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    Capt. Justin Carter starts his fishing days with a longer fluorocarbon leader than most anglers do, and he said it saves him time throughout each trip.

    How long is your fluorocarbon leader?

    Braided line has many virtues, and it’s popular among both freshwater and saltwater anglers. It’s also popular for those same anglers to use fluorocarbon leaders due to its invisibility. No other material in the world looks more like water, thus virtually disappearing in water, than fluorocarbon. 

    September 23 at 9:01am
    Today's fishing shoes are more comfortable, more slip resistant, and offer more support than old sneakers, but they can also get plenty stinky.

    How stinky are your fishing shoes?

    Anglers who wade a lot, whether it’s wading in a stream all day, or just stepping into the water to launch or retrieve a boat, have more footwear options than ever. Gone are the days of having to wear a pair of everyday sneakers that don’t fare well as water shoes.

    September 23 at 8:41am
    Mike Kossover of Spartanburg killed this trophy buck after hunting it for 3 years with the help of his trail cameras.

    Spartanburg hunter takes huge buck with crossbow

    One look at the massive rack and huge-bodied deer in the 2014 deer season prompted Spartanburg County bowhunter Mike Kossover to commit to hunting that specific buck. Kossover knew his patience would be an asset, but he didn’t realize it would be a three-year quest.

    September 22 at 9:40pm
    Chad Gaines watched this big on trail-cameras for quite some time, and finally killed it on Sept. 15 in Chatham County.

    Huge Chatham County 10-pointer taken by sheriff’s deputy

    Chad Gaines of Goldston, N.C., patrols the roads of Chatham County as a sheriff’s deputy, and he patrols for deer on his family farm. Late on the afternoon of Sept. 15, he put permanent handcuffs on a 156 5/8-inch whitetail buck he’d been investigating since the end of the 2015 season.

    September 21 at 12:44pm
    Mike Venable killed this 10-point buck almost a year after he missed it.

    150-inch Orange County 10-point buck goes down to bowhunter

    Mike Venable picked up a lease late last hunting season on some land in Orange County, N. C., and he wasted no time putting up a couple of stands on an oak ridge. The deer wasted no time either, showing up as soon he and his wife hunted the first time. But a bad mixture between his hunting stand and his arrow caused him to miss the biggest deer of his life. Luckily, that same deer showed up again on the 15th of this month, and this time, Venable arrowed the deer.

    September 20 at 3:57pm
    More changes are on the horizon for the cobia fishery across both Carolinas.

    More changes coming to cobia fishery in both Carolinas

    The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved new, more restrictive regulations for cobia in 2017, hoping to prevent an early closure of the season as took place this year. 

    September 20 at 12:14pm
    Kelly Logan had her sights on a big Santee gator, and when the beast disappeared, she moved on to find another one, which she subdued with her 1911 .45.

    Manning huntress slays big gator at Santee

    One day after helping her friend Mandy Broadway bag her first gator, Kelly Logan of Manning bagged her own with the help of Robert Nuzzo and Ernie Seruya, both of whom were also in on Broadway’s hunt. And while Broadway couldn’t make this trip, Bryan Miller joined the crew, helping Logan land her beast, which measured 10 feet, 7 inches in length on Sept. 12.

    September 20 at 9:38am
    Jonathan Linens killed this huge Caswell County buck, but it was a stressful hunt for the Virginia sportsman.

    Huge Caswell County velveteen buck goes down to bowhunter

    Jonathan Linens of Ringgold, Virginia lives within a stone’s throw of the North Carolina/Virginia State line. Before his Virginia season commences on October 3rd, he torments the North Carolina herd on every chance he gets as the archery season begins. And opening morning on his lease in Caswell County, the stars were aligned just right to bring a huge 140-class buck right into his kill zone. But, a bachelor group of juvenile bucks on his stand almost spoiled the party. 

    September 19 at 2:23pm
    Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. won the Lake Norman FLW Invitational this past weekend, and 8 other Carolina anglers finished in the top 20.

    Bryan Thrift wins FLW Invitational on Lake Norman

    North Carolina native Bryan Thrift won the Walmart FLW Invitational on Lake Norman this past weekend, narrowly beating fellow North Carolinian Scott Beattie by less than half a pound. In all, 9 anglers from the Carolinas placed in the top 20 of the event.

    September 19 at 12:18pm
    The SCDNR is looking for help from crabbers in designing a device that is made to reduce bycatches of turtles and other non-target species.

    SCDNR needs help from recreational and commercial crabbers

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources biologists are looking for recreational and commercial crabbers to help them improve the design of a device that will help reduce bycatch while maintaining catch rates of large crabs.

    September 19 at 12:02pm
    Carla Inman arrowed this trophy deer on Sept. 14 in Person County, and is one of the biggest deer killed in the Carolinas so far this year.

    Huntress arrows 175-inch non-typical 14 pointer in Person County

    A visit to Person County on Sept. 14 turned into a once-in-a-lifetime road trip for Carla Inman of Canton, who killed a whopping 175-inch non-typical buck from a ground blind, then arrowed an 8-pointer in full velvet 20 minutes later.

    September 19 at 7:49am
    Just after his 21st birthday, Lawrence Green of Wake Forest killed this trophy buck that he'd been observing on trail cameras for some time.

    Wake Forest hunter bags massive 8-point buck

    A potential Pope and Young on opening day is about the best birthday surprise that any diehard hunter could yearn for. And during the first hour of daylight on the opening morning of the North Carolina 2016 Archery Season, Lawrence Green of Wake Forest was in the right place at the right time when a massive 141-inch eight pointer stepped out of the woods and right into Green’s lethal territory just two weeks after his 21st birthday. 

    September 15 at 8:52pm
    Kelly Sutton missed much of the 2015 season due to an unexpected cancer diagnosis, but he's already making up for it, starting with this 10-pointer.

    Morrisville hunter kills 10-point trophy

    Aren’t hunters forced to lease massive tracts of land to get access to mature bucks? Not necessarily. While some hunters believe it is critical to secure large 1,000-acre tracts, Kelly Sutton of Morrisville takes a mature buck every year from one of his small 15-acre leases with barely enough real estate available to erect a single stand. And on the opening day of North Carolina’s 2016 archery season, Sutton followed through by bagging and tagging a huge 10 pointer minutes before dark on his Wake County lease. 

    September 14 at 10:21pm
    Ernie Seruya, Mandy Broadway, Kelly Logan, and Robert Nuzzo with the 11-4 gator.

    Greenville female bags 11-foot, 4-inch long gator at Santee

    Mandy Broadway of Greenville, S.C. finally drew an alligator tag on her third try, and she was determined to make good on it. So determined, that after hunting all day unsuccessfully on Saturday, Sept. 10, she decided to go the next day too. It paid off for her in the form of an 11-foot, 4-inch long gator from Santee near Elliot’s Landing.

    September 14 at 9:31am
    Brad Leigher and Hunter Neeley killed this big gator at Santee on the first Monday of the 2016 season. The beast weighed over 600 pounds and measured 12 feet 9 inches long.

    Duo extracts 12'9

    While many gunners anticipate the first weekend in September every year to bag a 12-bird dove limit, hunters looking for a more challenging opponent look to the second weekend of the month, which begins the South Carolina 2016 alligator season. Every swamp, river, and lake becomes open hunting grounds for oversized reptiles where the tables can turn and hunters are no longer at the top of the food chain. 

    September 13 at 9:54pm
    This still-shot shows a barred owl snatching a bream from Cody Taylor near Savannah, Ga. last month. LDWF ornithologist Michael Seymour said the bird was likely young an inexperienced, or just very hungry and saw the opportunity for an easy meal.

    Video: Barred owl snatches bream from generous angler

    The old saying says if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day — but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

    September 13 at 9:56am