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Bad science always loses

Just when you think an issue has been decided and is over with, along comes an expert, or a group of experts, to find fault with the process and criticize the outcome. A recent commentary written by a group of retired wildlife biologists … more

Microgreens are nutritional, easy-to-grow crop all year

If you like munching on seedlings, consider directing your palate toward microgreens. These tiny vegetables burst with rich, leafy flavors ranging from spicy to sweet, and their nutritional power exceeds that of the adult plants. Use them as … more

New shrub rose hybrids are easy to care for

Roses are among the oldest flowers in cultivation, although many have earned a reputation as fussy or difficult to grow. Some of the newer shrub rose hybrids, however, are disease resistant, carefree and repeat blooming - just the qualities novice … more

2019 public alligator hunting lottery will close in S.C. June 15

If you haven't already applied, there is only one week left to enter the 2019 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt. A randomized computer drawing based … more

S.C. deer harvest increases in 2018

Results of the 2018 Deer Hunter Survey conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources indicate that the statewide harvest of deer increased about 5% last season and was comprised of an estimated 109,208 bucks and 85,778 does, which made up a … more

A chink in the armor

There are two boxes stacked in the floor of my foyer. Each box has two vacuum-packed, square bags of chufa nuts that weigh 25 pounds each. The boxes were delivered to my front porch one afternoon, toward the end of May. The boxes were heavy, and … more

Hiking the Palmetto Trail

The Lake Marion Passage of the Palmetto Trail extends from the old U.S. 301 bridge at North Santee along the northern shore of Lake Marion in Clarendon County to Mill Creek Park in Sumter County. The Lake Marion Passage is one section of the … more

S.C. shrimp season opens with forecast of better catches

Barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it or saut it - however you cook it, fresh South Carolina-caught white shrimp are back on the menu. Commercial shrimp trawling opened in all legal South Carolina waters on Wednesday. Georgia state … more

Look out for manatees while boating, visiting the coast this summer

As manatees return to their summer haunts along the coast, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are reminding residents and visitors to be particularly alert while boating and to report … more

Kids' fishing tournament to be held at Packs Landing

Children 4 to 15 years old are encouraged to participate in the 4th-Annual Poor Boys Angler's Kids' Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 15, at Packs Landing. Signup will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the tournament from 8 a.m. to … more

Sumter Elks Lodge 855 to host June 8 fishing tournament

Sumter Elks Lodge 855 will host its first ever fishing tournament on Saturday, June 8, at Pack's Landing. Tournament chairman Harold Butler said the open fishing competition will focus on pan fish only, with crappie and catfish specifically … more

A rare spectacle

Few people see them. Outside naturalists, conservationists, a few artists, photographers and writers, most people don't even know they exist. William Bartram discovered them in his 18th century visit to the Savannah River - Rocky shoals spider … more

Man catches 71-pound turtle at Whites Mill

Johnnie Johnson holds up an alligator snapping turtle he caught at Whites Mill recently. The turtle weighed 71 pounds. MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM more

South Carolina's shellfish harvesting season will close May 31

South Carolina's 2018-19 season for the harvest of oysters, mussels, clams and all other bivalves from State Shellfish Grounds and Public Shellfish Grounds will close May 31 at one half hour after official sunset, according to South Carolina … more

A Congaree light show

The evening sky was cloudy, and I knew that the darkness would come a little earlier to the woods. Ginger and I sat under the picnic shelter at the start of the trail. I could look over my shoulder and see a steady stream of cars arriving on the … more

Clemson Extension Area Forestry Agent Ryan Bean recognized with merit, communications awards

SUBMITTED Clemson Extension Area Forestry Agent Ryan Bean was recognized by the South Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents in the areas of programming and communications during its … more

Department urges boaters to follow safety tips, reminders

Do you know what you should do before you leave your home for a day on the water? Many of these steps are missed and can mean the difference between getting back home safely or not. Before getting in the water Before leaving, make sure you … more

A turkey season legislative journey

In early January, I got an email from Tyler Chaplin of Moncks Corner about an article that I had written in December regarding likely changes to the South Carolina turkey season. Someone from Sumter had sent him the article. He wanted to talk to me … more

Birdwatchers can help threatened bird populations

The types of birds coming through your neighborhood are probably changing, and so is the timing of their migrations. Birdwatchers noticing these differences are on the front line in figuring out how climate change and more severe weather events are … more

Outside the turkey kill box

The property has two agricultural fields, a fish pond and several hundred acres of natural piney woods. Timber company lands join the tract on three sides. A state highway borders the eastern side of the property. Our Lowcountry hunt club leases … more
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