Volume 16 Number 12 - December 2009


The big non-typical buck that Ron Briggs killed last season survived being shot with a .17 rifle; the scar is visible below the buck’s right eye. Big Butner Buck
Learn from this hunter’s successful tactics to put one on your wall this season.
Ronald Briggs has seen big and small whitetail deer during his 25 years as a public-safety officer for the town of Butner. ...
Craig Holt

For best results, a hunter has to have a special bond with his squirrel dog. Doggin’ Shadowtails
A dog makes a big difference for squirrel hunters.
Squirrels can be hunted on foot with no help other than sharp eyes and a quiet approach, but bringing a dog into the equation can make a hunt more exciting — and a lot more successful, too. ...
Bryan Stange

Gary Dubiel used a soft-plastic bait to catch this striper out of deep water in the Neuse River. Hot & Cold
The Trent and Neuse rivers provide smokin’ action during chilly December.
While cold weather and blustery winds may deter some anglers, those who fish year-round can find no better species to target in the winter than striped bass. Stripers are stocked in many inland reservoirs, but in their natural habitat, they are ...
Mike Marsh

Mike Grigg killed this 550-pound black bear after a spot-and-stalk of more than a mile with guide Culley Wilson. The bear’s skull measured better than 22 inches long and wide, qualifying it for the Boone & Crockett Club’s all-time record book. Hunting bears with hounds is tough, rewarding
Eastern North Carolina bruin hunting can be tough, but the rewards are worth the effort.

Ralph Britt still looks like he could suit up and catch a footballs the way he did for Tom Reed and Dick Sheridan as an N.C. State tight end in the mid-1980s and for one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Craig Holt

Guide Jerry Hill has turned his attention from Badin Lake to High Rock Lake, where he says the average size of fish is much better. Rock for Rocks
High Rock Lake is making a play to become the Yadkin system’s best striper lake.
For years, Jerry Hill lived and fished — and guided fishermen for striped bass — on Badin Lake. ...
Dan Kibler

Striped bass are an anadromous species that lives in saltwater but migrates into freshwater rivers like the Cape Fear, attempting to spawn. The Winter Slam
The Cape Fear and Northeast Cape Fear give Wilmington anglers a good shot at reds, specks and stripers.
Light ice had crunched under shoes on the dock earlier that morning, but later in the day, when the fish started biting, it was suddenly warm — enough to unzip jackets and peel off layers of clothing. ...
Jerry Dilsaver