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SCDNR boat title, license sales moving in May to The Market

The last day for boat titling/registration and all license sales at the Dennis Building in Columbia will be May 9. Starting on May 13, all services will be available at SCDNR at The Market.This move comes as an effort to provide better customer … more

Wildflowers are robust, low maintenance, attract insects

Gardeners trying to lure pollinators to their landscape would be wise to mimic nature and plant wildflowers. The attractive perennials tolerate harsh climates, seldom need fertilizing and resist most diseases and insect pests. Wildflowers are … more

Make a presence

Recently, I attended a meeting of some local landowners and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers at a site in western Sumter County. The reason for the meeting was to discuss options for securing rural … more

Return to the pretty place

It is only a remnant of what was here at one time. The timber is magnificent and has been spared because the place is wet and access is limited. There are gigantic hardwoods that would rival the old growth of any Southern swampland. Vines tangle … more

Boy kills his 1st deer on youth day

Coby Miles killed his first deer on the youth day at the end of the season with his gun he received on Christmas. more

1st catch of season in Summerton

Betty A. Grant caught a shellcracker at Potato Creek in Summerton recently, her first catch of the season. more

Sumter treefrog is just waiting for a meal to pass by

A green treefrog waits on a door in Sumter for insects recently. According to Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, these frogs are found throughout the Southeast and especially near the coast in South Carolina, but they're becoming more common in the … more

NOAA maintains its East Coast bluefish catch rules for this year

BOSTON (AP) - Federal fishing regulators said catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018. Bluefish is an oily fish that is popular with some seafood fans on the East Coast, where it is … more

Log Jam Road

The dim woodland road winds around through a magnificent forest of hardwoods and towering pines. The ground along the road is carpeted in pine straw with a smattering of leaves. The dark sky seen through the treetops is cloudy, and there are no … more

A Hill Country prize

We stood there in the dark, waiting on the morning to come. The full moon bathed the woods around us in an eerie blue light. We spoke softly about the beauty of the place and the silence. Then the first bird called and in a few moments - another. In … more

Clemson researchers work to understand impact of coyotes on our state's deer population

CLEMSON - Coyotes have a nasty reputation among deer hunters in South Carolina, and Clemson University researchers are working to determine just how much of that notoriety they deserve. Deer are a prominent game species in the state, both … more

Sumter native completes farm management 12-day program

Ashlee Hutto of Lee Newman Farms in Sumter recently completed the 2019 Executive Farm Management program. In this 12-day program, participants focus on all aspects of management needed to successfully manage today's large, … more

Standing on the Moon

If wildflowers and rare plants are your bag, then early spring is a fantastic time to pay a visit to the SCDNR's Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve, but the spectacular views and varied hiking options make this a popular spot during any … more

Help SCDNR find ruffed grouse in S.C. with app

Outdoor enthusiasts can download a free app (Survey123) for their smartphone that will help them document sightings of ruffed grouse in the Palmetto State for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Ruffed grouse is a chicken-like … more

Roosted ain't roasted

It was dark, with a cold northwest wind whipping across the open fields. There was just the hint of a lighter-colored sky in the east. I left the truck parked behind a thick hedge of mock orange bushes and started down the side of the field. I … more

Buy discounted VIP tickets Tuesday, March 19, for Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic

The 2019 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic is this weekend, March 22-24, at the S.C. State Fairgrounds.  Want to attend all three days of the classic?  VIP tickets give you admission into the … more

State agribusiness grants open through May 1

The state's Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship is calling for the most creative agricultural entrepreneurs to apply for 2019 agribusiness grants, and a priority is being put on rural counties like Sumter. "We are looking for … more

Prescribed fire: The prescription for a healthy forest

Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2019 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month in South Carolina. Prescribed burning is a very important management tool in the Southeastern United States and can easily be related to human health. We rely on … more

A commonsense bill

I found myself walking a different path recently. I was treading the halls of state government. The Senate Subcommittee on Fish, Game and Forestry was meeting on a bill regarding the wild turkey hunting season. The meeting was held in the Gressette … more

Daniel Island man wins S.C. division tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes

SUMMERTON - Boater Lex Costas of Daniel Island brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 30 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes. For his catch, Costas … more
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