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Deer hunters have a little more than two weeks to apply for lottery deer hunts on public lands for this fall. Deadline for lottery deer-hunting applications approaches

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ application period for lottery deer hunts on public lands will close on Aug. 15.


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Work done afield well before deer season opens will make for much better hunting when the bucks roll around. Do preseason deer work now, rest the land as South Carolina's season approaches

Consistently killing big bucks and lots of deer isn’t based on luck. Whether using bow or rifle, successful hunters leave little to chance and put in the “sweat equity” work before the season to enhance their success.


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Mallard numbers are the best of all duck species according to the USFWS's annual survey of breeding ducks. Duck numbers should be up this fall according to USFWS survey

Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.


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Tony Blackwell's big Oconee County non-typical, killed last Dec. 14, was the top non-typical buck scored in the SCDNR's statewide antler scoring sessions this past March. Upstate bucks are top non-typicals from SCDNR scoring sessions

Sometimes the biggest rewards come when we least expect them. Just ask deer hunters Tony Blackwell and Chase Smith. They killed two of the three biggest non-typical deer scored during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ scoring sessions this past March – and neither was planning to hunt the day their big bucks were taken.


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A bill to change season dates and bag limits for the spring wild turkey season didn't make it through the state legislature. Bill to change turkey season dates, bag limit fails to get through legislature

A bill to expand the spring turkey season while shrinking the statewide gobbler limit did not pass during the regular session of the South Carolina Legislature and, since 2014 was the second year of a two-year session, it must be reintroduced next year.


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Hybrid sorghums produce tremendous yields for hunters looking for a grain to plant in waterfowl impoundments. Plant hybrid sorghum in June

While corn ranks at the top of the list as a waterfowl food, sorghum will not disappoint incoming flocks, either. The new hybrid varieties of sorghum are capable of producing yields similar to corn that provide food for ducks on their migration.


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Scent control: friend or foe for trapping coyotes?

The last deer fawns and turkey poults should have appeared in June. Consequently, coyote pups are weaned off their mother’s milk and are beginning to feast on a wild assortment of solid foods. Trappers and predator hunters should ramp up their game, paying special attention to their scent control and enticement lures.


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Corn is a popular crop for landowners planning to plant waterfowl impoundments for fall flooding. A relatively new strain allows for later planting. Get corn in the ground!

Even though duck season is a long way away from June,  hunters with upland waterfowl impoundments need to get their crops planted this month to have them mature by the opening day of hunting season. 


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Proposed changes in turkey regs? Yea!

Pat Robertson reports elsewhere in the magazine about a piece of legislation making its way through the general assembly that would make two big changes in turkey hunting regulations: setting a unified statewide season and reducing the bag limit from five to three birds.


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South Carolina hunters killed more than 225,000 deer during the 2013 season, a 3.6-percent increase over 2012. Statewide deer harvest is up 3.6 percent in 2013, SCDNR reports

South Carolina’s deer harvest last fall was up 3.6 percent over 2012, continuing a see-saw trend over the past few years, but the state’s top deer biologist found plenty to be happy about.


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Taxidermist Chuck Mulkey of Anderson said the final week of turkey season could be the best for Upstate hunters. Will final week of turkey season be the charm for Upstate hunters?

Turkey hunters who have yet to tag a longbeard still have time to score during the last week of the season, and taxidermist Chuck Mulkey of Anderson expects the last week -- which ends May 1 -- to be the best time to tag a gobbler.


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Marcus Church killed this 460-pound hog that he and hunting buddy Allen Crenshaw had patterned on a farm near Six Mile. Six Mile hog taken by Seneca hunter estimated at 460 pounds

Marcus Church of Seneca got a call a few months ago from a landowner in Six Mile who was having problems with wild hogs rooting up and tearing up his fields. On Feb. 17, he took care of what was literally a huge part of the problem, killing a 460-pound hog with his bow.


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When gobblers are ganged up early in the season, the bird not doing the aggressive strutting and gobbling is often the dominant bird. Shoot the lookers

Early in the season, gobblers will often be grouped in pairs or larger groups. Seeing several toms coming into decoys gobbling every step can be one of the most exciting sights of any hunter’s season.


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Use a locator call late in the season, and if a gobbler responds, set up quickly and call him in with a hen call. Make use of locator calls as season progresses

Locator calls are an important of any turkey hunter’s arsenal, especially from mid-season to the final day of the season.


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Hunters often find that mid-day and afternoon hunts on public lands can be more productive because most of their competition has left the woods and given birds a chance to settle down. More turkey tips

For more tips on taking wild turkeys in the Carolinas, visit these links on NorthCarolinaSportsman.com and SouthCarolinaSportsman.com:


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Hunters have a unique opportunity to take turkeys during rainy weather because their behavior is more predictable and one of their sharpest senses is dulled. Bad weather, good hunting

For a species with a brain the size of a walnut, wild turkeys are fairly clever at avoiding the talons or the teeth of predators, but their poor sense of smell allows hunters and other predators to take a few turkeys each year.


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Choose from a variety of calls and become proficient with several; your turkey hunting success will improve. Have a wide assortment of calls ready

Veteran hunter and call-maker John Tanner said that in the middle to late portion of the season, it is often one specific tone or pitch from a call that will make a gobbler respond and approach your position.


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