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Leslie Lawson of Roundo killed this beautiful 8-point buck in full velvet on Aug. 15, opening day, while hunting from a stand at the Briarcreek Dog Club in Bamberg County. Roundo huntress rounds up a trophy buck on opening day
2738 Views - Posted: August 29 at 1:09 pm

Leslie Lawson of Roundo has been hunting for 20 years, since she was 4, but has only recently found success deer hunting. A member of the Briarcreek Dog Club in Bamberg County, she took her first deer, a doe, two years ago. Last year, she put down a 6-pointer, but trophy deer had eluded her until Aug. 15, opening day of the 2014 season, when she killed an 8-point buck that could qualify for the South Carolina Deer Record Book if it wasn’t in full velvet.

Adrianna Cockerill of Eastover killed this doe, which featured a 4-point, full velvet rack, on Aug. 23 in Richlands County. Eastover woman kills 4-point doe in full velvet
13372 Views - Posted: August 26 at 8:29 pm

It’s unusual for a woman to be the person shouting “It’s a girl!” to a group of people. That’s the situation that Adrianna Cockerill of Eastover found herself in last Saturday night, only she wasn’t in the delivery room of some hospital; she was standing at the back of a pickup truck, looking at a 4-pointer in full velvet she had just killed.

If you hunt, the odds are your first shot was taken with a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. The Daisy BB gun
24 Views - Posted: August 22 at 9:00 am

I have no idea what happened to it, but the first honest-to-gosh gun I ever handled was a Daisy BB gun given to me by my dad on my sixth birthday.

SCDNR has prepared 50 dove fields across the state for public hunting this season. SCDNR will have 50 public dove fields ready for opener
1869 Views - Posted: August 19 at 6:51 am

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will have 50 dove fields available for public hunting during the 2014-15 season, the agency has announced.

Setting buck limits would potentially allow more young deer to survive long enough to grow into trophy animals. Deer limit in holding pattern but may change in 2015
207 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Biologist Charles Ruth said that South Carolina’s season bag limits for deer have been on a holding pattern for several years, but there may be new signs of life in the next legislation session in 2015.

Making sure your weapon is hitting where itís supposed to should be a prerequisite before going afield this fall. Getting olí Betsy in shape
93 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Over the next three months, deer hunters in the Carolinas will carry an arsenal of weapons into the woods to bring venison back to the dinner table. From traditional wooden contraptions to modern weaponry, hunters need to take a few shots to make sure that critical whack at a trophy buck will hit its mark.

Herd management through doe harvests is becoming more important as the size of local herds and the statewide herd stabilizes. Top counties for 2013 harvest
195 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

The attached graphs depict the top counties in 2013 for harvest by unit area (square mile) and by simple harvest without regard to size of county. This data depicts some of the potentially best areas for deer hunters to hunt based on what was productive last season.

Deer density differences Deer density differences
215 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

According to Charles Ruth, the SCDNR’s deer and turkey project supervisor, not all deer habitat is equal in the state of South Carolina. The 2013 Deer Density Map shows the latest data on deer densities in the state.

Deer harvest on Wildlife Management Areas Deer harvest on Wildlife Management Areas
110 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

According to biologist Charles Ruth of the S.C. Department of Natural resources, South Carolina has plenty of public hunting land, and hunters statewide make good use of those opportunities. He said the harvest of deer on public lands increased in 2013, but not as the same rate as the statewide harvest.

South Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest returns for 2014 with monthly prizes and a grand prize. Bag-A-Buck contest returns; entries begin on Aug. 15
752 Views - Posted: August 13 at 12:51 pm

South Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest will return this week. The contest, which will be run on, allows readers to enter photos of deer they harvest in monthly contests, the winners of which will be determined by drawing.†

Bowhunters must adhere to the same regulations and limits as gun hunters during gun seasons this fall. SCDNR tightens up antlerless regulations on bowhunters
13079 Views - Posted: August 12 at 12:43 pm

Changes in deer management by the SCDNR that take effect this season will be dramatically felt by archery hunters, who will have to abide by gun-hunting regulations – including using doe tags beginning Oct. 11 when gun season opens in Game Zones 1 and 2 and after Sept. 15 through the remainder of the state when does become legal for harvest.†

August is prime time to start thinking about planting cool-season food plots. Start thinking about fall
135 Views - Posted: August 08 at 9:00 am

Even though August is often regarded as the hottest month, it is okay to begin thinking about deer season. For lucky hunters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the velvet hunts begin at the halfway point of the month, but for the rest of the Carolinas, there is still some time to prepare.†

SCNDR is co-sponsoring a series of special deer hunts for mobility impaired sportsmen on well-managed properties in the Upstate. SCDNR offering special deer hunts for mobility impaired sportsmen
597 Views - Posted: August 06 at 11:28 am

Mobility-impaired hunters will be treated to an opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on about 60 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 24-25 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties and on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Laurens and Newberry counties.

South Carolina hunters can go afield to take doves on Sept. 1 at noon as part of a 4-segment season announced July 31 by SCDNR. SCDNR sets migratory bird, early waterfowl seasons
2736 Views - Posted: August 01 at 2:08 pm

Dove season will open at noon on Labor Day as the S.C. Natural Resources Board set early seasons for waterfowl and seasons for other migratory birds.†