Volume 16 Number 11 - November 2009


The annual whitetail breeding season changes as you move east-west across the state, and weather can factor into when bucks seem to lose their minds. A Rut to Get Into
To take big bucks, these experts adapt their tactics to the breeding cycle.
The verdict isn’t unanimous, but among deer hunters, it’s generally agreed that your chances of harvesting a trophy buck are never better than when the peak of the breeding season or “rut” approaches. ...
Dan Kibler

Kennon Brown shows off a couple of “schoolie” sized Falls of Neuse largemouths. Bass A-Buzz
November topwater action abounds at this Raleigh-Durham reservoir.
As late summer turns to autumn, among the best spots in North Carolina to scratch the largemouth itch is Falls of the Neuse Lake. ...
Tim Mead

Tim Barefoot shows off a nice gag grouper, one of a handful of bottomfish species that can be caught off Cape Fear late in the fall. But proposed changes in federal regulations may put a crimp in anglers’ future catches. Get ’Em While You Can
Cape Fear grouper are there for the taking — at least for now.
There was no doubt Barry Bobbitt had just had a strike. The tip of his rod bounced hard, but the pressure was gone before he could react. His was tense, anticipating that there was enough bait left on the jighead 100 feet below the surface to temp ...
Jerry Dilsaver

In North Carolina’s Piedmont, blackpowder season generally falls dead on the peak of the breeding season or “rut.” Smokepole Family
These Graham hunters know the muzzleloader season is perfect for hunting the peak of the Piedmont rut.
Families engage in many types of enjoyable activities, from picnics to vacations to reunions. ...
Craig Holt

This Stokes County buck, taken by Travis Brewer, has drop tines on both beams and is the biggest non-typical ever taken in full velvet by a North Carolina bowhunter. The Trophy Belt’s ‘Buckle’
Stokes County continues to supply its share of wall-hangers.
Stokes County arguably could be called the “buckle” of North Carolina’s trophy-deer belt, which stretches from Northampton County in the northeast to Ashe County in the state’s northwest corner. ...
Craig Holt

A key to catching quality speckled trout is keeping up with the migration of shrimp from backwaters toward the ocean. As the water cools, shrimp get on the move, and specks mirror those movements. ‘Bugs’ and Specks
Nothing quite goes together in the fall better than live shrimp and speckled trout, especially in the Morehead City area.
At a top-drawer lodge during turkey season several years ago, the host trotted out a sumptuous dinner of “bugs and spiders.” ...
Dan Kibler