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    You can turn in poachers in several convenient ways in North or South Carolina, and both states offer rewards for turning in violators.

    Turn in poachers, receive rewards

    Growing up, we learned that nobody likes a snitch. Even some of our elders told us that nobody likes a tattle-tale. But nobody likes a cheater either, and poaching is cheating. Whether it’s killing wild game out of season, trespassing to hunt or fish, or killing more than the law allows, poaching goes against the nature of being a sportsman.

    17 hours ago
    Joel Richardson catches winter bass by following the baitfish, not the water temperature, even in hot-hole lakes.

    Even on hot-hole lakes, think current, food

    When the water temperature in lakes across the Carolinas starts to plummet as winter approaches, many bass fishermen jump at the chance to fish those reservoirs that, because of the presence of a power plant, have a warm-water discharge.

    “Hot-hole” fishing typically features water that is unseasonably warm, and bass that seek out that water and act like fish on the cusp of spring. Leave the boat ramp and find the warm water; what could be easier?

    18 hours ago
    Capt. Rob Bennett finds plenty of quality redfish in the deeper holes in tiny creeks throughout the cold weather months.

    Forget the shallow flats, hunt reds in deep holes

    If you are a hard-core saltwater fishermen and don’t store your tackle after Christmas, there’s a good chance that you love to sight-fish for redfish on the flats back in sounds, bays and rivers along the coastline of both Carolinas.

    Yesterday at 12:09pm
    Tommy Adkins (left) and Stephen Lilly (right) caught this big bluefin out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C. The tuna weighed over 800 pounds.

    800-pound bluefin tuna caught out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C.

    Partnering to catch bluefin tuna for 2017, Tommy Adkins and his first mate, Stephen Lilly are having an outstanding season. After catching a doubleheader the first week of January, they hauled in a 106-inch beast on Jan. 11 that was estimated to weigh more than 800 pounds before being beheaded and gutted — and still weighing 626.

    Yesterday at 11:28am
    The Sna-Koil is a big lure that offers a unique presentation.

    D.O.A. Lures making push into freshwater market

    Ask any angler across the Carolinas to name a top selling soft plastic lure for saltwater, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one that wouldn’t mention D.O.A. Lures. This Florida-based company has been making lures for the saltwater market for many years, and is widely known as the first company to successfully make a soft plastic shrimp, which many other companies have tried to reproduce.

    January 13 at 8:23am
    Heading to the range after deer season ends will add confidence in your mind, as well as accuracy in your rifle.

    5 reasons to head to the range after deer season ends

    Sighting in your rifle before deer season makes sense, but hunters can also benefit from sighting their rifles in once deer season is over. Grayson Summers of Spartanburg, S.C., goes through the same steps of zeroing in after deer season ends as he does before opening day — for five main reasons.

    January 10 at 2:46pm
    All 3 of these spinning rods are 7-feet long, but the ALX Rod (bottom) has much smaller line guides, beginning with the one closest to the reel.

    ALX Rods make very light, very strong, technique-specific rods

    After putting the smack down on some speckled trout recently, my fishing buddy was helping me get my fishing gear out of his boat when he asked me a question about one of my fishing rods that I immediately knew the answer to, even though I wasn’t looking in his direction or at the rod in question.

    January 09 at 9:44pm
    Matt Dale (left) and John Bitner (right), members of the UNC Chapel Hill Bass Fishing Team, know how to catch bass in cold weather.

    How to catch winter bass in Carolina lakes

    With wintertime setting in, dedicated bass anglers know that the lakes across both Carolinas can offer some of the best bass fishing of the year. And it’s some of the most peaceful fishing too, with very few pleasure boaters, skiers, or personal watercraft on the water.

    January 09 at 12:15pm
    Nathan Collier worked hard for this buck, beginning with putting out mineral sites long before deer season started.

    Teen bowhunter kills 136 6/8-inch trophy buck in Florence, S.C.

    The 2016 deer hunting season was a big success for 15-year-old Florence, S.C. hunter Nathan Collier. He killed a 185-pound 8-point buck in full velvet in August. The buck sported an inside spread of 18 1/2 inches, and was the young hunter’s first kill with a bow. He killed another buck, this one a 6-pointer, with his rifle later in the season, and finished the year off in late December with another bow kill of a trophy 10-point buck that has been green-scored at 136 6/8-inches.

    January 08 at 7:57pm
    Todd Vick said winter is the time to catch crappie on the Waccamaw River.

    Catch Waccamaw River crappie with these tips

    With deer hunting season over, many outdoorsmen have decided to wait out the winter months before doing some fishing once spring rolls around. But those folks are missing out on some of the hottest fishing of the year on the Waccamaw River in the Conway area.

    January 05 at 9:56pm
    Focus on sandbars, and you'll catch plenty of river bass in cold weather.

    Catch more river bass in cold weather with these tips

    This month, bass anglers can find plenty of fish biting in rivers, and knowing a few tips can help them catch their share. It’s generally true that the bite isn’t as aggressive this month as in other times of the year, but anglers like John Long of Columbia, S.C., know how to get their share of bites from river bass in the cold.

    January 05 at 8:09pm
    James Hamby of Thomasville, NC won the December Bag-A-Buck contest.

    Thomasville, N.C. hunter kills 9-point buck, wins December Bag-A-Buck contest

    James Hamby of Thomasville, N.C., has won Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for December with his entry of a big Randolph County buck he killed on Dec. 21.

    January 05 at 7:50pm
    NCWRC holding 9 public hearings throughout N.C. this month.

    NCWRC holding 9 hearings concerning proposed changes to fish and game laws

    Have you ever wondered how fish and game regulations come to be laws? Maybe you’ve wondered if there was a way you could voice your input on changes to these regulations? Yes, you can, and you can find out a lot about how regulations are made by attending one of the upcoming public hearing being conducted by the NCWRC this month.

    January 04 at 7:10pm
    Kevin Bartlett killed this whopper 15-point buck that green-scored over 180. His daughter killed her first buck soon after during the same hunt.

    Black Mountain hunter kills 15-point, 180-class trophy on Thanksgiving Day

    As Kevin Bartlett of Black Mountain and his 11-year-old daughter, Addison sat side by side in their ladder stand on Thanksgiving morning, they knew two things: a 15-point buck was in the area and the wind was in their face, coming from the direction they expected him.  And though the sequence of events did not follow the plan they made, Kevin Bartlett dropped the 181 3/8-inch, 15-point Buncombe County beast. Addison Bartlett took her first buck shortly thereafter.  

    January 04 at 5:43pm
    James Gillis became the first hunter to win a lifetime hunting license through the SCDNR's Coyote Harvest Incentive Program.

    McBee hunter kills first tagged coyote of SCNDR's Coyote Harvest Incentive Program

    The SCDNR’s Coyote Harvest Incentive Program has been met with some degree of skepticism throughout the Palmetto State, but most hunters agree that something should be done about the coyote population.

    January 03 at 7:38pm
    Squirrels can sit still for long periods of time when sensing danger. Stay still and quiet, and they'll forget you're there.

    With deer season over, it's time to bag some squirrels

    Deer hunting season is now over for hunter in both Carolinas, and many hunters didn’t even notice that squirrel hunting season slipped in quietly a couple of months ago as well. Let’s face it, who wants to shoot a tree rat when you can shoot a big deer instead?

    January 02 at 5:38pm