• Volume 17 Number 10 - October 2010


    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.

    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.

    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.