• Volume 17 Number 9 - September 2010

    Features

    The state manages public hunting on almost two million acres. Here’s some help finding the ones that will be hot this year for your favorite wild game.

    Being nearly a quarter-million strong, North Carolina’s sportsmen place a heavy demand on the state for places to hunt and fish.

    Public hunting opportunities abound throughout the Palmetto State for everything from ducks to deer, bobwhites to bunnies. But some areas will be better than others.

    Not every hunter has access to private land. With development encroaching on wilderness at an alarming rate, there’s less acreage out there available for the hunter who doesn’t have the right connections.

    The big move inshore takes place this month; here’s how to boat a border mackerel.

    As Labor Day approaches, a lot of sportsmen turn their attention, at least momentarily, to thoughts of dove shoots and Thermacell and bucks in velvet.

    The big move inshore takes place this month; here’s how to boat a border mackerel.

    As Labor Day approaches, a lot of sportsmen turn their attention, at least momentarily, to thoughts of dove shoots and Thermacell and bucks in velvet.

    An Apex bowhunter downed three trophy bucks last season using strategies that any archer could use.

    Danny Viverette of Apex hunted deer with firearms for more than 30 years until deciding he wanted a different challenge and returned to hunting with a bow.

    September brings unique challenges and opportunities for striped bass fishermen on Clarks Hill Lake.

    The bad news about September on Clarks Hill is that the water is warm — borderline hot — which makes tough customers out of cool-loving striped bass.

    Take these tips, and you’ll have a leg up on wrapping up a reptile in South Carolina’s third-annual season.

    “There’s another one,” guide Jay Iadonisi announced, illuminating the alligator’s red eye 50 yards starboard.

    Fall dolphin action out of Oregon Inlet is simply fantastic.

    Slipping out of Pirates Cove Marina and heading toward Oregon Inlet, Capt. Harold Smith was steering The Spray, his 61-foot sportfisher, through the pre-dawn darkness toward the bluewater, when the radio crackled.

    Do your homework, pay attention and harvest the coast’s tastiest bounty.

    South Carolina sportsmen have a penchant for loving “Opening Day,” and during the fall, there are many such opportunities in the Palmetto State. With varied deer seasons and dove seasons opening, there’s plenty of anticipation in the air. But for many sportsmen, the anticipation of Opening Day of shrimp-baiting season is approached with the same intensity.

    Slow-trolling vertically is the key to great fall crappie fishing on four Piedmont lakes.

    In days gone by, crappie fishing was a springtime, single-rod venture aimed at filling a stringer with slabs and a frying pan with tender white fillets. While casting and jigging with a single rod can be extremely effective when fish are holding around shallow, visible cover, finding them in open water where you can barely make out the shoreline, much less fish it, is another challenge.