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I Love to Hunt and Fish! I am a native North Carolinian, born in Halifax county in 1965, raised and lived there until 2006. I am married and have two daughters, one at home in school and the other is out of college and she married last summer, so i kinda have the son i never had, the only problem is he is 6'6' tall, never had to look up to either of my kids? Seriously, he is a good man and is in to hunting and fishing, so everyone is happy and it is all good. I now reside in eastern Johnston county, i moved here in 2008 and will live here until i retire in a few years.
I've killed so many deer thru the years i have lost count, i kill mostly does and im very selective on the bucks i kill and i will not kill does after mid october until mid to late november. I eat venison, so no meat ever goes to waste. My dad died when i was 7 years old, so i learned how to deer hunt with my next door neighbor (my hunting/fishing mentor) during the mid 70's, his family had land in Greenville and Southampton County, Virginia in the low grounds around the Meherrin River. I would not trade that experience for nothing in the world, i have very good memories of what he taught me and i have used so many of those lessons during my life. He has been missed so much since he passed away in the late 80's, one day we will meet again in heaven and he can mentor me again on how to hunt and fish in heaven.
During the late 70's and early 80's i learned how to fish in ponds and fished the upper Roanoke River. When i got my drivers license at 16 i began to fish Roanoke Rapids lake, Gaston lake and parts of Kerr lake.
My weirdest fishing moment- in 1986 i caught 2 small flounder on back to back casts in the Roanoke River by the bridge in Roanoke Rapids, thats over 90 miles upstream from the mouth of the Albermale Sound. Even stranger, is the very next day my fishing buddy and i were fishing in the same location and he caught 2 small flounder on back to back casts- whats the odds of that happening again? Thru the mid 80's to mid 90's i fished for rockfish in the Roanoke year round, there is what we call resident rockfish in the tailrace below the Roanoke Rapids dam and we would catch them all year long, it is an amazing fishery!
Over the years i have deer hunted in the following eastern NC counties: Halifax, Northampton, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Edgecombe, Pitt, Hertford, Martin, Bertie, Washington, Tyrell, Beafurt, Pamlico and Craven. In the following central NC counties: Franklin, Warren, Vance, Person, Alamance, Rockingham, Orange and Wake. My favorites counties are Halifax, Northampton, Hertford and Bertie. I have met so many people, gained so many friends and treasure the experiences i have witnessed while hunting!
My family has always fished on the OBX from Kitty Hawk to Oregon Inlet so that is where all of my saltwater experience is from. Over the years, the OBX has become my second home and in a few years it will be where i retire. It is where my heart is, when i travel there, i never want to leave and when i do leave, i can't wait to come back. The fishing and hunting available to a sportsman living out there is some of the best NC has to offer! Maybe someday i will have the chance and patience to mentor to my grandkid(s) or to some kid that reminds me of myself when i was 9 years old, then my life will have come full circle as i have passed on to the future what was passed on to me.