Volume 17 Number 10 - October 2010


A great stringer of black crappie like this one biologist Kevin Dockendort shows off, is the result of knowing how and when slabs utilize different areas of the rivers that feed Albemarle Sound. Blackwater Slabs
The rivers that feed Albemarle Sound provide plenty of crappie action this month.
Some days it’s hard to separate the biologist from the fisherman. With the more temperate days of October at hand, Kevin Dockendorf was playing fisherman. ...
Phillip Gentry

When bucks work scent communication at a scrape site, they usually begin with marking a low overhanging tree limb known as a “licking branch.” Here they vigorously rub their forehead glands into the limb, and most likely deposit scent — especially when biting the limb. Deer Dynamics: Communication
Humans rely on eyesight and memory to distinguish other folks, but a whitetail’s world of communication is performed primarily through the work of glands and scents.
Scent pheromones and their distinct odors are instinctively utilized by whitetails to convey a realm of communication related to dominant hierarchy and sexual interactions. They are crucial for other social relations — particularly with females ...
Tommy Kirkland

A good spot on the sand in front of good beach structure — deeper sloughs and sandbars with cuts that allow water to pulse in and out as waves break — is invaluable when it comes to hooking up with red drum in the surf. Drum Up a Bite
Perseverance, scouting and correct tackle are keys to finding Outer Banks redfish in the surf.
At 3:30 a.m. on a Friday in late October, Mike Frick napped in a canvas camp chair whose legs dug deep into the sand beside his Ford F-250 pickup truck. ...
Craig Holt

North Carolina’s ‘peanut belt’ has the top-drawer habitat that allows mature whitetail bucks to grow bragging-sized headgear. Grow Your Own
A Manteo hunter’s extensive land management and supplemental feeding helps produce whopper bucks.
Mark Ware of Manteo is dialed into deer hunting like few others in North Carolina. ...
Craig Holt

Excellent reproduction and quick growth rates help speckled trout thrive in North Carolina waters, despite commercial and recreational fishing pressure. Hot Halloween Specks
Crystal Coast waters are the headquarters for gator trout this month.
Four Octobers ago, two fishermen from New Bern and a friend met for a fishing trip to the North River near Beaufort. ...
Craig Holt

Hunt Zone Signs Hunt Zone Signs

North Carolina Sportsman

Buck Martin took this tall, wide 8-pointer on a Halifax County farm where antler restrictions are in place to protect younger bucks. Whitetail Heaven

Halifax and Northampton counties on the Roanoke River are North Carolina’s top two counties in terms of total harvest, but they’re producing more quality bucks because of local management techniques. Here’s how. ...
Jerry Dilsaver