Volume 14 Number 1 - January 2007


Squirrels follow almost the same daily routines as white-tailed deer, moving the most early and late in the day and concentrating near sources of food. Squirrels also are extremely shy of interactions with hunters and will flee to safety (a nest or tree hole) at a moment’s notice. Bushytail Time
Still hunting for squirrels with a .22 rifle can provide hours of fun, improve a hunter’s skills and provide tasty table treats.
More than 20 years ago, when Tim Lemon first went to work as a wildlife enforcement officer for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, squirrel hunting was a big deal. ...
Dan Kibler

Snowy groupers are a favoritetarget of deep-water winter anglers. Deep Blue
Winter bottom fishing off the Outer Banks produces unusually large catches of sea bass, tilefish and snowy grouper.
Pollack, codfish, monkfish? Winter bottom fishing off the Outer Banks produces huge black sea bass, blueline tilefish, and even snowy grouper. But how to prepare and when to go aren't enough. The few skippers who work deep bottoms off North ...
Bob Goldstein

A slow-rolled spinnerbait or crankbait with a tight wiggle is a good lure choice for winter bass at hot-hole lakes. Hole Lotta Hot
Five Tar Heel lakes with steam plants heat the water and make winter fishing sizzle.
“Hot holes” they’re called.  ...
Tim Mead

Scouting for birds and getting permission from land-owners are keys to successful winter dove hunts. Visitors should be sure to respect property and pick up empty shell casings and other trash before leaving. It Takes a Bubba
To find late-season dove hunting areas, it’s always good to know a local boy who understands how these birds have changed since Labor Day.
For many hunters, a Labor Day hunt for mourning doves is the highlight of the season.  ...
Mike Marsh

The end of a day of rabbit hunting hopefully will be a brace of bunnies. Rabbit Redux
The 5 Horsemen Hunt Club doesn’t care for deer, but when the subject is rabbit hunting, they hop to it each weekend.
Most hunters in Pender County pursue white-tailed deer in the winter, displaying any newly-acquired buck deer across the tailgates of their pickup trucks for other hunters to admire. ...
Mike Marsh

A Rebound Crappie
A Lake Tillery angler has winter slab fishing figured out and lands giants while everyone else is inside by a warm fire.
Ed Duke is just thrilled few people except local anglers fish Lake Tillery — especially during the winter. ...
Dan Kibler

Small crappie jigs or small lead-head jigs tipped with live minnows are good choices for winter crappies. Secrets of Slabs
A Huntersville fishing team reveals some surprising techniques to fill a livewell with cold-weather crappies.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Stokes McClellan of Huntersville and his son, Adam, who love to crappie fish recreationally, also are one of the nation’s top professional crappie-fishing teams. They travel across the country, fishing crappie tournaments with great ...
John E. Phillips

One of the best places to find spotted seatrout during winter is along the edges of marsh grass islands, especially if current creates eddies at corners. Sneaky Fishing
Begin the New Year red-eyed and seeing specks with a stone cold sober approach to red drum and speckled trout.
The trout moved along the edge of the dropoff just out from the bank, and we sometimes saw a single, pair or small group of fish as they flashed in the current. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

The left-to-right shot is a favorite for many archers who take on the challenge of tundra-swan hunting in winter. Swan Dive
Hitting a flying tundra swan isn’t easy, even for the experts. But practice makes perfect.
Most late-night television addicts have seen “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” a 1938 epic that features Errol Flynn using a long bow to split a competitor’s arrow at an impossible distance. ...
Craig Holt