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Amy Anderson killed this huge wild boar on the evening of June 10 in Colleton County. Charleston woman knocks off huge Colleton County hog

Amy Anderson of Charleston wasn’t aware of the stir she’d create when she pulled the trigger on her Savage 7mm-08 on the evening of June 14. Hunting with her boyfriend, Danny Buxton, near Smoaks in Colleton County, she saw “eyes” coming out of a swamp that borders the Salkahatchie River. They wound up being a hog, estimated at 414 pounds, which she subsequently shot. 


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Crystal Clucker Crystal Clucker

Call-maker John Tanner of Hemingway, S.C., knows how to make high-quality calls out of a number of different woods, as his newest turkey call, the Crystal Clucker, shows. The Crystal Clucker, which pairs a circle of frosted crystal over glass, is made in either cherry or black walnut, and it comes with an Osage Orange striker peg. The call and striker hang from an adjustable lanyard so it can be hung around a hunter’s neck for easy access.


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Battle Bones Battle Bones

Flextone Game Calls recently introduced the new Battle Bones rattling antlers. They make ultra-realistic buck fighting sounds and are much safer to carry than real whitetail antlers. They feature several design elements that add realism for deer and convenience for hunters, including hex-shaped handles in the middle for better grip and control. Battle Bones are also light and pack tight.


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South Carolina turkey hunters will have a longer season but a lower bag limit beginning in 2016. SC legislature passes turkey hunting bill, but deer-hunting bill is sidelined

South Carolina hunters will have a lower bag limit but an expanded season for turkeys starting in 2016 because of a bill that passed both houses of the S.C. General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley earlier this month. But deer hunters won’t see any changes to their seasons or bag limits for at least another year, as a bill that passed the Senate was bottled up in the House.


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Decreases in the size of South Carolina's deer herd have a lot of hunters asking, Decrease in deer herd caused by three factors, SCDNR biologist says

Since 2002, the deer harvest in South Carolina has dropped dramatically, more than 36 percent, causing many hunters to ask why and what’s being done. The quick answer is a trio of factors combined in a perfect-storm scenario to create the downward spiral, and the state legislature’s lack of definitive corrective action has allowed it to continue.


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John Tanner's Crystal Clucker is Tanner's latest have-to-have turkey call

Call-maker John Tanner of Hemingway, S.C., might have cut his teeth building duck and turkey calls out of ancient cypress, but it’s clear that he’s really hit on how to make high-quality calls out of any of a handful of different woods, as his newest turkey call, the Crystal Clucker, shows.


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The statewide deer harvest was down again in 2014, continuing a trend that's lasted more than a decade. Statewide deer harvest off 9 percent in 2014, SCDNR reports

South Carolina’s deer harvest dropped by 9 percent during the 2014 season, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, continuing a long-term decline in the statewide harvest.


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Guide Jamie Pritchett said that turkey hunting from the middle to the end of the season can be great, if you change tactics a bit. With midway point of turkey season at hand, savvy hunters will change tactics

There’s a mad scramble to hunt as soon as turkey season begins, but some expert hunters look forward to the middle and latter parts of the season.


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Johnathan Alford will open his bag of tricks and try several different things when dealing with a gobbler that won’t budge. Check your ‘6’ when in stealth mode

Johnathan Alford said that when dealing with a hung-up gobbler, expect the unexpected.


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Change calls when working on a hung-up gobbler, and try to avoid using a standard yelp, as it may convince the tom to stand pat. Beware of the yelp

Jeremy Burnham said one thing he has learned is that a yelp is not the best call for a hung-up gobbler. 


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Choosing a spot to set up where you can see an approaching gobbler, not be seen and still be able to call is a key. Don’t hang up on hung-up toms - Learn how to deal with hung-up gobblers this spring

Hunt turkeys long enough, and every hunter will learn that some gobblers are just more difficult to kill than others.  A few years of experience usually enables hunters to call reasonably well and have a suitable sense of woodsmanship. Many take gobblers with reasonable regularity.  


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Learn how several expert hunters deal with hung-up gobblers, while ponds along South Carolina's coast are among the best places to start your spring fishing season, especially if you love flounder.


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Jack Lombard shows off the six beards of one turkey he killed during his almost half-century of hunting gobblers. The Mountain Master - With more than 150 birds to his credit, the late Jack Lombard of Mountain Rest was a turkey hunting wizard

We sat spellbound as the late Jack Lombard of Mountain Rest talked about the birth of modern turkey hunting in South Carolina. He spoke softly, without pretense. At 86, a few months before he passed away, he had nothing to prove. The competitive ways of youth were long behind him. His eyes had a faraway look as his thoughts went to a life filled with turkey hunting success.


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JEBS Chokes JEBS Chokes

The JEBS Headhunter Turkey Choke Tube is for everyone from the serious turkey hunter to the beginning novice. This tube has a patented interior bore design which allows for better shot and wad cup separation, thus making patterns smaller and denser on your intended target. It will deliver extreme patterns down range at longer distances. Due to its restrictions, quality materials and overall craftsmanship, JEBS chokes are quickly becoming the “Go-To” choke tube for the serious shotgunner.


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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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