• Volume 8 Number 10 - October 2013

    Features

    Low spots between high places are highways that deer frequently use.

    Growing up in the piedmont, I was accustomed to hunting deer along creeks, rivers and around agriculture fields. When I moved to Greer, everything changed. The terrain in Game Zone 1, South Carolina’s Upstate, dictates different methods to consistently take nice bucks. Learning how to read the land and understanding how deer travel completely changed my approach. 

    While a good portion of the area is farm fields and rolling hills, the majority is mountainous. For South Carolina hunters wanting to maximize their opportunity, understanding that mountain deer do not necessarily behave differently is a key. It’s the terrain that dictates that hunters react differently to the conditions with which we are forced to work. Hunting deer in the mountains means that changing tactics to be successful harvesting big bucks.

    Slab crappie will be ganged up around deep cover in Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion; here’s how to find and catch them

    Crappie can be caught throughout the year, but there are times and places when the fishing can extraordinary. The Santee Cooper lakes and October are that ideal combination of place and time.

    Hunting acorns and food plots are still among the best strategies for taking an October buck

    Legislative changes in deer-hunting regulations over the past two seasons have breached the great divide between hunters in the Upstate and those in the Midlands and Lowcountry. 

    Fresh bait, plenty of current and a nice contour change can mean plenty of action, and maybe a trip to the physical therapist afterwards

    October is recognized as National Physical Therapy Month across America, and fishermen planning on visiting  Georgetown’s inshore waters will surely need a series of appointments with their favorite physical therapist.

    Current and cover are keys to success

    When anglers think about the best places in the Lowcountry to catch speckled trout, several immediately come to mind: the Wando and Cooper rivers, Bulls Bay and even the Ashley River. One location that always seems to escape the top of the list is the Stono River, but not for a lack of trout.

    Capt. John Boy Koonce of Shoal Bandit Charters guides on the Stono year-round and is perfectly happy with the ranking his home waters have among the local angling community.

    “I don’t think this area is really overlooked, I mean, plenty of anglers fish it and catch a lot of trout here,” he said, “but I do believe the Stono doesn’t get as much pressure as some of the other areas around Charleston, and there’s certainly areas that don’t get fished much at all.”

    With more than a million acres in WMA program, finding good public hunting land close to home is not difficult

    South Carolina hunters have a lot to be thankful for. First, with over 1.1 million acres of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), there’s lot of public land to hunt. Second, access is available to anyone with a WMA permit, and these public lands are scattered across the state; almost everyone is located within a reasonable drive of one or several WMAs. Finally these WMAs have a wide diversity of species that produce outstanding hunting for a diversity of species. From big game to small game to waterfowl and turkey, hunters can enjoy it all and be productive. Many also have the advantage of being managed in some form by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.