David Lear, Robert Webster and William Pence from Rockingham, NC area with
some blue catfish from the Pee Dee River in Anson County, NC near the South
Carolina line caught July 19, 2003. Most of their fish averaged around
40 plus lbs. Notice the fish skeletons in the bed of the pickup truck
in the back ground. We had a fish fry after those big boys were
processed and Robert Webster knows what to do with fish and wild game when
it comes to cooking not to mention eating his share too! Grin now.
Brent Thompson of Mt. Gilead, NC with a beautiful long beard harvested on
04-12-03. I will get the details later; too far back to remember.
John Gaddy, Polkton, NC with an excellent bow harvested 9 point buck.
Jody Brown of Polkton, NC with a long beard taken on 04-17-03. Jody
shoots a big 10 gauge magnum!
Wade Hogue of Archdale, NC with an excellent Whitetail Deer rack ready
for mounting harvested 11-21-02.
Quinton Thompson of Mt. Gilead, NC with a 10 point buck harvested on
12-20-03 scored 140 B&C.
David Lear of Rockingham, NC near Cordova area with 475 lb. wild hog
taken in his back yard in 2003.
David Lear of Rockingham, NC with his 8 point Anson County Buck harvested
Don Edwards of Hamlet, NC with his "yote" taken while deer hunting.
Don't think he got much venison out of that coyote! My little digital
camera caught Don's eyes about closed or I hope that was the problem. Many
have commented that the coyote looks better than Don in this pix even though
the coyote is stone dead. Lets blame the photographer for this one!
John Gaddy aka "Big John" with a long beard harvested on April 21, 2001 in Anson County,
Kenneth Diggs of Polkton, NC with an 8 lb. plus Largemouth Bass caught on
William McKnight Porter III, one of our two West Coast Grand Boys from
Vista, CA with the catch of the day in Southern
California on July 15, 2001. I believe we drove by this Lake in May
2008 while visiting with the California Porters and had lunch at a nearby
Travis Lee Huneycutt , one of our East Coast Grand Boys from Lilesville,
NC with his first fish caught in 2000 at Rose & Vondale
Tucker's farm pond in Morven, NC.
Trevor Lane Huneycutt, another East Coast Grand Boy from Lilesville, NC with his first fish caught on April 14, 2001 at
Bill Escott's pond in Polkton, NC.
Had to go way back on this one to 1967...the young lady is Iris Bowers,
and on the left is Rickey Bowers and Buddy Bowers from Burnsville, NC.
We all fished a near by pond....anything on the ole fly rod big or little is
nothing but fun for sure. Bill Porter 08-31-08
City Lake Archery Club trophy winners at Sapona Archery Club in 1987.
Our oldest daughter Laura Porter front left whose age had her in the Youth
Division but she had little competition and entered into the Women's
division at this tournament and took first place in the Unlimited Women's
division class beating out veteran archers using 500 dollar plus bows such as
the Hoyt Gold Medalists and she was using a 50 dollar Black Bear model bow..
Our City Lake Archery Club had three former NFAA NC State field champions
and good instructors makes a big difference when training youth! One
of Laura's competitors filed a complaint that she was shooting in the wrong
(class) division but the club rules stated you may enter into a higher level
competition class but you could not go down a class. We all got a good laugh and
grin except the competition. The little chap on the right is Jason
Steele of Cason's Old Field, NC who is an off an on competitive bull rider;
he has many battle scars and looks like the bulls fair better than Jason.
We use to kid Laura about being our secret weapon in the mixed competitive
archery tournament groups since the competition could easily become
distracted...grin if you must!
Above pixs of David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC with a 9 point buck he
harvested around the Mountain Creek area in November 2007 taken with a
shotgun firing 00 buckshot . The buck had a 22 inch inside spread but
the right main beam was very distorted due to an injury the buck sustained
to his left hind leg of which the hock area was twice its normal size.
Calvin Jones from Wadesboro, NC with a good catfish caught from the pond
of hosts and good friends Kent and Brenda Wagoner, both NC native of Elon,
NC who they met on Calvin's second tour of shore duty in Patuxent River, MD
in 1990. Kent and Brenda returned back to the Tarheel state in 2004
after a twenty year navy career and twenty-four years as a government
contractor and civil servant with the Navy.
Calvin and Deborah Jones daughters...I will get the names very soon.
Calvin Jones, II with a pair of very fine fish caught from a farm pond in
Deborah Jones with a keeper catfish.
Kent Wagoner retired from the Navy as a Chief in 1980 with a nice "fat
Brenda Wagoner with a super sized Bluegill.
Kyle Johnson of Wadesboro with a pair of Largemouth Bass.
Thomas Kincer harvested this 12 point buck in Chesterfield County,
SC. Thomas is field testing my Dual Hens call this spring.
Jim Yarboro of Gun Barrel City, Texas with a nice 285 lb. buck harvested
in November 2004. Buck had 8 points with 16.5 inch inside spread and
the G2s were 11 inches in length. Jim grunted and called the buck out
before shooting light and 15 minutes later made a good shot with his trusty
ole 30-06. For some
reason Jim looks very small in this pix and he is a good sized man...got to
be the buck for sure shrinking Jim up! Below pixs of his Texas hunting
stand which is 8 feet square with a portable toilet inside and a gas heater.
Gives a new meaning to roughing it...grin Jim because I sure am. Jim
has taken 65 deer from this area over a couple decades or more. Nothing like
hunting smarter not harder!
Jason Spradling of Remington Arms who teaches the Remington Law
Enforcement Armor classes harvested this excellent 2004 Buck in Canada.
Jason Grimm who is Bill Escott's Grandson harvested this buck in
Michigan and Jason does some serious predator trapping as evidenced by the
following pix of a couple "yotes" trapped:
The above picture is of Alex Johnson age 7 with his first deer ever taken
using a .243 caliber rifle. He is the son of Brian Johnson of
Wadesboro, N.C. who works for the N.C. Correctional Enterprise in Polkton,
NC. Congratulations to Alex for a fine deer harvested and I am sure
there will be many, many more to follow. I can see ole "Daddy Rab"
Brian Johnson with an excellent old mature buck sporting 10 points that
has evidence of some serious fighting. The buck was killed coming to a
doe that was running through a bottom that he hunts. Brian has taken
many bucks from that hardwood bottom.
Virginia McSwain of Polkton, NC with her 5 point buck harvested on
11-15-08 and this was Virginia's first deer hunt and first buck...a good way
to start out hunting! Her hunting mentor John Gaddy aka Big John of
Polkton, NC estimated the buck around 100 to 125 lbs. Should be some
David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC with a good 10 point buck with a 16 inch
inside spread from the Mountain Creek, NC area harvested on 11-27-08 using a
.300 Remington Short Magnum around 5:00 P.M. whereas the buck was working a
Narrative by Brian Johnson: Pic of Alex Johnson's 2nd deer for the
year. He was taken from the same stand as his first, also with his .243.
When the deer finally turned the way we needed him, Alex placed a perfect
shot and the deer dropped on the spot. After this Alex looked at me and said
"daddy I smoked him"." Yes you did" was my only reply as I kind of
laughed. Also is a pic of my cousin Phillip Johnson with a nice 7 pt
that he took this year. He was probably 125 yards and taken with a .300 Win
Mag. He is employed by the Anson Co. DOT.
Pix of Walker Stewart, nephew of David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC with an
Ellerbe Farm Pond monster largemouth bass caught on 03-19-09 that weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz.
Walker has a right to be grinning.
Dillon Sellers with his first gobbler taken on 04-16-09 about half a mile
from his home and had to lug this monster Tom home. Weighted 25
pounds, 1 1/8 inch length spurs and a 10 1/2 inch beard. Dillon used
an owl hooter to locate the ole boy and called him in with a diaphragm call.
Lewis Stewart on left and Aaron Callahan harvested this pair of birds on
April 13, 2009 while hunting the upper part of Richmond County, NC.
Both fired at the same time. Both young men are cousins and Lewis
Stewart is the nephew of David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC.
Jim Yarboro of Gun Barrel City, Texas with a pair of nice blue cats
caught on 05-13-09 that were spawning and they weighed 6 1/2 and 7 1/4 lbs.
and should be some good eating, either filets or catfish stew.
Carol Yarboro of Gun Barrel City, Texas with a nice 8 lb. catfish recently caught. Carol and Jim have caught around
150 catfish this spawning season!
Pix of Donald aka "Duck" Campbell of Halifax, NC with a couple of his
squirrel dogs. The tan colored dog (Lil' Man) is 7 years old and has
been one of the best squirrel dogs around these parts. The small
beagle looking puppy (Happy Jack) is 15 weeks old and both are
Mountain Fiece and came from up near Kings Mountain, NC. They are
basically bred from Kerr and Plot hounds or down sized coon dogs.
Pix of John Gaddy of Polkton, NC with a good heavy mass 8 point buck
taken with his Mathews Drenalin bow with Easton Axis arrows and Rage 100
grain 3-blade broadhead. Live weight of buck estimated at about
Another pix of the buck...John placed the arrow right into the "sweet"
spot in the brisket...only shot he had and a perfect, well place
shot...those Rage broadheads are awesome! Looks like a bush axe hit the
Tammy Stewart, bride of David Stewart, Ellerbe, NC with catfish caught in the Pee Dee
River in front of their beautiful log home.
David Stewart with a mess of trout taken with the ole fly rod near
Damascus Spring Virginia, Spring 2009.
Quinton Thompson of Mt. Gilead, NC with a good 8 point "Management
Buck"....let him grin on that statement!
Douglas Pettigrew of Reidsville, NC my #1 Brother-in-Law with a "freezer
buck"....should be some good table fare! Doug has had good luck this
hunting season filling his freezer.
Bill Porter with a 6 point buck harvested Christmas Eve 2009 and destined
for the freezer. An early Christmas present!
Russell Jackson, Correctional Training Instructor I at DCC Division III,
Kernersville, NC harvested this 16.5 inch inside spread 158 lb. 8 point
bruiser with his Browning A Bolt on 12-23-08 at 8 A.M.
Above pixs of "Baby", our Daughter Laura's dog trying to figure out
what I am doing!
Brian Johnson with a wild hog headed to the sausage grinder.
Steve Davis harvested this great 8 point buck weight 185 lbs. on 11-07-09
in Franklin County. Steve used a Savage 110 chambered in .270
Jim Yarboro of Gun Barrel City, Texas with a 42 lb. Flathead catfish
taken on his home made catfish bait! A great catch for sure!
Randy Steele of Cason's Old Field, NC with a deer taken back in the early
1980s. Check out the state of the art archery equipment back then!
This is one of his "milk mouth"
Shannon Steele of Wadesboro, NC with a Monster 8 point buck harvested in
1995. This ole boy scored 149 B&C points and sported a 22 inch inside
spread with a 10 inch G3 tines. Can you say awesome?
8 year old AJ Harrington caught this 53 lb. catfish along with a 43 lb.
and several more recently. Ole Daddy Rab Avery Harrington didn't
reveal the location....grin on that one.
William aka Jimmy Rogers with a 368 lb. wild hog taken in February 2010.
Doug Pettigrew my Nr. 1 Brother-in-Law from Reidsville, NC harvested this
nice 8 point buck on 11-04-11 with the ole "smoke pole" around 4ish in the
Russell Jackson harvested this great looking 9 point buck with a 17.5
inch inside spread weighing 182 lbs. with his .50 caliber smoke pole on
Pix of Walker Stewart, nephew of David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC with a good
8 point buck harvested with a 16 gauge shotgun.
Pix above taken by Randy Steele in 2011; someone else on adjacent land
harvested this doe.
Jason Grimm who is
Bill Escott's Grandson harvested this buck in Iowa
this year with his bow. Deer weighed 300 lbs.
Troy Smith harvested this 8 point buck in Alabama during the 2012 hunting
Dillon Sellers harvested this excellent Long Beard April 15, 2013 in
Anson County, North Carolina.
My Number One Brother-in-Law Douglas Pettigrew of Reidsville, NC
harvested this nice deer with bow and arrow on 09-17-13.
Doug Pettigrew with another deer for the freezer harvested on 10-24-13.
Doug made a frontal shot on the deer and the broadhead exited the deer's
anal opening....can you say ouch out loud?
DOUG PETTIGREW'S 9 POINT BUCK 11-07-13
Today is November 7, 2013 and haven't done any serious "smoke pole" aka
muzzleloader hunting yet this season. Just haven't been in the mood
with my bride and myself having several Drs. appointments out of town during
the week which usually ties up the better part of a day......well, an excuse
My Number 1 Brother-in-Law, Douglas Pettigrew of Reidsville, NC had
good luck hunting this afternoon with the ole smoke pole. He got into
his hunting blind and wasn't there but about ten minutes and harvested a good 9 point
buck at 4:08 PM. Doug was using a can doe bleat call and lured the ole
boy in. My sister sent me a couple pixs of Doug with his deer
which are posted below:
The buck has a drop tine over his right ear and 14 inches inside spread. This ole boy should make
for some fine eating.
Randy with another mega buck 11-15-11. Buck survived an earlier
Randy Steele of Cason's Old Field, NC with a "mega buck" on 11-11-13.
Randy Steele's European Mount 10 point buck 11-14-14. Buzzards
feasted on this one!
John Gaddy of Polkton, NC harvested this nice 8 point buck weight at 175
pounds on 11-25-13 at 10:50 AM with a Browning X-Bolt .308 Winchester with a
Hornady Superformance 165 grain SST bullet. Deer was about 66 yards
and dropped in his tracks and cold that morning at 19 degrees F. around day
break. John said the buck looked big and mean but the closer he got to
the downed deer there was a tremendous amount of ground shrinkage.....grin
if you must!
Big John Gaddy of Polkton, NC with a 9 point, 14.5 inch inside spread 180 pound Mega Buck
harvested on 09-20-14 at about 0800 hours from one of his 20 feet platform
stands at an undisclosed location in Anson County, NC. John used a
Striker cross bow with a 395 grain bolt with a G5 100 grain broad that took
the ole bow down at 25 yards. John saw a total of 5 bucks and three
bucks about all this size were munching on his shelled corn when he touched
the trigger on his cross bow. Should make some "beautimous" venison.
Big John has been an avid bowhunter for many decades, however he had to give up the
ole bow for a crossbow due to medical reasons.
Big John Gaddy strikes again with his Striker Cross bow. Above 8
point buck weighed 221 pounds sporting a heavy mass rack with 17 inside
spread. Several asked the deer processor was his scales right and he
said they were correct. The buck traveled a good 200 yards before
expiring with a shoulder wound of which Big John was trying to make a heart
shot but sometimes it just doesn't happen the way we want it. John had
to recruit some help from Jody Brown and ole Jody bird dogged the buck down
which left no blood trail due to the location of the wound. This buck
was harvested at an undisclosed location.......grin if you must!
William Pence of PA, recently harvested this Illinois mega buck....looks like the ole
buck's parents bred with a Hertford cow by the size of it's body!
Jim Yarboro from Gun Barrel City, Texas harvested this nice 9 point buck
on 11-26-14 with a 16 3/4 inch inside spread. Jim uses the homemade
trough to gut his deer in since he has back trouble bending over and this
allows him to stand up while gutting the deer. Working smarter not
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 12-06-14.
BROTHER DOUG AND WHISTLE PIG
Douglas Pettigrew aka Brother Doug of Reidsville, NC harvested this ole
pesky groundhog aka whistle pig at 50 yards on 10-22-16 with his .22 cal.
scoped rimfire rifle using a modified Wolf long rifle round hose bullet
turned into a hollow point using a custom
Neil Waltz die. That was the last
dance the ole whistle pig did with Neil Waltz.
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 10-22-16.
DOUG PETTIGREW AND 6 POINT BUCK
Douglas Pettigrew, my No. 1 Brother-in-Law from Reidsville, NC, harvested
this nice 6 point buck. Doug hadn't been in his hunting blind but
about 30 minutes and after bleating a few times, he said he thought he heard
the deer get up. His muzzleloader "smoked" the ole boy at about 45
yards and the buck ran about 80 yards before running out of steam.
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-08-16.