• Volume 16 Number 11 - November 2009

    Features

    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.

    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.

    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 a hungry fish to return.

    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.

    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.

    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.”