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Thinning of pines offers deer hunters with a unique opportunity to hunt stands that have previously been too thick. Thinning vs. clear-cutting

At a point in the life cycle of the pine forest, loggers may return to thin out the crop. Thinning cuts the number of trees back so the remaining mature left have better long-term growth.


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Shooting more and at longer ranges to learn your own limitations and the limitations of your weapon is a key to being able to take advantage of clear-cut areas on your hunting land. Long-distance shooting

One added benefit of clear-cutting activity for deer hunters is the ability to see longer distances. Concurrently, one of the drawbacks is the probability of having to make longer shots. It is incumbent upon every responsible hunter to know their individual limitations when it comes to attempting to kill deer at long ranges. Taking “Hail Mary” shots, hurts the image of the sport, as well as potentially wasting the resource.


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Bucks loves terrain edges and will stage near the edges of clear-cuts, especially when rutting, to watch for does. Additional resources

To learn more about the steps and procedures used by timber- management companies to manage forested land, Steven Smith of Cross Creek Timber in Greenville suggests viewing some of these on-line publications:


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A deer’s home range is at its smallest during the summer, but it may still cover 300 to 800 acres. A deer’s home range

Charles Ruth, deer-project leader for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said logging or other timber-management activities will interrupt deer activity and patterns on a tract of land, but in a nutshell, it doesn’t run all the deer off.


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SCDNR is holding a handful of special youth deer hunts across the Upstate in October, November and December. Deadline approaching for special Upstate youth deer hunts

Sept. 15 is the deadline for youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 to apply for a handful of special youth deer hunts in the Upstate that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Is holding on private and hunt-club land.


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When properly tuned, arrows will shoot consistently and provide tight groups for bowhunters. Is your bow singing off-key?

Your car gets a regular tune-up, and if you’re musically inclined, so do your piano and guitar. You tune up your shootin’ iron before every season, so why not the business end of your archery equipment, the broadheads that tip your arrows?


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Hunters may opt to build box or tower stands along the edges of clear-cuts to continue hunting after replanted trees grow up. Clear-cut strategy

Many hunters in South Carolina lease land to hunt. Clubs or partnerships are formed in order to pool resources to lease, manage and hunt properties. Many times, the properties belong to owners or larger organizations who have invested in the land for the purpose of growing and selling trees — most often pine trees.


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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 it’s supposed to should be a prerequisite before going afield this fall. Getting ol’ 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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