• Volume 14 Number 10 - October 2007

    Features

    Puppy drum in the evening and flounder gigging at night provide twice the fun at skinny water behind Core Banks.

    A light breeze wasn’t enough to blow away a hungry greenhead fly that had attached to my leg, but I was hungry enough to endure its bite long enough to get another mouthful of a juicy burger before swatting the pesky insect.

    Hopefully the fly died full and happy.

    A construction worker from Mocksville visits a favorite haunt in Forsyth County each fall, using scouting, rattling and a deadly eye with his 6-mm rifle to take whopper bucks.

    John Baker said he’s nothing special, a 40-year-old construction worker from Mocksville, the county seat of tiny Davie County in North Carolina’s western piedmont.

    From Cape Lookout’s beaches to the inshore marshes and creeks behind Morehead City and Beaufort, the water comes alive this month with the beat of a familiar drum.

    The October surprise at the Crystal Coast — Morehead City, Atlantic Beach and Cape Lookout — isn’t really a surprise because it happens like clockwork each year.

    The Tradition combines with modern technology for WNC’s bear hunters.

    The tradition extends back in time to when settlers first came to North Carolina’s western mountains.

    Today those traditions survive in the names of hollows and creeks in the Blue Ridge; dog breeds such as Plotts, Walkers and Blueticks; and hunters standing near an early morning fire to ward off the chill.

    A Tobacco farmer who rediscovered a love of bowhunting bagged 2006’s No. 1 N.C. typical buck.

    Rockingham County lies squarely in the middle of the northern tier of counties known as North Carolina’s trophy buck region.

    This portion of the state likely holds so many big deer because it’s sliced into three parts by major drainages formed by the Mayo, Dan and Haw rivers. That physical attribute, plus its border with southern Virginia means it has major whitetail travel corridors.

    Hunters who tackle whitetails at the Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge often face the bear facts.

    Mike Smith and Diane Culberson parked where a locked cable stopped their pickup truck’s progress.

    The grassy area held several other vehicles, disembarking hunters who were readying their gear.

    Avoid October’s wall-to-wall tourists by combining colorful scenery and great smallmouth fishing at the French Broad River.

    Travis Honeycutt maneuvered the boat through the shallow riffle and anchored about 10 yards below the fast water.

    “Let’s work these deep pools on either side of the boat,” he said.

    After a couple of cast of the soft crawfish bait, an angler recognized the light tension of his line meant a fish had taken the lure.

    Taking female deer early in the season helps create healthier herds and provides protein.

    Although North Carolina doesn’t keep statistics regarding the percentage of bow hunters who kill a deer during its hunting seasons, the success rate likely is similar to that of nearby states.

    A Cape Carteret fishing team is smitten by giant fall game fish after landing a 94-pounder.

    Chesson O’Briant works as a sales manager at his family’s business, Emerald Marine Boat Sales and Service at Cape Carteret.

    For better or for worse, the fact is that having a boat business with an ocean so close at hand nearby lured him away from an upstate college before he completed the courses needed for graduation. Now 25, he’s an accomplished king mackerel fisherman — or make that was an accomplished king mackerel fisherman.