8-point buck in Montgomery County with his .243.

    November 13, 2017 at 10:54am

    Great job by the Mullis family of Summerville, S.C.
    Dad Keith Mullis took this, 8-point, 180-pound buck on Oct. 15, hunting in the Wee Tee State Forest. He took the buck with a shot from his .30-06 while still hunting.

    Daughter Cassie took two pigs with one shot from her .270 at Wee Tee State Forest on Oct. 15, and younger sister Taylor took a 170-pound sow with at .243 at 45 yards.

    November 06, 2017 at 9:38am

    It's hard to believe anybody, much less a 13-year-old, can have as good a month hunting and fishing as Whit Strickland. First, he caught a 70-pound blue catfish at Lake Wylie the first week of October.

    The, he killed an 8-point, 204-pound buck on Oct. 10 in York County, S.C., He followed that up with an 8-point, 190-pound buck on Nov. 4, also in York County.

    November 06, 2017 at 9:26am

    Amy Ford killed this 11-point buck on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m., in Beaufort County, N.C., The buck had a split brow tine and one kicker. The killing shot was only 15 yards.

    November 06, 2017 at 9:00am

    Paula McCoy and Judy Russo both caught their first big bull redfish fishing with guide Tommy Scarborough out of Georgetown, S.C.

    October 25, 2017 at 2:36pm

    Brandy Edwards of Surf City, N.C., caught her first-ever gag grouper, this 12.8-pound whopper, on Oct. 15, fishing out of Topsail Inlet with her husband, Scott. Fishing out of a 21-foot NauticStar bay boat, they followed a bigger boat out to about 12 miles off the beach, found a nice piece of hardbottom and hooked up.

    October 19, 2017 at 9:26am

    Bryan Buckner of Saluda was surprised to reel in this chain pickerel on his catfish rig baited with cut perch Monday Oct. 16 under the Hwy 26 bridge on Lake Hartwell. He also caught a nice mess of crappie fishing with 'Six Rods Down' guide service.

    October 18, 2017 at 4:40pm

    Casey Miles caught this 4.5-pound bass in a pond near Lugoff, S.C.

    October 09, 2017 at 10:17am

    Marti Shutte of Aynor, S.C., killed this nice 8-point buck on Oct. 7 in Horry County, S.C.

    October 09, 2017 at 10:13am

    Hugh McLaurin of Elloree, S.C., killed this beautiful kudu, with 54-inch horns, on his first African safari.

    October 09, 2017 at 10:11am

    Greg Abee of Greenville, S.C., a disc jockey on 93.3 The Planet known as Diesel, caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing in a farm pond near Mauldin on Labor Day.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:27am

    Bruce Sellars caught this nice, 4-pound, 10-ounce bass, fishing on Strom Thurmond Lake with the Bear Creek Fishing Club.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:13am

    Ethan Pawelczyk, 7, caught this 33-inch, 13-pound striped bass on Kerr Lake on Sept. 11, 2016. He caught the fish on a pencil popper first thing int he morning when a school was breaking in a cove near Kerr Dam, chasing shad to the surface.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:09am
    A comment titled: Re: First Gobbler in response to a report titled: First Gobbler

    great job, man.

    April 27, 2017 at 1:48pm
    A comment titled: Re: Opening day Chatham buck in response to a report titled: Opening day Chatham buck

    Congratulations man. Looks like a real nice one. Proves once again that being patient is always good for a hunter.

    September 15, 2015 at 12:36pm
    A comment titled: Re: Dove hunts SE NC in response to a report titled: Dove hunts SE NC

    N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have quite a few dove fields planted for the public. Go to www.ncwildlife.org for details. We are profiling hunts on the Suggs Mill Pond Game Lands in the September issue of the magazine, which will be on newsstands in about 2 1/2 weeks. Suggs Mill Pond dove hunts are permit only the first two weeks, but they're open to the public the last two weeks of September. Plenty of other dove fields plannted by the state are available.

    August 01, 2015 at 6:51pm
    A comment titled: Holden Beach surf fishing in response to a report titled: Red Fish Holden Beach

    I would advise you to go by The Rod & Reel Shop in Supply, just across the causeway, and get advice from Hunter McCray.

    We are about to get into the best surf-fishing of the year, when the water temperature cools off enough that reds and trout and flounder start piling out of the inlets and set up shop in the surf for several weeks. For reds, you're going to want to use a fish-finder rig and the freshest cut bait you can find.

    October 01, 2014 at 2:27pm
    A comment titled: dove season in response to a report titled: dove season

    Pretty sure it opens on Labor Day, which is Monday, Sept. 2.

    July 03, 2013 at 1:24pm
    A comment titled: A bit overblown in response to a report titled: Harvest Report

    Across the Southeast, EHD outbreaks occur about every four or five years, like clockwork, and it's not drought conditions that bring it on; just the opposite. It is much more likely to develop in hot, wet summers, which help reproduction of the tiny midges that spread the disease.

    These horrible outbreaks like this fall's in the northwestern corner of the state are generally limited to more local areas -- not statewide. Typically, an ehd outbreak that's widespread across North Carolina will take about 15 percent of the herd. This outbreak, a particular virulent strain of the disease, has been estimated to take 50-70 percent of the deer in the locally affected areas. It's the worst outbreak in 20 years and is not likely to happen again for another 20.

    Generally, deer who are not affected in the exposed areas develop a resistance to the disease that is passed on to their next set of fawns, so you generally don't get an ehd outbreak in an area more than every 4-5 years, even if the disease is present, because the deer are basically innoculated against it.

    There's no reason to suspect that deer in other parts of North Carolina are likely to experience a similar outbreak anytime in the future, so there's no need to discuss full-scale management changes. The NC herd has survived ehd outbreaks before, and the NW herd should rebound in 4-5 years of normal reproduction.

    Back in the dark ages, before does were legal, it was estimated that a herd could double its size in 3 years, because only 10-12 percent of the herd would be taken by legal hunting and 15 percent would die of natural mortality. If hunters voluntarily pass up does in NWNC this year, that will speed the recovery a bit, just like closing down the fishery on speckled trout two years ago after the massive cold-stun kills has helped that fishery recover, apparently ahead of schedule.

    In order to thin out a herd that's overpopulating an area, you need to take out better than 30 percent of the herd annually. So a 50-50 buck/doe harvest of 30 percent of the herd will stabilize the herd's size, and a larger harvest tilted toward does will reduce the size of the herd. If you're in an area with herd density of 25 deer per square mile, you need to take a dozen out a year per square mile.

    December 05, 2012 at 1:26pm
    A comment titled: how much land in response to a report titled: How much land?

    I'm with Teach. I've always thought two people could comfortably hunt about 80 acres. If you can pick up a piece that size and have someone manage for you a few years until you get there, I think you'll be fine. Just make sure the posted signs are out.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:42pm
    A comment titled: what lure is this in response to a report titled: This Infamous Lure....

    Looks like a Top Dawg to me, boss.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:03pm
    A comment titled: Capt. Rick Hiott in response to a report titled: Pictures from this past season here in Charleston,SC

    Great to hear from you Capt. Rick. Did you work on 'em this year on the Grillage?

    January 04, 2011 at 8:45am
    A comment titled: Piebalds in Randolph County in response to a report titled: Piebalds in Randolph County

    The characteristics that piebalds show are recessive genetic traits, but they'll continue to show up in a local deer herd every year or two. When tagging and checking deer in was required, certain check stations would see a piebald or two every year.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:09am
    A comment titled: Requesting Information in response to a report titled: Requesting information

    I'm going to take a stab at this one. There's a very good chance you heard a turkey. Nothing sounds like a person walking through the woods any more than does a turkey, especially a gobbler. The footfalls sound exactly like a man's and the stop-and-start nature of what you describe fits in, as does it running off. I've been amazed at how loud a big gobbler sounds as he's running away from me in April.

    September 23, 2010 at 10:07am
    A comment titled: Dead Deer Found by Pond in response to a report titled: Dead Deer Found By Pond

    If the deer had actually been in the pond, I would have a real good guess: ehd... epizootic hemmorhagic disease, also known as blue tongue. It's been a couple of years since we had an outbreak. It's carried by midges, and it's more apt to show up in the fall when we have a warm, wet summer. The deer gets infected and runs a fever, so many of them go to water to cool off and die there. Finding a dead deer in the water is usually ehd. But haven't heard of any other cases, although September/October is usually when it shows up. Once it cools off, the insects die and quit carrying the disease.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:41am
    A comment titled: Check this guy out in response to a report titled: Check this guy out

    Genetics don't have anything to do with that buck's horns if he's injured. Injury to right side of body has showed up the next year on left antler. Good chance he'll have non-typical rack the rest of his days. I'd take him given the chance, but he could get bigger and throw off an even stranger rack next year.

    September 08, 2010 at 3:30pm
    A comment titled: North Carolina in response to a report titled: North Carolina

    That's 150 inches of antler, easy. South Carolina Sportsman.com will have a story in the next day or two of a 156-inch buck killed Labor Day.

    September 08, 2010 at 3:28pm
    A comment titled: long brow tines in response to a report titled: Long brow tines

    that's a lot of inches of anther. If he gained 10 percent over the summer, he's closing in on something outrageous

    September 01, 2010 at 9:50am
    A comment titled: mahi dolphin in response to a report titled: mahi dolphin

    catch anything else?

    September 01, 2010 at 9:48am
    A comment titled: edisto river flatheads in response to a report titled: edisto river flatheads

    What was the live bait: bream, crappie, shad or goldfish?

    August 25, 2010 at 11:35am
    A comment titled: did someone say snakes? in response to a report titled: did someone say snakes?

    Timber rattler... looks like about a 3-footer. One of the drawbacks to August deer hunting.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:34am
    A comment titled: DATA/QDMA in response to a report titled: Data/QDMA

    A perfect example of what happens when you let a buck walk.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:37pm
    A comment titled: Close Up in response to a report titled: Close Up

    Holy smokes! What a stud!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:52pm
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