Volume 17 Number 9 - September 2010

 FEATURES:

Most bears in Eastern North Carolina are killed on private land, but plenty of public lands in the western mountains provide great opportunities for taking a nice bruin. 2010-11 Game Lands Forecast
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. ...
Craig Holt

String-stretching smoker kings abound off the coast along the North Carolina-South Carolina border throughout the fall, with the first consistent numbers of fish moving closer to the beach when the water temperature drops back into the 70s. Big Kings at Little River
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. ...
Dan Kibler

Danny Viverette’s second trophy of 2009 was a buck that he’d seen before — the same day he’d killed his first big buck, in September. Bow-Bending Basics
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. ...
Craig Holt

Dried velvet can remain on a buck's rack for several days. Strands can give an idea of when the velvet shed occurred, and in most cases, whitetails shed velvet at the same time from the previous year. Deer Dynamics: Velvet Shed
The ritual has begun. Antler growth has reached its peak, and velvet shedding occurs on schedule. One by one, whitetail bucks transform from velvet racks to hardened, blood-stained antler tines as their new headgear.
A low ceiling of clouds blankets the field and woodlands, and although the autumn season is near, the humidity indicates otherwise. ...
Tommy Kirkland

Nick Morris of Colerain (right) is all smiles after boating a gaffer dolphin aboard The Spray. Make a Point
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. ...
Phillip Gentry

Steve Gentry have put a lot of slab crappie in his boat by fishing live minnows and slow-trolling them vertically over offshore structure like humps, brushpiles and creek channels. The “tight-lining” method requires some good equipment, including rods, rod holders and depthfinders. Tighten up for Fall Slabs
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 ...
Phillip Gentry

 
  If you're planning to venture onto public land this season, you've GOT to read our annual Game Lands Forecast.
Photo By John Ford
 

COLUMNS:

Fish Like a Pro
My top 10 tips for better bass-fishing

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
Food-plot success is hard work

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
For late-summer, go with terrestrials

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Build a spread fit for a king (mackerel)

Jerry Dilsaver

Livewell
Younts survives, wins at High Rock

Tony Garitta

Marine Electronics
Fish finders lower learning curve to speed bump

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
U.N. Small Arms Treaty a real threat to U.S. gun owners

Gordon Hutchinson


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