• Volume 6 Number 11 - November 2011

    Features

    Even though some bucks let their guard down as breeding season peaks, hunters can’t afford to make any mistakes if a trophy is their target.

    It’s the time of the season when deer hunters in South Carolina have their best chance of taking the trophy buck they know lurks in their woods.

    So you were lucky enough to draw a permit this year, here’s how to make the most of your public duck hunt.

    Back in October, you and a group of your duck hunting buddies — or maybe it was a couple of family members — obtained an application from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for one of their annual draw duck hunts.

    November is the No. 1 month for redfish in the Beaufort/Hilton Head end of the Lowcountry. Here’s how to get in on some fantastic action.

    All the fall months have fabulous redfishing, but November may just be the cream of the crop. Guides, who pole anglers year-round to within casting range of spot-tail bass, rank the two-month period ending around Thanksgiving as the best possible time to catch spot-tails because of the consistent weather patterns, clearing water and aggressive feeding patterns of fish fattening up for winter.

    It can be ‘scary’ shallow, but this sprawling bay is full of fish and empty of fishermen.

    Rob Beglin of Pawley’s Island is convinced that Bulls Bay is the best place to catch redfish and trout outside of Louisiana.

    As cold weather sets in, bucks accelerate signposting activity — battering trees with their hardened antlers and stout foreheads. Amid this labyrinth of rut madness, bucks still instinctively focus on a particular tree — searching for the old traditional

    The rut is close. By procreative instinct, a mature hefty 8-pointer traverses the land. Ascending a bluff ridge, the persistent male steadily climbs the steep vegetative terrain with ease. His path is precise; the buck has ventured the topography many times before. Although he periodically stops to investigate a few licking branch scrapes and flehmens doe urine, he directs his attention toward old trees with distinguished markings.

    November is prime time for anglers to experience the thrill of a big speck blasting a topwater plug.

    Catching a big speckled trout on a topwater bait is something of a religious experience to some fishermen. Count guides Danny Rourk and Jeff Yates among them.