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May 1 is time to apply for alligator tags

South Carolina’s 2016 alligator hunting season doesn’t start for several months, but it’s almost time to apply for a tag. The SCDNR will accept applications May 1 through June 15, and all applications must be filled out online at the agency’s website.

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April 25 at 8:30 pm
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York County hunter arrows record book, 7-bearded gobbler

Lee Blackmon from York took a day off work to go turkey hunting on April 14, and killed the gobbler of a lifetime that is headed for the NWTF record books. His 7-bearded, 20.4-pound bird scored 168.4 (atypical) by two NWTF scorers. And he killed it with a bow and arrow.

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April 19 at 11:15 pm
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Combine tactics for open-field gobblers

Steve Drummond loves to hunt open fields and is typically successful, but he said that despite his best efforts, gobblers often won’t cooperate. In those cases, he incorporates several of his favorite tactics to get these typically tough gobblers into range.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Change the way you call pressured turkeys

Many hunters rely heavily on diaphragm calls to entice mature gobblers to the gun, and these are great tools. However, as veteran hunter Charles Hudson points out, it is difficult to call softly with a diaphragm call. He suggests using a trumpet call or a scratch box for extremely soft calling. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Leave that turkey nest alone

When turkey hunting later in the spring, hunters often stumbled on nesting hens. When this happens, it is best to leave the area and not disturb the nest. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Be ready to use a variety of calls on gobblers

Turkey hunting pros agree that having “go-to” calls is essential and part of each hunter’s unique calling strategy. But they agree that a variety of calls are essential.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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$1000 coyote bounty program hits snag in Senate

The proposed bounty program for killing tagged coyotes which was previously passed by the House has been defeated by the Senate budget-writing panel. Critics of the program cited safety concerns, and said the money should be spent elsewhere.

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April 14 at 9:28 am
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Feral swine interfere with prescribed burning

Feral swine are causing yet another problem for South Carolina's natural resources, this time by interfering with prescribed burning.

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April 13 at 10:01 pm
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Deer food on the cheap

Spring in the Carolinas is a special time for outdoor fans. The sounds and sights of new life flood the countryside with fresh greenery and blooms everywhere and a musical greeting from the fresh flock of migratory birds back from the tropics. By April 1, spring is in full color, welcoming turkey hunters and others ready to prepare their properties for the warm-season bliss. If the management budget is falling short of one’s hopes and dreams, hunters can still improve their properties without breaking the bank. 

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April 08 at 9:00 am
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Are decoys turkey killers, or rescuers?

Some turkey hunters swear by decoys, and some swear at them. The truth is, neither opinion is correct; if used properly, at the right time, decoys can help you wrap a tag around a tom’s leg. If used incorrectly, at the wrong time, it will put wind in the bird’s wings.

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April 06 at 6:37 pm
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Have a be-attitude about turkey hunting

Turkey hunting is a character-building sport where creativity and adaptation in the heat of battle determine success or failure or any given hunt. If a hunter adapts successfully, a gobbler may be tagged. If wrong decisions are made, the less-desirable outcome prevails and character building continues. 

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Tough tom tactics for South Carolina toms

As the morning began to brighten, the sounds of a new day started to emerge. Crickets faded into chirps from chickadees. Courting frogs merged into the wakening call of the Carolina wren. Charles Hudson and I stood near a giant oak bordering a beaver swamp, listening, when a distant gobble got our attention. 

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Turkey season is reaching its peak across South Carolina, and a lot of the easy birds have already been killed. So learn how to score a tough late-season tom.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Zink’s Z-Combo Mouth Call

The Z-Combo Mouth Call, the latest addition from Zink Calls, is an innovative two-reed version of the popular “combo-cut” design favored by many hunters, which is half “cutter” and half “split V”.  Zink’s all-new Z-Combo belts out super-realistic yelps with just the right amount of high front-end and smoky back-end rasp. This versatile call will have those big gobblers waltzing into your decoys without hesitation.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Vero Vellini Rifle Slings

Vero Vellini announced that three of its popular Classic Air Cushion rifle slings, crafted for maximum wear and durability, will now be offered in the Realtree Max-5 camouflage pattern. The standard Wide-Top sling without quick attached swivels, the Wide-Top sling with swivels and the 1-inch Air Cushion sling with quick attach swivels will now be available in this popular design. The Realtree Max-5 is a great pattern for almost any hunting situation and features cattails, reeds, cane and grasses that blend into flooded marshes.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Create edges 'sharp enough to shave' with this knife sharpener

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A dull knife is just plain dangerous, so it's been one of my lifelong missions to find the perfect knife sharpener.

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March 31 at 5:11 pm
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