check the interactive gamelands map at the NCwildlife.org website. Lots of info to be had on public land hunting in NC... im a little north of you about 2 hours. never hunted down that way. there are a few kinds of gamelands... ones that are 6 day per week and are open during most open hunting season and do not require a permit. and other that require you to put in through the permit system and have specific hunt dates.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...