Volume 17 Number 12 - December 2010

 FEATURES:

Many hunters wait until deer season ends to patrol the woods regularly for bushytails. Christmas Rats
Using dogs to hunt squirrels is a southern tradition that’s good for the heart and provides a good learning manual for young hunters.
Champ and Curly bounced excitedly around in their pen behind Randy Dunkley’s cozy log cabin on a wooded hillside in the Hurdle Mills community of Person County. ...
Craig Holt

‘Bluebird’ mornings can be a waterfowl hunter’s worst nightmare, but a well-placed curtain blind and a good decoy spread can make the difference between a poor hunt and a good one. Curtains on Hatteras Waterfowl
Sight unseen, hunters in curtain blinds can give ducks and brant a steel-shot sandwich.
The distant flock of ducks pulsed in the early morning light, swinging wide towards Hatteras. They made the turn and let the hunters know they had seen the spread of decoys in the shallow water several miles out in Pamlico Sound. The flock’s shape ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Being harassed by other deer is one reason for females finding secluded areas to mate. They will typically use high underbrush and even dense timber with deadfall. Deer Dynamics: Rut Hierarchy
The trees have been battered and the ground torn apart. Now the ritual intensifies as antler clashing echoes and the chasing of does heightens. Finally the dominant breeders tend their mates as the whitetail rut peaks.
Once bucks are in the height of pursuing does, their instincts for survival are somewhat diminished. Their eyes, ears and noses are focused on estrus does, and although they can still respond to threats, most of the time it takes them a few seconds ...
Tommy Kirkland

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stopped stocking hybrid bass in Jordan Lake in 2002, but a few still show up occasionally. Late-Fall Linesides
When the weather cools, the fishing action heats up for striped bass on Jordan Lake.
Troy Roberson, a fishing guide on Jordan Lake who specializes in striped bass, loves deer season. ...
Craig Holt

Guide Keith Wray of Eden has dedicated the last 10 years to fishing primarily for crappie on Kerr Reservoir. Rx for Winter Slabs
The ‘Fish Doc’ diagnoses ways to consistently catch winter crappie on Kerr Lake.
Keith Wray of Eden — the “Fish Doc” — rarely needs any treatment for cabin fever throughout the winter. The veteran crappie stalker is accustomed to fishing in cold weather at John H. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island. ...
Tony Garitta

Winds out of the west are usually the best for fishermen targeting ocean-run stripers off the Outer Banks. East winds usually make the ocean too rough, especially for smaller boats. Salty Stripers: Inside & Out
Winter migrations of striped bass can make for some of the best coastal fishing of the season, both inshore and offshore.
For the past five years, North Carolina fishermen have wondered if this could be the season when everything falls into place, when the striper fishing that marked the winter of 2004-2005 makes a repeat visit. ...
Phillip Gentry

Many deer hunters concentrate on thinning out the doe herd late in the season, when it’s actually better to take them out before the rut starts — in archery or blackpowder seasons. Second Time Around
Deer hunters in eastern North Carolina should take advantage of a “trickle” of buck activity in December.
Beginning the last week of October and lasting through mid-November, the breeding season for whitetail deer in eastern North Carolina descends upon the land. ...
Phillip Gentry

 
  Tripp Todd's 188-inch non-typical buck is the latest trophy deer to come out of Northampton County this season.  

COLUMNS:

Backlashes
Censorship fails public smell test

Craig Holt

Greener Pastures
Create temporary buck sanctuaries

Jeff Burleson

High Tides and Tall Tails
Ho, ho, ho! It’s Christmas present time!

Jerry Dilsaver

Livewell
N.C. anglers win FLW regionals

Tony Garitta

Marine Electronics
When you absolutely need help, who do you call?

Allan Tarvid


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