The temperature hovered around 25 degrees. As the light began to fade, crystals of frost started to form, and my breath rose into the cold morning air as I surveyed the edge of a field for any movement.
Prime grade beef is not the only product Travis Graves is capable of producing on his 300-acre cattle ranch in southern Alamance County. On Nov. 3, Graves took down a massive 11-pointer with his black powder rifle. And it’s not the only big buck that has come off this stand either.
The 2018 Mountain Bear Harvest was the second best season on record with a total of 124 bears taken. This included 55 during the still hunt and 69 during the dog hunt which included 66 males and 58 females taken in three counties.
Thomas Cook got back into deer hunting seriously in 2015 after about a 15-year hiatus from the sport, and on Nov. 24, he killed a buck that is “leaps and bounds above” any deer he’s ever shot. And he almost pulled the trigger on a doe instead.
George Mattison of Trinity, N.C. was hunting with his 4-year-old son from a double ladder stand on Nov. 17 in Forsyth County when he killed the biggest buck he’s ever seen. The 18-point buck had four drop tines on the right side of its antlers, including one that was over 8 inches long.
Matthew Griffin of Clayton, N.C. was deer hunting with his dad on Nov. 17 when he killed a 616-pound black bear in Craven County. And he had passed on shooting a different bear earlier on the same hunt.
Phillip McBryde of Matthews, N.C. celebrated Veterans Day with a hunting trip with his uncle in Anson County on the morning of Nov. 11. And he killed the biggest buck of his life when a 10-pointer with a wild-looking rack showed up and offered him a shot after following a doe in a loop that took it four times around McBryde.