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    Veteran hunter Darrell Madden said he notices a marked increase in deer activity as the peak of the rut approaches.

    Timing the North Carolina rut

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Outfitter Terry Hiers uses all kinds of information to determine when the peak of the rut is approaching and bucks are less careful.

    Timing the South Carolina rut

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Using a circle hook allows easier release of big red drum, which can’t be kept longer than 27 inches.

    Handling large fish for release

    October 15 at 7:00am
    When fishing from a kayak in the nearshore ocean, try to fish with at least one other fisherman for safety purposes.

    Kayak safety for ocean fishing

    October 15 at 7:00am

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    October 01 at 7:00am
    A half-dozen items you should carry in your backpack this deer season.

    What’s in your deer pack?

    Are you a minimalist or a pack mule? Either way, you need to consider including these items in your arsenal this season.
    October 01 at 7:00am
    Austin Morell of Latta, S.C., concentrates on keeping does fat and happy because he knows they’ll eventually attract a big buck.

    The doe equation

    Attract the females, don’t bother them, and you’ll be awash in bucks when the rut approaches, according to one Carolina deer expert.
    October 01 at 7:00am
    Make sure you know when the peak of the rut is in your neck of the Carolina woods.

    Time the rut - How to time the Carolinas’ deer rut

    When is the peak of the whitetail deer breeding season across the Carolinas? Well, that depends on where you are and, to some extent, what’s going on, but here are biologists’ best guesses.
    October 01 at 7:00am
    Deer season and college football has cleared a lot of lakes in the Carolinas, so there’s no better time to go crappie fishing.

    Top picks for fall Carolina crappie

    With the attention of plenty of Carolina anglers diverted to other pursuits, now is the time to catch some slabs. Here are some places to try.
    October 01 at 7:00am