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The stages of a hunter

I told a friend recently that I get just as much enjoyment out of doing the ground work of wildlife management and conservation as I do from the hunt. Planting food plots can certainly be rewarding when we return to see the crops growing and the … more

Some common garden plants might help keep the bugs away

If mosquitoes, gnats, black flies and no-see-ums are driving you buggy, then consider cozying up to some lavender, marigolds or basil. Scientists question their overall effectiveness, but many fragrant ornamental flowers and herbs grown around the … more

Several S.C. counties upgraded to moderate drought status

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Drought Response Committee, meeting via conference call on Aug. 12, upgraded the drought status for 33 counties in the state. Nine counties were upgraded from normal to incipient, the first level of drought: … more

'Plant influencers' offer tips for fall houseplants

Houseplants are a quick and easy way to dress your home in autumnal color. Anthuriums can add hues of pink, red or white. The philodendron's cascading, heart-shaped green leaves bring a touch of the outdoors inside. And of course, the … more

Migratory waterfowl seasons set for 2019-20

COLUMBIA - The seasons and regulations for migratory waterfowl hunting in South Carolina have been approved by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Seasons and bag limits … more

Getting ready for deer season

I had just set the first post when Jim came driving up with his tractor loaded on the trailer and headed for home. He had been plowing some small food plot areas for another club member. It was getting uncomfortably hot, but Jim got out and … more

Establishing a new wildlife food plot

It would take a lot of work, but I thought it could be done. I was looking at a powerline right of way that cuts through the woods on our local hunting club. There was a patch of shoulder-high sweet gum saplings down the center of the easement, with … more

Yellowjackets can be both fearsome and benevolent

Yellowjackets play a supportive role in gardening but can be dangerous around families and pets. People sensitive to bee venom should be especially careful from August through October, when yellowjacket numbers peak. They attack when threatened … more

New public waterfowl hunting opportunity announced by DNR

The South Carolina Wildlife Partnership is a nonprofit organization that was formed by several South Carolina private landowners and outdoor enthusiasts who understand the need for more public access to hunting in our state. In South Carolina, 92% … more

S.C. mourning dove season will open Sept. 2 and end Jan. 30

COLUMBIA - It will probably still be quite warm, but nonetheless thousands of eager wing-shooters will be eager to take the field for the start of the mourning dove season in South Carolina in early September. For many in South Carolina, the opening … more

Things change to protect resources

My son Clayton and I were headed to the hunting club early last Saturday morning to spread some lime and fertilizer on a new food plot. He surprised me with something he had seen online. "How about this," he said. "I saw that a new law has made … more

New regulation established for use of natural deer lures, attractants

To take effect in the 2019-20 South Carolina deer season, it is illegal to possess or use, for the purpose of hunting or scouting any wild animal in S.C., any substance or material that contains or purports to contain any excretion … more

When is fruit ready to pick?

It takes just a twist of the wrist to determine when pears are ready to come off the tree. For plums and peaches, flesh firmness is a good way to verify maturity. Blackberries? Check the color. Nature offers a wide range of clues about when … more

Some longleaf pine trees are shedding their needles early

Some longleaf pine trees are shedding their needles early across the Sandhills and coastal plain this year. This is an annual, natural occurrence that usually takes place in the fall, but sudden, extreme drought in certain areas combined with high … more

The boat

There was no understory in the pines. A heavy layer of pine straw covered the ground. The trees were tightly spaced and were not in rows. This was a stand of volunteer pines that had taken over an old field and had now grown to maturity. It was … more

Tiny red-cockaded woodpeckers causing big stir in South Carolina

COLUMBIA - President Donald Trump's administration, which has pushed to roll back an array of environmental laws, is moving to reduce endangered species protection for a tiny bird that once faced extinction in South Carolina and neighboring … more

In our yard

The doe was very cautious, with her ears forward and her head held high. She came up the slight incline slowly and on full alert. After she had scanned the area carefully, she put her head down to feed on the corn that was scattered on the bare … more

Deer lottery applications now available

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for deer lottery hunts on public lands through Aug. 15. New this year, we will begin offering an "unrestricted" multi-site lottery. The "unrestricted" multi-site lottery … more

SCDNR releases 2019 antler records program results

COLUMBIA - Each spring, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Section personnel make a concerted effort to measure deer racks throughout the state, with a major session during the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic in Columbia. Of the 483 … more

Finding treasure in Sumter County

I rubbed the dirt off with my fingers and marveled at the markings. The design was vaguely familiar yet different somehow. It was a negative, or reverse image, of something that I just couldn't figure out. Then it hit me - corn! It looked like an … more
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