Wildlife Management Areas are the lifeblood for many South Carolina sportsmen, providing places for hunters to target various species. Many WMAs receive a lot of hunting pressure, but ample opportunity exists for those willing to put in the effort to find the right habitat for the specific species they target.
At the beginning of the deer season, most outdoor devotees are making waves in their favorite fishing spots, reeling in a redfish, king mackerel or Arkansas blue. For hardcore deer hunters across the Palmetto State, the sweltering heat, mosquitoes and snakes won’t keep many from climbing into a tree stand. Unknown to many, early September is an ideal time to pick off a trophy buck.
The better part of three decades ago a longtime friend described anticipation of the opening of dove season, along with a joyful gathering when that glad day finally arrives, as “Christmas in September.”
It’s the time of year when anglers and fish alike long for the crisp fall nights that are approaching, when many of the boaters who pack Lake Murray begin trading their fishing gear for their hunting gear, and when college football occupies the minds of many sportsmen.
September is a sensational month for an assortment of outdoor activities, but one that’s often overlooked is river fishing for largemouth bass in the coastal plain. The Santee and Cooper rivers are intertwined by their close proximity as well as sharing the bond of being sourced by Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, but great fishing could be a strong bond.
Surrounded by high-rise hotels, gambling vessels and sand castles lay the spartina-covered marshes of Little River, and while they may appear limited in size, the grassy jungles are just what the doctor ordered for South Carolina’s coveted redfish, aka spot-tail bass. Anglers willing to adopt a different tactic can have full access to these waters on the high end of the tidal cycle.
South Carolina's wildlife management areas offer some great deer hunting, and this month provides the opportunity to target bucks in their bachelor groups.