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Goldston hunter kills trophy buck, proves game management works

A hunter with an itchy trigger finger may have a hard time letting any buck pass. But, after dropping a 14-point, 200-pound Chatham County bruiser on November 10th, Edward Diver of Goldston proves that you can harvest trophy bucks in your own backyard if you let them go and let them grow.

Yesterday at 10:30 am

Hunter kills Wayne County 14-point buck

A move to higher ground was the ticket to success for a Rosewood hunter during the two weeks of wet weather that ushered in the eastern blackpowder season. On October 4, John Mercer overcame a malfunctioning muzzleloader and dropped his biggest buck to date, a 14-point Wayne County beast that carried a gross green-score of 183.88 inches.

October 29 at 6:45 am

Gibsonville hunter downs 200-pound, 16-point buck

After a gut wrenching standoff last Sunday, Gibsonville hunter Shane Phillips got a second chance on a Rockingham County buck that he actually wounded last year during rifle season. On this occasion, he delivered a perfect shot that would seal the fate of a full velvet 16-point that weighed in over 200-pounds with an unofficial green score of 191 4/8-inches gross.

“I was in the stand between 4:30 and 4:45, said Phillips. “I had a couple of small does and bucks come out in the field, it was an average hunt.”

The average hunt suddenly took a turn for the worse when the wind changed direction. “They could smell me and they bolted,” said Phillips. “I didn’t know if the hunt was over, so I just started grunting and bleating.”

October 26 at 12:01 pm

Wilmington angler catches 98-pound wahoo off of Carolina Beach

When Filipe Balbino of Wilmington gathered visiting friends and family last Saturday for a relaxing fishing trip, he wasn’t planning on doing battle with a nearly triple digit wahoo. However, while trolling for king mackerel near Carolina Beach, his crew decked a 72-inch, 98.2 pound beast that struck not one, but two of his king rigs.

After stopping to net a morning’s supply of fresh pogies outside of Carolina Beach Inlet, Balbino set sail with his 6-man crew to a king mackerel hotspot. Resting 10 miles offshore, the 10-Mile Boxcars is an artificial reef submerged in 60 feet of water and comprised of 10 railroad boxcars plus chunks of concrete.

October 22 at 9:29 am

Moriah hunter kills trophy 12-point buck

When a man turns his passion for deer hunting into a family affair, he reserves the right to drop a nice one every once in a while himself. After his wife, Jennifer, killed a 158 6/8-inch buck on opening day, and his son, Brayden, took another big buck a few days later, Kevin Morris of Moriah bagged a 12-pointer for himself on Sept. 24 that scored 146 ½ inches.

“I’d rather see them shoot,” said Morris, “but I picked this one out this year and said he’s gonna be mine.

September 30 at 6:45 am

Lucky 13: 13-point buck makes 13th birthday special for Chatham County hunter

Nothing is better than getting what you want for your birthday, even if it’s a day late. That’s exactly what happened for Caleb Davis, a Lexington teen who downed a 13-point Chatham County buck on September 21st, a day after his 13th birthday.

“I picked the boys up from school and thought it would be a good day to go hunting,” said Jimmy Davis, Caleb’s father. “But, one of the boys didn’t have his hunting clothes, so we had to go back home to get them.” 

September 25 at 12:18 am

Angler lands 156-pound tarpon from Jolly Roger Pier

Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail Beach was the site of a flurry of tarpon activity last weekend as the silver kings chased mullet along beaches. The largest fish came on Sunday, Aug. 30, when Justin Avery of Creedmoor decked a tarpon that measured 78 ½ inches long with a girth of 35 5/8 inches. The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust weight calculator estimated the fish at 156 pounds.

Avery, who had hooked and lost a tarpon on Saturday, came back Sunday with full intentions of redemption. Although technically pin-rigging for king mackerel, he admits that a tarpon was his target.

September 08 at 12:01 pm

Gimme those baitfish crunchin' thermocline blues

Contrary to popular belief, blue catfish are not just bottom-feeders.  Once the lowest layer of water is depleted of oxygen in late summer, big blues have to change their game plan. Guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro consistently puts them in the boat by suspending cut bait with slip bobbers. Follow his tips to dial in on the thermocline bite. 

August 30 at 9:34 pm