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Gimmicks, gadgets and attractants

Way down the road, at maybe 400 yards, a big deer walked out of the timber and stopped in the road broadside. Thick and stocky - it had to be a buck. I snatched up my binoculars and focused. Yep, it was a buck - and a nice one. I grabbed my … more

Young fishers bag 14 catfish at Lake Wateree

Rocky and Remy Cotterman caught 14 catfish at Lake Wateree recently while fishing with their grandpa. more

There will be other mountains to climb

"I've leased the land to someone else," she said. I was stunned. All I could think to say was "Why?" Her answer was also a surprise. "Well, I didn't think you wanted the land anymore." Before I could think, I blurted out, "What on earth … more

Fall's a great time to plant trees, shrubs

Fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs - the best time, in fact, for most of them. Whether purchased through the mail or locally, these plants are available in three ways: BARE-ROOT "Bare-root" trees and shrubs are grown in the … more

Landowners can apply now for wood duck boxes from SCDNR

A limited number of free wood duck boxes will again be available to private landowners and other qualified applicants this fall through a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the State Chapter of … more

Mister Bill's tower stand

We walked slowly along the embankment in the dark. The pond to our right was smooth and silky in the soft moonlight. The air was cool and clean. At the cotton field, we stopped. There was no detectable wind. We spoke softly then moved on. The … more

When to plant bulbs in the fall? Science, nature offer some clues

To ensure that bulbs planted in the fall will bloom in early spring, timing is important. Plant too soon, and the bulbs might rot in rain-saturated ground. Plant too late, and they won't have time to build enough energy for flowering. A soil … more

Ginger's story

"I'm writing a story," she said. "Would you like to hear it?" She was sitting on the couch with her laptop, and I was watching an episode of Northwoods Law. I was a little surprised but answered, "of course," and turned away from the … more

An afternoon for redfish

Many years it's been since I fished, 40 at least. The drought ended Aug. 22. Out onto Port Royal I went with Beaufort fishing guide Capt. Tuck Scott and Tony Royal of Baystreet Outfitters. Out we went in Scott's Hells Bay Stealth, a shallow water … more

'Fields of death' are on the decline across our state

I was driving back from a speaking event in Lake City, the town that reinvented itself thanks to art and the vision and financial support of Darla Moore. Lake City was a tobacco town once, but we all know why tobacco fell out of grace. Well, don't … more

A change of seasons

The whispering pines over my head and behind me sang a melody that I love to hear. There was a nice breeze that flowed from the west, with low white, wispy clouds scudding across the sky to the east with an imagined urgency. There was a veil of thin … more

False katydid enjoys warm weather in Sumter

A Fork-tailed Bush Katydid nymph, a type of false katydid, sits on a "Jazz Hands" bush in a Sumter yard on Wednesday evening. According to austinbug.com, these nymphs can often be seen feeding on flowers, and they have black and white antennae … more

It was a very good day

The long drive was good, and I had time to myself to think about things. Nothing in particular, just whatever popped into my mind. The radio played softly in the background, and I would turn it up occasionally, if a good song came on. As I … more

A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of the butterflies

QUEBEC CITY - For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. "I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field," Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of … more

Deer, elk harvested out of state must meet guidelines

South Carolinians planning out-of-state trips to hunt big game this fall should be aware of restrictions on importing deer and elk parts into the Palmetto State. The S.C. Department of Natural … more

Plants can be poisonous to pets, livestock

Not all plants are wholesome for foraging animals. Certain species of milkweed, for example, that are highly valued as host plants for the dwindling monarch butterfly population are extremely poisonous to pets and to range animals like sheep, … more

A new critter on the landscape

I saw one on a deer drive in the Lowcountry a few years ago. I was surprised because they are nocturnal and seldom venture out in the daylight hours. I've seen them south of Lake Marion for a few years - as roadkill. Lately, I've seen some killed on … more

A fun day in the outdoors

"Come on," I told my grandson Chase, "we'll have a fun day." It was an early Saturday morning, and we were headed to the Lowcountry. I was pulling a trailer loaded with a sign-in structure, or hunting stand kiosk. I had a step ladder strapped on … more

Leadership, dedication recognized at State 4-H Congress

By Steven Bradley Media Relations Clemson University CLEMSON, South Carolina - Reflecting on the journey that led to her delivering the State Teen Council President's Message at the 56th-annual South Carolina State 4-H Congress at Clemson … more

S.C. deer tags being mailed to hunters

Deer tags for the 2018 season have begun arriving in the mailboxes of South Carolina deer hunters, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staff ask that current license holders who … more
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