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Remember S.C.'s state forests on your tax return

FROM STAFF REPORTS The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging taxpayers to make a charitable contribution on their tax returns to S.C. State Forests Fund. Contributions help support the five state forests: Harbison, Manchester, Poe … more

The story of my life

I can remember sitting on the floor in my pajamas, as a youngster, at my father's feet, listening to his tales of hunting and fishing adventures. He and my uncles would sit around the dinner table at night, drinking coffee, and tell each other … more

DNR invites you to explore the South Carolina coast this year

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve offer these public programs to inspire stewardship and appreciation of our state's coastal wildlife and landscapes. Registration is required, and … more

Submit nature photos for South Carolina 2019 contest

Calling all nature photographers: Want a chance for your nature photos to be published in the South Carolina Wildlife magazine and to be on display at the 2019 Palmetto Sportsmen's … more

Feed backyard birds in February for global good

When you fill your bird feeders and put fresh water in the birdbath this season, you'll definitely be giving your feathered friends a helping hand. But you could also be serving the greater good. Take note of the birds that visit your yard, and … more

What of ethics?

I was raised by parents who believed in right and wrong. They taught me to obey the law, behave responsibly and to conduct myself honorably. They taught by their words and deeds. My brothers, sisters and I learned respect and self-restraint from … more

A Lowcountry morning

Turning in, I was a little surprised to see a fresh strip of black dirt turned up on the clubhouse road. Somebody on a tractor, pulling a scrape blade, had just made a pass down one side of the wide road. I eased on down the winding sandy lane and … more

Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a … more

Is the winter miserable for wildlife?

While the weather outside may indeed get frightful this winter, a parka, knit hat, wool socks, insulated boots and maybe a roaring fire make things bearable for people who live in cold climates. But what about all the wildlife out there? Won't they … more

Officials say wild S.C. turkeys are being over-hunted

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina state wildlife officials say wild turkeys in the state are being over-hunted. The State reports wildlife officials say the issue lies with legislation that … more

South Carolina turkey season proposal

In a recent article, I speculated that the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources would propose to the state Legislature a statewide opening date of April 1 for the wild turkey season. Actually, it's worse than I thought. Prior to 2015, … more

Rare tortoises getting head start at Aiken heritage site

Research being conducted at South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve is a true team effort that will help identify best practices for repopulating this imperiled species - hopefully keeping it from … more

Big sky country

The open sky stretches from the eastern horizon to the western. A thin line of scrappy, small trees cling to the side of a nearby embankment behind us. In the west, the distant pineland seems to hug the curve of the Earth. To the south, a few small … more

Espalier pruning has artistic and practical benefits

Espalier design is an ancient pruning practice that fashions fruit trees, vines or flowering shrubs into artistic, two-dimensional forms. This lateral shaping makes it easier to harvest and mow, maximizes sunlight and helps trees fit into tight … more

Health of critical forage fish the subject of new scrutiny

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - One of the most important species of fish in the ocean's food chain is getting a close look to help determine the health of its population. Two arms of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are working on an … more

Exploring new country

It's an unusual sound. I've heard it here and a few other places before, but it's not heard very often. I had walked away from the truck about 30 yards and stopped in an old road bed. The carpet of pine straw and fallen leaves was soggy from a … more

Premium programs to be offered at S.C. parks during 2019

COLUMBIA - In 2019, state parks in South Carolina will offer programming that combines art, culture, heritage and ranger-guided recreational excursions to some of the state's most beautiful and significant settings. Many of the events in the series … more

Cypress Trail offers 6 miles of hiking through Sumter

MELANIE SMITH / THE SUMTER ITEM Pine trees tower over part of Cypress Trail in Sumter during the late afternoon recently. The trail begins in a corner of Dillon Park and winds for 6 miles through forest, across roads, past a lake and over old … more

Boy kills his 1st deer in Sumter

PHOTO PROVIDED Karson Kinder, 7 years old, the son of Brandon and Daniele Kinder and the grandson of Scott and Cristi Kinder, shot his first deer New Year's Eve at a friend's farm in Sumter. more

Clemson Cooperative Extension opens Master Wildlifer series to public

Master Wildlifer is an advanced course designed for land managers, landowners, and wildlife enthusiasts who are interested in integrating wildlife considerations into their current land use and … more
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