Outdoors report High waters can mean more trouble spots

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Heavy rains have resulted in high water levels and muddy water conditions throughout the Yadkin River lakes.

Flood gates were in operation most of the past week, creating swift currents with logs and other trash floating downstream. Although most fishermen were hampered by the higher waters, some who braved the conditions brought in white perch and a few catfish.

Boaters should use caution on High Rock Lake and the Yadkin River. Be on the lookout for assorted floating logs and other hazards.

Hunting

Poor weather conditions last week affected deer movement and hunter participation. Once the rain stopped, several nice bucks were checked in at local stations.

For a hunter who doesn’t mind venturing out in all weather conditions, a portable blind made much like a pop-up tent can help. Ranging from $50 to $150, these easily maintained and transported stands often prove a necessary tool for the ground hunter. It is also a great choice when taking children who can’t sit still for long periods of time.

Usually the interior is dark and the windows can be adjusted to hide body movement within the blind. Most blinds also help contain human scent with a chemical coating. Since these stands are becoming a popular choice for hunters, they would be a great addition to Santa’s list.

Of course, you should check local regulations about hunting from the ground in the county where you hunt.

Game lands

Some areas to consider for a chance at a good deer include these spots in Davidson County: Newsome Road at the dead end, Alcoa game land on the north side of N.C. 49 at the Tuckertown Lake bridge, the Uwharrie National Forest in the same area and the Linwood game land, which is boat/foot access only.

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E-mail Sgt. Anthony Sharum of the N.C. Wildlife Resources at huntfishguy66@ aol.com.

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