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North Carolina hunter Earl Trent killed the 500-pound One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more
6129 Views - Posted: July 29 at 5:08 pm

Earl Trent of Harmony, N.C., had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.

Dove season for South Carolina hunters will open on Saturday, Sept. 5 this fall. SCDNR sets dove, early season migratory bird seasons
6913 Views - Posted: July 28 at 11:08 am

South Carolina dove hunters will open the 2015-16 season on a Saturday this year, as the S.C. Department of Natural Resources announced early seasons for migratory waterfowl.

Applications for lottery deer hunts on Wildlife Management Areas will be accepted by SCDNR through Aug. 21. SCDNR will accept applications for lottery deer hunts through Aug. 21.
698 Views - Posted: July 23 at 12:25 pm

Applications for deer lottery hunts this fall will be available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources until Friday, Aug. 21, with applications for waterfowl and quail hunts becoming available in mid-September and turkey hunts in January 2016.

Youths will get wing-shooting instruction at a clinic scheduled for Aug. 12 in Edgefield. SCDNR, NWTF will hold youth wing-shooting clinic in Edgefield
506 Views - Posted: July 22 at 9:10 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering a great opportunity for aspiring young hunters to attend a free wing-shooting clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 12, in Edgefield County.

The overall harvest may be in decline, but South Carolina continues to produce lots of trophy deer, as results of the 2015 scoring sessions attest. South Carolina hunters add 176 trophy bucks to state's record book
1576 Views - Posted: July 20 at 12:33 pm

Despite a significant harvest decrease for the 2014 season, South Carolina deer hunters scored well on big bucks again. According to Charles Ruth, a biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, plenty of big bucks were measured at the 2015 scoring sessions held around the state in March, with 176 new entries to the state record book.

Summer is a great and important time to reduce local populations of feral hogs. Fire up feral hog-trapping efforts
80 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

The feral hog explosion continues, and for landowners in the Carolinas, swine invasion is far less than divine. Wild hogs have been around since they were released by the Spanish five centuries ago, and even though the sausage and chops are quite tasty on the dinner table, their destructive nature is devastating to wildlife habitat. Summer is an ideal time to reduce the population by increasing trapping efforts. 

Grazing cattle can do plenty of damage to important wildlife habitat like stream corridors. Exclude cattle from woodlots and riparian corridors
43 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

The Carolinas may not be considered top cattle-producing states like Texas, Nebraska and Kansas, but the 1.2 million head of cattle roaming the Carolinas can have a dramatic effect on wildlife habitat. 

Late afternoons and early evenings can be great times to get a look at members of your local deer herd. Get deer work done early
193 Views - Posted: July 09 at 9:00 am

For many deer hunters across the Carolinas, the intense field days preparing deer stands, planting food plots and monitoring the herd rarely start until 10 days or so before the opening day of the season. And for some, the work days may not start until after the season starts. But for diehard deer hunters looking to make a difference and improve their chances of bagging a trophy buck, summer is never the time to sit back and watch the weeds grow. There is always something to do to have a better deer season. 

Duck numbers appear very good heading into the 2015-16 season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey
492 Views - Posted: July 06 at 8:05 am

Waterfowl hunters in the Carolinas can expect to see roughly the same number of ducks this coming season as they have in the past several, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on the breeding duck population shows numbers slightly above 2014 levels.

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54 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Rio’s BlueSteel Game Loads pack the lethal, non-toxic punch needed for those tough waterfowling conditions. High velocities, perfectly spherical steel shot and multiple shot sizes give you the killing power you need under adverse hunting conditions. Available in 12 and 20 Gauge and in blisteringly fast speeds up to 1550 fps, BlueSteel Game Loads provide great patterns and superb knock down power in environmentally-safe conditions. 

39 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

The TORQ VLE off-road electric vehicle is built for silence, safety and performance. The TORQ is perfect for scouting deer and turkey, checking trail cams and getting you to and from your favorite stand. Boasting the industry’s lightest weight and a 30+ mph top speed, the TORQ combines U.S.-made EV and MicroSprint Racing components with a custom tubular steel frame to create an electric vehicle like no other. A full-coverage roll cage with fixed side bars and a 4-point safety harness provide riders with peace of mind. 

Amy Anderson killed this huge wild boar on the evening of June 10 in Colleton County. Charleston woman knocks off huge Colleton County hog
15946 Views - Posted: June 18 at 7:51 am

Amy Anderson of Charleston wasn’t aware of the stir she’d create when she pulled the trigger on her Savage 7mm-08 on the evening of June 14. Hunting with her boyfriend, Danny Buxton, near Smoaks in Colleton County, she saw “eyes” coming out of a swamp that borders the Salkahatchie River. They wound up being a hog, estimated at 414 pounds, which she subsequently shot. 

Conservation easements can help landowners protect wild-rich rural habitat. Easements provide immediate, long-term financial benefits
37 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

The value that conservation easements bring to the table for the environment is massive, and landowners can earn financial rewards in more ways than one. 

SCDNR has obtained almost 4,500 acres to be added to a pair of Heritage Preserve WMAs for hunting and other outdoors activities. SCDNR receives three tracts to add to Heritage Preserve WMA system
1269 Views - Posted: June 11 at 9:34 am

Haile Gold Mine has transferred three land parcels totaling 4,374 acres to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, creating the 3,677-acre Wateree River Heritage Preserve in Richland County and adding 698 acres to Forty-Acre Rock Heritage Preserve in Lancaster County.