|Decrease in deer herd caused by three factors, SCDNR biologist says
9242 Views - Posted: May 11 at 10:00 pm
Since 2002, the deer harvest in South Carolina has dropped dramatically, more than 36 percent, causing many hunters to ask why and what’s being done. The quick answer is a trio of factors combined in a perfect-storm scenario to create the downward spiral, and the state legislature’s lack of definitive corrective action has allowed it to continue.
|Statewide deer harvest off 9 percent in 2014, SCDNR reports
2254 Views - Posted: April 27 at 6:48 am
South Carolina’s deer harvest dropped by 9 percent during the 2014 season, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, continuing a long-term decline in the statewide harvest.
|2014 Deer of the Year
830 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
The 2014-15 deer season was an interesting one for Palmetto State hunters. In the Upstate, baiting is still a relative novelty, and with a huge acorn crop this past fall, it’s likely that big bucks didn’t have to travel too far to find something to eat. And that’s never good news for the troops in camouflage and blaze orange.
|Listen and learn from deer hunters
268 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.
|Lee County trophy falls to hunter on a log
481 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am
Sands Williamson did not like the view from the deer stand into which he had climbed late on the afternoon of Oct. 15, so he climbed down and walked a couple of hundred yards down the edge of the pasture on a Lee County farm and sat on an old pine tree that had been cut down.†
|New Newberry No. 3
591 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am
Newberry County may not be the county with the most record-book bucks reported, but it has produced 167, which ranks 11th among all of South Carolina’s counties. But at least one more will be added to the list in March’s statewide scoring sessions: the third-biggest ever taken in the county.
|For an old buck, it was his time
591 Views - Posted: January 31 at 8:00 am
Ashley Mills of Blair first saw the buck with the huge rack of unusual antlers on opening day of deer season in Fairfield County.
|Winter is perfect time to kill two birds with one stone: scout for deer, turkeys
1306 Views - Posted: January 30 at 8:16 am
It’s never too late to scout for deer, and it’s never too early to look for turkey sign. That’s the feeling of some of the more dedicated hunters for both species, and February is prime time for doing both.
|Spartanburg hunter is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest
3716 Views - Posted: January 22 at 9:07 pm
Chris Lambert, a 23-year-old Gaffney firefighter figured he was going to find a run-of-the-mill 8-point buck on the ground when he got down out of his tree stand the afternoon of Oct. 18.
|The deer woods
380 Views - Posted: January 22 at 9:00 am
A pod of whales.†
A copse of brush.†
A gaggle of geese.†
A brake of cane.
A slash of palmetto.
|Charleston man wins December Bag-A-Buck contest with Edisto Island trophy
3610 Views - Posted: January 12 at 4:03 pm
There’s one beat-up old tree stand on a piece of land on Edisto Island that†David Ray of Charleston hunts with friends. It’s just pieces of lumber hammered together to form a platform about 13 feet off the ground.
|Evolvedís Dirt Bag and Dirt Block
165 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
Made with Evolved’s own blend of molasses flavoring and other ingredients deer can’t resist, Dirt Bag and Dirt Block attractants are packed with flavors and nutrients that help draw in deer. Even better, both products are enhanced with Glo-Cote, an ultra-violet light enhancement that is invisible to humans but highly visible to whitetails. Not only will deer smell and taste the flavors in Dirt Bag and Dirt Block, they’ll see it, too.
|Textbook or text buck? Sumter teen scores on huge 8-pointer on Dec. 26
11499 Views - Posted: December 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm
"I think he's here." "Yupp he's here but his butt is to me." "Are you sure? Take your time for a good shot." "I see big rack but he won't turn." "Doe to the left of him I think." "Just wait on the trigger and be ready." "Oh my gosh dad he's huge."
That's not your typical string of texts between teen-aged daughter and dad, but that's the exchange that took place the day after Christmas between Cora Lee Downer and her dad, Billy Downer. Minutes later, the 15-year-old Sumter County hunter fired one shot, then sent another text.
|Blame it on my brother -- Gaffney man takes huge buck at 318 yards
13086 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Kelly McAbee of Gaffney admitted he was burned out. He’d sat one box blind on a piece of property he hunts in Cherokee County six straight days, and he was ready for a break. But when his brother Scott wanted to hunt on Dec. 1, McAbee reluctantly agreed – and was rewarded with a tremendous buck.