Volume 14 Number 12 - December 2007
|Beat Winter Blues
Anglers don’t have to put up their rods and reels during winter if they like hunting monster catfish.
During recent years, Lake Norman, a member of the Catawba River chain of lakes and Badin Lake, a member of the Yadkin River chain of lakes, have emerged as the state’s premier reservoirs for trophy blue catfish. ...
|Chill Out for Trout
Mo’ better specks have become a prime target for N.C. anglers during the winter.
Once upon a time, anglers at the southeastern North Carolina coast put up their skinny water rods when it turned cold, winterized their boats and waited for spring to feed their fishing habit once again.
Some die-hards fished for ...
|His Brother’s Keeper
Now blind, this Ayden hunter has overcome tragedy and rebuilt his life with help from a friend.
Thomas Hemby of Ayden was riding a four-wheeler through the woods and fields of a Pitt County farm June 6, 2005.
At the time, Hemby, 32, was a successful sub-contracter who owned a local house-framing business. Life was good and ...
|Island in the Storm
Duck hunting at Cedar Island is a unique experience, but when the weather’s rough, the shooting can be fantastic.
The wind was howling and spitting rain, which was on the edge of turning to sleet.
While most folks with any sense snuggled their shoulders deeper into a nest of bedcovers, we jumped up at the alarm clock. ...
|Outfoxing Fox Squirrels
These large and beautifully colored squirrels are found at longleaf pine forests in southeastern N.C., but they aren’t easy to bag.
A thawing frost had dampened the oak leaves, quieting the footfalls of a hunter clad in blaze orange who was nearly the same color of the turning trees. ...
|Paintball Doves & Granville Deer
A young hunter had his nerves calmed by a helpful neighbor, and bagged N.C.’s top youth gun whitetail last year.
When the Wake County Wildlife Club gave out awards for North Carolina’s top white-tailed bucks of 2006 last March at the Dixie Deer Classic, one of the top eight-pointers belonged to 11-year-old Andrew Watson of Oxford. ...
|Racking Up at Rougemont
This Durham hunter bagged his second-straight trophy, this time with a bow.
Northern Durham and southern Person counties have had a reputation for years as areas that produce some of North Carolina’s most-impressive trophy deer. ...
The DMF’s shell exchange program increases oyster production, aids habitat and, most importantly, boosts fishing.
It would be a good program with just one of its results, but the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Oyster Shell Recycling Program is a triple winner.
It provides habitat and refuges for oysters and fish, plus the oysters ...
|Surf ‘n’ Turf Stripers
When the temperature plummets and the wind’s right, nothing beats a striper blitz at the Outer Banks.
From the top of the dunes, the sight resembled a scene from a war movie. Gannets and gulls screamed, swooped and dove into the water. The geysers that erupted indicated the kind of speed that carried the birds to the stunned baitfish.
Hamilton pushes Camo Coalition
|Fish Like a Pro
Target moving baits in winter
|Head for the Mountains
Winter arrives at high country
|High Tides and Tall Tails
Fishing for sportsmen’s gifts
Tar Heels sweep top 5 at Gaston
Try stripers, crappie this winter
Time to consider changing to LEDs
SAF, GRPC — alphabet soup for gun lovers