Volume 18 Number 11 - November 2011


Bass school on Lake Tillery during the fall, shadowing the movement of huge groups of shad, which can make for some fast and furious action when conditions are right. Hard to Top
Tilleryís schooling bass are a big draw in the fall, but thereís more that makes the lake great.
As the leaves fall at Morrow Mountain State Park, bass fishing at adjacent Lake Tillery hits its peak. Autumn has long been a favorite time for many anglers to fish the 5,000-acre reservoir near Albemarle. ...
Tim Mead

King mackerel and false albacore are Cape Lookout royalty this month. King Albertís Throne
King mackerel and false albacore are Cape Lookout royalty this month. Hereís how to wear the crown for at least a little while.
King Albert I took the throne of Belgium in December 1909. King Albert II became Belgiumís monarch during the summer of 1993. Thatís nothing. Kings and alberts become fishing royalty in the Cape Lookout area every fall, and thereís no need for a ...
Dan Kibler

Bucks are on the prowl this month in one of the Tarheel Stateís best counties for whitetails; take advantage of their potential boo-boos. Northamptonís Rut Central
For a November experience that may result in a trophy buck, try a lodge hunt along the Roanoke River.
North Carolina deer hunters have three basic options for hunting during Novemberís rut: private land, public game lands and hunting lodges. ...
Craig Holt

On Beaver Pond On Beaver Pond
The rivers and creeks that cross the western two-thirds of North Carolina offer two things that inland waterfowl hunters love: beaver ponds and wood ducks.
Nestled deep in the hardwoods of Stanly County, a creek winds its way through the countryside, finally merging with the Yadkin River. Along its course, a smaller tributary stood bloated and still behind an impoundment not of human construction. ...
Phillip Gentry

Ricky Radcliffe catches plenty of flounder, trout, redfish and stripers in the waters around Belhaven. Saltwater Series: Belhaven
This sleepy river town is the center of an inland fishing oasis.
Belhaven is the perfect example of a sleepy little river town at the junction of the Pungo River, Pungo Creek and Pantego Creek. The Intracoastal Waterway follows the Pungo River past Belhaven as it works its way north to the canal that connects it ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Mature bucks vigorously rub traditional signpost trees used through the years. The Old Traditional Deer Rub
As cold weather sets in, bucks accelerate signposting activity ó battering trees with their hardened antlers and stout foreheads. Amid this labyrinth of rut madness, bucks still instinctively focus on a particular tree ó searching for the old traditional
The rut is close. By procreative instinct, a mature hefty 8-pointer traverses the land. Ascending a bluff ridge, the persistent male steadily climbs the steep vegetative terrain with ease. His path is precise; the buck has ventured the topography ...
Tommy Kirkland

November is when the peak of the rut or breeding season occurs across most of North Carolina. íTis the Season
Blackpowder season and the peak of the rut coincide across much of North Carolina this month. Hereís how to take advantage.
With apologies to those waiting for Dec. 25, Christmas arrives in November every year for deer hunters in North Carolina. ...
Craig Holt

  Sportsman readers killed some whopper bucks last month. Look for the trend to continue.  


Good & bad

Craig Holt

Greener Pastures
Get your duck ponds ready

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Delayed-harvest streams

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Here, piggy, piggy, piggy

Jerry Dilsaver


Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
Harvest your largemouths

David Fritts

Marine Electronics
First pings, now chirps?

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
The much maligned ď9Ē

Gordon Hutchinson

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