It’s December, and that means we’re all on the lookout for Christmas gifts for our favorite outdoorsmen and women. And while some folks think you can just grab any handful of fishing lures or hunting accessories to wrap up and stash under the tree, most true sportsman already have plenty of those things.
Jaden Williams, a 13-year-old from Belews Creek, has big shoes to fill. His dad killed a 22-point buck last year that was one of the biggest bucks killed in North Carolina during the 2015 season. But the youth hunter took a big step in following those footsteps last week with his own trophy buck, a 7-point, 130-incher he killed in Guilford County.
Katie Purgason of Taylorsville killed her first bear while hunting with a black powder rifle on Nov. 5, and followed it up on Nov. 16 with her biggest deer ever, a 140-inch 11-point monster in Wilkes County.
The 2016 N.C. deer season will be one for the record books for 14-year-old Tori Henderson of Rougemont. Henderson shot a 112-inch six pointer on Nov. 17 and then turned around and shot a 137-inch, 13-point whopper the next day from the same Person County tree stand.
November means one thing to most bowhunters: time to hunt whitetails. As the most widely distributed, abundant and accessible big-game animal in North America; they are hunted more than any other species. Most bowhunters cut their teeth on whitetails, and there is no time better and more fun to hunt them than during the rut.
Will Jenkinson of Summerton, S.C. took to his deer stand on the morning of Nov. 20, and at 7 a.m. he had two bucks walk into shooting range. He didn't consider either one of them worthy of shooting, so he decided to just watch. Luckily for him, they put on a show that many hunters never get to see.
Glen Lampley of Cheraw was late getting in the stand on election day. Late enough that he heard another hunter shoot in the near distance. But that didn’t stop him from killing the biggest buck of his life, a 140-class 8-point buck with an 18-inch inside spread.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed South Mountains Game Land north of N.C. 226 effective immediately due to the wildfires currently burning in western North Carolina. South Mountains Game Land encompasses more than 21,000 acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties.