• Volume 3 Number 1 - January 2008

    Features

    Deer hunting has become so popular that chasing bushytails is almost an afterthought, but adding a dog to the chase is helping revitalize the sport.

    Bouncing down the fire line between some planted loblolly pines and a hardwood bottom, I listened as the occupants of the dog box in the back of the pickup started the bark excitedly.

    This James Island hunter will have a hard time beating the second deer of his short hunting career.

    Progressing from a beginning hunter to the buck of a lifetime in just two years, Nick Christ has proven techniques and a little bit of luck to thank for the headlines he’s getting for a huge Beaufort County buck he killed earlier this season.

    A Leesville teen harvested an absolute trophy on a draw hunt.

    Cody Whittle of Leesville had little idea what was in store for him on his draw hunt at the Webb Wildlife Center.

    This Rock Hill guide has made catching big Santee Cooper blues and flatheads his business. Follow his techniques to put some tasty fillets in your boat.

    There was a time when Rock Hill’s Darryl Smith was a true sportsman and guide for all seasons. He guided deer and turkey hunters, bass and striper fishermen, and he was about as versatile a guide as you could find.

    That was before catfish craziness laid hold of his sporting soul and his “all seasons” became dealing with Mr. Whiskers throughout the year.

    York County 10th grader scores on two trophies in two weeks.

    Sometimes, in hunting as in life, youth will be served.

    That was the case during the peak of this year’s whitetail deer rut in populous York County. Increasingly a bedroom community for nearby Charlotte, N.C. — and accordingly an area where it has become ever more difficult to find a place to hunt —York County still has pockets of private land that produce fine deer.

    Bulls Bay offers excellent wintertime action on schooling redfish.

    Capt. Todd Stamps had just returned from a trip to Brazil for peacock bass and black piranha, armed with a pocketful of TBS jigs manufactured by a fishing buddy of his in Florida.

    Where could he go? Stamps didn’t have to travel far from his home base at the Isle of Palms Marina to test the leadheads on schools of winter redfish.

    The last seconds of daylight produce a monster Lee County buck for a Lugoff dentist.

    Another fine trophy buck has made a terrible mistake — stepping out in front of Trey Fitts of Lugoff late in the afternoon of Nov. 2.

    This month Palmetto State hunters can bushwhack wily woodcock whether they have dogs or not.

    A hunter finally works his way through a briar tangle, only to have his feet mire to the ankles or wedge between the gnarled knees of an ancient cypress.

    At the precise moment he is trying to extract his feet and unravel his shotgun from the greenbrier web, a twittering bird takes flight, dodging between saplings and showing an orange streak along the trailing edges of its wings.

    Once a new calendar rolls around, hunting opportunities wane, but some new hunts have been added to stretch your season.

    Even though I am a duck hunter, I get a little bummed once New Year’s Day passes.

    I like to hunt deer, too, but I prefer it during colder weather. I would much rather be in a tree stand bundled in camouflage that weighs more than a Kleenex. Unfortunately, the cold weather usually arrives about the time the deer season closes.

    An ex-football coach has a delicious recipe for catching Hilton Head’s winter speckled trout.

    Trading Friday night lights for Saturday morning bites seems to have agreed with Dan Utley.

    After 29 years as the head football coach at Hilton Head High School, Utley decided it was time to work on some new plays. Five years ago, he stepped off the football field and out of the classroom and began pursuing his other passion, fishing the inshore waters around his home.