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Youth hunters have opportunities for unique hunts

In cooperation with a number of private landowners and hunt clubs, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is co-sponsoring a handful of youth-only deer hunts in the state’s Piedmont region this fall, as part of the department’s Take One Make One program.

Youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 are eligible to apply for the hunts, which will be Oct. 17 on the Brownlee and Johnson farms in Laurens County, on Nov. 7 on Horseshoe Falls Hunt Club in Spartanburg County, on Nov. 14 on Laura Lyn and Chufa Ridge farms in Union County and Broken Arrow Hunt Club in Cherokee County, on Dec. 5 on Yelton Farm in Spartanburg County, on Dec. 12 at the Clinton House Plantation in Laurens County and the Trophy Buck Club in Union County.


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Stay motionless and wait until a dove is in shotgun range before rising to take a shot. Christmas in September - The opening day of dove season is something hunters anticipate the way kids do Christmas

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.” 


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Bucks will hang out in bachelor groups until a certain stage of the photoperiod is reached during the early fall, then a change in testosterone levels will put them in competition and break them up. Bachelor Pads - September is prime time to hunt bachelor groups of bucks across South Carolina

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. 


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Power Scrape All-Season Kit Power Scrape All-Season Kit

Tink’s new Power Scrape All-Season Scrape Kit is the perfect lure and dispenser system in one convenient value pack. It includes the trusted original Power Scrape Starter, the all-new Power Scrape Finisher and a Tink’s Scrape Bomb Dripper. Start the Power Scrape Starter up to one month prior to the rut and then switch to the new Power Scrape Finisher, which is enhanced with Tink’s #69 Doe-In-Rut estrous and buck secretions.


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Sandra Douglas took this 8-point, 19-inch, 172-pound Bamberg County buck the afternoon of Aug. 19. Early start pays off with trophy buck for Bamberg County woman

Sandra Douglas of Olar had an inkling on the afternoon of Aug. 19 that she needed to get to her deer stand a little bit earlier than usual, so she headed out to a box blind overlooking a clover field on the 2,500-acre Bamberg County club where she hunts. It wound up being a trophy buck decision.


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SCDNR has scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss a bill in the state legislature that will change deer management in the state. SCDNR schedules seven public meetings to talk about deer legislation

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled seven public meetings to receive input from hunters concerning legislation the agency supports related to future deer management in South Carolina. 


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SCDNR and several organizations are co-sponsoring special deer hunts in the Upstate for mobility impaired hunters. SCDNR announces special Upstate hunts for mobility impaired hunters

Mobility impaired hunters will be treated to a unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on more than 60 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 23-24 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties, and on Oct. 30-31 in Laurens and Newberry counties. Applications are being accepted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources through Sept. 14.


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North Carolina and South Carolina hunters have the entire month of September to thin out populations of resident Canada geese. Discourage geese from setting up in food plots, impoundments

With the deer season just around the corner, this year’s batch of cool-season food plots should be in the planning stage. For landowners with a field full of maturing grain intended for this year’s migratory flock of ducks, it is time to safeguard crops from resident Canada geese. 


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Expanded methods available for North Carolina goose hunters

For hunters looking to heat up their shotgun barrels, fill up the freezer and contribute to conservation and eradication efforts, the resident Canada goose season arrives on Sept. 1. 


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How individual landowners and hunters plan their harvest goals should take into consideration both does and bucks. Top deer counties for 2014 season

County rankings for the 2014 deer season are compiled by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in two categories: total harvest and harvest by square mile. The data points hunters to areas that were productive last season and in seasons past.


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Despite harvest reductions, South Carolina hunters have plenty of quality bucks to choose from. South Carolina’s All-Time Biggest Bucks (through 2013 season)

Typical Bucks


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Chris Lambert's entry of his Spartanburg County buck, killed last October, was drawn as the grand-prize winner in last year's Bag-A-Buck contest. Bag-A-Buck contest is back!

The Bag-A-Buck contest is returning to South Carolina Sportsman and SouthCarolinaSportsman.com for its 10th year, with monthly prizes and a grand-prize for sportsmen who submit photos of deer they take during the coming season.


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Populations of resident Canada geese have exploded over the past 20 years, leading to the birds becoming something of a nuisance. Prevent goose problems

The once-prolific populations of migrating Canada geese that were a popular hunting target in the mid-20th century have become muted by the massive explosion of resident populations all across the Lower 48. 


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Deer hunters in the former Game Zone 4 will get an earlier start on the season with reorganization of the state's game zones, dropping from six to four. SCDNR reduces number of game zones from six to four

South Carolina has reduced the number of game zones from six to four for the coming hunting season, and it will change the season dates for deer hunters in several areas.


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South Carolina has produced a lot of nice bucks over the past few seasons, so taking a trophy is not out of the question. 2015 South Carolina Deer Season Preview

It’s time to plan and prepare for the 2015 deer season, with the opening of the season in a number of Lowcountry counties only a couple of weeks away. There are bows and guns to be sighted in, shooting lanes trimmed, food plots fertilized and stands to be tidied up.


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North Carolina hunter Earl Trent killed the 500-pound One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more

Earl Trent of Harmony, N.C., had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.


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Applications for lottery deer hunts on Wildlife Management Areas will be accepted by SCDNR through Aug. 21. SCDNR will accept applications for lottery deer hunts through Aug. 21.

Applications for deer lottery hunts this fall will be available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources until Friday, Aug. 21, with applications for waterfowl and quail hunts becoming available in mid-September and turkey hunts in January 2016.


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The overall harvest may be in decline, but South Carolina continues to produce lots of trophy deer, as results of the 2015 scoring sessions attest. South Carolina hunters add 176 trophy bucks to state's record book

Despite a significant harvest decrease for the 2014 season, South Carolina deer hunters scored well on big bucks again. According to Charles Ruth, a biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, plenty of big bucks were measured at the 2015 scoring sessions held around the state in March, with 176 new entries to the state record book.


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