• Volume 17 Number 1 - January 2010

    Features

    The Cape Fear area of North Carolina is far enough north that it has all the seasons, but for the most part, winters are mild.

    The Cape Fear area of North Carolina is far enough north that it has all the seasons, but for the most part, winters are mild. Not that it doesn’t occasionally get really cold, and there might be snow or ice storms every few years, but the winters are typically mild enough to allow fishing.

    During the rut, young bucks will point the way to the bruisers.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: For the next 12 months, renowned wildlife photographer Tommy Kirkland will give readers an inside look into the private world of whitetail deer.

    Hyde County is waterfowl heaven for late-season hunters.

    Bill Slate grew up enjoying extraordinary waterfowl hunting on the St. Lawrence River in his native New York. Then, he moved his construction business to Monroe, N.C., and his duck hunting literally took a dive — until he discovered Hyde County.

    Hunting bunnies with beagles not only is a Southern tradition, but it keeps hunters in shape and provides tasty meals.

    The beagles’ tails appeared to be wagging fingers, a wave of vertical, white-tipped periscopes, eight to 10 inches long, moving purposefully through the green and gray of a frost-covered January morning.

    Waters around Harkers Island offer great January action on speckled trout.

    While it bustles along pretty well from about Easter to Thanksgiving, Harkers Island is a very slow-paced place during the winter — and that’s not a bad thing. About the only people around are the locals and a few hardy fishermen who know the speckled trout season doesn’t end with the first time the water freezes in the dog’s bowl. For those folks willing to wear snuggies, a heavy coat and gloves, there are trout to be caught all winter.

    This border lake is a largemouth bass hotspot in the coldest of weather.

    Tarheel State fishermen have a big choice during the winter: stay home and watch television and see guys catch fish from the phosphate pits of Florida or go fishing.