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Using a turkey’s fan will often put a gobbler in a relaxed frame of mind and within range of a load of copper-plated No. 4s. The fan, something every turkey hunter should carry

“Every time I go turkey hunting, I carry a turkey fan — a set of intact tail feathers — with me.” Willie McCutchen said. “I think if there’s one almost-indispensable tool other than calls and camouflage that a turkey hunter needs, it is the fan of a previously harvested gobbler. A wing from a turkey will work for flydowns, but it is limited in use. The tail fan can do anything the wing can do and much, much more. I’ve used it many different ways, and I know that every year I am likely to find a new use for it to help me get a gobbler I may not have been able to otherwise get. It is the single most-utilized non-calling tool in my arsenal of tactics. It’s something that may be considered a bit offbeat the way I use it at times, but it has directly led to the death of many longbeards.”


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An unusual sounding call, like those produced by a tube, can often turn the tables on a big gobbler. An offbeat calling tactic that works

Most serious turkey hunters know and make the basic yelps, clucks, purrs, cackles and such, and often, one of these will work. But they don’t always produce, and the need to have offbeat sounds up your calling sleeve can spell success or strikeout.


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A sow might not have the tusks that a boar has, but she can be just as dangerous, especially if she’s defending her brood. Nice teeth ya got there, piggy

The length of its tusks and its weight are the measurements most huntres use to determine whether or not a hog is of trophy status. While most hunters prefer taking large boards because they have the longest tusks and biggest bodies, sows and young pigs re better for eating.


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A youth turkey hunting clinic has been scheduled for April 3 in Horry County. There are 15 openings for youths aged 10 to 17. SCDNR, BPS schedule youth turkey hunting clinic in Horry County

A turkey hunting clinic for youths has been scheduled for April 3 in Horry County. The clinic, sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Bass Pro Shops, will introduce basic turkey hunting skills needed for a successful hunt, including game care and prep, turkey calling, building turkey blinds, marksmanship, gear and regulations.


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Steve Cobb of Union killed this gobbler last spring, calling him in despite the presence of hens. Henned-up gobblers? Here are a half-dozen ways to beat them

A turkey hunter recently said that the reason many long-time turkey hunters are bald is primarily from pulling their hair out in frustration with henned-up gobblers. But some hunters excel with these tough, old birds and Steve Cobb of Union has a gameplan for doing exactly that.


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For tough turkeys, don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path. Offbeat tactics for tough toms

An old saying coined for another situation is often appropriate for turkey hunters. It’s simply, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”


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The author shows off a nice hog he took on from public land along South Carolina’s Waccamaw River. Hog in a bog

Basil Watts hauled a deer cart from the bed of his pickup truck. Unhooking the elastic cords holding it together, he unfolded it to deploy the wheels. 


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Avian-X Avian-X

The next generation of Avian-X LCD decoys are lighter, easier to pack and less aggressive to real hens. Add the increased texture and detailed feather lines and they look even more realistic. No-flake paint on the quiet, collapsible Dura-Rubber bodies won’t wear off and the folding motion stake helps create movement with the slightest breeze. Years of studying body postures, moods and behaviors of wild turkeys went into the design of these relaxed, welcoming breeder hen decoys.


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Required tags for South Carolina wild turkeys can no longer be obtained over the country where hunters purchase their licenses. South Carolina hunters can no longer pick up turkey tags from license vendors

Wild turkey tags, which are required in South Carolina, will no longer be available over the counter at local vendors this spring for turkey hunters.


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Holden Poole took this monster buck on Sept. 15 in Cherokee County. 2014 Deer of the Year

The 2014-15 deer season was an interesting one for Palmetto State hunters. In the Upstate, baiting is still a relative novelty, and with a huge acorn crop this past fall, it’s likely that big bucks didn’t have to travel too far to find something to eat. And that’s never good news for the troops in camouflage and blaze orange.


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Coozy’s Custom Calls Coozy’s Custom Calls

Coozy’s Custom Calls are handmade from start to finish for the avid waterfowler that demands the true tones that bring ducks in. Made from high grade hard woods that will last for years to come, Coozy’s Custom Calls are easy to blow, work in all types of weather, from 10 degrees freezing in the far north up to 65 degrees in the southern coastal marshes, and have been tested by some of the best guides from all over the country to insure that the right sounds and notes are there.


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Listen and learn from deer hunters

South Carolina Sportsman and its sister publication in North Carolina have been running annual Bag-A-Buck contests almost since the moment the magazines were first published.


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A decision to climb down from a tree stand and sit on a log proved to be a good one as Sands Williamson killed a great Lee County buck on Oct. 15. Lee County trophy falls to hunter on a log

Sands Williamson did not like the view from the deer stand into which he had climbed late on the afternoon of Oct. 15, so he climbed down and walked a couple of hundred yards down the edge of the pasture on a Lee County farm and sat on an old pine tree that had been cut down. 


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Gary Wicker’s 160-inch 10-pointer will likely move into the South Carolina records books as the third-largest buck ever taken in Newberry County. New Newberry No. 3

Newberry County may not be the county with the most record-book bucks reported, but it has produced 167, which ranks 11th among all of South Carolina’s counties. But at least one more will be added to the list in March’s statewide scoring sessions: the third-biggest ever taken in the county.


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Ashley Mills’ big buck has 17 points, including three different drop tines. For an old buck, it was his time

Ashley Mills of Blair first saw the buck with the huge rack of unusual antlers on opening day of deer season in Fairfield County.


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Keep your trail cameras up and running and you may get a look at the bucks that survived this past deer season. Winter is perfect time to kill two birds with one stone: scout for deer, turkeys

It’s never too late to scout for deer, and it’s never too early to look for turkey sign. That’s the feeling of some of the more dedicated hunters for both species, and February is prime time for doing both.


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SCDNR will hold three hog hunts on North Island next month try to and control and/or eliminate the feral hog population. SCDNR announces dates for three North Island hog hunts

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled three hog hunts for North Island in Georgetown County next month in an effort to remove and eliminate feral hogs from the barrier island.


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Chris Lambert's Spartanburg County non-typical buck won the grand prize in South Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest. Spartanburg hunter is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest

Chris Lambert, a 23-year-old Gaffney firefighter figured he was going to find a run-of-the-mill 8-point buck on the ground when he got down out of his tree stand the afternoon of Oct. 18.


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