Volume 18 Number 12 - December 2011

 FEATURES:

Targeting a big buck late in season means changing places, tactics and even the hours you have hunted during the early season and the peak of the rut. Better Late Than Never
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 Carolinaís deer season, careless behavior by the deer population is long gone, except in the extreme western mountains where the rut is in full swing. ...
Jeff Burleson

Guide Joel Richardson lifts a chunky, wintertime striper caught at Kerr Lake along the North Carolina-Virginia border. Cold Weather, Hot Stripers
Winter is prime time to tangle with a Kerr Lake striper. Hereís how.
Fishermen who are so affected by their habit that they canít stand to put their rods away know that December and January are just about the worst months of the year. Thereís little relief in sight until the crocuses start to peep through Februaryís ...
Craig Holt

After the first two or three hunts of the season, wild quail will retreat into some of the thickest, heaviest cover that offers them the most protection. Quail for Christmas?
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 Sportsmanís Preserve in Anson County, so heís got a good idea of what kind of wild quail live on the property ó even though he mostly runs guided hunts for released ...
Dan Kibler

Bryan DeHart recognizes that inshore fishing for puppy drum like this one is just part of the allure of waters around Roanoke Island. Saltwater Series: Roanoke Island
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 donít really give the respect it deserves. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Striped bass are one of the Trent Riverís most-popular fish during the winter, when cold weather doesnít necessarily cool off the fishing. The Trentís Chilled Buffet
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 boatís windshield to avoid a biting facial assault on the Trent River one cold winterís day last year. At daylight, the mercury hovered around 25 degrees at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern. ...
Craig Holt

While two-thirds of the dove harvest occurs in the first season that begins Labor Day weekend, the final month of the season can offer wingshooters with fast-paced action. Winter Wonders
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. ...
Jeff Burleson

It's never too early to get involved with bass fishing. Young Guns
What lessons can you learn from some of North Carolinaís most-promising young bass fisherman? Here they are.
Whoever said, ďTodayís young people just donít get it,Ē hasnít spent any time with some of North Carolinaís best young bass anglers. Some of them are already making inroads in tournaments and scholastic fishing, and they get it. ...
Walt Bowen

 
  Inshore fishing guide Mike Taylor of Swansboro killed this huge main-frame 8-point buck in Alamance County.  

COLUMNS:

Backlashes
Commission drawing fire for being in the right on CWD

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
Rolliní slow in December

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
Itís time to invigorate

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Winter fishers must adapt

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
On the first day of Christmas

Jerry Dilsaver

Livewell
Thrift gets Top-5 in FLW

Tony Garitta

Marine Electronics
Off-season battery care

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
Breaking in the .22-250

Gordon Hutchinson


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