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    NOAA Fisheries rules that red snapper fishing in the Atlantic Ocean will remain closed for 2016.

    No red snapper season for 2016, say federal fisheries managers

    Fishermen won’t be allowed to keep any red snapper in the Atlantic Ocean this year, after a May 20 announcement from NOAA Fisheries explaining that the total number of fish removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable catch and discard level — somewhat surprising since there was no open season last year.

    13 hours ago
    Big fish like this bull redfish caught on a trip with Capt. Ponytail Charters are easier to handle at the boat if you turn them upside down, says veteran guide Rod Thomas.

    Try upside-down trick to land big fish

    When you bring a really big fish close to the boat, chances are it’s not excited about coming onboard. This is often when they put up their biggest fight, and is also a common time when many anglers lose their biggest fish. One simple tip will help you land more big fish at the boat.

    14 hours ago
    A boating accident on the Waccamaw River left one boater dead and another in the hospital Monday evening.

    Body of missing boater found in Waccamaw River Tuesday

    The body of a 17-year-old boater who went missing Monday evening was found just before noon on Tuesday, May 24 on the Waccamaw River. It is currently unknown as to whether the avid outdoorsman, Jacob Causey, drowned or died of injuries sustained when the boat he was piloting crashed into a channel marker.

    Yesterday at 10:02pm
    Come to the Clinton House on May 26 for a Shoot and Dine event.

    Shoot and Dine Night at Clinton House is May 26

    Hunting season is a distant memory, and you’re going to struggle when the doves start flying this fall if you don’t keep yourself in shotgun shape. Have no fear, that’s what shooting sporting clays is for. 

    May 20 at 2:15pm
    Perry Holloway shows off two nice Santee bass he caught while fishing a tournament.

    How to catch those bedding bass

    This month, anglers will have no problem locating largemouth bass on lakes as long as they’ll look in shallow coves. It’s not uncommon to see areas that stretch for hundreds of yards just full of bass beds cleared out in weedy coves. It will look like craters on the surface of the moon. 

    May 19 at 7:55pm
    Riverlee Weaver of St. James HIgh School won $10,000 and earned a spot on the national all-star team during the 2016 Archery in Schools Program National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

    St. James High School female archer wins $10,000 at national tournament

    Two young women from South Carolina made it to the awards podium at the 2016 National Archery in Schools Program National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

    May 19 at 7:21pm
    All boats must have PFDs on board, but not all boaters are required to wear them. Should that be the case, or should all boaters be required to wear them?

    Should life jackets be mandatory for all boaters?

    With Memorial Day Weekend right around the corner, the SCDNR would like to remind boaters of the personal floatation device (PFD) regulations. Some boaters, like youth under the age of 12, and anyone operating a personal watercraft, are required to wear their PFDs. Others only need to have them onboard.

    Should the law mandate that everyone on a boat be required to wear a PFD?

    May 18 at 9:20pm
    Kayaking is just one of the many events that will take place at the Webb Center on June 4 at the SCDNR's Field Day, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the state's first WMA.

    SCDNR hosting Field Day at Webb Center June 4

    As part of a year-long celebration the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is hosting a Field Day on Saturday, June 4th at the James W. Webb Wildlife Center and Management Area near Garnett in Hampton County. The Webb Center was the first Wildlife Management Area (WMA) purchased by the State of South Carolina in 1941. Now, 75 years later, SCDNR provides quality public outdoor recreation opportunities on more than 1 million acres of land across the state in the WMA program.

    May 16 at 3:19pm
    Controlled burns by the U.S. Forestry Service during the 2016 turkey season has turkey hunters upset.

    SC turkey hunters dismayed by USFS burning during season

    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.

    May 12 at 2:38pm
    It's not too late to catch bedding bass on Clarks Hill.

    Catch Clarks Hill's late spawners with these tips

    If you think you missed the bass spawn at Clarks Hill, you’re still in luck. Some late spawners are still biting, and as long as you’re willing to do a little moving around and use a handful of lures, you’ll catch your share of them.

    May 11 at 5:57pm
    Buck harvest was up for the 2015 season, and despite poor hunting conditions for much of the season, the overall harvest was good, according to the SCDNR.

    Buck harvest up, overall deer harvest down only slightly in 2015 season, SCDNR reports

    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.

    May 11 at 9:36am
    The West Columbia Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held May 14 at Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery in West Columbia.

    SCDNR holds youth fishing rodeo May 14

    A Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14 at Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery at 2726 Fish Hatchery Road in West Columbia. This free event is for all youth 15 and younger.

    May 09 at 11:54pm
    Lots of offshore species, including mahi mahi, are biting off the coast of the Palmetto State.

    This tip will help you catch more dolphin

    “This is a great time of year for anglers along the coast. There is a lot going on, inshore, nearshore, and offshore. Everything is biting,” said Capt. Ned Campbell of Murrells Inlet Outpost.

    May 09 at 9:34pm
    Recreational season for harvesting oysters and mussels will close on May 15, and clam season will close May 31.

    Oyster season closing May 15, clam season closing May 31

    South Carolina's season for oysters and mussels will close on Sunday, May 15, at one half hour after official sunset, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Clam season will close on Tuesday, May 31 at one half hour after official sunset.

    May 09 at 4:45pm
    Capt. Seth Owens said anglers looking for a fight are finding plenty at Lake Hartwell right now.

    Multiple strategies catching Lake Hartwell stripers

    Anglers eager to feel the pull of some good fish can find just what they’re looking for on Lake Hartwell, where the striper bite is heating up with the weather. Smaller pockets of schools are scattered throughout the lake, and Capt. Seth Owens said that means anglers can catch them in a variety of ways, and in a variety of spots on the lake.

    May 06 at 10:37am