• Volume 6 Number 9 - September 2011

    Features

    WMA Preview: Public-land hunters have plenty of places in South Carolina offering prime opportunities for deer, waterfowl and small game.

    South Carolina hunters have a lot of reasons for being thankful. First, the diversity of land available to hunt, from rugged mountains to coastal marsh and swamp, is among the most-productive and diverse found anywhere. Second, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of public land available to hunters. These areas are designated as Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs); all you need is a WMA permit, specific guidelines for specific species on specific tracts — and the desire to go hunting.

    The Chattooga River Trail offers fishermen the chance to pack in and camp along some of the Southeast’s best trout water.

    Mention trout fishing in South Carolina and many people will think of speckled seatrout, oyster beds and marsh grass. Seldom thought about are rainbow, brown, and brook trout in a mountain wilderness setting.

    South Carolina hunters can take lessons from this Greenville man’s history of great dove shoots.

    In the beginning, Louis Batson III was his dad’s designated retriever in the dove field — a 5-year-old boy scrambling through corn stalks to pick up birds brought down by the blast of his father’s humpback Browning 12-gauge.

    Try “early” bows for early-season deer. It doesn’t take a $700 compound to fill a tag.

    There is something mystical about the feel of a good primitive bow. It seems to come alive in the archer’s hands. Light, responsive and, when shot instinctively, they are very quick-handling.

    The Stono, Kiawah and Folly rivers offer all kinds of great fall fishing.

    Rob Bennett grew up fishing the waters around Folly Beach, Kiawah Island and the Stono River, and he’s never found a reason to leave them.