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Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood. For … more

Curious about bats? Try S.C. Bat Watch

Are you curious about bats? Do you have a bat box or know of a bat roost you're interested in monitoring? Then become a part of S.C. Bat Watch. This citizen science project counts emerging bats from maternity roosts twice each summer. Anyone is … more

Don't adopt a 'lost' fawn this spring

If a deer fawn is found alone in the woods, leave it there. Its mother has not abandoned it; she is probably nearby. Removing a fawn from the forest is also illegal because the animal is being taken outside the legal season for taking deer, which is … more

A turkey for Old Betsy

It was a perfect morning. Clear, cool and crisp. Songbirds were serenading the dawn with vigor. A gang of owls had just put up a loud clamor, out in the stand of big cypress trees, in the headwaters of the old mill pond. Crows were shouting insults … more

Lamar man tops 196-boat field at Costa tournament

SUMMERTON - Pro Ronnie McCoy of Lamar brought a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces to the weigh-in stage April 7 - his second 26-plus-pound limit of the tournament - to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament on the … more

Child shoots her 1st turkey

The hunt is on for wild turkeys

I know the fish are biting. I see the steady stream of trucks headed to the lake every day, pulling boats. I like to fish — especially when the bream are biting. The full moon in April, and … more

Costa FLW series is headed to Santee Cooper lakes for tourney

SUMMERTON - More than 340 pros and co-anglers are set to compete April 5-7 at the Costa FLW Series at Santee Cooper lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops. The tournament is the third and final regular-season tournament scheduled in the … more

A later start for turkeys

There was a blaze-orange glow above the distant treeline on the eastern horizon, and the azure sky above me still held a twinkling of stars. The woods around me were cloaked in blue-gray shadow but were slowly revealing my surroundings on the forest … more

Bare-root nursery trees do well with careful planting

I got a look of disbelief when I told a friend I had planted a tree that had been shipped from a nursery 2,000 miles away. As I went on to explain that the tree had been sent "bare root," I could see him shudder. But then I showed off my … more

5-year-old catches bass

The American wild turkey is a prize

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has forecast a good turkey season for most areas of the state this year. An estimated 50,000 hunters will take to the woods during the season that runs from March 20 to May 5 on private lands … more

Visit wildlife center today for annual baby shower; donate to help animals

On Sunday, Carolina Wildlife Center will open its doors for its annual Baby Shower/Open House. Make plans to come and discover what it takes to rescue, raise, rehabilitate and release the Midlands' injured, sick and orphaned wildlife … more

It was Camelot

"This is the place," I said out loud to myself. I was following Max up the long driveway from the county road. There was a plowed strip on each side of the sandy rutted drive, and I noticed that the ground here was plastered with gobbler … more

Trump wildlife protection board stuffed with trophy hunters

WASHINGTON - A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump … more

Sportsmen's Classic will start Friday in Columbia

The 34th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic will be hosted March 23, 24 and 25 at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23, from 9 a.m. … more

Fire on the landscape

The flames burned the hair off the back of my hands and singed my mustache, eyebrows and eyelashes. My sideburns were singed, but my gray hair was pretty much protected by my hat that was pulled down tight on my head. My long-sleeve shirt had … more

S.C. to receive $4,760,835 in boating infrastructure grants from Department of Interior

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Interior announced South Carolina will receive a Boating Infrastructure Grant of $2,314,657 to improve boating infrastructure and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. State partners will provide … more

An inside look at a conservation organization

He is the type of speaker that can keep an audience spellbound for hours. Of course it helps if he is preaching to the choir, and in this instance, it was a room full of hunters, land managers and conservationists. I attended a meeting here in … more
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