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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

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

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

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

'Farm=Life' for dedicated Sumter County Young Farmers and Ranchers

GREENVILLE - A record number of attendees met recently for the annual South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. Sumter County young farmers Spencer McCown, Chris … 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

Soaking up some warmth

Not everyone is a hunter

There was a soft knocking on the front door. I sat up, bleary eyed and groggy. Buster leapt from the couch and was barking his disapproval at this afternoon intrusion. We can usually sneak in a short nap before Ginger gets home but not today. Buster … 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

A question of predator management

He killed hundreds of hawks and owls. Not just locally, but all over the Lowcountry. This prominent attorney shot most of the avian predators with a rifle, from a car window, on public roads. Yet, he was hailed as a renowned sportsman and … more

How to keep your evergreens green in winter

Did you notice browned areas on your evergreens at the end of last winter? You may still be able to do something to prevent a repeat performance of this condition, winter burn, which happens when evergreen leaves lose too much water in winter. No … 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

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
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