• Volume 5 Number 10 - October 2010

    Features

    Try these sniper tactics for certain success on your next public-land hunt.

    The scene could have been taken directly from a 1980s Vietnam-era war movie, only in this case, the unsuspecting victim wasn’t a soldier, but a respectable 8-point whitetail buck, and the backdrop was the shoreline of Lake Hartwell, not the Mekong Delta.

    Humans rely on eyesight and memory to distinguish other folks, but a whitetail’s world of communication is performed primarily through the work of glands and scents.

    Scent pheromones and their distinct odors are instinctively utilized by whitetails to convey a realm of communication related to dominant hierarchy and sexual interactions. They are crucial for other social relations — particularly with females raising their offspring. These scents are produced by several different glands, and serve deer of all ages and both sexes.

    Big bucks might let their guard down; be sure you’re prepared to take advantage of those mistakes.

    The rut is a special time for South Carolina deer hunters. For most, it’s the prime time to get the drop on a trophy buck. It’s the one time of the year when the monster bucks let their “survival” guard down just a bit and make mistakes they normally don’t make, enabling hunters to harvest big deer that otherwise are too stealthy or have simply become nocturnal.

    Flooding fall tides open up some great hunting in the Lowcountry.

    Fly, damn it!

    Shooting them is easy; the toughest job with marsh hens is making them fly.

    Transition crappie at Lake Greenwood in the fall is an often-overlooked but great fishery.

    If you’re looking for excellent crappie fishing this fall, look no further than Lake Greenwood.

    October brings cooler weather and red-hot trout fishing to the Charleston area.

    You can watch the Weather Channel or call “time and temperature,” but you still never know what kind of conditions await you in Charleston come October.