Letís look at the glass thatís half full
59 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Well, they got it half of it correct this time. That’s about the best that can be said for the state legislature, which passed a bill in May that will change turkey hunting regulations for the better across South Carolina. That’s the glass half-full view.

Time to let SCDNR manage our deer
214 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

It’s time to take the gloves off, folks. In overwhelming numbers, deer hunters in South Carolina have been asking for several years for season limits for bucks and does, in the face of a statewide deer herd that is obviously in decline. It’s time for that to happen and time for politicians to get out of the way or get run over.

Smart or dumb, theyíre still turkeys
235 Views - Posted: May 01 at 9:00 am

Just about the time I think I’ve figured turkeys out, one or two or three do something that either amazes me or leaves me dumbfounded — or both.

Bass-fishing capital of the world? Itís SC!
317 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

For the next several months, at the very least, South Carolina will be the bass-fishing capital of the world. Anthony Gagliardi poured in the first load of cement last summer, and Casey Ashley set the cornerstone among the all the snow and ice of February.†

If youíre SCDNR, the buck stops here
409 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Charles Ruth will be putting in a lot of time this month as the S.C. Department of Natural Resources holds antler-scoring sessions for hunters who want to know how big their buck is and how it ranks against other deer.

Listen and learn from deer hunters
349 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

South Carolina Sportsman and its sister publication in North Carolina have been running annual Bag-A-Buck contests almost since the moment the magazines were first published.

Donít let deer farms get any foothold
613 Views - Posted: January 01 at 9:00 am

It has been said that people who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it, good or bad. In this case, the goings-on aren’t in South Carolina, but they’re worth noting.

A new, improved reason to go afield
408 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

I turned 58 about two weeks ago, and in another week or two I’ll get one of the best presents I’ve ever gotten: My son’s 8-month-old Labrador retriever puppy will come home after five weeks with a trainer.

Want big bucks? Drop the limit now
536 Views - Posted: November 01, 2014 at 9:00 am

More and more often, we read that such-and-such of a survey shows that deer hunters are changing their attitudes. It’s no longer how many, but how big. Most of all, we want a big buck to take to the taxidermist. We can kill does if we want meat for the freezer.

The greatest? Yep, for about 5 minutes
516 Views - Posted: October 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

One of the things I’ve always loved about hunting is that, within reason, your success is totally depending on your own efforts, ability and, yeah, a little luck. It’s one of the few sports where the results of your days in the woods and fields are not affected by what other people are doing. In other words, nobody plays defense. There’s no shot-blocking center to knock away your lay-up, no defensive lineman rushing into sack you, no pitcher with a 95-mph fastball to strike you out.

Another father-son encounter in print
516 Views - Posted: September 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

I guess I’m getting old enough that I need to expect things like this to happen. I was in the newspaper business for about 30 years before I joined South Carolina Sportsman in 2007. During that time, I covered about every sporting event possible, from NASCAR races to pro golf, minor-league baseball and hockey and college and high-school sports of all kinds.

I guess August isnít all that bad after all
667 Views - Posted: August 01, 2014 at 9:00 am

August is a month that takes, well, a lot of heat, especially from sportsmen. Lord knows it’s hot, and that drives fish deep and fishermen into their air-conditioned dens and man caves.†

Catfish legislation? A pile of stinkbait
619 Views - Posted: July 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

There is an old quote that’s been attributed to a number of people. To paraphrase it somewhat, it goes like this: “There are two things you don’t want to see being made: sausage and laws.”

Pay-pond owners: Donít sing the blues
679 Views - Posted: June 02, 2014 at 9:00 am

I am probably as familiar with the workings of politicians at the state level as most people. I don’t want to see how sausage is made, and I don’t want to see how our laws are enacted — but I have a pretty idea about both subjects.