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Snap, crackle, pop! Spartanburg Methodist freshman kills huge buck

Snap, crackle, pop! Cereal noises to many people, but on the afternoon of Nov. 15, to Dalton Smith, a 19-year-old from Chesnee, it was the sound of a big buck – a big, big buck: 16 points and 180 pounds.

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November 23 at 5:51 pm
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Cold weather kicks off great speckled trout bite at Murrells Inlet

Bone-chilling temperatures and fall-like conditions have transformed Murrells Inlet into the speckled trout paradise it is historically-known for being. And big, gator trout are leading the pack, with many fish showing up stretching the scales to more than 5 pounds. 

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November 21 at 6:59 am
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Tried-and-true baits may outfish the latest creations when it comes to trout

Ever since James Heddon first debuted his fishing lures to the public, the way people catch their finned fare will never be the same. For the avid inshore saltwater angler,  fall means speckled trout, and despite massive collections of artificial lures that have hit the market over the past 50 years, are the newest baits the best way to fool specks, or are do those “old reliables” need to take over the driver’s seat?

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November 21 at 6:53 am
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Rock Hill teen wins October Bag-A-Buck contest

Oct. 19 was a Sunday that 16-year-old Ivy Oates of Rock Hill will not soon forget. The junior at Rock Hill High School killed her first buck, a 5-pointer, around 5 p.m., right after climbing into a ladder stand on property in Lancaster County she was hunting with her father, Danny.

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November 19 at 8:16 pm
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SCDNR, QDMA holding dove-hunting clinic for youths on Nov. 22

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Take One Make One Program and the Horry County “Sandlappers” branch of the Quality Deer Management Association is offering aspiring young hunters the opportunity to learn more about dove hunting with a dove clinic on Nov. 22 in Conway.

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November 19 at 10:53 am
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Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat

When the sun sinks into the western sky, night stalkers begin to prowl. They prepare for the evening onslaught and make careful preparations for their sneak attack on unwary victims. But we’re not talking Jack the Ripper; we’re talking about nocturnal crappie fishermen using lights to catch limits of slab crappie on Lake Wylie, and the fishing is wide open.

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November 18 at 6:42 pm
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Lake Hartwell produces 40-pound striper for Greenville fisherman

Wes Howard of Greenville proved once again that cut bait is king on Lake Hartwell when he landed a 40-pound, 43-inch striped bass from the Seneca River on Nov. 11. Howard was cut bait fishing on the upper reaches of the Seneca River when the big fish hit.

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November 17 at 7:11 am
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Hunters need to add vocalization to their deer repertoire

Hunters will do anything they can to get a big buck within bow or gun range, but there is one technique that is used to great advantage by some, but totally overlooked or misused by many: vocalization – talking to the deer.

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November 09 at 9:42 pm
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State celebrates 25th anniversary of ground-breaking ACE Basin Project

When Dr. Ernie Wiggers said this past Sunday that “The ACE Basin is one of the last great places on earth," the moss-draped oaks, backdropped by the flowing waters of the Combahee River, left little doubt that he was correct about that on a day of celebration for the ACE Basin Project’s 25th anniversary.

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November 07 at 6:56 am
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Anderson hunter makes most of second chance at huge buck

Halloween Night provided both tricks and treats for Steve Crenshaw of Anderson, who admits getting physically sick when he missed a big buck across a huge food plot, then got well when the buck gave him a second chance he didn’t blow.

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November 06 at 7:09 pm
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Speckled trout finally make a big showing along Grand Strand

Over the past few weeks, most Grand Strand anglers have pointed their vessels towards places rich with king mackerel or bull reds and of course, the ever-so-famous spot that makes places like Murrell’s Inlet and Little River a permanent attraction for visitors to the Grand Strand. Finally, they’re paying attention to speckled trout.

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November 06 at 10:25 am
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Woodbury WMA produces great buck -- but on hunter's private land

Ever since the 25,000-acre Woodbury WMA was first opened to public hunting in 2010, hunters from around the region have licked their chops over the chance of taking a trophy buck, long-bearded turkey or oversized hog. Finally, in the fifth season of managing bucks with four-points-per-side antler restrictions, a trophy buck has been taken, but surprisingly, it came on a tiny, private outparcel smack dab in the middle of the Marion County land.

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November 06 at 8:08 am
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Artificial reef off Little River is dedicated in honor of McManus

The Ron McManus Memorial Reef was dedicated on Oct. 31 when the public was introduced to a piece of concrete structure that contained his ashes, his sunglasses and his ever-present cell phone that will be deposited on a site 5 miles southwest of Little River Inlet to honor a leader in community and fishing activities.

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November 04 at 8:34 pm
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Big non-typical buck with four beams is taken by Bamberg County archer

Dan Wynne hunts in deer-rich Bamberg County, where big bucks abound, and he has been a member of a club that has dedicated itself to trophy whitetail management for 25 years. Those things happily came together on Oct. 19, when Wynn took a buck sporting 14 scorable points that has a little bit of everything: width, mass, height, split beams and even a drop tine.

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November 04 at 1:19 pm
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South Carolina trout fishermen ready for delayed-harvest fix

Karl Ekberg, who owns the Chattooga River Fly Shop in Mountain Rest, looked forward to this past Saturday’s opening of delayed-harvest trout fishing on a handful of Upstate streams the way a lot of hunters look forward to the opening of dove, duck or deer season.

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November 04 at 6:38 am
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Deep-brush crappie bite has been unbelievable on Lake Marion, guide said

The past several weeks have seen the crappie fishing hit a fall peak on Lake Marion, according to guide Buster Rush.

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November 02 at 9:10 pm
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