• Volume 3 Number 2 - February 2008

    Features

    A daughter got a chance to witness her father taking his first buck – and what a buck it was!

    On an unseasonably warm day this past November, Richard DesJardins of Mt. Pleasant slipped into his deer stand and downed his first buck ever.

    Nothing restores your balance of “brownie points” with the spouse like a Valentine’s Day oyster roast. Here’s how to go get them yourself.

    Well, deer season ended a month ago, and turkey season is still a long ways away.

    What few “brownie points” you had after deer season were spent on that duck-hunting trip or the redfish outing.

    What’s a sportsman to do?

    Local fishermen believe the Bassmasters Classic will result in big catches, no matter how the weather turns out.

    Randy Childers isn’t sure which will prove more difficult — helping other fishermen prepare for February’s Bassmaster Classic or actually being a spectator at the event.

    Heritage Preserve Complex offers excellent opportunities for squirrel hunters in tracts along the river.

    In what was once a swamp, a hunter sneaked along, making his way around a greenbriar tangle. The scratching of a dried leaf by the nail-hard, needle-sharp, black tip of a thorn alerted a gray squirrel. He probably couldn’t see the hunter, who wore a blaze orange jacket with a black camouflage pattern, but something made him scramble for cover, making an almost inaudible chirring sound.

    This monster buck made a splash at the recent Savannah River draw hunt.

    Jimmy Morrison of Shelby, N.C., drove a long way to hunt in Aiken on property managed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    But he didn’t need an Act of Congress to bag a beautiful buck-of-a-lifetime on Nov. 14 on a dog drive on the Barnwell County property.

    North Inlet redfish are there for patient fisherman in the depths of winter.

    The groundhog pops out on Feb. 2, and if he sees his shadow, he goes back in his hole to prepare for six more weeks of winter weather.

    But that’s in Pennsylvania.

    February is last bit of paradise for Palmetto State hunters who love bunnies and beagle music.

    Hunting over dogs can involve various kinds of game in the Lowcountry. Dog drives for deer come to mind, along with hunting quail over pointers or setters — or maybe treeing raccoons with hounds.

    During winter, when most game fish become sluggish, stripers and hybrid bass are heating up at Lake Thurmond.

    “Winter is definitely my favorite time of the year to be on the water chasing hybrids and stripers,” said Wendell Wilson, a guide at Lake Thurmond. “There are lots of fish, they’re relatively easy to find, and they tend to run a little bigger.

    This hunter’s persistence paid off in a big way on public land.

    Charles Ruth, the deer biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has predicted that some noteworthy bucks would start to show up from public lands across South Carolina.

    The lack of hunting pressure and the difficulty accessing the expanse reaches of wilderness provide big bucks with a safe harbor from the common hunter, allowing deer to reach maturity.