• Volume 9 Number 1 - January 2014

    Features

    Good habitat can equal great squirrel hunting.

    Squirrel hunting is more than just an after-deer or offseason chance to be in the woods. For many hunters, January is the prime month to hunt one of their favored game species. Many hunters actually cut their hunting teeth on squirrels and learned the ways of the woods, honing woodsmanship skills pursuing this often underestimated game species. 

    Tackle, bait and tactics are simple for Lake Murray shellcrackers

    January’s cold weather pushes many outdoorsmen indoors to wait for the coming spring, but that’s a mistake for fishermen longing for that familiar tug on the business end of their line. 

    Scout out those Labor Day fields for winter doves, and be ready to shoot them when numbers spike upwards

    Dove hunters who think the best shooting of the year is finished about the time college football starts could be missing out if those fields of September gold are forgotten. Within the framework of federal migratory bird-hunting guidelines, South Carolina opens the last segment of dove season in mid-December for nearly a month so wing-shooters can take advantage of resident doves overwintering in South Carolina and migratory birds passing through around the end of the year.

    Nearshore reefs and wrecks are January treasures for Hilton Head sheepshead. Here’s how to lock up some tasty ‘convicts.’

    January can be a cruel month for anglers, but for those willing to brave the weather, fishing for sheepshead on the reefs and wrecks off the Lowcountry coastline can be phenomenal. While fishermen targeting sheepshead inshore during spring and summer have it easy as far as weather is concerned, those who venture to nearshore reefs and wrecks during the winter have the edge when it comes to catching quality fish.

    Little River stripers are likely from other coastal river populations

    As the New Year arrives, fishermen along the Grand Strand  have plenty to look forward to besides cold weather and college basketball on television, such as the striped bass that take up winter residence in the Little River section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. 

    A little cover and a few decoys can make for a great small-water duck hunt across South Carolina

    The morning mist lifted off the still water as the sun began to peek over the horizon. Soft ripples revealed a beaver returning to his lodge. Three hunters were standing in knee-deep, icy cold water in a honey hole of flooded timber of a beaver pond on an unnamed tributary of Lake Greenwood. Ducks that thrive along the lake know the area and dive in at first light to begin  day of feeding.