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These tips will help bag more pre-rut bucks

One of the most-confusing and least-understood segments of the season for many deer hunters is the transition from the pre-rut to the peak of the rut. Between predictable summer patterns and the peak of the rut, deer behavior undergoes major changes. Deer behavior undergoes major changes from the predictable summer patterns to peak-rut patterns, but it doesn’t happen overnight; it occurs over a period of several weeks, and these changes and increased buck activity actually creates some of the best hunting of the season — if hunters make the commitment to stay with the deer movements. Consider the change from a biological standpoint. Charles Ruth, deer-project supervisor for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said that most hunters across the state will have deer in this transition period late September through approximately Oct. 20.

October 10 at 11:02 am

Loris hunting plantation not affected by temporary hunting closure

Grand Strand and Pee Dee-area hunters are finding that many of their usual hunting grounds are temporarily closed to deer hunting thanks to the recent flooding. One option they have is not too far away at Field and Fin Adventures in Loris. “We are still open for all hunting, including deer. We are not included in the deer hunting suspension,” said Luke Board, who operates the facility, which has a dove hunt scheduled for tomorrow following a lunch for all hunters at noon. 

Field and Fin Adventures features premium deer stands and the property is open to the public. They maintain over 1000-acres for hunting deer, quail, dove, turkeys, and they also do pheasant tower shoots.

October 09 at 2:43 pm

Group kills gator just shy of 13-feet long

With the hopes of tagging a big gator on the morning of September 26th, Michael DuPre of Moncks Corner, and three of his hunting buddies pulled up to a gas station to fill up their boats. Robert Gregory of Moncks Corner, Ty Parker of Pageland, and Josh Kowalski of Summerville, were accompanying him on the hunt. The group has been hunting gators together in SC for the past four years. This year, Gregory drew a tag for the Midlands and they were planning to tag a big gator.   

“I pulled up to pump number thirteen at the gas station,” said DuPre. “My Grandma died on the 13th a few years back and I did not want to get any bad luck on this hunt. I was debating on moving the truck to another pump to fill up, but we all ended up joking around saying how we were going to kill a 13 footer on this hunt.”  

October 09 at 12:30 pm

Round O hunter wins Sept Bag-A-Buck contest

Keith Hiers of Round O wasn’t expecting a lot when he headed into the woods the afternoon of Aug. 15, opening day of gun season in the Lowcountry. 

“I never have done much on opening day, but my brother-in-law had never been deer-hunting and he wanted to go,” Hiers said.

Being nice to an in-law turned out to be a great decision for Hiers, who killed two great bucks that afternoon in full velvet. He entered them in South Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, and his entry was drawn as the winner in the first of four monthly contests.

October 09 at 6:45 am

SCDNR closes 1 lake, 2 more WMAs

The SCDNR has closed Lake Ashwood in Lee County because of damage suffered during the recent storms and because of the potential for danger from high volumes of incoming water. The lake and surrounding park closed today and will remain closed until further notice.

Along with Lake Ashwood’s closure, the SCDNR has closed a number of WMAs. Some of these game lands are closed to automotive traffic, while others are closed entirely. Deer hunting season has been suspended in certain counties until Oct. 11 at midnight.

October 08 at 10:45 am

SCDNR maps identify areas closed to deer hunting

The SCDNR temporarily closed deer hunting season in several parts of the state last night at midnight. The closures are expected to last through the end of this weekend, and impact a number of different counties. The boundaries that mark the closures are spelled out in this previous article about the closures, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, the SCDNR has also issued maps that should help hunters determine where they can and can't hunt.

The areas are being closed to all game animals except alligator, doves, hogs, and coyotes. These closures are for both public and private land.

October 08 at 6:50 am

SCDNR halts deer hunting temporarily in several counties

Due to flooding that has impacted virtually every part of South Carolina, the SCDNR has enacted a temporary hunting closure for several counties that will begin tonight at midnight and run through Sunday, Oct 11 at midnight. These times and the affected counties may be altered as conditions change.

The main reason for this closure is for the protection of game animals who have very little high ground to wait out the floods. This could equate to “shooting fish in a barrel” for deer as they hunker down to let the high water recede and open up their normal escape routes.

October 07 at 3:53 pm

South Carolina deer season may be suspended

Due to flooding and other factors related to the flooding, the SCDNR is considering suspending deer hunting season for certain counties. This agency is guessing the suspension will be brief, lasting less than a week, but no firm decision has been made just yet.

The DNR is meeting with biologists and other stakeholders to see which counties should experience the temporary closure, and they expect to release a statement sometime today.

October 07 at 10:52 am

How, and for how long, will flooding impact Grand Strand fishing?

With all the flooding along South Carolina’s coast and inland, how long will it take for the fishing to get back to normal? It’s a question of luxury for many anglers, as a number of other South Carolinians struggle to rebuild great loss from the flood of ’15. Still, it’s a question that is, or will soon be, on the minds of anglers across the Palmetto State.

Capt. Ned Campbell of the Murrells Inlet Outpost in Murrells Inlet said there is really only one way to find out. “It’s going to take some people going and reporting on how they’re doing to really know. We’ve never had flooding of this magnitude, so we don’t have anything to compare it to, but usually when big storms cause flooding even on a smaller scale, it takes a few days for things to get back to normal. It may be three days, or it may even be a couple of weeks,” he said.

October 07 at 6:45 am

Charleston angler to compete in China for Hobie Fishing World Championship

Dave Jaskiewicz of Charleston is going somewhere he never thought fishing would take him. Shang Lake, China is his destination, along with 46 other anglers from 19 different countries. They will all be competing for the title of World Champion in the 5th Annual Hobie Fishing World Championship, presented by Rhino-Rack and hosted by Hobie Cat Australasia.

Jaskiewicz qualified for the Hobie World Championship earlier this year by winning the IFA Kayak Tour Event that took place in Georgetown, which was designated a qualifier for the World Championship. Jaskiewicz became the sixth American, and 7th member of Team North America, which is joined by one Canadian.

October 06 at 2:10 pm

NWTF opens new shooting complex in Edgefield

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is about much more than wild turkeys, and that has never been more evident than it is with their new project, the Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield. The recently-opened complex is open to the public.

The NWTF saw a need in the area for this type of complex, and through funds they raised, along with a partnership with the SCDNR, who receives funds for such projects through sales tax on hunting, fishing, and other outdoor products, they decided to build it. 

October 06 at 6:45 am

Flooding closes some WMAs to automobiles

Several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state have been temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. Due to the historic record amounts of rainfall received across the state, roads are under water and some have suffered severe damage.

Gates on these WMAs are closed until the roads are safe for travel. Staff will be out assessing damage as soon as it safe for them to do so. Reports from some WMAs include culverts being washed out and roads being covered with fast flowing water.

October 05 at 4:05 pm

Turn squirrel tails into fishing lures

With early goose season now closed, many hunters are glad to see that squirrel season opened Oct. 1, giving them a challenging game animal to hunt that is every bit as fun as (if not more fun than) deer hunting to most hunters who give squirrel hunting a chance.

Especially when using a .22 or .17 rife, shooting a squirrel high up in a tree is challenging, and training yourself to take only headshots will improve your rifle skills and preserve the meat which makes a tasty meal. And the action is much faster than deer hunting, because squirrels are plentiful, and much more likely to show themselves in daylight hours than deer normally do.

October 05 at 6:45 am

Catch more autumn with pro's tips on compact jig

With so much fishing pressure on our lakes these days, lots of bass fishermen regularly downsize their baits; it’s become an accepted way to catch finicky fish. The same goes with clear-water situations. Clear water and small baits just go together.

October 04 at 8:51 am

October is transition time for bucks

According to biologist Charles Ruth of SCDNR, one of the first things a hunter needs to understand is the biological change that causes deer to move a lot during October. Unlike humans, it’s not because of the cool breezes and comfortable temperature. Basically, it’s biological.

Ruth said that early to mid-October is when deer really begin to move a lot in most areas of the state.

October 03 at 6:45 am

Deadline approaching for public waterfowl draw hunts

Transportation, blinds and decoys are furnished on Bear Island - East, Bear Island-Springfield/The Cut, Sandy Beach, Broad River and Wateree River WMAs. Only transportation and blinds are provided at Samworth, Santee Coastal-The Cape, Cedar Island, Murphy Island and Bear Island West. Transportation, layout boats or sleds, and marsh stools are provided at Santee-Delta East and West. Hunters will be limited to one bag of decoys per blind.

All sites require moderate physical exertion.

Hunting from banks or dikes is NOT allowed.

October 02 at 3:19 pm