• Volume 10 Number 10 - October 2015

    Features

    Watch the wind, make the right kind of noise and be ready for a shot at that special buck when he lets his guard down.

    South Carolina’s deer season is one of the longest and most liberal in the country. For states with seasons that last only a few weeks, they are usually structured to align with the peak of the rut and for good reason — bucks let their guard down and are most vulnerable when they make breeding their top priority. 

    Location, wind direction, ease of access and cover are keys for selecting the perfect deer-stand tree.

    As hunters prepare for the peak of deer season or the changes in deer behavior, many are looking at hanging or moving tree stands into just the right locations. Part of the puzzle we try and solve with mature bucks is getting into their core or travel areas and putting ourselves in just the right tree, especially when hunting with archery equipment, a muzzleloader or a shotgun. 

    The 10-day primitive weapons deer season in the Upstate gives hunters a unique opportunity for a unique hunt.

    Other than a handful of Wildlife Management Areas below the fall line, primitive weapons seasons for deer in South Carolina  have always been an Upstate thing. Maybe the proximity to the mountains is what beckons hunters to squeeze in a few days between stick-and-string and the heavy artillery to honor those pioneers who settled the land with their trusty smokepole at their side.

    Georgetown’s waters offer speckled trout some of the best habitat in South Carolina, and October is time to probe it.

    After a long, hot summer, fall has arrived on the calendar, and it true fall conditions should arrive this month. For the inshore angler with a passion for casting lures at grass lines and oyster points, the fun-filled October session is the just what the doctor ordered, because a squadron of speckled trout show up looking to stretch their stomachs on shrimp, mullet and menhaden. Anglers visiting the Georgetown, South Carolina’s third-oldest city, will be more than pleased. 

    The fall spot run along the South Carolina coast is often followed by the best flounder fishing of the year.

    The spot run each fall causes a lot of excitement along the Grand Strand, and few are immune to the frenzy of the tasty panfish. J Baisch of Fishful Thinking Charters in Murrells Inlet also gets excited about the annual migration, but it’s not because of what’s in front. It’s what’s behind. 

    Consistent weather patterns and big, hungry fish make October a great time to target crappie on Santee Cooper’s Lake Marion.

    The long rod bowed into a deep, inverted “U” as another slab crappie was swung aboard the boat. Guide Buster Rush grabbed his client’s fish and sized it up.

    “This one’s nearly 16 inches long, and is a thick-bodied crappie,” he said. “If we keep this one, we’re limited and done for the day.”

    Look in 30-foot depths around flooded, standing timber for best fall striper results on Lake Hartwell.

    When it comes to filling a cooler with striped bass from Lake Hartwell, October is a tough month to beat. The water temperature falls to a point where the hard-fighting fish seem invigorated, and that’s good news for guides like Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business, who fishes hundreds of days a year on the 56,000-acre reservoir.