Archery season is open in many areas and fast approaching in others, and hopefully, most bowhunters have their archery equipment set up and dialed in. But what about the tree stands they will hunt from?
The summer of 2017 has been a far cry from 2016, when a record drought reduced many trout streams in North Carolina and South Carolina to trickles. Abundant spring and summer rains have rejuvenated streams and, best of all, the trout fishing.
Of the great fishing destinations along the North Carolina coast, Wrightsville Beach — at the end of I-40 and US 74 — is probably the easiest to get to and has the most different targets waiting for anglers: rock jetties, marshes, bays and plenty of protected area behind the barrier islands.
According to redfish tournament champ Glenn Finley, the vast expanses of marsh, creeks, bays and sounds around Georgetown, S.C., are the closest match he has seen to the popular redfish meccas of south Louisiana.
During the rut, the action can get hot and heavy. As does come into estrus, odors filter through the deer woods like smoke in a forest fire, driving bucks crazy. Hunters who spend a lot of time in the stand get many opportunities to see deer moving in and out of their property.
Biologists Michael Hooks and Charles Ruth of the SCDNR both mentioned Liberty Hill WMA as one of their top picks because of its size, ease of accessibility and land diversity, giving hunters multiple species of big and small game that provide excellent hunting. We’ve set it aside because the area lies in both Game Zones 2 and 4.