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Smart or dumb, theyíre still turkeys
27 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!
201 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
326 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
272 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
489 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
343 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
483 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
472 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
463 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
611 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
564 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
638 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.


Proposed changes in turkey regs? Yea!
787 Views - Posted: May 01, 2014 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?
572 Views - Posted: April 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

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


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