Skylar Martin had been watching a big 10-point buck on trail cameras for the past 5-years without ever seeing it in person until Nov. 28 of this year. He killed the deer that day at his Guilford County hunting property, but he quickly realized he wasn’t the only family member to have shot that same deer.
David Linker of Concord was deer hunting in Roxboro near the Virginia border on Nov. 17 when he saw something he’s never seen before. A large black bear showed up just minutes before Linker was about to pack up and head home. He killed the bear, turning what he thought was a wasted hunt into a drama-filled harvest.
Sevin Carter of Durham County hasn’t killed many bucks in his hunting career, but it’s not because he hasn’t had plenty of options. He simply chooses to let them walk if they aren’t what he considers a trophy. This strategy paid off Nov. 29 when Carter killed a 140-class buck. It wasn’t his first encounter with this deer.
Hunter Pegg of Guilford County took to the woods on Nov. 19 with every intention of sitting in his stand until dark, but his plans changed when someone on the neighboring property decided to do a little target practice. After hearing about 30 shots, Pegg decided he’d had enough of that, and moved to another stand he has on the other side of the 30-acre tract. It was a good move.
Wilson County’s Jesse James doesn’t have a large hunting tract. It’s less than 2-acres big, but thanks to recent logging on adjacent property, the small plot of woods is a bottleneck for wildlife moving back and forth to larger wooded areas nearby. This bottleneck gave him a chance at a buck that such a small tract usually wouldn’t consistently hold.
What started out as a shopping trip for a Guilford County hunter turned into a trophy deer hunt instead. Stacey Richardson wasn’t planning on hunting while Braden Cox, her boyfriend, was out of town visiting friends, but he texted her during her shopping trip, urging her to hit the woods.
Todd Cochrane of Cabarrus County got a rough start to his deer hunting season, but it turned around for him on Nov. 21 when he took his biggest buck ever. Cochrane had been busy with other obligations for two weeks leading up to the 21st, so he was just happy to be getting into the woods. A big 9-point buck showed up and made him even happier.
When Jim Henderson and his son Hunter took to the woods last week, they knew it was a split season for bear and deer on their Jones County property, but they couldn’t have dreamed they would each take one animal apiece, but that’s exactly what happened.
For the second time in eight days, Rockingham County has spit out an apparent Boone & Crockett Club buck, this time a huge typical that may wind up among the four or five largest whitetails ever taken in North Carolina.
Most truly huge bears come from the northeastern counties of the state, but Duplin County hunter Cody Brown bagged one near Kenansville that weighed 695-pounds on Nov. 11, 2015. Deanna Noble, the N.C. Wildlife Commission's Technical Assistance Biologist, weighed the bear.
When Kent Raynor lifted the big king into the Blue Water Candy on Nov 15, he and crew members Scott Pelletier, Timmy Parker and Capt. Jody Gay knew they had a fish that had a great chance to win the championship of the Cape Lookout Shootout Series. But it was several days later before someone pointed out that their 68.67-pound king was the largest ever caught in a tournament along the Atlantic coast, the previous record being a 66.55-pound fish caught by Andy Hinton aboard the Hot Grits II during the Teach’s Lair King Mackerel Tournament in 2002.
When Anthony Miller and his family decided to come to Santee Cooper Country for the first time, they expected to catch a handful of keepers to take back to their home in Hiddenite, North Carolina. But when his 17-year-old son, Logan, wrestled an 82-pound Arkansas Blue into Guide Linwood Thornhill’s boat, a fantastic trip out of Black’s Camp turned into an epic adventure.
Over the past 10 years, Patrick Williams of Belews Creek has passed on hundreds of smaller bucks in hopes of killing one for the record books, and his persistence paid off on Nov. 22 with a dream buck that will almost certainly qualify for the Boone & Crockett Club’s all-time record book and rank among the top five non-typical bucks in state history.
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted during its Nov. 18-20 meeting in Nags Head to protect declining southern flounder stocks by restricting commercial fishing on several fronts, but it also voted for an unexpected, 10-week fall closure for recreational fishing as part of a supplement to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ southern flounder Fishery Management Plan.
It is not every day that a 6-point buck is a monster-sized trophy, but when Noah Pennell, a Person County sheriff’s deputy, saw a huge 6-pointer crossing a road last week less than a mile from his tree stand, he quickly became obsessed. Then, on Friday, Nov. 20, Pennell put the smackdown on this behemoth 142-inch deer at a range of 15 yards.