Volume 16 Number 10 - October 2009


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plants dozens of fields on game lands each year to make sure that sportsmen can enjoy good dove hunting. 2009 Game Lands Preview
N.C.’s public hunting lands are likely to get more pressure, but some tracts have enough wildlife to handle it quite well.
With the economy gone south, North Carolina sportsmen are likely to seek hunting opportunities closer to home this fall and winter. That probably means more hunting at public lands. ...
Craig Holt

The author admires a fine buck that he took well off the beaten path in western North Carolina’s rugged mountains. Back of Beyond
Getting away from it all is an awesome way to experience first-class deer hunting.
Some years back, a study found that the average deer hunter ventured less than a half-mile from his vehicle, and game wardens will readily tell you that rarely does a hunter on public land get far from roads or maintained trails. ...
Jim Casada

A glittery curlytail grub on a leadhead jig is one of a number of things to cast at feeding Spanish mackerel. Banking on Spanish
Hatteras anglers get to sample the great fall run of these hard-charging fish this month.
When anglers hear the word “Hatteras” mentioned in the same sentence with the word “fishing,” the first species that cross their minds are probably red drum or channel bass, speckled trout, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna and bluefish. ...
Dan Kibler

Approaching its 10th anniversary, the 2-buck limit has been credited with improving the overall quality of bucks in Piedmont counties. Initially, it resulted in a 10-percent reduction in the antlered-buck harvest. Betting on Bucks
The numbers are in, and the northern Piedmont continues to be the best place to kill a trophy buck in North Carolina.
When Scott Osborne was the big-game project leader for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, he kept a map of the state in his desk. For every huge whitetail buck he found out about, he put a dot of black ink in the county where it was killed. ...
Dan Kibler

Capt. Jerry Neeley and his partner, guide Chris Nichols, show of a nice quartet of late October crappie from Lake Wylie. Dock of the Day
October is prime time to catch slab crappie around Lake Wylie’s boats docks.
When the leaves start to change colors, Jerry Neeley and Ed Duke start to change fishing tactics. It takes a something a good bit different to keep filling the cooler with slab crappies from Lake Wylie when summer turns to fall. ...
Dan Kibler

The author inspects a puppy drum caught from the surf on a 4-day camping/fishing trip to Bear Island, part of Hammocks Beach State Park near Swansboro. Grab ‘the Bear’ by the Hair
Camping on Bear Island is the ticket for great fall fishing in surf and backwaters.
The 3-mile paddle from the mainland to Bear Island couldn’t have been any easier. The tide was falling, with just a slight breeze blowing out — the forecast excellent for the entire camping trip. ...
Tom Richardson

Jason Kaufman pays attention to prevailing wind direction, the location of food sources and bedding areas and travel corridors when he starts planning to ambush trophy bucks like this one with his archery equipment. Wrapped up with a Bow
Prepare for deer-hunting success by following the tips of this successful archer.
Jason Kaufman of Iron Station has been a dedicated bow hunter most of his adult life. ...
Craig Holt

  Hunt North Carolina's top game lands this year, and you'll be making some room in your freezer.  


To bait or not to bait: a bear of a problem

Craig Holt

Greener Pastures
Food-plot alternatives? Of course

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Fall is prime time for browns, brookies

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Catching fall fish by the ‘spoonful’

Jerry Dilsaver

Wolak cashes twice, remains in hunt for berth in Classic

Tony Garitta

Marine Electronics
Old school meets new technology

Allan Tarvid

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