• Volume 17 Number 2 - February 2010

    Features

    Hunter selectivity and the two-buck rule created more opportunities for trophy whitetails.

    Trophy deer hunting seems to get better in North Carolina every year. The 2009 season was no exception.

    With hunting for wild quail largely gone but not forgotten, preserves offer fantastic action that is quite underrated.

    As sportsmen, we rightly herald the grand comeback stories associated with South Carolina’s two most popular game species: the whitetail deer and the wild turkey.

    Lake Murray crappie provide plenty of action for fishermen who’ll brave the weather.

    From the depths of December through the cabin fever days of March, many Palmetto State sportsmen decide their plan of choice is to trade time on the water for armchair adventure. Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with being a couch potato curled up in front of a fine fire, perhaps with a good fishing book in hand, but when the walls seem to be closing in and some fresh air seems mighty appealing, a session of winter crappie fishing might be just the tonic.

    The rut is winding down as bucks come out of overdrive and gradually return to familiar ground. Yet, with shades of testosterone remaining and an occasional female cycling into estrus, a handful of deer are still engaged to procreate.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a 12-part series in which renowned wildlife photographer Tommy Kirkland gives readers an inside look into the private world of whitetail deer.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a 12-part series in which renowned wildlife photographer Tommy Kirkland gives readers an inside look into the private world of whitetail deer.

    Spotting and stalking can be an exciting and effective way to hunt South Carolina’s abundant wild porkers.

    It was late February in the Sandhills, and Mother Nature could have shown more compassion by pelting the hunters with sleet and snow.

    Transition bass at Lake Wateree offer rewarding days on the water in February.

    When Sam Johnson of Sumter launches his boat at Lake Wateree before dawn on a cold February morning, he knows he has a number of options when it comes to catching bass. The good news is that very likely, more than one of them will be successful. The downside is that he may have to sort through a few potential patterns to find the right one on any given day.

    The Horsemen Hunting Club has expanded to 15 members, proving rabbit hunting is still popular in the Tar Heel State.

    A covey of pickup trucks nestled in the back of a Duplin County farm field, the beds sporting dog boxes empty but for the musty remaining scent of beagles. But the howls, yips and yelps from the thick piney woods surrounding the field revealed where the kennels’ occupants were and what they were doing.

    Clear water and schooling, winter redfish in the Little River area are the perfect match for anglers who love to fly-fish.

    The chilly breezes and frigid waters of winter often fail to deter fishermen targeting redfish that prowl the pristine, remote mud flats around the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

    Clear water and schooling, winter redfish in the Little River area are the perfect match for anglers who love to fly-fish.

    The chilly breezes and frigid waters of winter often fail to deter fishermen targeting redfish that prowl the pristine, remote mud flats around the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

    Squirrel hunting on Person County’s Hyco and Mayo game lands is usually top drawer this time of year.

    Squirrel hunting has fallen down on the list of popular hunting pursuits, but it wasn’t always so.