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Celebrating his 1st buck

Trey Hartley is seen with his first buck. 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

Maples run the gamut from lovable to not

Some maples are to love (sugar maples) and others not (Norway maples, because they're an invasive species). But there's more to maples than those two - including some you might like or dislike depending on where they are growing. I once lived in … more

A wetland wonderland

The three-quarter moon was down, and the flooded woods were dark and silent. I stood quietly in the shin-deep water, letting my senses adjust to the surroundings. I had stopped for a moment to drink in some of this wild place. There was no hurry. … more

Yearly SCDNR survey shows slight decline in 2018 wild turkey harvest numbers

By SCDNR While remaining the state's second-most popular game animal (behind only white-tailed deer) South Carolina's spring turkey harvest was down about 6 percent in 2018 when compared with 2017, according to the most recent numbers from the … more

Autumn is a good time for composting, and bin is key

Garden cleanup, lawn mowing and falling leaves all provide materials that make autumn a good time of year for composting. No need for exotic ingredients, fancy equipment or a degree in soil microbiology to put together a pile that yields quality … more

Easement conserves 1,000 acres in Sumter County

WEDGEFIELD - More than 1,075 acres of forested land have been protected in Sumter County thanks to the efforts of Dixie Plantation Limited Partnership, the Congaree Land Trust, the U.S. Department of Defense's Readiness and … more

A clean miss

Listen. Did you hear that? Was it a pack of hounds in the distance? Yes, I can hear them better now. I think they're on the Ridge Club, but they seem to be heading in our direction. Then - boom - a single shot sounds out, muffled by the big timber … more

Hunting the reserve

The sky was cloudy and gray, and the morning light was coming slowly to the woods. There was no visible wind. Songbirds were beginning to stir and call softly. Out in the flooded hardwoods I could hear wood ducks squealing on the water. Turkeys … more

Prep your yard as a safe haven for local birds

Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before snow or ice falls, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole's Wild Bird Products suggest … more

Drivers should watch for deer on South Carolina roads

Motorists throughout the state need to be constantly aware of roaming white-tailed deer. Despite a persistent rumor, neither the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources nor any other state agency will compensate motorists for injuries or … more

Family asks S.C. hunters to spare adopted deer

CHESTER (AP) - A South Carolina family is asking area hunters to spare their adopted seven-point buck named George. Kena Lucas Funderburk posted the plea on Facebook on Monday, saying, "Please don't shoot the 7pt with the yellow tape around his … more
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