• Volume 17 Number 10 - October 2010

    Features

    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.

    Try these sniper tactics for certain success on your next public-land hunt.

    The scene could have been taken directly from a 1980s Vietnam-era war movie, only in this case, the unsuspecting victim wasn’t a soldier, but a respectable 8-point whitetail buck, and the backdrop was the shoreline of Lake Hartwell, not the Mekong Delta.

    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 raising their offspring. These scents are produced by several different glands, and serve deer of all ages and both sexes.

    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 raising their offspring. These scents are produced by several different glands, and serve deer of all ages and both sexes.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Big bucks might let their guard down; be sure you’re prepared to take advantage of those mistakes.

    The rut is a special time for South Carolina deer hunters. For most, it’s the prime time to get the drop on a trophy buck. It’s the one time of the year when the monster bucks let their “survival” guard down just a bit and make mistakes they normally don’t make, enabling hunters to harvest big deer that otherwise are too stealthy or have simply become nocturnal.

    Flooding fall tides open up some great hunting in the Lowcountry.

    Fly, damn it!

    Shooting them is easy; the toughest job with marsh hens is making them fly.

    Transition crappie at Lake Greenwood in the fall is an often-overlooked but great fishery.

    If you’re looking for excellent crappie fishing this fall, look no further than Lake Greenwood.

    October brings cooler weather and red-hot trout fishing to the Charleston area.

    You can watch the Weather Channel or call “time and temperature,” but you still never know what kind of conditions await you in Charleston come October.

    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.