William Peagler of Moncks Corner, a Lowcountry hunter with more than 30 years experience hunting turkeys, said one late-season trick involves getting in a turkey’s way and being where he wants to be before he arrives — and some of those spots are burned areas.
Dove season makes most hunters break out their shotguns and camouflage for the first time in the fall, and while most opening day dove shoots are as much a social event as a hunting situation, the hunting will get serious in a crop field with several thousand winged migrants.
Plenty of hunters across South Carolina and the southeast will readily attest that turkey numbers seem to have dropped appreciably — and in some areas dramatically — and while biologists are scrambling to get a grasp on the overall situation, the dearth of turkeys has some hunters particularly unhappy.
Despite being plagued with an historic rain event and unusually warm weather late in the year, South Carolina deer hunters harvested more bucks during the 2015 season than the previous year. Overall harvest numbers were down, but not as much as many thought possible because of poor hunting conditions.
Deer hunting remains a top attraction for Carolinians, from the steep mountains to the coastal plains’ agricultural lands. Fortunately, the deer population remains stable, despite a rise in deer-vehicle collisions and strong harvest numbers.
Patrick Lanford, a S.C. Department of Natural Resources Take One Make One youth hunter from Pawleys Island in Georgetown County, had never harvested a turkey before. Patrick gave it his best shot on April 23, and what a shot it was.
Having turkey season extend into May offers some late-season opportunities for turkey hunters in the Palmetto State, but how much will hunters take advantage of it? Hunter numbers seem to dwindle late in the season, based on the absence of vehicles parked at gates and along roads in areas with good turkey habitat. Places that were packed in late March and the first half of April often become increasingly hunter-free by late in the season.
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