• Volume 13 Number 12 - December 2006

    Features

    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.

    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.

    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 to South Care Banks, known as Great Island, and from Atlantic to Long Point at North Core Banks. To reserve fishing cabins or ferry trips to Core Banks, call 877-956-6568 or visit www.capelookoutconcessions.com.

    A crescent moon set against a starlit sky, while beautiful to behold, provided scant illumination to the night.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.