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Return to the mountain

"I am in," my friend John answered enthusiastically, then followed with another text that read "that's awesome that we got it!" My answer was "yes, we got the lease, and now we have to pay for it." I've sent him pictures of "the mountain" and … 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

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

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

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

To protect pollinators, go easy on your fall garden cleanup

Time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden? Not so fast. Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter - decayed and drab but serviceable. Displaying a messy yard … more

An ongoing investigation

I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I had just gotten a text from my son Clayton that read, "Well, we got a problem. The stand is gone." It was 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. Opening day of the deer season, and one of our stands had been … 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

Coast Guard steps up patrols of waterways

CHARLESTON - The U.S. Coast Guard is stepping up patrols along South Carolina waterways as tourists and residents look for ways to avoid paying a licensed charter to get on the water. For example, The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the … more

Where I came from

Daddy spoke softly to Thomas as we approached the thicket, "whoa now, steady." Thomas trembled with excitement but held the point. The quail exploded from the old house spot at our approach and rocketed down the edge of the field. Daddy fired and … 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

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

Sumter women travel to farm bureau annual ag conference

SUBMITTED AIKEN - Sumter County residents Gina Woodham, Joye Davis and Jenny Marshall were among the nearly 80 women from across South Carolina who gathered in Aiken for the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation's annual Women's Leadership … more
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