Volume 13 Number 12 - December 2006


A hunter wouldn’t want to meet this porker without a weapon. Battle of Pork Chop Hill
An unexpected encounter with a Russian boar produces fear, tears, jeers, and a hunter scared enough to cry in his beer.
Opening day of the bear season dawned clear and cool in the mountains of western North Carolina. ...
Michael D. Porter

Dancin’ Outlaw mates (left) Chris Elliott and Timmy Leroux (center) with Capt. Thomas Wood landed an 800-pound bluefin during 2005.
Blue Gold
A magnificent sportfish has saved N.C. coastal jobs during recent winters, but the future for bluefin tuna isn’t rosy.
Five years ago, aboard a now-retired 54-foot Atlantic Beach-based charterboat, the Top Hook, a strapping 6-2, 200-pound angler from Raleigh settled into a stern chair for his first tussle with a tuna. ...
Craig Holt

“Old” drum, for some reason, are more likely to bite at night, as Lynn Bost discovered. CALO Fish Tales
Anglers have enjoyed the surf fishing at Core Banks each fall and early winter for many years.
Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this feature, the National Park Service has awarded mainland ferry service to South and North Core Banks to Cape Lookout Concessions (Morris Marina Kabin Kamps). Morris Marina now operates ferries from Davis ...
Terry Shive

Hundreds of ducks floated unconcerned on the water near Coinjock last December. Currituck Combo
A fourth-generation guide keeps the family tradition alive by offering bear, deer, and waterfowl hunts.
Like a dozen Junebugs tied to a kid’s kite string, a flock of widgeons circled an open-water blind in Currituck Sound last December. ...
Craig Holt

After a hunt, Austin anchors the wing away from the curtain blind. If left in place, waves would bump the wing against the curtain. Curtains for Ducks
An Ocracoke guide has unique blinds that mean close shots and full bags for waterfowl hunters -- if they overcome their reluctance to step inside.
Leggett Lump is hardly even that.

While nobody really knows where the name originated, the “lump” is a slight rise in the bottom of a couple of inches in height above the surrounding expanse of Pamlico Sound. ...

Mike Marsh

Winter is the time anglers need to wear layers of clothing when fishing for muskies at the French Broad River. Gloves are also a good idea. French Broad Waterwolf
Western N.C.’s premier river has muskies that can make any northern angler jealous -- and they’re just waiting to be caught.
A large, brown torpedo appeared under the bow of the small john boat, then sank slowly toward the stern. ...
Tim Mead

Bears are attracted to new things in their environment, such as trail cameras. Loaded for Bear
Eastern N.C. grows the biggest black bears in North America.
North Carolina sportsmen have one of North America’s top big game hunting opportunities hiding right under their noses. ...
Boyd Kidwell

Bucks such as these usually provide lots of signs in the woods such as rubs and scrapes. The secondary rut in North Carolina usually will run throughout the month of December, providing hunters with a final chance at a wandering trophy. Mountain Man’s Monster
A Haywood County hunter traveled to Union County to bag 2005’s highest-scoring whitetail.
Deer hunters spend a lot of time scratching their heads, trying to figure out where exactly to hang a tree stand in the area they plan to hunt. ...
Elmore K. Williams

Not only does the Buzzard Bay area hold red drum during the colder months, but black drum, such as this one netted by Matt Wirt, also provide action. Where Reds Rule
In winter, a special set of bays at the lower Cape Fear hold fish in shallow water.
As we turned to look where Capt. Matt Wirt was pointing so excitedly, the wake created by the moving redfish was something we couldn’t miss as it spread across the slick water.  ...
Jerry Dilsaver

  Sure, it's December, but anglers from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout will be having as much fun as their deer-hunting counterparts are in more inland areas.
Photo By Photo by John R. Ford


The fast track to extinction

Craig Holt

Getting in Gear
Sportsman’s tricks for Saint Nick

Dan Kibler

Head for the Mountains
Hazel Creek is a good fall break

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Santa, baby, I need a rod and reel

Jerry Dilsaver

Raleigh anglers win at Lake Hickory

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
Bass can stack up in December

David Fritts


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