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Leslie Lawson of Roundo killed this beautiful 8-point buck in full velvet on Aug. 15, opening day, while hunting from a stand at the Briarcreek Dog Club in Bamberg County. Roundo huntress rounds up a trophy buck on opening day

Leslie Lawson of Roundo has been hunting for 20 years, since she was 4, but has only recently found success deer hunting. A member of the Briarcreek Dog Club in Bamberg County, she took her first deer, a doe, two years ago. Last year, she put down a 6-pointer, but trophy deer had eluded her until Aug. 15, opening day of the 2014 season, when she killed an 8-point buck that could qualify for the South Carolina Deer Record Book if it wasn’t in full velvet.


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Adrianna Cockerill of Eastover killed this doe, which featured a 4-point, full velvet rack, on Aug. 23 in Richlands County. Eastover woman kills 4-point doe in full velvet

It’s unusual for a woman to be the person shouting “It’s a girl!” to a group of people. That’s the situation that Adrianna Cockerill of Eastover found herself in last Saturday night, only she wasn’t in the delivery room of some hospital; she was standing at the back of a pickup truck, looking at a 4-pointer in full velvet she had just killed.


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Setting buck limits would potentially allow more young deer to survive long enough to grow into trophy animals. Deer limit in holding pattern but may change in 2015

Biologist Charles Ruth said that South Carolina’s season bag limits for deer have been on a holding pattern for several years, but there may be new signs of life in the next legislation session in 2015.


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Making sure your weapon is hitting where itís supposed to should be a prerequisite before going afield this fall. Getting olí Betsy in shape

Over the next three months, deer hunters in the Carolinas will carry an arsenal of weapons into the woods to bring venison back to the dinner table. From traditional wooden contraptions to modern weaponry, hunters need to take a few shots to make sure that critical whack at a trophy buck will hit its mark.


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Herd management through doe harvests is becoming more important as the size of local herds and the statewide herd stabilizes. Top counties for 2013 harvest

The attached graphs depict the top counties in 2013 for harvest by unit area (square mile) and by simple harvest without regard to size of county. This data depicts some of the potentially best areas for deer hunters to hunt based on what was productive last season.


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Deer density differences

According to Charles Ruth, the SCDNR’s deer and turkey project supervisor, not all deer habitat is equal in the state of South Carolina. The 2013 Deer Density Map shows the latest data on deer densities in the state.


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Deer harvest on Wildlife Management Areas

According to biologist Charles Ruth of the S.C. Department of Natural resources, South Carolina has plenty of public hunting land, and hunters statewide make good use of those opportunities. He said the harvest of deer on public lands increased in 2013, but not as the same rate as the statewide harvest.


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South Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest returns for 2014 with monthly prizes and a grand prize. Bag-A-Buck contest returns; entries begin on Aug. 15

South Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest will return this week. The contest, which will be run on SouthCarolinaSportsman.com, allows readers to enter photos of deer they harvest in monthly contests, the winners of which will be determined by drawing.†


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Bowhunters must adhere to the same regulations and limits as gun hunters during gun seasons this fall. SCDNR tightens up antlerless regulations on bowhunters

Changes in deer management by the SCDNR that take effect this season will be dramatically felt by archery hunters, who will have to abide by gun-hunting regulations – including using doe tags beginning Oct. 11 when gun season opens in Game Zones 1 and 2 and after Sept. 15 through the remainder of the state when does become legal for harvest.†


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August is prime time to start thinking about planting cool-season food plots. Start thinking about fall

Even though August is often regarded as the hottest month, it is okay to begin thinking about deer season. For lucky hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the velvet hunts begin at the halfway point of the month, but for the rest of the Carolinas, there is still some time to prepare.†


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SCNDR is co-sponsoring a series of special deer hunts for mobility impaired sportsmen on well-managed properties in the Upstate. SCDNR offering special deer hunts for mobility impaired sportsmen

Mobility-impaired hunters will be treated to an opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on about 60 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 24-25 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties and on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Laurens and Newberry counties.


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Bob Matthews of Ladson killed this nice buck in 2013, a year that was good for South Carolina hunters in numbers and quality. 2014 Deer Preview - Stable deer population should be good news for South Carolina hunters

South Carolina’s deer harvest last fall was up 3.6 percent over 2012, continuing a see-saw trend over the past few years, but the state’s top deer biologist found plenty to be happy about.


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Deer season is just around the corner, and visions of big bucks are clearly on the minds of many hunters across South Carolina. Learn what the season may hold.


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Deer hunters have a little more than two weeks to apply for lottery deer hunts on public lands for this fall. Deadline for lottery deer-hunting applications approaches

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ application period for lottery deer hunts on public lands will close on Aug. 15.


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Work done afield well before deer season opens will make for much better hunting when the bucks roll around. Do preseason deer work now, rest the land as South Carolina's season approaches

Consistently killing big bucks and lots of deer isn’t based on luck. Whether using bow or rifle, successful hunters leave little to chance and put in the “sweat equity” work before the season to enhance their success.


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Mallard numbers are the best of all duck species according to the USFWS's annual survey of breeding ducks. Duck numbers should be up this fall according to USFWS survey

Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.


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Tony Blackwell's big Oconee County non-typical, killed last Dec. 14, was the top non-typical buck scored in the SCDNR's statewide antler scoring sessions this past March. Upstate bucks are top non-typicals from SCDNR scoring sessions

Sometimes the biggest rewards come when we least expect them. Just ask deer hunters Tony Blackwell and Chase Smith. They killed two of the three biggest non-typical deer scored during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ scoring sessions this past March – and neither was planning to hunt the day their big bucks were taken.


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