• Volume 16 Number 12 - December 2009


    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.

    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.

    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 anadromous coastal fish that migrate from saltwater to freshwater to spawn.

    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.

    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.

    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.