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When ducks won’t come into shotgun range, a good guide will do just about anything for his decoy spread to be seen — including waving his arms in the air. 

Well, not exactly. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Falls of Neuse Slabs loaded on brush piles, main-channel ledges

Anglers looking for cold-water crappie action will fall in love with Falls of the Neuse Lake near Durham, N.C., especially if they follow the example of Wes Jordan of Redbeard Cats Guide Service, who scans deeper water brush piles and channel edges before dropping a jig to load the boat.

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January 01 at 9:30 am
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Late is great - North Carolina’s big-water ducks

The last leg of the North Carolina’s duck season is here, promising what is likely the heaviest month of duck activity. Although many birds have already been schooled by barking shotguns, a savvy hunter can still bring them down, and there’s no better place to fill a limit with a variety of ducks than the Pamlico Sound and the southern Outer Banks.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Gastonia hunter downs 12-point, 159-inch buck

As Aaron Loftin of Gastonia, N.C. sat in his climbing stand 300 yards from his friend Mike May of Indian Trail, NC on the afternoon of Dec. 9, he had already made his mind up to let a big buck walk if it was headed in May’s direction — and he did just that. But when that buck made an about-face and trotted back to Loftin, he laid out the 159 ⅞-inch, Gaston County 12-point before it could flee.

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December 28, 2017 at 10:03 am
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Oxford, NC hunter kills 159-inch, 10-point buck in Granville County

Through a chance meeting with a landowner, Michael Vargo of Oxford, NC gained hunting access to a piece of property that he had been eyeballing for a while. Although he had seen plenty of deer from the highway, he didn’t know it would hold the biggest buck he had ever taken — a 159-inch, Granville County 10-point that he harvested on Nov. 17.

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December 26, 2017 at 11:01 am
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Newland, NC hunter downs 13-point beast on Thanksgiving

Since bow season, Coty Ingram of Newland, NC had been trying his hardest to bring down a buck that was the talk of Avery County hunters — a big-bodied 13-point that had turned up on a lot of folk’s trail cameras. On a Thanksgiving morning hunt that almost didn’t happen, the mostly nocturnal buck slipped up, and Ingram was there to take advantage.

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December 08, 2017 at 12:01 am
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Find Albemarle sound stripers

Striped bass come alive in December, and one of the largest gatherings occurs in North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound as they huddle up for the coming winter. Guide Jeff Onley of Elizabeth City hopes for schooling fish, but he can also find action on structure with a variety of hard and soft baits.

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December 04, 2017 at 10:37 am
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Alternate route leads Belews Creek hunter to 144-inch, 12-point buck

When Brandon Dimont of Belew’s Creek, NC jumped a big buck on his usual path to his box stand on the opening weekend of muzzleloader season, he knew he would need to find an alternate route for the future. Two weeks later, on Nov. 11, he snuck in the back way and laid down a 144-inch, Alamance County 12-point. 

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November 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm
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