Yes, its hunting season, holiday season, party season, and everyones pretty busy, but dont give up fishing just yet. December is a wonderful month for catching redfish and trout on light tackle and flies in the Lowcountry.
For wintertime crappie fishermen, the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas is special. The weather is cold, but not too cold. Its that good-feeling time where you re-establish the bond with your heavy jacket but dont have to rely on it to survive.
Duck hunters in the Lowcountrys ACE Basin either have connections with a plantation owner who plants food plots and possibly buys raised mallards, or they are rugged individualists with masochistic tendencies.
The trees have been battered and the ground torn apart. Now the ritual intensifies as antler clashing echoes and the chasing of does heightens. Finally the dominant breeders tend their mates as the whitetail rut peaks.
There are a couple of good things about the tag end of deer season in South Carolina. First, the number of deer hunters drops off as small-game seasons open, and some hunters have just had their fill of whitetails. Others simply dont like to sit still for long periods in the December cold.
If you've yet to kill your buck of a lifetime, you don't want to read Blake Sealey's story, but in case you do, it's on p. 14.