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Deer movement increases in October throughout South Carolina

According to biologist Charles Ruth of SCDNR, one of the first things a hunter needs to understand is the biological change that causes deer to move a lot during October. Unlike humans, it’s not because of the cool breezes and comfortable temperature. Basically, it’s biological.

Ruth said that early to mid-October is when deer really begin to move a lot in most areas of the state.

19 hours ago

Time to apply for SCDNR public drawing waterfowl hunts

Transportation, blinds and decoys are furnished on Bear Island - East, Bear Island-Springfield/The Cut, Sandy Beach, Broad River and Wateree River WMAs. Only transportation and blinds are provided at Samworth, Santee Coastal-The Cape, Cedar Island, Murphy Island and Bear Island West. Transportation, layout boats or sleds, and marsh stools are provided at Santee-Delta East and West. Hunters will be limited to one bag of decoys per blind.

All sites require moderate physical exertion.

Hunting from banks or dikes is NOT allowed.

Yesterday at 3:08 pm

New midlands-area WMA open for South Carolina hunters

Midlands hunters have new hunting choices, thanks the the SCDNR’s newest WMA. The Wateree River Heritage Preserve WMA in Richland County is located on the eastern side of Richland County, which borders the Wateree River.

This new WMA is made up of over 3600-acres, and is already open for archery season, which will last through Oct. 15. These hunts are open to all hunters with a valid hunting license and WMA permit.

Yesterday at 6:45 am

Weather postpones US Open King Mackerel Tournament

The 2015 U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board of Directors announced after much consideration and consultation about weather concerns due to Hurricane Joaquin, have postponed the tournament to October 30th& 31st. The new tournament schedule will be as follows: registration on Thursday, October 29thfrom 10am-12midnight at the Southport Marina and fishing on Friday, October 30thfrom 7am-5pm and Saturday, October 31stfrom 7am-4pm.

October 01 at 3:58 pm

Top 4 tips to stay scent-free while deer hunting

It’s a common practice for deer hunters to make themselves as scent-free as possible before heading to their stand, and over the past couple of decades, a whole category of gear has sprouted up to help with that task.

The top four tips for staying scent-free in the woods include using some of those products, along with some common sense.

October 01 at 6:45 am

Shotgunning from the deer stand

Anyone who has ever been on a dog-drive or a man-drive for deer knows the advantages of using a shotgun for this type of hunting, but shotgunning for deer isn’t just for those on the ground. Some hunters prefer shotguns even when perched in a tree stand.

Ernest McLeod of Sumter is one of those hunters. He has killed his share of deer with rifles, but about ten years ago, he decided that for him, a shotgun was the way to go.

September 30 at 6:45 am

Smartphone app improves deer hunting success

Trail-cameras are great tools for hunters, and it’s almost unheard of today for anyone to hunt deer without the use of trail-cameras. They’ve been around for well over a decade, but advances have made them much better, both in terms of picture quality and extra features. With the huge growth in smart phones in the past several years, trail-cameras can be even more effective.

Jonathan Phillips of Pittsboro, NC said one of his favorite tools he uses in conjunction with his trail-cameras is an app for his phone called ScoutLook Weather. “It’s a free app for smartphones, and I really think every hunter should use it. Without it, your trail-cams are certainly helpful, and have helped many a hunter beyond what many ever expected, but with this app, your trail-cams become even more powerful. Much more powerful,” said Phillips.

September 29 at 6:45 am

Conway hunter drops big Georgetown County buck

Early Sunday morning, just after daylight broke, John Cherry of Conway looked down his fire lane and saw a big buck he and his son had been after for more than three years. With hundreds of trail camera photos of this deer and sleepless nights trying to figure out how to get this deer in his sights, Cherry had just a few moments to decide what to do. He didn’t waste any time, pulling the trigger of his .30-06 rifle and dropping the buck in his tracks.

The big buck was worth the wait. It weighed 185 pounds, with a 19-inch inside spread, 24 -inch main beams and a gross score of 141 4/8 inches.

September 28 at 7:00 pm

Kansas youth downs 230-inch monster buck

Sixteen-year-old Clayton Brummer did what few adult hunters would have the self-contol to do: He passed on taking a shot at a huge non-typical that stuck its head out of a milo field milo early in the Kansas hunting season.

“Dad told me not to shoot, that we needed to wait for another day because we couldn’t see much of the buck,” Brummer said. “I’m not sure that’s what I wanted to do, but it was the right thing to do. My dad was right.”

September 28 at 9:59 am

Spanish mackerel biting spoons in Murrells Inlet

Spanish mackerel are still running just beyond the surf in the Murrells Inlet area, and Capt. Ned Campbell of Murrells Inlet Outpost said Clarkspoons fished with planer boards are all you need for a day of trolling to catch plenty of them.

“You don’t have to go far at all for Spanish right now. You’ll catch plenty of them between the jetties and the three-mile reef,” said Campbell. “Anglers are catching them on multiple spoon rigs on planer boards, and finding the fish is as easy as watching the birds,” he said.

September 28 at 7:00 am

SCDNR names PFC Wes Stewart wildlife officer of the year for 2015

PFC Wes Stewart of Lancaster was awarded the title of statewide S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife officer of the year for 2015 during ceremonies held Sept. 23, 2015 in Columbia. Five other officers were also honored for their dedication in protecting the state's natural resources through enforcement, education, special investigations, intelligence and records and staff operations.PFC Stewart started with DNR as a fisheries biologist. Eight years later in 2013, he was hired into the Law Enforcement Division assigned to Lancaster County.

September 25 at 12:53 am

13 1/2-foot gator killed on Lake Marion

After three years of trying for a gator tag, Zack Derrick finally got one this season. He set out to kill a big gator, but he killed one even better than he’d imagined. Hunting out of Stumphole Landing on Santee, Derrick, his 8-year old son Chaz, and his Uncle Peewee killed a 13 1/2-foot long gator that weighed over 750-pounds.

The hunt took several hours. “We rode around looking for about three hours and saw one we wanted to go after. The gator was sunning itself, and we eased toward it. It slid under water, and we backed off and waited. It came up, we eased toward it again, and it went back under. This went on for a little while until we were finally close enough to cast a line his way,” said Derrick.

September 23 at 11:48 pm

6 feral hog-borne diseases to avoid

Feral hogs are everywhere these days, so deer hunters are bound to run across them during time afield. And putting some of the pigs down is a great way to manage their burgeoning populations, which can cause habitat problems.

In fact, most biologists encourage hunters to shoot every hog possible.

But there are some potential health concerns when handling hogs, according to biologists.

September 23 at 2:40 pm

9-year old kills big 8-point Georgetown County buck

Nine-year old hunter Braxten Wilson had the hunt of his life last week, and it all started with him not having the gun he normally uses. Instead, he used a Belgian-made Browning 12-gauge that made the hunt even more special to him and his family. He killed a big 8-point buck that locals are calling the biggest deer ever killed in the Stewart's Neck community of Georgetown County.

The shotgun has significance for his family because it originally belonged to Wilson’s recently deceased granddad, who enjoyed helping Braxten’s dad show the young sportsman all about the outdoors. “It’s special to us because that’s what our family does, and he loved spending time outdoors with his PawPaw,” said Phil Wilson, Braxten’s dad. It was Braxten’s first time shooting this gun.

September 23 at 1:00 pm

Big gator killed by Pack's Landing hunting party on Santee

Chad Huffman of Greer killed the second gator of his life last week, but this one was much different than his first one, which he killed in 2011. “That first one was about nine-and-a-half feet long, but he didn’t weigh much at all in comparison to this one,” said Huffman.

This gator that Huffman killed in the river near Pack’s Landing, was 12.5-feet long and weighed over 800-pounds. Huffman was aided by Michael Niemitalo, Brian Bruce, and Stevie Pack, who was guiding the hunt.

September 22 at 7:29 pm

Should South Carolina hunters have a limit on bucks?

Should South Carolina hunters have a limit on the number of bucks they can shoot each year? If so, what should that number be?

Tonight is the first of several SCDNR-sponsored meetings on deer management legislation across South Carolina. The meetings will focus on a bill filed by Senator Chip Campsen of Charleston, which proposes a state-wide limit of four antlered bucks per year, and also mandates that all harvested deer be tagged.

This bill would not impact the Antlerless Deer Quota Program currently in use by hunt clubs, farmers, and landowners. The House of Representatives will be in session beginning in January, and they will discuss the bill, which was approved by the Senate in March.

September 22 at 12:24 pm