• Volume 14 Number 11 - November 2007

    Features

    Prefer uncrowded classrooms to learn the basics of hunting? Try western N.C. squirrel hunting at the state’s 1 million acres of public game lands.

    For decades, squirrel hunting has been a rite of passage for young hunters.

    A first .22 rifle or shotgun was proudly carried into the woods with dad for that first hunt.

    When fall arrives, Lake Tillery largemouths concentrate at creeks to gorge on shad, and savvy bass anglers can find prime-time action.

    As the leaves fall at Morrow Mountain State Park, largemouth bass fishing at adjacent Lake Tillery hits a peak. Autumn has long been a favorite time to fish the 5,000-surface-acres reservoir near Albemarle.

    The Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge offers quality deer hunting, but applicants need to sign up early, learn the rules and scout for a chance at a big whitetail.

    It was a warm November morning in 2006, and hunters were starting to trickle in at the check station.

    The sound of gunshots had issued from here and there throughout the surrounding hardwoods, pine forests and crop fields, indicating hunters had been having some luck.

    Granville and Rockingham surrender North Carolina’s top bucks.

    Michael Clifton and Duane Boston hadn’t met prior to last March’s Dixie Deer Classic at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

    Greensboro’s Charlie Green reduced his hunting territory and downed his best trophy.

    When Charlie Green of Greensboro ended his competitive bass fishing career, he renewed his interest in white-tailed deer hunting.

    Now 67, he’s glad he did, as he bagged one of N.C.’s top muzzleloader bucks last year in southern Guilford County.

    OBPA’s suggestion that Cape Hatteras National Seashore user groups talk to each other may result in rules with something for everyone.

    Put together some people with some facts, other people with other facts, lots of people without facts but plenty of opinions, and people with the responsibility of getting them to agree on anything and one may sense the conundrum facing the managers of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    North River offers amazing red drum and speckled trout bites during November.

    The watery ring the bait and float created when they lightly splashed into the protected water at the mouth of the small creek off the North River had spread just a few feet when the bobber unceremoniously disappeared.

    It’s a moveable feast for red drum and inshore topwater anglers at the central N.C. coast during November when mullet schools begin to travel.

    When autumn arrives, North Carolina’s coastal backwaters fill with baitfish.

    Mullet are swimming everywhere, forming huge schools in grass beds and near creek mouths. As the shiny baitfish swim in massive abandon, gamefish crash this moveable feast, breaking the surface as they crush hapless baitfish leaping from the water while attempting to escape.