Volume 13 Number 10 - October 2006


Neil Alford of Raleigh, who tagged N.C.’s No. 1 non-typical muzzle-loader trophy last year, said his food plot has attracted three more trophy bucks. Basket Racks to Rocking Chairs
A Wake County hunter’s pampered food plot produces 2005’s No. 1 non-typical muzzle-loader buck.
Some white-tailed deer hunters like to place their stands atop ridges; some prefer hardwood slopes with dropping acorns; and some set up close to scrapes or where they’ve discovered big rub trees. ...
Craig Holt

Tom Carlson (right), author of “Hatteras Blues,” celebrated a fall king aboard the Reveler with the help of mate Frank Gromadski. High speed trolling is the trick for king mackerel
King mackerel caught from a fast-trolling boat can produce big numbers and big fish.

According to a dictionary, “revelry” is an occasion of boisterous celebration. If a fisherman’s heart isn’t made joyous at the sound of a reel screeching as the drag slips line to a smoker king mackerel, he’s picked ...
Mike Marsh

White-tailed bucks like to travel in thick places, but they’ll often venture into the open during late October as they seek does. Lifetime Buck
Jordan Barnes of Eden bagged 2005’s top youth muzzleloader trophy.
Jordan Barnes isn’t a run-of-the-mill 10-year-old boy.

And the whitetail buck he met one afternoon in a Rockingham County cutover wasn’t a run-of-the-mill 10-pointer. ...

Dan Kibler

Not only does delayed-harvest fishing afford a good opportunity to catch a big trout, but October scenery at the N.C. mountains makes trips worthwhile. More Trout, No Doubt
N.C.’s delayed-harvest streams offer action starting in October and a chance to catch big trout.
Delayed harvest — what does that mean, and why is it a bonanza for Tar Heel trout anglers?

And, most importantly, where are the best spots? ...

Tim Mead

Small-size pointing dogs that work close are good choices for grouse hunters. Wide-ranging pointers probably should stay at home. Mountain Magnets
Tar Heel wing-shooters who get the itch for action in October should consider ruffed grouse -- but only if they don’t want to get hooked.
Ginny’s high tail, flaring nostrils and the intensity of her point told me she had a snoot full of bird scent.

As I walked to her point, a thunder of wings broke from the briar tangle to my right. The bird was gone before I could get ...

Don Mallicoat

Deep Pamlico Puzzle
The shallow flats behind Hatteras and Ocracoke islands offer tremendous October trout fishing, but putting the pieces together to catch grays and specks takes experience.
The Outer Banks are a mystery to many fishermen because there’s just so much water. ...
Dan Kibler

Bill Barrett knocked down this big wild pig at Howell Woods last year. Pork, Big Bucks Stop Here
Howell Woods in Franklin County offers hunters a unique combination of deer and hog hunting.
While N.C. legislators wrangled with pork-barrel spending from a $2.1-billion surplus, Luke Vande Guchte of Wake Forest knew what his family would be spending some of their money for – a taxidermy mount of his first big-antlered buck deer.  ...
Mike Marsh

Inshore marsh waters from Wrightsville Beach to Surf City are good spots to find red drum during October, especially in the backwater creeks. Red Song Rising
A talented coastal musician has a sweet melody for October red drum and flounder.
The moving tide draining the tidal marsh bumped a 3-inch-long shrimp along the bottom with an occasional scrape and bounce off scattered oyster shells. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

This feisty bass hit near the area where the Uwharrie River flows into Lake Tillery. Yadkin on the Fly
A Lexington angler discovers he doesn’t have to drive to N.C.’s mountains to enjoy terrific fly-fishing action.
Fly-fishing evokes images of bubbling streams winding their way along pebble and rocky bottoms amidst mountainous terrain in the western reaches of North Carolina. ...
Tony Garitta