• Volume 11 Number 1 - January 2016

    Features

    Look for young cutovers and you’ll find rabbits throughout South Carolina’s Upstate

    Our truck followed a long, gravel road through the Sumter National Forest near the border of Laurens and Newberry counties. Cutover land lined both sides of the road for more than a mile — prime habitat for cottontail rabbits — and after another half-mile, we found a safe place to park. 

    Decoys and electronic caller can make for a great day afield.

    It can be argued that most outdoorsmen and women have an ambivalent feeling towards crows. They are loud, obnoxious and irritating. Few things can upset a deer hunt more than a murder of crows right above your head screaming at each other for seemingly hours. Thankfully, there is a solution that is both effective and fun. 

    Resting areas become as important as food sources as Januarsy arrives.

    With nearly half of the 60-day duck season remaining, there couldn’t be a better time to hunker down in a bush-covered blind to get a limit of mallards, wood ducks and green-winged teal. 

    Go slow, be careful and put more Charleston redfish in your boat this month.

    Addison Rupert was pointing, trying to get his client to see what he was seeing.

    “Look just under that dock and you’ll see a number of redfish under there. Can you see them? Here, try looking through these,” Rupert said, handing his sunglasses to his client on a cold, sunny January day.

    Deep or shallow, Lake Moultrie crappie will bite in January if they’re found in the right places.

    For some fishermen, the cold, often nasty weather associated with January may not seem like prime time for swinging slab crappies over the gunwales. They might want to reconsider, because but fast crappie fishing is often the norm at Lake Moultrie, where excellent mid-winter action can usually be found in two distinct patterns.

    Explosion in Catawba River reservoir’s population of blue catfish is great for fishermen.

    Lake Wylie, which straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, has developed into one of the premier catfishing reservoirs for both states. Based on research from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this already highly productive lake is still in the “boom” stage.