A light breeze wasnt 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.
The tradition extends back in time to when settlers first came to North Carolinas 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.
October offers fantastic fishing for a variety of inshore species, but the highlight for some fishermen is what they consider the finest trout fishing of the year. The really good news is that the sensational action typically extends into November and December.
Rockingham County lies squarely in the middle of the northern tier of counties known as North Carolinas trophy buck region.
This portion of the state likely holds so many big deer because its 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.
In South Carolina, a deer hunter does not have to venture far from home to find public land on which to hunt. There are dozens of named Wildlife Management Areas, some large and some very small, plus numerous unnamed areas scattered across the state.
Chesson OBriant works as a sales manager at his familys 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, hes an accomplished king mackerel fisherman or make that was an accomplished king mackerel fisherman.
From public-land destinations to hot private-land techniques, we've got deer hunters covered this month.