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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

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

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

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

A day in November

They say that the truth is stranger than fiction, and I would agree with that in some cases. A deer hunt that I experienced on a Bloomville timber company lease, a few years ago, was just such a case. It was a cool, clear, November morning, and I … more

Sewer spill closes shellfish harvesting

CHARLESTON - South Carolina officials say a sewer spill has closed shellfish harvesting near Charleston. State shellfish sanitation manager Mike Pearson tells news outlets in a Wednesday statement the leak in North Charleston has shut down oyster … more

Franklinia: a tree with history and beauty

If you have the ears to listen, this tree has a story to tell. Let's go back to 1765 and travel along with American naturalists John Bartram and his son William, from Philadelphia to Florida. On a clear, cool day in October, the Bartrams happened … 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

The rest of the story

"It looks like a group of bucks chasing a doe," my brother Matt said. The tracks, crossing the county dirt road, were fresh and very encouraging. It was good sign that the rut was still going on, at least for now. It was mid-November, and we had … 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

Wood ash can sometimes help soil

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings. The primary benefits … more

The joy of hunting

The wind was perfect. Out of the southwest, blowing my scent behind me. It was very light and could only be detected by little puffs of baby powder that floated down and away from my stand. My little squeeze bottle wind checker, loaded with white … more

White deer have unusual home - old Army depot

ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - Dennis Money unlocks the gate that blocks access to the 3,000-acre spread that these days almost serves as his home away from home, jumps into a van and cautions his guests before proceeding. "I won't guarantee you'll see … more

Venison is not only source of toxoplasmosis parasite

By SCDNR Toxoplasmosis, a one-celled parasite found in many meats, can occur in South Carolina deer, but venison is not the only source of the disease, according to a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources deer biologist. "Many people … more

Celebrating his 1st buck

Trey Hartley is seen with his first buck. more
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