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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

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
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