• Volume 18 Number 12 - December 2011

    Features

    As the season wanes, take some tips from these experts and your chances of tagging a trophy will greatly increase.

    By the first of December, with a month left in North Carolina’s deer season, careless behavior by the deer population is long gone, except in the extreme western mountains where the rut is in full swing.

    Winter is prime time to tangle with a Kerr Lake striper. Here’s how.

    Fishermen who are so affected by their habit that they can’t stand to put their rods away know that December and January are just about the worst months of the year. There’s little relief in sight until the crocuses start to peep through February’s snows.

    Be willing to hunt in the thickest cover and you might bring Mr. Bobwhite and a few of his friends home for dinner.

    Ben Chewning has run bird dogs over most of the 5,000 acres on the Buchanan Shoals Sportsman’s Preserve in Anson County, so he’s got a good idea of what kind of wild quail live on the property — even though he mostly runs guided hunts for released birds.

    Too many fishermen ride past Manteo and Wanchese on the way to the Outer Banks and miss some great action.

    Sometimes it seems that Roanoke Island is a place that many fishermen know, but don’t really give the respect it deserves.

    This river in eastern North Carolina supplies stripers, red drum, speckled trout, perch and even gar for enterprising winter anglers.

    Gary Dubiel hunkered down behind his boat’s windshield to avoid a biting facial assault on the Trent River one cold winter’s day last year. At daylight, the mercury hovered around 25 degrees at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern.

    Take a few tips, and take more third-season doves.

    As winter arrives in North Carolina, the final segment of dove season kicks off, allowing a wingshooter crouched in a hedgerow one final hoorah.

    What lessons can you learn from some of North Carolina’s most-promising young bass fisherman? Here they are.

    Whoever said, “Today’s young people just don’t get it,” hasn’t spent any time with some of North Carolina’s best young bass anglers. Some of them are already making inroads in tournaments and scholastic fishing, and they get it.