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 doesnt 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.
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.
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.
While it bustles along pretty well from about Easter to Thanksgiving, Harkers Island is a very slow-paced place during the winter and thats not a bad thing. About the only people around are the locals and a few hardy fishermen who know the speckled trout season doesnt end with the first time the water freezes in the dogs bowl. For those folks willing to wear snuggies, a heavy coat and gloves, there are trout to be caught all winter.
How soon we forget! Three generations ago, when both deer and turkeys were scarce as hens teeth, squirrel hunting was the top-rated sport in terms of hunter participation in South Carolina and across the South.