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The race is on

The alarm clock went off at 4 a.m. and startled me from my dreams. I sat up on the edge of the bed, bleary eyed, and looked out the window. The full moon was very bright, and it illuminated the backyard in a soft blue light. Three deer were grazing … more

S.C. Ducks Unlimited contributes $25K to conservation initiative

Leaders from the South Carolina Chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently presented a $25,000 check to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources from the SCDU Tag Fund to support the work of the S.C. Coastal Bird Conservation … more

American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed impossible. Colin O'Brady, of Portland, finished the … 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

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

Winter wonderlands

The forecast was for clearing in the afternoon, but a misty rain still sprinkled lightly on my windshield from the slate gray sky. I was headed to my property in Clarendon County to put out some corn and maybe - get in a hunt. The last few days had … more

Tennessee added to states with carcass import restrictions for S.C. hunters

South Carolinians planning out-of-state trips to hunt big game this winter should be aware of restrictions on importing deer and elk parts into the Palmetto State. With big-game seasons open in many other states, the S.C. Department of Natural … more

Efforts grow to broaden the funding base for wildlife conservation

Hunting is a seasonal ritual for more than 11 million Americans in fall and winter. For those whose quarry includes ducks, geese or other waterfowl, one essential item is a Federal Duck Stamp - one of the most innovative and influential conservation … more

Fragile trees, shrubs need help getting through cold

Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can save you a bundle of time and money. "As long as the soil drains well, water the trees through … more

Proud Sumter hunter with 1st deer

Caleb Moore killed his first deer, a 6-point, while hunting with his grandfather on Saturday, Oct. 6. more

The secret life of deer

I've been fascinated by whitetail deer since I saw my first hoof print pressed into a sandy woodland road many years ago. I was eight years old. I had seen pictures in hunting magazines and on television shows like Wild Kingdom and Walt Disney, but … 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
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