Volume 19 Number 2 - February 2012


Squirrel hunting is perfect for kids because it's never boring. Barking up the right tree
Bladen County squirrel hunters have let their sport go to the dogs.
It didn’t take long for Terry Nance and his brother Cody to hit paydirt. Minutes after they opened the doors of the kennel in the back of a pickup truck and released several dogs into the woods in rural Bladen County, the were rewarded with excited ...
Mike Marsh

Steve Shaw of Alamance County downed a tremendous non-typical in southern Alamance County. Deer of Year 2011
The string of fabulous whitetails shows that North Carolina is capable of producing trophy racks from almost every corner of the state.
As a magazine that tries to discover and present to its readers the most-impressive deer killed in the Tarheel State each year, North Carolina Sportsman closely monitors the annual white-tail harvest. ...
Craig Holt

February crappie fishing can be great, and the pressure is usually low. Freshwater Series: Falls of Neuse Lake
It’s never too ‘early’ to sample this Triangle-area lake’s fine crappie fishing.
Ask most crappie fishermen when they’d rather be targeting slabs, and most all of them will say spring: March, April or May. ...
Craig Holt

The author caught this nice redfish casting from a boat just off an Onslow County beach. Hot reds in the cold surf zone
Fish the beachfront off Onslow County’s shoreline and do battle with big schools of wintering red drum.
The bone-chilling conditions of February offer some of the best light-tackle angling of the year in the surf of Onslow Bay. Between the shores of Topsail Beach and Bogue Inlet to the north, huge schools of red drum pack into the surf in just a few ...
Jeff Burleson

The spring spawning run up the Roanoke River is the best-known striper fishery in North Carolina, but late-winter staging fish can be hard to beat. Stripers on Stage
Lower Roanoke River, western Albemarle Sound hold hungry, winter striped bass waiting to start their spring spawning runs.
February delivers bone-chilling conditions across much of North Carolina and, surprising to some, sizzling striped bass angling on the lower section of the Roanoke River, near its confluence with the Albemarle Sound. ...
Jeff Burleson

  The spring striper run up the Roanoke gets the notoriety, but fishing can be just as good this month on the lower Roanoke.
Photo By Richard Andrews


Fish management held by anglers, pols

Craig Holt

Greener Pastures
For sale? It’s easy to make

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
The taste of the mountains

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
What’s up with GPS?

Jerry Dilsaver

Two pairs tops on Norman

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
The weatherman rules...

David Fritts

Marine Electronics
Underwater eyes

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
Rusty gun syndrome

Gordon Hutchinson

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