32 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
Rockingham County has become North Carolina's No. 1 destination for trophy bucks in recent years, as this 10-pointer killed by Eric League illustrates.
|Drum up some December fish - Topsail, Surf City anglers have special opportunity to catch red and black drum as December weather cools
206 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
It was typical winter morning, with a bite to the breeze that made even weatherworn Capt. David Baxley cinch down his acrylic headgear and pull up the hood of his sweatshirt like a scarf. Launching from a ramp in Surf City was a snap because it was in a protected area, but when Baxley headed south along the Intracoastal Waterway, the wind chilling a forehead brought on a brain freeze as easily as a snow cone during the summer. Hunkering down behind the windshield, he jammed the throttle down even more.
|Trout HQ - Waters between Cape Fear & Little River's jetties fill with specks
144 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
As fall settles in along North Carolina’s coast, locals don’t fret over the end of summer. The last months of the year mean several things: smaller crowds, cooler temperatures and the best speckled trout fishing of the year.†
|Never Too Late -Tips for late-season deer hunting
327 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
North Carolina’s whitetail numbers have remained steady the past four or five years, it’s clear the majority of antlered deer are still being killed in October and November.
|Swan song - How to call up a tundra swan
80 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
The urge to look up was overwhelming, especially for the youngsters crouched in the small drainage ditch separating two wheat fields near Pungo Lake and the Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge in Washington County. The whistling honk of tundra swans filled the air as flocks of the large, white birds circled the area deciding which field looked better for breakfast. †
|Dove Dusting - Cold-weather dove hunting can be some of the best North Carolina hunters can experience
133 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
Long underwear: check.
|When itís cold, itís hot - Slow-trolling live baits or artificials can produce plenty of winter striped bass on High Rock Lake
152 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
The winter months, particularly December through February, are best times to pursue striped bass in large impoundments across North Carolina, and High Rock Lake on the Yadkin River south of Lexington has consistently been a top producer.
|Bad weather, good bass - December success puts Kerr Lake bass fishermen in a holiday mood
123 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
During the winter, most of the fishermen who sing the famous line “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” from Sammy Cahn’s classic Christmas song have comfortably shielded themselves from the elements by nestling up to a warm fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.
|Greentree impoundments are Ďnutí havens
221 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
A greentree impoundment takes advantage of acorns, of one of the primary food sources of larger puddle ducks, including wood ducks, mallards and black ducks. Hard mast, including nuts, bracts and awns, along with soft mast, such as berries and fruits, occur in bottomland hardwood swamps. A greentree impoundment is flooded seasonally, after deciduous leaves have fallen and the hardwood trees have gone dormant.
|Man-made and manipulated duck foods
183 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
The Lodge Road Impoundment has 21 acres of fields in the shape of an “I” that were ditched and planted in small grains several years ago, partly with the help of funding from Ducks Unlimited. However, the plantings have had limited success.
|Fire is friend and foe
123 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
The 2011 Juniper Road Fire burned holes in Holly Shelter’s Lodge Road Impoundment dikes; however, it did more good for ducks than bad.
|How to choose a call
166 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
Game calls have been around for nearly 400 years. Duck calls were among the first type readily available; they were used to entice ducks into caged enclosures. It was the 20th century before calls were mass-produced for waterfowl, big game, small game, and predators. Today, just about every type of call imaginable is available to imitate natural vocalizations and sounds and entice wildlife into range, and deer calls are among the most-diverse types available to hunters in North America.
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