Progressing from a beginning hunter to the buck of a lifetime in just two years, Nick Christ has proven techniques and a little bit of luck to thank for the headlines hes getting for a huge Beaufort County buck he killed earlier this season.
There was a time when Rock Hills Darryl Smith was a true sportsman and guide for all seasons. He guided deer and turkey hunters, bass and striper fishermen, and he was about as versatile a guide as you could find.
That was before catfish craziness laid hold of his sporting soul and his all seasons became dealing with Mr. Whiskers throughout the year.
Sometimes, in hunting as in life, youth will be served.
That was the case during the peak of this years whitetail deer rut in populous York County. Increasingly a bedroom community for nearby Charlotte, N.C. and accordingly an area where it has become ever more difficult to find a place to hunt York County still has pockets of private land that produce fine deer.
Hunting and fishing parallel one another on a number of levels.
People who enjoy fishing often times enjoy the shooting sports as well and vice versa. The thrill of the pursuit, the unpredictable events that occur during a trip, and the beautiful environs in which these sports take place are what attract people to them.
When leaves on the trees are as scarce as deer hunters in the woods, a new year must have turned, and thats just fine with Dave Inman and Wally McAnulty because theres no better time of the year for nearly limitless squirrel hunting opportunities.
A hunter finally works his way through a briar tangle, only to have his feet mire to the ankles or wedge between the gnarled knees of an ancient cypress.
At the precise moment he is trying to extract his feet and unravel his shotgun from the greenbrier web, a twittering bird takes flight, dodging between saplings and showing an orange streak along the trailing edges of its wings.
Daylight was breaking, and a thin blanket of fog hovered above the waters of Melton Hill Lake as guide Steve West launched his 18-foot boat at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency ramp upstream from the Pellissippi Parkway bridge.
Even though I am a duck hunter, I get a little bummed once New Years Day passes.
I like to hunt deer, too, but I prefer it during colder weather. I would much rather be in a tree stand bundled in camouflage that weighs more than a Kleenex. Unfortunately, the cold weather usually arrives about the time the deer season closes.
Trading Friday night lights for Saturday morning bites seems to have agreed with Dan Utley.
After 29 years as the head football coach at Hilton Head High School, Utley decided it was time to work on some new plays. Five years ago, he stepped off the football field and out of the classroom and began pursuing his other passion, fishing the inshore waters around his home.