|March is an end and a beginning
16 Views - Posted: March 01 at 9:00 am
The calendar changes in January, but you can argue that March marks an end and a beginning for most hunters and fishermen across South Carolina.
First, March is the month when freshwater fishing really takes off across most of the Palmetto State. It’s big-bass month, big-crappie month, and it’s the month when striped bass start to make their annual spawning runs upriver and to the headwaters of reservoirs.
Second, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources holds antler-scoring sessions across the state throughout the month, culminating at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in Columbia at the end of March. SCDNR uses this as an opportunity to gather information about big bucks, including where and when they’re killed, to add to a database that’s 40 years in the making.
|One bullet dodged, more on the way
92 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
It looks like we dodged a bullet. Hopefully, we’ll be in position to dodge a fusillade headed our way in the future.
In early January, almost every fishermen who throws a live or soft-plastic shrimp in South Carolina’s coastal waters crossed his or her fingers when the “polar vortex” dipped down across North America and dropped temperatures into single digits across much of the Southeast. Our immediate thought was, “What about the specks?”
Speckled trout are something of a fragile species when it comes to temperature. When the water temperature drops into the high 40s, their metabolism slows way down. If the water reaches the mid- to low-40s, they become stressed and often die. The †result is something biologists call a “cold-stun kill.”†
|Is turkey downturn here for long run?
107 Views - Posted: January 01 at 9:00 am
Lots of people have called me a lot of things in the past — not all of them necessarily good — but one thing I do call myself is a turkey hunter.
|Give a helping hand to wildlife habitat
139 Views - Posted: December 01, 2013 at 6:00 am
So many of the changes in wildlife and fish populations around the Palmetto State are largely beyond our control, but it’s good to know that, occasionally, sportsman can do something that can directly help the patchwork quilt that is their home woods and waters.
185 Views - Posted: November 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
If there’s anything the shutdown of the federal government a month ago taught us is that people have very different views of what “essential services” are.
|SCDNR: An agency that really works
219 Views - Posted: October 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
I’m often amazed when I read through some of the stories we run in South Carolina Sportsman or on our Website, www.SouthCarolinaSportsman.com, at the opportunities that are available to sportsmen in the Palmetto State.
|An old shotgun and a memorable hunt
250 Views - Posted: September 02, 2013 at 9:00 am
With Labor Day and the opening of dove season approaching quickly, I sat down the other day, trying to figure out how to come up with enough money to fix my two favorite shotguns, both of which have fallen on hard times recently.
|Legislature makes some good strides
292 Views - Posted: August 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
The 2013 session of South Carolinaís legislature was a kind one to most hunters and fishermen in the Palmetto State. A handful of bills passed that should certainly improve things for sportsmen.
|Black sea bass show the system works
311 Views - Posted: July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sometimes, the system works, even if itís often too slow for our tastes.
|Itís habitat, habitat, habitat, habitat
349 Views - Posted: June 01, 2013 at 9:00 am
I sat back and thought a few minutes the other day when I read a story about South Carolinaís 2012 deer harvest dropping about 4 percent compared to the 2011 harvest and being more than 30 percent lower than the record 2002 season.
|Upstate deer baiting verdict not in yet
445 Views - Posted: May 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
ďBe careful what you wish for. What you think you want may be more than you can handle."
|April has made favorite memories
490 Views - Posted: April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
I have written often about my love for the months of April and October, my two favorites of the 12 calendar pages. I come by those feelings deservedly.
|Donít stop learning or you stop living
656 Views - Posted: March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
I distinctly remember the last class I attended my last term in college. It was a history class on the pre-Civil War South taught by my all-time favorite professor, Dr. Emory Thomas. The final session was one afternoon in March 1978, and I recall walking back to my car afterwards, thinking, ďThatís it; Iím done. No more classes. No more homework. No more exams. I made it.Ē
|Where did all the big bucks go? The moon?
639 Views - Posted: February 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
The deer season that ended on New Yearís Day was one of the more-unusual ones I can remember. To me, it appeared to start off with a bang and end with a whimper.
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