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Elissa, Lainey and Zachary Rosenberg celebrate with Dr. Jason Rosenberg after taking an 11-foot-11, 472-pound alligator near Georgetown. SC hunters take two 11-foot alligators shortly after opening of season
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Hunters across the Palmetto State flooded its swamps and marshes on the opening weekend of alligator season, and two lucky parties’ seasons ended about as quickly as they began.

Thinning of pines offers deer hunters with a unique opportunity to hunt stands that have previously been too thick. Thinning vs. clear-cutting
33 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

At a point in the life cycle of the pine forest, loggers may return to thin out the crop. Thinning cuts the number of trees back so the remaining mature left have better long-term growth.

Shooting more and at longer ranges to learn your own limitations and the limitations of your weapon is a key to being able to take advantage of clear-cut areas on your hunting land. Long-distance shooting
24 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

One added benefit of clear-cutting activity for deer hunters is the ability to see longer distances. Concurrently, one of the drawbacks is the probability of having to make longer shots. It is incumbent upon every responsible hunter to know their individual limitations when it comes to attempting to kill deer at long ranges. Taking “Hail Mary” shots, hurts the image of the sport, as well as potentially wasting the resource.

Bucks loves terrain edges and will stage near the edges of clear-cuts, especially when rutting, to watch for does. Additional resources
25 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

To learn more about the steps and procedures used by timber- management companies to manage forested land, Steven Smith of Cross Creek Timber in Greenville suggests viewing some of these on-line publications:

A deer’s home range is at its smallest during the summer, but it may still cover 300 to 800 acres. A deer’s home range
40 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Charles Ruth, deer-project leader for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said logging or other timber-management activities will interrupt deer activity and patterns on a tract of land, but in a nutshell, it doesn’t run all the deer off.

Wild hogs are a popular species across South Carolina; they can be taken on WMAs while hunting for other species using legal weapons. Hog and coyote hunting on WMAs
6 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Several WMAs provide hunters with opportunities to harvest hogs, and some are very good, according to Derrell Shipes of SCDNR.

Root vegetables, including turnips, provide deer with plenty of nourishment from the time their leaves emerge (top) until their roots (above) mature late in the season. Root vegetables are tasty from top to bottom
7 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

When preparing to plant fall food plots, hunters can choose from a wide assortment of seeds that will provide both immediate and long-lasting food for their deer herd. Most fall plots will begin producing edible forage as soon as the green shoots break through the soil’s surface. Clover, oats and wheat offer immediate benefits and can offer hunters a highly visited food source at the ideal time during hunting season. However, root vegetables are sometimes overlooked for cool-season plantings and will provide a multi-stage benefit for deer, from the beginning of the season to well after it ends in January.

Quail are an important species for hunters across South Carolina, and several WMAs have habitat that is managed in a fashion that makes it ideal for bobwhites. Quail and rabbits
3 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Biologist Willie Simmons said quail and rabbit have specific needs in terms of habitat to thrive. Anywhere you find open pine stands with low-growing understory and areas that are frequently managed with controlled burns are ideal for quail.

Intensify trapping efforts this month for porkers
2 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Even though the mercury is high in the glass during September, landowners with feral hog issues can benefit greatly by intensifying their trapping efforts.

Taking it one more step
2 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

For years, Bob Cathey ran a farm in Anderson, but in 1998, he went into a different kind of farming, one that seems a natural extension to the Cathey family’s love of hunting.

Master turkey hunters
3 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

The members of the Cathey family are in an elite group of hunters that understand the skills required to be successful in turkey hunting. The numbers they have amassed are phenomenal.

Waiting for proper soil moisture and planting seeds at the proper depth are two crucial factors in having a successful cool-season food plot. Make sure soil is ready
20 Views - Posted: September 08 at 9:00 am

Planting spring and fall food plots can benefit wildlife in so many ways, and September is the beginning of the fall planting season. The cool-season food plot plays a critical role in most hunters’ playbooks since these food sources become prime stand locations during the season. 

SCDNR is holding a handful of special youth deer hunts across the Upstate in October, November and December. Deadline approaching for special Upstate youth deer hunts
382 Views - Posted: September 05 at 7:00 pm

Sept. 15 is the deadline for youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 to apply for a handful of special youth deer hunts in the Upstate that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Is holding on private and hunt-club land.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is developing programs to help landowners deal with coyotes. SCDNR developing programs to help landowners deal with coyotes
2677 Views - Posted: September 04 at 8:22 am

Coyotes are in South Carolina, and they are not going away. With that in mind, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is trying to help landowners learn how to deal with the sneaky predators.