These tips will help bag more pre-rut bucks Loris hunting plantation not affected by temporary hunting closure Group kills gator just shy of 13-feet long Round O hunter wins Sept Bag-A-Buck contest

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

New WMA open to South Carolina hunters

Midlands hunters have new hunting choices, thanks the the SCDNR’s newest WMA. The Wateree River Heritage Preserve WMA in Richland County is located on the eastern side of Richland County, which borders the Wateree River. 

This new WMA is made up of over 3600-acres, and is already open for archery season, which will last through Oct. 15. These hunts are open to all hunters with a valid hunting license and WMA permit.

October 02 at 6:45 am

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament postponed due to weather

The 2015 U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board of Directors announced after much consideration and consultation about weather concerns due to Hurricane Joaquin, have postponed the tournament to October 30th & 31st.  The new tournament schedule will be as follows: registration on Thursday, October 29th from 10am-12midnight at the Southport Marina and fishing on Friday, October 30th from 7am-5pm and Saturday, October 31st from 7am-4pm.  

October 01 at 4:07 pm

Stay scent-free with these 4 tips

It’s a common practice for deer hunters to make themselves as scent-free as possible before heading to their stand, and over the past couple of decades, a whole category of gear has sprouted up to help with that task.

The top four tips for staying scent-free in the woods include using some of those products, along with some common sense.

October 01 at 6:45 am

Shotguns just as useful in tree stands as on the ground

Anyone who has ever been on a dog-drive or a man-drive for deer knows the advantages of using a shotgun for this type of hunting, but shotgunning for deer isn’t just for those on the ground. Some hunters prefer shotguns even when perched in a tree stand.

Ernest McLeod of Sumter is one of those hunters. He has killed his share of deer with rifles, but about ten years ago, he decided that for him, a shotgun was the way to go.

September 30 at 6:45 am