I guess August isnít all that bad after all
73 Views - Posted: August 01 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
223 Views - Posted: July 01 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
269 Views - Posted: June 02 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.

Proposed changes in turkey regs? Yea!
416 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Pat Robertson reports elsewhere in the magazine about a piece of legislation making its way through the general assembly that would make two big changes in turkey hunting regulations: setting a unified statewide season and reducing the bag limit from five to three birds.

Do we have it better than settlers did?
295 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

I sometimes wonder what the fish and wildlife was like when the early settlers reached South Carolina.

March is an end and a beginning
247 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
362 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?
308 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
349 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.

340 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
441 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,, at the opportunities that are available to sportsmen in the Palmetto State.

An old shotgun and a memorable hunt
402 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
487 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
486 Views - Posted: July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sometimes, the system works, even if itís often too slow for our tastes.