Volume 19 Number 9 - September 2012


The Roanoke River Wetlands/National Wildlife Refuge probably has the biggest deer herd of any public-hunting area in North Carolina, but the Jordan game lands, in close proximity to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, gets heavier pressure and had the state’s biggest public-land harvest last season. 2012-13 Game Lands Preview
North Carolina’s public lands provide hunters with access to every wild-game species available. Here’s your guide to these pieces of property.
North Carolina’s 89 game lands cover 2 million acres and spread from the mountains to the sea. They offer sportsmen who don’t have access to private property many opportunities to hunt every species of game in the state — from doves to black ...
Craig Holt

Public dove fields, many planted in corn, sunflowers and other grains, are scattered across the state to attract doves. Doing the Dove Dance
For places to hunt the elusive ‘Carolina pigeon,’ try North Carolina’s game-lands fields.
The best dove hunt floating on top of my memory happened when I was about 12 or 13 years old.

My dad and about a dozen of his friends drove to an Alamance County farm. The group’s alpha male, Lennie, was a respected timber cruiser ...

Craig Holt

Flounder have an almost magnetic effect on fishermen, drawing them to the coast in the fall. Flat is where it’s at!
Fall Harkers Island flounder action is as good as it gets. Here are the details.
Working through the braided cuts in the Shackleford Banks marsh would have been a daunting feat for many fishermen, but Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island buzzed his Bay Rider skiff in and out of the channels with the skill and confidence of someone ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Gary Dubiel shows off the kind of flounder he expects to catch this month in the Neuse and Trent rivers near New Bern. Flounder with a side of reds
New Bern is jumping-off point for great fall fishing in the Neuse and Trent rivers.
Now that fall has arrived, fishermen are swarming to saltwater. While some of the more expansive waters of the Neuse River downstream from New Bern receive all of the publicity during the summer when giant red drum and torpedoing tarpon are making ...
Mike Marsh

The biggest wahoo caught off Cape Fear typically show up in cooler months of fall and winter. Hard-Hitting Hoos
From Southport to Little River, boats can find plenty of action from powerful wahoo over the next few months.
It would be hard to imagine what the bluewater fishery along the coast between Cape Fear and the Grand Strand would look like without the vicious striped cousin of the king mackerel.

It has been years since the area has produced any ...

Chris Burrows

Guide Craig Price has taken to spotted bass in the recent absence of stripers. Lake of the Month: Lake Norman
Spotted bass, white perch now top targets on lower end of this sprawling reservoir.
Craig Parks calls himself a “reformed striper fisherman,” and says it’s a matter of necessity.

Parks, who runs Fish On Lake Norman Guide Service, said that, on Lake Norman, the alternative is to be a frustrated striper fisherman, or ...

Dan Kibler

When August arrives, Robbie Hall shoots every day. Practice makes perfect
Archery season in Eastern North Carolina is often overlooked, but a bow could be the ticket to filling your tags. Here are the keys.
With North Carolina’s 2012-13 deer season set to begin when the statewide archery season opens Sept. 8, bowhunters from Manteo to Murphy will be in the woods.

Hopefully, most of them will have practiced enough to be able to make ...

Craig Holt

  Plan your hunting season by learning which game lands will be most productive.
Photo By John Ford


Gamefish bill tabled but battle isn’t over

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
Cut down on your junk

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
Mix fall food-plot seeds

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Take time to study a stream

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Run the ‘prop-er’ tool

Jerry Dilsaver

Sink has big BFL payday

Tony Garitta

Marine Electronics
What the heck is trolling motor navigation?

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
Hideout guns

Gordon Hutchinson

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