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  • Guys:

    I know people are killing deer, esp. bec. of the calls I get each day. ML season is about to end in the East Zone and GUN SEASON starts TOMORROW (Oct. 18).

    Look at the LEFT SIDE of the NCS home page for the Bag-A-Buck 11 icon, clik on it and enter the contest. As always, we have GREAT PRIZES for each monthly winner and everybody who enters gets a chance at the GRAND PRIZE, a two-day deer hunt in the PIEDMONT TROPHY REGION with Polecat Creek Outfitters. THIS IS FREE and you're passing up a great chance at lotsa hunting goodies, plus that hunt in trophy territory.

    Craig Holt
    managing editor

    October 17, 2008 at 9:45am

    I had been watching this buck all summer in Rockingham County via trail camera my girlfriend had given me for my birthday on Oct. 2.

    He finally appeared about 10 minutes before last light.

    I made a 20-yd shot but could not find the arrow or blood so I waited till the next morning and found blood and the arrow. He had run about 75 yds.

    It was so awesome everything came together.

    I moved up here last year from the coast, so this was my first year hunting the giants of Rockingham County.

    October 11, 2008 at 8:35am

    If you want to catch big numbers of really big trout, you need to head to Morehead City and Atlantic Beach now through November.

    I recently went, with some other magazine employees, on a half-day trip with guide Brian Harrington of DownEast Guide Service (252-671-3474) to a creek north of Beaufort and we literally slayed the big specks, averaging probably 3 pounds with the biggest 7 pounds. We caught 20 or more and lost twice that many, including at least 5 that nearly jerked the rods out of our hands and probably would have matched or surpassed the 7-pounder.

    Harrington used Hank Brown jig heads with live shrimp he caught early that morning. So if you can throw a cast net and can find where the shrimp are, you can do this deal on your own.

    We were in Core Creek. Look for shoreline rock or wood, drift with the tide and cast toward the shore, letting the jig and shrimp bounce on the bottom. It's almost like Carolina-rig bass fishing while drifting. Best action occurs when the tide's moving south. Best spots are where there's a sharp drop-off 10 to 15 feet off the shoreline. The trout hang out at the drop offs. Also fish the edges of the current line if you anchor at a hot spot. Avoid fishing slack water behind structure that breaks up the current -- you'll get your baits eaten up by pinfish.

    Harrington said when the water drops below 60 degrees on down to below freezing, he forgets shrimp (they're not around then anyway) and uses artificial lures, with his favorite a tiny (1 1/2-inch long) 1 MCHBL MirrOlure with a blue back and chartreuse bottom.

    He caught his biggest speck, a 10-3, using that tiny lure.

    October 11, 2008 at 8:25am

    N.C. boaters who trailer large boats need to e-mail the governor’s office if you don’t want to pay extra fines and fees in the future, just for hauling your boat to the coast or lake.
    N.C. House Bill 2167 was passed and sent to Governor Mike Easley, and Senate Bill 1695, a companion bill, also recently was passed and sent to the governor.
    Easley apparently doesn’t understand the importance of the bills, mainly because a rider was attached to allow extra-long 18-wheeler trailers (up to 53 feet) to be legally be towed on N.C. roads. The governor has said he will veto the bills.
    These are two separate items and don’t need to be linked.
    Rules have been in place for decades that restrict boaters from trailering their boats at night, without permits, without special driver’s licenses, red flats on poles, etc., but until recently, they weren't enforced against recreational boaters.
    Last year the N.C. Highway Patrol began to enforce the rules and hundreds of boaters received $500-plus fines for trailering their boats on N.C. highways. The public outcry has been enormous and state representatives have taken heed.
    On July 15 the Senate passed its boat-trailering bill with only two votes against. However Easley said he still plans to veto the bill, even with an amendment passed by the Senate. The Senate hoped to avoid his veto by reducing the maximum-width limit to 114 inches for 24/7 towing and not allow night towing with widths greater than 114 inches and up to 120 inches. Also, no permit would be required to tow a boat.
    It’s important the governor hear from as many boaters as possible requesting he not veto the bill. He may be unaware of how strongly the public feels about this issue, how strongly the legislature supported the public’s interest, and how important it is to the fishing/boating/tourism industries in this state.
    E-mail your requests to not veto the boat-trailering bills to

    July 16, 2008 at 3:55pm

    To sportsmen/sportswomen of NC Sportsman's web site:

    We're adding an extra service to the Fishing Reports web site with up-to-date, as-much-as-possible real time fishing reports from lakes, rivers and streams across the state and from all sections of the coast.

    We want our sportsmen and sportswomen to be able to look at our web site and get accurate information about the bite that's going at that moment. That way you will have more information about whether or not to make a trip to a selected destination and what kind of fish you can expect to catch.

    Leonard Nuchols of Buxton is our Outer Banks reporter and sent the image of a tarpon with this report. Angler Dan Heinrich caught the 54-inch-long fish at Cape Point, June 18, 2007. Bet you didn't know you could catch tarpon in the surf at Cape Point, did you?

    Anyway, the staff at Sportsman Magazine is doing it's best to provide more services to our readers and this is our latest one.

    Tight lines to all,

    Craig Holt
    managing editor

    June 28, 2007 at 1:03pm
    A comment titled: Carolina Sportsman writer wants to interview you for a story in response to a report titled: BJ Bolt

    Dear B.J.:

    I'm the former editor of NC and SC Sportsman magazines (and now retired but still write free-lance stories for Carolina Sportsman).

    I've been assigned a 'pre-rut stand placement' story for Carolina Sportsman Magazine that has a rapidly approaching deadline (Aug. 10), so I'd like to talk to you about the buck you bagged at Beech Island and entered into the 2017 Bag-A-Buck contest (that's where I saw your photo with the buck). We write stories two months in advance so this story would be published in the Oct. 2018 issue of CS.

    I thought you might have some interesting ideas about stand placement(s).

    If you can call me asap at 336-376-9383 (home office) or 336-684-6899 (cell) or email me your phone number at I can call you. Call me from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. (If you call my office phone and get my answering machine, wait for the intro then a beep and leave your phone number and best time(s) to call you and I'll do that and save you a long-distance fee or burn your cell-phone hours). Do not text me -- I have an old-fashioned flip phone, not a smart phone. I call it my 'dumb' phone.

    Anyway, call or email me asap. I also would like you to email me 2 or 3 of your best photos of you with your buck. Please send digital photos as attachments, if you can.

    I look forward to talking to you soon,

    Craig Holt

    free-lance outdoors writer
    4103 Bass Mountain Road

    Snow Camp NC 27253

    July 30 at 12:26pm

    Doesn't La. have a 'Hunters for the Hungry' chapter?...guess it's not as lucrative as the illegal alligator bidness.

    April 24 at 3:38pm
    A comment titled: Re: Mt Lion In North Carolina?? in response to a report titled: Mt Lion In North Carolina??

    I have had NC people swear the NC Wildlife Resources Commission has released cougars/mountain lions and coyotes in this state, A regional biologist once said to me: 'I would NEVER tell a person he DID NOT see an animal such as a cougar. A boat-yard owner used to regularly call me and tell me he and his employees had watched a cougar and her kittens playing in a sandy road (eastern NC) 100 yards or so from the entrance to his boat yard. I told him all I needed was for him to take a photo of these animals or of a track in the sand they made or, better yet, send me a hair from one of them. All I've received from him so far is .... nothing. But here's the thing: sightings of 'black panthers or regular-color (brown) panthers that people swear they saw are like somebody telling me they saw a UFO. How am I going to tell 'em they DIDN'T see a UFO? They were there; I was not. They saw 'something;' I did not. Why would I question somebody's truthfulness about an incident like this? All I know is I've got to have a piece of hair, a footprint or some scat that I can examine and identify before I can say what kind of animal made it. It's as simple as that.

    April 24 at 3:33pm
    A comment titled: Re: Big Boy showed up in response to a report titled: Big Boy showed up


    the CS web master said someone else has been assigned your story...congrats anyway...

    next big boy you whack, contact have my email above..


    November 09, 2017 at 6:20am


    Please contact me for a potential story at Carolina Sportsman web site if no one else from the magazine has contacted you.


    Craig Holt

    November 08, 2017 at 7:10pm
    A comment titled: Re: Big Boy showed up in response to a report titled: Big Boy showed up


    Contact me please for a possible story in Carolina Sportsman Magazine if no one else already has contacted you.


    Craig Holt

    November 08, 2017 at 7:08pm
    A comment titled: You are the woman! in response to a report titled: Rhonda's Big 9 Pointer

    When I grow up I want to be a deer hunter like Rhonda....lucky guy, Kenny.

    How many wall-hangers is that now?

    October 30, 2014 at 1:45pm
    A comment titled: Nice lookin' bunch in response to a report titled: Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Tournament

    Looks like a nice day at the beach for the Dorseys and their friend....waytago guys...

    October 21, 2014 at 4:50pm

    Nice buck, but I didn't post this story and I'm CastNBlast3.....some kinda 'puter glitch, it appear.

    October 21, 2014 at 4:49pm
    A comment titled: Who ARE those guys? in response to a report titled: Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Tournament

    C'mon, guys. Don't just post a photo -- please NAME the anglers on this fishing team. Izzat guy on the right a Ron Dorsey Jr.?

    October 21, 2014 at 8:08am
    A comment titled: That would be EHD, not CWD in response to a report titled: Cwd

    Epizootic Hemmorhagic Disease (EHD) is different from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) .... EHD is caused by biting gnats and also is called blue date there have been no reported cases of CWD in NC....the NC legislature is gonna expand the no. of deer pens in the state, though, and is in the process of moving control of CWD from the WRC to the Ag Dept., which has NO ENFORCEMENT ARM and don't have the budget to cope with testing penned deer in NC....would somebody PLEEZ TELL ME what raising deer has to do with AGRICULTURE? .... if this ain't a political ploy by deer farmers to get more deer in NC eventually so they can MAKE MORE MONEY and have PAID OFF SOMEONE for the right to do this, I think I am a Vietnamese astronaut.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:23pm
    A comment titled: Dixie Deer Classic crossbow category in response to a report titled: Dixie deer show

    The Dixie Deer Classic had a crossbow category for the first time in 2010 but they called it the 'Handicapped Hunter' classification.

    I'd guess the Wake County Wildlife Club probably will change that category this year since crossbows now can be used without a handicapped permit.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:35pm
    A comment titled: Try Ocean Isle Fishing Center in response to a report titled: WHATS A GOOD CHARTER COMPANY

    Check out the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at and contact Brant or Barrett McMullen. Or try Follow Me Charters at or try Holden Beach Charters at

    January 12, 2011 at 9:57am
    A comment titled: Looks like a skunk in response to a report titled: What is this?

    Believe that's a skunk .... they eat insects, grubs, etc..

    September 14, 2009 at 8:54am
    A comment titled: Where's the other pictures? in response to a report titled: Pictures sent to the NC Sportsman


    June 19, 2009 at 10:52am
    A comment titled: Coyotes known to interbreed with dogs in response to a report titled: Coyote?

    This could be a mix breed as coyotes and dogs have been known to interbreed, but no one can tell from a photo exactly what kind of animal this is .... NC (actually the US Fish&Wildlife Service) released red wolves (or what it called red wolves) into eastern NC years ago, having trapped them (FWS claimed) from some islands off a Gulf Coast state (or Georgia, I can't remember exactly) where the FWS claimed (again) they were only pure-bred strain of RWs left ... I have heard experts say there are NO PURE RED WOLVES left and the FWS was pulling a foolie (what, you never heard of a gov't agency making a false claim in order to get more funding?) ... that these animals are mixed breeds of coyotes, dogs and foxes ..... genetically that's what they are proven to be (when they did autopsies) ... there are PLENTY of 'red wolves' in Eastern NC...Bear guide Culley Wilson and I looked at one during Nov. in a Tyrrell County field; bigger than a fox, less size than a Labrador... a trapper who was part of a bear-hunt group stationed at Fairfield caught THREE 'RWs' in Hyde County that same Nov. week after setting traps for coyotes and foxes ... how did he know they were RWs? The local FWS agent removed one of the RWs and left a note for the trapper to be sure to release any RWs he caught in the future (which he would have done anyway) .... NO RED WOLVES IN RANDOLPH (unless they migrated there recently) .. WRC told me about 20 years ago of a Randolph cattle farmer in the Coleridge area who had coyotes and had killed a litter in a culvert where the momma had raised them.....The Nat. Park Service released coyotes at Cades Cove, TN., sev. years ago to help reduce the whitetail herd (coyotes can't kill adult deer but will happily kill and eat fawns) ... The Cove had gotten overpopulated by whitetails ... and there was some rumor the NPS was gonna put elk in the Cove and they didn't want them competing with deer for forage ....

    March 26, 2009 at 7:56am

    Check out the individual votes on each of 83 proposed changes (fish and game) here:

    Pay particular attention to H15 -- NOTE: These proposals were modified after the public hearings and are NOT the same proposals sportsmen saw at the hearings. H15 is VERY TRICKY to understand, but the bottom line is a modification was approved, then a final vote to approve the modification was rejected -- so turkey season stays the same as it will be in 2009 -- Youth Day continues to be the first Saturday in April and the regular season opens the next (second) Saturday. The ONLY change will be because SUNDAY ARCHERY HUNTING was approved, bow hunters may legally hunt gobblers the day after the regular gun season opens -- which is the SECOND SUNDAY in April.

    Or at least that's what I was told by the WRC's Division of Wildlife Management.

    Craig Holt
    Outdoors writer

    March 06, 2009 at 7:54am
    A comment titled: So now you know the rest of the story in response to a report titled: Turkey hunting

    OK, so you now know where to find that gobbler, which means you'll know where to go to set up your ambush when the season begins April 11 (or April 4 if you take a youth on Youth Day).

    Sure,turkeys may be gobbling now, especially in eastern NC where the weather's a little warmer this early in the spring, but WRC biologists (the late Wayne Bailey) determined the BEST TIME to start turkey season is the 4TH SATURDAY in April. But over time, the WRC yielded to guys who heard turkeys gobbling earlier and wanted to hunt so the WRC gave in and moved the spring season ahead by two Saturdays to where it is now.

    Why? Because by the 4th Saturday, most fecund hens will have already been bred and many will be nesting, so it's almost 100% certain that DOMINANT gobblers (passing on superior genes) have done their biological duty and now can be hunted.

    If NC started the season in early March, many DOMINANT gobblers would be killed before having a chance to pass on their genetic material, plus younger gobblers (who are basically dumber than the boss birds). Hens might not be bred, which in future years, would depress the number of hatchlings -- the exact opposite of what good turkey management is all about.

    Some hens would be killed too by over anxious hunters.

    Or at least that's how I understand it.

    The WRC commissioners just voted (March 4) to reject doing away with Youth Day (1st Sat. in April) and opening the spring season the next Monday, which would have started the statewide season a week earlier -- which was the goal of some (particularly southeastern NC) people all along.

    But the commissioners listed to the voice of knowledgeable sportsmen from the public hearings and on-line comments and its own biologists. So the state now preserves a season opening date that's still a little too early, but won't result in lower numbers of turkeys in the future.

    One extra note -- good turkey hunters know it's EASIER to call in a gobbler once the hens have gone to nests because there's less girlfriends out there. And you can hunt gobblers safe in the knowledge you won't hurt future generations of NC turkeys. Also know that SC turkey numbers are dropping in the two WMAs where it starts the season early (SC has an early season start ONLY FOR PRIVATE LAND -- from mid March ending May 1 -- only for two Zones, 6 and 11, from Calhoun to Beaufort).

    Give the NC WRC commissioners credit for making a sensible decision -- this time.

    And dream on about that gobbler you saw in March.

    March 06, 2009 at 7:43am
    A comment titled: Call WRC or send WRC the photo in response to a report titled: new nc channel cat record

    Call the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220, and tell them what you caught, where, when, etc., your suspicions it might be a channel cat .... they'll probably send a biologist out to talk to you...they're big on state-record fish ... good publicity ... he might even weigh the picture since you ate your trophy...

    March 02, 2009 at 7:08am
    A comment titled: Jordan Lake regs ARE in the WRC Regs Book in response to a report titled: Stiper Fishing at Jordan lake

    Look at page 18 of the 2008-09 NC Fishing, Trapping and Hunting Digest.

    Lower LH corner under 'Striped bass and Bodie bass'

    B. Everett Jordan Reservoir -- 4 fish in aggregate (total per person per day) and at least 20 inches in length.

    January 30, 2009 at 9:47am
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