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For 'weedless gardening' next spring, begin now

I take a four-pronged approach to keeping my vegetable and flower gardens free of weed problems and suggest you try it. First, keep dormant weed seeds asleep by not tilling or otherwise churning the soil. (All soils contain many weed seeds that … more

Those were the days

We called him "Bear." A big guy, bearded and imposing - with a heart of gold and a gentle manner. I don't remember when we first met, but I think it was on a local deer drive, nearly 40 years ago. His real name is Phillip Mixon, and he is an old … more

From the Lowcountry to the high country

"You must know Ed," he quipped. "Yes sir, I do know Ed," was my reply. When I finished signing the hunt sheet I walked over to his truck and introduced myself. He didn't know that I was a new club member and probably surmised that I had been … more

Traditional fence or borderline hedge? Each has advantages

Consider a hedge if you're in need of a fence. When managed properly, hedges cost less, outlast wooden fences, are more attractive than most walls and produce wildlife- and pollinator-pleasing berries and blooms. But decide just what it is that … more

Becker harvests older deer

Gert Becker harvested this 5-year-old, 7-point deer on a private lease. The deer weighed 185 pounds, and Becker said this is fairly old for white-tailed deer. more

Clemson Extension announces 2nd Corn and Soybean Growers Meeting

SANTEE - Precision agriculture, Dicamba, fungicides and tariff effects will be the topics of discussion at Clemson Cooperative Extension's second-annual Corn and Soybean Growers Meeting on Dec. 6. The meeting will be at Santee Convention Center … more

Maples run the gamut from lovable to not

Some maples are to love (sugar maples) and others not (Norway maples, because they're an invasive species). But there's more to maples than those two - including some you might like or dislike depending on where they are growing. I once lived in … more

A wetland wonderland

The three-quarter moon was down, and the flooded woods were dark and silent. I stood quietly in the shin-deep water, letting my senses adjust to the surroundings. I had stopped for a moment to drink in some of this wild place. There was no hurry. … more

Yearly SCDNR survey shows slight decline in 2018 wild turkey harvest numbers

By SCDNR While remaining the state's second-most popular game animal (behind only white-tailed deer) South Carolina's spring turkey harvest was down about 6 percent in 2018 when compared with 2017, according to the most recent numbers from 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

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

Celebrating his 1st buck

Trey Hartley is seen with his first buck. 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

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

Hunting the reserve

The sky was cloudy and gray, and the morning light was coming slowly to the woods. There was no visible wind. Songbirds were beginning to stir and call softly. Out in the flooded hardwoods I could hear wood ducks squealing on the water. Turkeys … more

Prep your yard as a safe haven for local birds

Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before snow or ice falls, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole's Wild Bird Products suggest … more
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