• Volume 16 Number 10 - October 2009


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.