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Fragile trees, shrubs need help getting through cold

Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can save you a bundle of time and money. "As long as the soil drains well, water the trees through … more

Proud Sumter hunter with 1st deer

Caleb Moore killed his first deer, a 6-point, while hunting with his grandfather on Saturday, Oct. 6. more

The secret life of deer

I've been fascinated by whitetail deer since I saw my first hoof print pressed into a sandy woodland road many years ago. I was eight years old. I had seen pictures in hunting magazines and on television shows like Wild Kingdom and Walt Disney, but … 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

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

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

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
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