Volume 18 Number 1 - January 2011

 FEATURES:

Jared Raynor has killed close to 30 wild hogs on his grandfather’s farm in the Neuse River lowlands in Johnston County. Hog Heaven
The Neuse River lowlands are becoming a hotspot for feral hogs.
Freddie Stancil and his grandson, Jared Raynor, paused to point out an area where hogs had been rooting for grubs and acorns. Seeing a hog from a nearby stand, they said, would be as close to guaranteed as anything in hunting, but that it might be ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Growing up and living in eastern North Carolina has taught Matthew Cagle a thing or two about waterfowl hunting. Public Ducks the Right Way
Pay attention to cover, camo and decoy spreads when targeting eastern North Carolina waterfowl.
Growing up in eastern North Carolina can have a profound effect upon a young outdoorsman. The culture and heritage that’s passed along, combined with the ample experience of seeing and experiencing the area’s wildlife help shape and mold lives. ...
Phillip Gentry

The backs of creeks that aren’t completely drained during low-tide cycles will often hold warmer water in the winter, and that will attract redfish. Red Means Warm!
Protected Bald Head Island creeks offer great winter fishing.
Late last January, the North Carolina coast was in the throes of the coldest winter of the decade. Quick temperature drops had already triggered trout kills, and the water temperature in the Cape Fear River had plunged into the high 30s. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Big, doormat flounder are a favorite among fishermen who call the Harkers Island area home. Saltwater Series: Harkers Island
Real ‘Down East’ fishing awaits year-round at these 10 spots.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next year, North Carolina Sportsman’s Saltwater Series will give readers GPS coordinates to hotspots along the coast. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Ryan White shows off a couple of cottontails that didn’t do a good job of throwing a pack of beagles off their tracks — and didn’t dodge that load of No. 6 shot.

The Head Beagle
Harold Langdon trains some of the top rabbit dogs in North Carolina; what he’s learned will make you a better hunter.
One day last January, Harold Langdon sat on a stump last January inside a cutover that was part of a large deer lease. ...
Craig Holt

Big spotted bass are a common catch on Lake Norman during the winter. Spots appear to handle the colder winter water better than largemouths. Warm Up Norman’s Bass
Try these tips for making winter trips successful.
It was the middle of January, and most anglers had put away their fishing gear and were stuck watching outdoor shows on TV, tinkering in the basement or going shopping with the wife. ...
Paul Rose

The NCDMF has tagged more than 14,000 stripers in the Cape Fear River since 1980 to obtain needed information about the fishery. Winter Wonders
The catch-and-release striper fishery in the lower Cape Fear River is improving by leaps and bounds.
Throughout the chilly winter months, downtown Wilmington along the Cape Fear River harbors more than just a retired battleship and a dozen 1,000-foot container ships. ...
Jeff Burleson

 
  Don't put your rods away for the winter. There's great redfish action waiting along the coast.  

COLUMNS:

Backlashes
MFC hatches dubious plot to rebuild specks

Craig Holt

Greener Pastures
Improve the forest: cut some trees!

Jeff Burleson

High Tides and Tall Tails
Proper release is more than just a ‘throw-back’

Jerry Dilsaver


To read everything from the January 2011 issue of North Carolina Sportsman Magazine, download the digital edition today.

DEPARTMENTS:

New Products

Tide Guides

Reports

Classifieds

Merchants