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  • Hi folks. Do any of you have experience with catching pickerel (redfin or chain) in in Beaufort and Hyde Co? I grew up in Ontario and miss catching Northern Pike and I'd like to catch one of these little water wolves if I could. (I actually did catch one in Hyde Co. one time and not since).

    Are they fairly prevalent? Is there a type of water body I should be looking at? The current issue of the sportsman magazine features an article on the redfin down on the Lumber River - also a tannin-stained water body.

    There are other fish I'd RATHER catch, but I wouldn't mind purusing these critters a little, in my canoe with my kids.


    May 18, 2016 at 10:07am

    **Skip to pics to avoid long story!**

    I was blessed to take an odd, but nice 9-pt this year, just prior to Thanksgiving, right when a nice cold snap hit.

    That morning, I got into the stand at 530. By 630, I thought I heard footsteps behind me a ways, but I couldn't see anything, and it stopped. Squirrels started coming out, too.

    At 7, a doe came flying out of some thick stuff right towards me, stopped, spun on a dime, and left in full run. Then.

    At 745, I hear noise RIGHT behind the tree. I look tight over my left shoulder and see the back half of a deer's back, RIGHT behind the tree. I have no freaking idea where he came from. I didn't hear him until right then. (Maybe he was the deer I had hear earlier? Did he bed down right behind me?)

    I slipped the flip-off mitten off my right hand, took off the safety and readied. Heart pounding. Deer still walking. I hear him. Don't see him! Doh - he came out the right side of the stand. When I saw him, I saw nice antlers (nicer than I've had before), a thick neck, and his head was low to the ground.

    He froze. So did I, with the gun pointed in the wrong direction. He's 15 yards from me. He needed to get his head behind a pair of trees for me to bring my gun around.

    When he did, I swung the gun over, up to my left eye, and realized my left-hand (trigger) mitten was still on! I felt for the trigger (luckily, it's not a 1-pounder), and Boom!

    He took off like he hadn't been hit, and I was shocked. But....50 yards later, he stopped, took 5 steps to his right, and fell over.

    A few seconds later, a doe walks away from a spot not 30 yards away. I hadn't seen her, heard her, and wondered if she had been bedded there. I must have walked right by her.

    Then...a minute later...I'm filming a little post-hunt video from the stand, and a 4 pt walks by...and meanders around where that doe had been. Then he went over to my buck, and stood over it for a bit, and then left.

    I finally got down, looked for blood (tho he was dead 50 yards away), tried to film the recovery, and said 'Screw it. Let's see this deer!'

    There he lay, body on its side, but head held completely upright by a kickstand! I was surprised b/c I had only see his left side rack. A nice typical side. His right hand side was gnarly, but cool.

    His left side is 10' inside from center of skull, and the left is 7'. Had he been symmetrical/typical, he'd have been 20.

    Sorry for the long post. I surprised myself typing it, but the excitement came back...

    My first 'nice' deer (for my Beaufort Co. standards!) and I'm getting him mounted.

    Thinking semi-sneak or semi-upright with a sharp downturn to his head to really show off both sides. (not sure which turn - right or left.

    December 30, 2014 at 9:17am

    I just read this article linked to the main sportsman page:

    Not sure why an individual needs a 'special permit' to do so, and to report all kills.

    Does anyone know when this actually is 'a go'? Or is it already?

    November 17, 2014 at 1:36pm

    I've been checking the NC Sportsman, hoping to see pics of some great bucks, but there have been less posted here than I figured I'd see. I only hunt rifle, so no reports here. People just keeping to themselves?

    October 07, 2014 at 12:08pm

    Hi folks,

    Still considering buying a bow. Didn't last year due to $ and time. (finishing a PhD).

    PhD finished, but $ still an issue.

    My local bow shop, of which I've heard great things, and treated me really really well when I just stepped in to check it out, doesn't have much in the way of entry-level bows, in my DL (31.5). That put me into the category of $950 bare bow.

    I'm thinking more along the lines of a $400 Ready-to-hunt Bear Attack combo on ebay. However, I'll still need the help of a bowsmith (is that what you call em?). Another local shop owner that 'does' bow work told me that he will get his money out of a customer that buys elsewhere and comes to him for setup, etc.

    I want a good relationship with my bowshop, but can't afford what they carry. Shall I just ask? Shall I just take my lumps?

    Whatchy'all think?

    September 08, 2014 at 8:17am

    Sitting in a climber compressed whatever insulation you are wearing or sitting on, which ends up being not very insulating, ironically. Have any of you added something to your climber seat to help keep your bum warm? Foam or otherwise?

    August 25, 2014 at 10:29am

    I shot my first turkey ever in 2012, in what was an incredible hunt, one that is documented somewhere on this forum. I didn't get to hunt much (or at all?) last turkey season, but have had a few chances this year.

    Got set up at 5am on some farm fields in Beaufort County. I had seen what I thought was one tom and a bunch of other birds from over a 1/2 mile away the morning before. Wasn't sure what I was dealing with. Since I only saw one strutting bird out there, I took the jake decoy the next morning, and set up along a ditch line in some small saplings. I sat down and realized my decoy was only 10 yards away, but I figured it'd be good. If the birds were around, they'd come from right to left, and never see me if they were looking at the decoy.

    I waited quietly, enjoying the sounds of the Chuck-wills Widows and other birds until about 545am, when the gobbler sounded off to my right. I waited till he gobbled again, and then I hit a few cuts on my SPURSUADER (Thanks GobblinTom!). He gobbled right back, and I knew it was 'game on'.
    I cut or purred only ever two or three gobbles of his to keep his interest up.

    Finally, they all flew down around 555 - 600 am. I could seem the birds milling around about 75-100 yds away at the end of the field. My view somewhat obscured by saplings and weeds. I could make out one strutting bird.

    I cut, yelped, and purred a little, but to no avail, at least for about 15 minutes. THen I saw one, non-strutting bird walking my way, and the strutter behind it, coming along. I then saw the long beard on the 1st bird, and realized I had at least 2 toms!

    Well, they started at a walk, which escalated into a full-out run. The one bird puffed up when he got to my decoy, the other did not. I was so excited having never seen this in person before, that I wasn't sure which bird I wanted. The non-strutter appeared to have the larger beard (duh, his wasn't half-hidden by the puffed-up feathers).
    That dominant bird circled around my decoy to face it, and then, in an instant, went all psycho on it, jumping on it viciously, raking it with its spurs. I figured the jig was up when it heard the loud clattering on a hard plastic decoy, but he did it again, with the other bird egging him on it seemed! I almost went for a double, and when i shot, I was worried had actually injured the other bird, but he flew off fine. I jumped up, saw my bird in a heap, and then I just layed back on the ground and looked up at the sky. Wow. what a hunt!

    Here are a few pics.

    May 02, 2014 at 5:09pm

    Was hunting near Scotland Neck last weekend, and came across a scrape that reeked of buck. Didn't see much activity though, as a full moon kept the deer moving through the night.

    Haven't smelled that out east, but had a button chase a doe under my stand this morning, near Plymouth, NC.

    What ye say about the state-of-the-rut where you live/hunt? Is the best yet to come? (Please say yes)... :)

    October 23, 2013 at 9:09pm

    I hear ya about the fishing. Some of it I find interesting, and the fall IS a good time to be fishing...

    I'd like to see potentially two things:

    1. Separate hunting/fishing magazines. I know they probably wouldn't go for this, but...

    2. An electronic-only version for ipad/android/microsoft tablet - just like what we get included (not free) with our paper subscription.

    I imagine the printing costs are huge, so why not bypass it? I inquired about this last year, with a simple 'we have no plans for that' type response.

    For some reason though, I DO like holding the paper copy and seeing that big ol buck on the front. (Problem was last year, I kept getting a fish cover in the mail, while the copy in the local store had a buck on it.

    September 29, 2013 at 2:56pm

    Last year, I had considered hunting in Tillery Game Land. Deer hunting is NOT by permit only. (Turkey IS). It is listed as a 6 day per week game land.

    However, when I finally got around to planning a visit, I realized it is only open for GUN during a one-week period (plus a little bit at the end of the season).

    Here is the language from the NCWRC:

    TilleryGameLand –HalifaxCounty (5,219 acres)
    ● Six-day-per-week area.
    ● GunEither-SexDeer Season:Oct. 13 –Oct. 19 and
    Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 (moderate season).

    Does this mean that archery and muzzle are allowed throughout their respective seasons, but gun only during those times?

    What does 'moderate season' mean here?

    September 11, 2013 at 11:02am

    For the last two years, I have only gotten permits for 3 of the 5 public land options I put in for. One of those 3 has fallen late in the season - this year Dec 12-14.

    Is this particularly a bad time to hunt?

    The three 3-day periods I drew for start on:
    17 Oct
    14 Nov
    12 Dec

    I spread out my options to ensure i got a few. Unfortunately, I chose 17 Oct which is the same time as my kids' fall break from school during which we planned to go to the state fair in Raleigh.

    I guess deer get shot all season, but the closer to opening day, and the rut are probably the two most important...

    September 11, 2013 at 10:57am

    I was walking through some woods near the Roanoke River recently, and heard a loud noise that made we wonder if it was a buck on the other side of a small ravine. I admit to only have hearing 1 or 2 snorts in my life. This was a loud wheeze/sneeze, but it was mabye 4 syllables long - each consecutively shorter than the next. WHEEEEZ! WHEEZ Wheez Whez
    I don't know what else it could be. It was loud, and it made the hair on my arms stand up!

    I always thought a buck would give just one single snort. Is this possibly a buck?

    September 01, 2013 at 2:55pm

    Hi everyone,

    Best wishes to you all as the deer season approaches!

    I wondered who here uses any type of deer lure/scent. I don't have my own 'place' to deer hunt, and take my opportunities when I can get them. So, I can't set up a long-term scrape-type situation, but was thinking of hanging/spraying something when I'm hunting.

    I suspect there's some bogus products out there (maybe they all are).

    Any recommendations? Cautions? If I'm driving a substantial distance to hunting, I'd rather not screw it up, but would love to increase my odds as well.

    September 01, 2013 at 2:50pm

    I hung my game cam up in a gameland last year, some time in January (Roanoke River). Was surprised to see a human, with what might be a rifle slung over his back? Not sure about the reflective patch on the left shoulder.

    I had been searching for sheds (with no luck), during the day. Glad I wore some orange.

    July 31, 2013 at 3:49pm

    A few friends of mine have twice gone up to Ohio during bow season to try their hand at dropping a huge buck. They've fallen short of their goals both times, frustrated by the sheer size of the public land (Wayne Nat'l Forest), and the lack of confidence on being on public land vs. accidentally being on private. They ran into at least one crazy man (crazy-looking, crazy-acting) who threatened to shoot them b/c they were on his land (in fact they WERE on public land), but it was not a fun moment for them nonetheless).

    Anyway, as crazy as it sounds, I might like to try it, given the right group of guys to go with!

    Have any of you tried? what's your story?

    feel free to comment if you've tried any public land, non-resident hunts in other states.

    June 23, 2013 at 5:43pm

    Has anyone tried a Parker Velocity bow? I visited a local bow shop (Terry's Archery Plus) b/w Washington and New Bern to inquire about getting a bow. The service was great, and I've heard good reviews from friends who shop with these guys.

    Anyways, I'm on a limited budget, left-handed, and tall (6'4'). They had a LH, Parker Velocity which I tried out and liked. The only thing I felt was that my right hand was a little sore where the bow pressed against my hand. I attributed it to being new to shooting a bow. There are few personal videos on youtube about this bow, and few reviews. A few mention issues with the grip, but they mention it being too wide, whereas I felt it a little thin! (Big hands?).

    Anyway. I'm new to bowhunting, I won't be bowhunting every day, I'm on a limited budget, and am NOT after the highest bow speed.

    This bow was pretty light (4.15lbs), maybe 31.5' long, with 7.5' brace height. Draw weight runs 50-70 lbs. I was estimated to be a 30.5' draw length, even though the 'formula' will give you 31.5. He set me up for 30.5 and it was just about spot on, without any tweaking.

    Anyone got experience with this bow, or other Parker bows? (This one had a lifetime warranty).

    June 23, 2013 at 3:36pm

    Does anyone here frequent a bow forum online? Some of the best info available seems to come from forums like these. However, they aren't all created equal. Some (usually b/c of the collection of people posting) are exceptional...

    February 03, 2013 at 6:42am

    Curious when you guys start shed hunting, or rather, when you start seeing sheds. Any tips for finding them?

    February 01, 2013 at 10:46am

    I was wondering if any of you plan to bring your deer head/rack/mount to the Dixie Classic to get scored this year?

    I went last year, and hoped to see some of the bucks I'd seen here, but couldn't really tell.

    Maybe we can all get together and meet even. NONE of you know me, although it seems a good number of you here know each other.


    February 01, 2013 at 9:11am

    As you may know, my usual comment to the pics of the big bucks i see here is something like 'Holy cow/Good gracious! If I ever see such a buck....'.

    Well, I DON'T see those, and in fact the pictures below are of the biggest buck I've ever seen (apart from growing up in Ontario, Canada. but I didn't hunt then). :(

    So, a few weeks ago, I got invited to hunt a friend's property in Halifax Co., and this is the result. He popped out at 704am, at 100+ yards, and I popped him with the .308. When the smoke cleared, he was leaping between the trees, looking like he hadn't been hit. I was shaking, and worried I had only hurt, or gut shot, a deer on my friend's property. He texted me and said it sounded like a hit, but let's play it safe. We went out for breakfast, and I could barely concentrate. We drove up to the field two hours later and there he was. 15 yards into the woods. Crumbled. Turns out it was heart and lungs. (I shouldn't doubt myself or the Ruger!).

    So, he's not so big, and shucks darnit, his brow tines were busted. One almost healed, and the other sharp. Actually, when he ran, he ran smack into the tree he eventually died 'between'. His antler has shredded bark stuck to it at the base!

    Thanks for the great photos all year. I pray I'll shoot a big one sometime!

    December 26, 2012 at 6:54pm
    A comment titled: Re: Alamance co 8 ptr in response to a report titled: Alamance co 8 ptr

    Congrats! It's clear that this deer has turned your world upside down!

    September 23, 2015 at 8:39pm
    A comment titled: Good eatin' too in response to a report titled: Chain Pickerel Fishing

    I should add, that we loved eating fried Northern Pike (Esox lucius), and they are just as bony as the Chain Pickerel (Esox niger).

    January 05, 2015 at 1:22pm
    A comment titled: I love em! in response to a report titled: Chain Pickerel Fishing

    Those fish are awesome! I grew up on Canada, and loved to catch Northern Pike. The Chain pickerel is the only thing we have out east, and I've only ever caught ONE small one! (In Hyde County, in a canal).

    I see you're a 'Captain'. If you are a guide, then I apologize. Otherwise, can you help a former northerner find some, uh, 'Northern' cousins? :)

    How long were some of those fish, and how much did they weigh?

    January 05, 2015 at 1:20pm
    A comment titled: more in response to a report titled: One nice one...w a kickstand.


    January 02, 2015 at 12:16pm
    A comment titled: pics in response to a report titled: One nice one...w a kickstand.

    Having problem with photos...

    January 02, 2015 at 12:15pm
    A comment titled: Coyotes with some wolf genetics. in response to a report titled: Coyote or Wolf?

    I know - I live near the coast. It's just that they aren't wolves, but hybrids at best. Hybridized with coyotes.

    December 20, 2014 at 11:17am
    A comment titled: Can only be a coyote.. in response to a report titled: Coyote or Wolf?

    Very nice pic. Nice animal. No wolves in NC that anyone knows of....

    December 14, 2014 at 5:59pm
    A comment titled: Wow in response to a report titled: Bittersweet Buck

    As FairChase said above, bittersweet indeed. I can picture you now, with your dad, and that buck, emotions coursing through your mind and heart. Special for the 2 of you to be there together, both knowing what that would have meant to your grandfather. Consider it a blessing to have had such a great relationship with him. You'll always think of him when you think of this hunt, see the photos, or when you see this deer on the wall (hopefully, you're mounting him!).

    December 11, 2014 at 4:01pm
    A comment titled: Congrats! in response to a report titled: 146inch 12 point Orange county

    Really nice deer.

    Was it just running by, or do you think it heard the leaves rustling and thought it was a buck scraping?

    November 19, 2014 at 8:53am
    A comment titled: Congrats! (What caliber?) in response to a report titled: First filmed hunt with kill shot by my 10 yr old

    Congratulations to the both of you. Great shot. He didn't go anywhere but make sand angels on the ground!

    When did you start your son with shooting? What caliber, and what caliber now? I've got a young son myself, and haven't been too eager to get him shooting yet, but considering...

    November 07, 2014 at 2:53pm
    A comment titled: Wow in response to a report titled: First Buck

    Congrats to the young lady and to you!

    What a deer! Whether you are 7 or 70!

    November 07, 2014 at 2:47pm
    A comment titled: Unbelievable! (and Congrats!) in response to a report titled: Opening Day 10 Point

    Some of you guys make it look so easy!

    Congratulations, GT.

    November 07, 2014 at 2:44pm
    A comment titled: . in response to a report titled: First Buck

    Congratualations, D-00!

    October 05, 2014 at 4:07pm
    A comment titled: . in response to a report titled: Hard work

    Nice, but...I use an old mule and a plow...

    Just kidding. Love the picture. That's worth a few words there for sure. I have a feeling this hard work will pay off. Best wishes.

    September 29, 2014 at 10:27pm
    A comment titled: Trophy Rock? in response to a report titled: Prince Trail Cam 2014

    He likes that Trophy Rock, does he? Nice.

    September 18, 2014 at 6:47am
    A comment titled: Single Pin Sight? in response to a report titled: 53 Days and Counting

    How do you like that single-pin sight? What do you sight it in at, and then how much of a difference is there (in inches) on a deer's body for going 10 yards further out (given your draw length and draw weight, etc.)

    September 18, 2014 at 6:46am
    A comment titled: . in response to a report titled: Nice Buck for NC

    Actually, I really doubt that buck is from NC.

    September 18, 2014 at 6:44am
    A comment titled: I'm hearin ya! in response to a report titled: Buying Bow Online vs LBS

    Hi everyone, thanks for your thoughtful comments/advice.

    I would love to support the local businesses. We have a new local shop in Washington, too, and they are only 15 miles from my house, which is awesome. However, the only thing they had for me was a 900 dollar bare bow (not BEAR, but bare!). That's b/c they thought I was a 31.5 draw.

    I almost bought a Parker Eagle RTH pkg at Terry's Archery Plus on Friday evening. Terry's son was great and patient, and I felt bad walking out of there empty-handed. **The problem was the GRIP on the Eagle. Instead of a curve where the grip transitions to the riser, it turns at a right angle, and that 'flat', or horizontal, piece, rested on the large knuckle of my thumb, the joint right near the 'V' b/w thumb and forefinger. By the time I was done shooting it, and another bow, and ready to buy, it was hurting. I started to realize that I was considering buying a bow, with the intention of finding some foam to make the grip comfortable.

    Not good. Better find one that fits!

    They had a Hoyt Charger combo for 650 plus release, arrows, and tax, that was maybe 250-300 out of my range. I wish I'd shot it now, so I'd know if i'd be willing fork over that much more for one.

    Thanks. I'll keep ya posted.

    September 14, 2014 at 8:42pm
    A comment titled: . in response to a report titled: Buying Bow Online vs LBS

    Hi GT, I hear ya, but what I'm getting at is: Is your local bow shop cool with customers getting their stuff somewhere else? I mean, they must be, in a sense. It's still new business. I knew someone with a bike shop. I was apologetic for getting work done on bikes, vs. buying them from him (I actually didn't buy any bikes during that time frame, period), but he said he barely got any profit from selling new bikes, but mostly from accessories and working on bikes. It might go the same way for bows.

    Basically, unless a bow shop has what I need in my size for my price, I'm going to have buy elsewhere and hope they'll help me set it up.

    September 08, 2014 at 9:01pm
    A comment titled: wow in response to a report titled: My Sunday Nov.21 2010 Bow Kill

    Coming late to this party, but I gotta say that is a gorgeous buck.

    I wish we were neighbors and really close friends. ;)


    September 07, 2014 at 3:05pm
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