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Old 07-17-2014, 08:47 AM
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Eastern NC is a fairly diverse place in that it has historical places, waterfront, beaches, small towns, cities, and a general geography that is unique. That geography, large unspoiled expanses of land and farms, lends itself to having lots of natural wildlife...which makes it a natural (pun intended) place to hunt.

People come from all over the East Coast to hunt in ENC. Bertie County, specifically, is #1 in terms of deer population per square mile. Black Bear and Turkey is also prevalent which causes a variety of hunting avenues.

The area is so good for hunters, its no wonder you may come, randomly, across the World's Largest Gun Store...


The store is between Williamston and Plymouth along Highway 64. Many folks wonder why its there....well, its in an area where the best hunting is...so it really kind of makes sense. As I said previously, it adds to the diversity of Eastern NC...even if it isn't your cup of tea.

Just in terms of number of deer killed on an average year...in 08-09, Halifax County was #1, Northhampton #2, Bertie #3 and Pender #4...all in Eastern NC. In terms of Bear, the Coast easily leads the State of NC with around 1,000 bears killed annually (it's estimated the population is over 7,000 in the coastal area). There are numerous wildlife refuges in Eastern NC where hunting is not allowed, which allows for the large populations of deer and bear that don't disturb farms or communities.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:15 PM
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Since the last post referenced Mackey's Gun Store...I should probably add a relevant post about one of eastern NC's best products...its peanuts. Mackey's also has a peanut store in Jamesville along Highway 64...but there are others as well.

A little peanut story....I thought it was weird one day watching the purple and gold East Carolina Pirates play the red Houston Cougars in Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in Greenville and as I was watching I was munching on some peanuts...I noticed it was a red bag that said "Houstons" on it. What in the world?

Did a little research and found out that Houstons is actually located in Dublin NC, just outside of Elizabethtown...figures it was just a coincidence it was named Houston and the bag was red...but it was no coincidence that these locally grown peanuts were being served. Houston's is just one of at least four good size peanut companies that have turned locally grown peanuts into a real business. Besides Mackey's there is also Aunt Ruby's in Enfield (just off I-95) and Bertie County Peanuts (just off of Highway 17).

So next time you get a chance visit one of the peanut retailers in Eastern NC...peanuts make great gifts and there are a ton of varieties...

Mackey's Ferry Peanuts

Welcome to Houston's Peanuts

Peanuts: Roasted, Raw, Salted, Spicy, Fried & Natural | Bertie County Peanuts

Peanuts: Gourmet Peanuts, Virginia Peanuts, Honey Roasted Peanuts - Aunt Ruby's Peanut Company
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:26 AM
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The list of things to do in regards to the environment in Eastern NC never seems to end. With the amount of water and waterfront and the amazing ecosystem, it should come as no surprise that the Fishing in ENC is about as good as it gets.

You can start with the interior fishing, which includes the rivers...Roanoke, Pamlico, Neuse and move onto the Albemarle and Pamlico Sound and many lakes (like the previously mentioned Lake Mattamuskeet). One of the most interesting places on the interior is in Weldon, the self proclaimed "Rockfish Capital of the World"...

Rockfish Capital of the World Marker

ENC fishing requires doing a little homework though....you have to check your marine forecast and tidal info among other things. Fishing Reports go a long way to make sure you have a successful trip...

NC Fishing Reports at Fishing-NC.com: North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports

Offshore fishing is a mainstay of Eastern NC, which offers some of the best saltwater fishing on the entire East Coast. One of the largest fishing tournaments is located in Morehead City every June...this years winning fish was just under 500 lbs, which is usually not big enough to win the Big Rock/Blue Marlin Tournament and it's almost half million dollar prize...

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Increasingly though, anglers are turning to Fishing Piers along the coast, because of certain regulations, the cost of gas, etc...making it more expensive to go offshore. There used to be 32 Fishing Piers in Eastern NC, but that is down to 19 because of the toll Hurricanes have taken on wood piers over the years. Here is a good write-up of the existing piers...

North Carolina Fishing Piers, Locations & NC Pier Info - North Carolina Sportsman

And finally, what happens to the piers when they get destroyed by the weather and the water? Usually they get shortened or taken down entirely...sometimes they even get re-purposed. One of the coolest such spots is the Tiki Bar at Carolina Beach...

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar, The | Carolina Beach
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:07 PM
Location: Eastern NC
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Being a sales rep in NE NC I'd like to add Currituck BBQ and Bunn's BBQ in Windsor. Bunn's has been there about 45 years if I'm not mistaken. Another wonderful place to eat is the Main Street Eatery in Creswell NC. Whitley's in Murfreesboro has good pork BBQ as well.
Inmho Main Street Eatery has the best food east of 95.
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:23 PM
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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What are herps??
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by BellaMoe View Post
What are herps??

NC Herpetological Society Home Page
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:03 AM
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Having lived in and around NC all my life and having visited many of the places listed here the one obvious spot I didn't see mentioned is Beaufort NC. It is a beautiful waterfront town that gets frequented by many yachts that traverse the ICW. There are a number of great restaurants and shops as well as many nearby activities including Cape Lookout, Shackelford banks and wild horses, Atlantic beach, Fort Macon, fishing piers, Morehead City water front ... the list goes on.
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:37 AM
Location: North Carolina
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For those who like the romance.......

Check out Rodanthe located in Dare County, North Carolina, on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Rodanthe - The Outer Banks - NC Vacations: Beach Rentals, Hotels & Things to Do - The Outer Banks - North Carolina

It is the house Richard Gere and Diane Lane stayed in for the movie, Nights in Rodanthe based off a Nicholas Sparks book.

You can drive up, look at it from the outside, and take pictures. You would have to call ahead and reserve if you'd like to view the inside or stay overnight. The place is rented out and people are staying there off and on. So no peeping in windows. There are stores in the area with gift shops in them, some have pictures of that home for sale as well.

Several areas have wild horses that roam freely. If you happen to be in the Beaufort area, you can often see them across Front Street on the adjacent island. Beaufort also offers a Pirate celebration annually in their downtown area. Afterall, it was home to Blackbeard once upon a time. Arrgh! The Beaufort Pirate Invasion - The Beaufort Pirate Invasion

Beaufort also has a bunch of shops downtown for those who like to park and walk around then grab lunch.

There is a lighthouse on Cape Hatteras as well. If I remember correctly they charge a fee ($7 adult maybe?) to go inside and check it out.

So many cool things to do in NC. Enjoy yourselves.
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