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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

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

Clemson Extension redesigns website for mobile users

CLEMSON - Fourteen-and-a-half years is a long time to spend surfing a website that doesn't have photos of babies or videos of cats acting obnoxiously cute. But that's the total time home gardeners spent on Clemson Extension's Home and Garden … more

Where the wild things live

When I stepped out of the truck it was dark, and I stood there for a few moments to let my eyes adjust to the woods around me. I quickly realized that I could see good enough to walk the old logging road without using a flashlight. Whippoorwills … 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

Expert warns S.C. melon growers to beware of mildew

CHARLESTON - Powdery mildew has been detected on South Carolina watermelons, and Clemson University specialist Anthony "Tony" Keinath warns growers to act now to protect their crops. Powdery mildew produces yellow spots on the tops of the leaves … more

2018 public gator hunting lottery to close June 15

If you haven't already applied, there are only a few days left to enter the 2018 Public and Wildlife Management Area Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and … more

Carolinas' waterways get $1.2M boost

CHARLOTTE - Sixteen organizations spanning 46 counties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will receive more than $1.2 million in new grants from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs. The … more

Jigger fishing for big bass

The Santee Cooper Lakes have changed over the years, and just like any other body of water, there's a constant struggle between land, water and cover. Water levels and conditions have varied due to drought, invasive weeds, the need to produce … more

New limits for red drum will address overfishing

Red drum, redfish, spottail, channel bass - South Carolina's most popular saltwater gamefish goes by many names and plays a key role in the coastal economy and ecosystems. In recent years, state biologists have documented a declining trend in the … more

Exploring the mountain

From the highway, I could see the pine-covered top in the distance. Then, from the gate to the clubhouse, it was uphill for nine-tenths of a mile. The narrow dirt lane crossed a series of terraces built into the wooded slope. A large, overgrown … more

Set priorities for watering in drought

Homeowners know that irrigation is a necessary but never-ending task for gardens and the overall landscape. But watering priorities change drastically during a drought. Conservation prevails over plant care and can trigger expensive and in some … more

Spruce up your pool landscaping with some smart choices

Landscaping around an outdoor swimming pool requires no-muss, no-fuss plant selections. The pool can be a flowery focal point, but don't open it to litter from leaves and limbs. "Both in- and above-ground pools offer unique design challenges and … more

The making of a poacher

"Mr. Dan, they took my daddy's deer," the little blond-headed boy said. He was only six or seven years old. Too young and innocent to know that he was probably telling me something that his daddy would have liked to be kept quiet. "Who took your … more

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

Angelique: One of the prettiest tulips is also easy to grow

Angelique is soon to arrive in my garden, but only briefly. And as in years past, I'll miss her when she leaves and will look forward to her return next spring. She has proven to be one of the prettiest tulips. To describe her petals merely as … more
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