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    Short-nosed deer? Stray calf? Thin bear? Weird-looking dog? What do you think this is a photo of?

    Trail cameras take some strange photos

    Trail cameras were a big game-changer when they first came on the hunting scene. Nothing before that allowed hunters to monitor what was taking place on their hunting property, without a person actually being present. 

    August 19, 2016 at 1:10pm
    Michael Goodwin watched this deer on his trail cam for weeks before opening day, but an unexpected visitor almost spoiled the hunt.

    Dillon hunter arrows 20.5 inch wide buck on opening day

    South Carolina is blessed with one of the longest deer seasons in the country and one of the only states where a buck in full velvet is possible. And for Dillion County native Michael Goodwin, the first 20 minutes of the 2016 deer season brought his biggest buck to date that donned a massive velveteen rack with eight long tines. But his memorable day almost turned sour when an unexpected guest arrived at an inappropriate time. 

    August 16, 2016 at 10:08pm
    Shane Flannigan takes the guesswork out of which lures to use for inshore fishing.

    Top plastic lures for inshore fishing

    Soft plastic lures come in many different sizes, colors, and styles. With all of the different soft plastics on the market today it can be overwhelming or confusing for some anglers. I want to cover a few of my favorite go-to soft-plastic/jighead combos I use when targeting reds, trout, and flounder.

    August 15, 2016 at 2:45pm
    Trout like this one are easy pickings for anglers who don't mind getting their feet wet in mountain streams.

    This 1 tip will help you catch more mountain trout

    I lived in western North Carolina for two years some time ago. While living in the little town of Bakersville, which sits on the other side of the Roan Mountain from Unicoi, Tennessee, I mastered the art of fishing the small blue ribbon trout streams that ran through the area. The problem was, I only mastered it a few days before moving away from there.

    August 15, 2016 at 8:38am
    Mike McSwain shows off the type of bass that is typical along the Devils Elbow stretch of the Lumber River.

    Catch more Lumber River bass with these tips

    Just below Fair Bluff, N.C., and above Nichols, S.C., a place known as Devils Elbow sits on the Lumber River. This series of sharp turns on the river has the Lumber running parallel to itself, and the flow of the water here offers fish an abundance of what they’re looking for in a place to make their home. And when fish congregate, anglers will find success if they’re willing to put in the time.

    August 14, 2016 at 10:00pm
    Lynches River has plenty of redbreast bream, like these caught by Billy Garner, as well as bluegill, warmouth, and shellcracker.

    Hit Lynches River for hot panfish action

    Small rivers are often overlooked by anglers, but these miniature versions of waterways have some great fishing, no matter what species anglers are looking for. Lynches River is one such river, and bream are one of the top fish sought by anglers here.

    August 14, 2016 at 11:51am
    Most species of ducks remain well above their long-term average, according to the 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 

    August 14, 2016 at 9:47am
    The SCDNR is hosting several youth deer hunts this fall in the upstate.

    SCDNR hosting several youth deer hunts this fall

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with a number of private individuals and hunting clubs, is sponsoring a number of youth deer hunts in the Piedmont region this fall. The hunts are for youth between the ages of 10 to 16 who would like to go deer hunting but don't have anyone to take them.

    August 12, 2016 at 2:47pm
    Katie Lamb and Jessica Bowne show off a handful of Santee panfish, which are biting well around Hamburger and Hot Dog Islands.

    Bream biting hot at Santee's flooded islands

    Just off the banks of Elliot's Landing, and not very far from Pack's Landing and a few other landings, two "islands" are popular with panfish anglers. Hamburger and Hot Dog Islands are easy to get to, and hold large populations of bluegill and shellcracker, especially this time of year.

    August 10, 2016 at 11:40am
    Local hero Anthony Gagliardi won the FLW Cup on Lake Murray in 2014, and he is just one of many anglers happy to see it scheduled for Murray again in 2017.

    FLW Cup coming back to Lake Murray in 2017

    FLW and Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board announced Saturday that Columbia, South Carolina, would once again be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 11-13, 2017, on Lake Murray. 

    August 10, 2016 at 11:29am
    Many anglers overlook the virtues of using corks when flounder fishing, but that's a mistake, said Capt. Addison Rupert of Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures.

    Don't overlook corks when flounder fishing

    Flounder are a unique species of fish, having both eyes on the same side of the body and lying on the ocean floor on its other side. With its mouth shaped in a way that doesn’t seem conducive to the way it lives, it’s an odd fish, but no less tasty, and no less of a desirable target for many reasons.

    August 10, 2016 at 10:03am
    Cora Lee Downer's buck is one of 6783 deer in South Carolina's Antler Records Program, which is now available online.

    South Carolina antler records now available online

    The complete listing of South Carolina's antler records is now available to the public.

    August 09, 2016 at 6:01am
    Flounder will bite a number of lures that bass anglers use in freshwater.

    Top 3 bass lures for flounder fishing success

    Flounder will bite many different baits and lures, and that’s a good thing for anglers like Jordan Kennerly of Swansea who spends a lot of time bass fishing in the midlands, but still likes to wet a hook when he’s on the coast. Luckily for him, he can catch his share of flounder with the gear he already has.

    August 08, 2016 at 3:31pm
    Catch-and-release anglers help ensure the future of fishing, but only if they handle fish properly before releasing them. This is especially true in the hot summer months.

    Top tips to keep fish alive for catch and release anglers

    Humans and pets aren't the only ones who need to be wary of heat exposure in the summer months—higher temperatures also put higher stress on wildlife such as fish.

    August 08, 2016 at 3:01pm
    The SCDNR and U.S. Forest Service are teaming up to host a youth dove hunt in Union County on Sept. 3.

    Free youth dove hunt Sept 3

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Enoree District of the U.S. Forest Service, will host a special youth dove hunt in Union County on Saturday, Sept. 3.

    There is no cost, pre-registration or drawing required to attend this youth hunt. Young sportsmen and sportswomen who are interested in a quality dove hunt are encouraged to attend the youth hunt at the U.S. Forest Service Herbert Field near Carlisle on Sept. 3.

    August 03, 2016 at 6:25pm