The meeting took place at a travel center in Rocky Point, located just off I-40 at the NC 210 exit. Pickups parked side by side, David MacCallum, Vernon Eakins and Mike Milam walked to the counter in hip booats to buy snacks and soft drinks.
Wearing a white helmet with a headlamp, MacCallum looked like a coal miner, but the black footprints of a raccoon stenciled on his hard hat told a different story. Darkness had fallen a few minutes earlie, and it was time to hunt raccoons.
This is one of our prime gathering spots, said MacCallum, a 36-year-old landscaper who lives in Rocky Point. We travel extensively to hunt, but this spot has plenty of parking, so we meet here when we are hunting close to home.