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Gone fishing

It was a perfect cast. The little top water plug plopped down six inches from the dead snag. I waited until the ripples were about gone and just wiggled the plug. The water boiled, the plug disappeared, and I snatched - out of reflex. The plug … more

Return to the mountain

"I am in," my friend John answered enthusiastically, then followed with another text that read "that's awesome that we got it!" My answer was "yes, we got the lease, and now we have to pay for it." I've sent him pictures of "the mountain" and … more

Many schools keep gardening efforts going all summer

The school year runs just the opposite of the growing season, making it difficult for educators to teach kids how to garden. But many school systems enlist volunteers to prep garden beds while students are on summer break, making the crops ready to … more

Volunteers needed to take Summer Turkey Survey

Annually since 1982, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources conducts a Summer Turkey Survey to estimate reproduction and recruitment of wild turkeys in South Carolina. The survey involves agency … 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

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

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

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

The Castle at the Beach

Long, dark corridors run the length of the strange building. The walls are masonry, and the floors and ceilings are concrete. Ornate metal bars cover the large windows. Many small rooms line the corridors. There is an open, central courtyard with … more

State hunting, fishing license purchases will be unavailable this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS If you are planning an outdoor activity this weekend that requires a state hunting or fishing license, you need to make that purchase now. Because of a necessary security upgrade and installation, South Carolina Interactive … more

Fertilizer 101: It's simpler than you might think

Every garden needs periodic fertilization. "Designer" fertilizers are available for some kinds of plants, and so are fertilizers that you're directed to apply at specified times throughout the season. So roses get their rose food, tomatoes get their … 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

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
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