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Many a nice December buck is taken in the final few minutes of legal hunting time. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up
113 Views - Posted: December 15 at 7:00 am

Hunters in South Carolina get to chase whitetails longer than just about any other state, and during December, hunters may become restless the last few weeks or the last few minutes of each hunt. 


During stormy weather, don’t miss out and wait for the rain to stop before you get back in the woods. Watch weather forecasts and try to be on stand an hour before the weather clears. Read the weather
78 Views - Posted: December 15 at 7:00 am

From the beginning of deer season until its Jan. 1 close, the weather will vary from scorching, 90-degree days to bone chilling-winter mornings with frozen precipitation all over. Changes in weather conditions will play a strong role in deer movement throughout the season, and hunters looking to score during the last few weeks, scheduling hunts around specific weather patterns will increase their chances of an intimate encounter with their prime suspect.  


Hunters can now take advantage of all the cool features of a new iPhone app from Mississippi State University's Deer Lab. Free iPhone ‘Deer Hunt’ app fun, informative
863 Views - Posted: December 11 at 12:54 pm

Mundane hunting camp rituals could become a lot easier if a new iPhone app from Mississippi State University’s Deer Lab delivers what its designers hope it can.


Roger Cox's beautiful Dillon County buck, killed on his first trip to a friend's property, is in the 150-inch class and weighed 208 pounds. Loris hunter scores on 150-inch buck on friend's property in Dillon County
7855 Views - Posted: December 11 at 12:34 pm

Roger Cox of Loris said it all happened so fast, he “didn’t even have time to get nervous” – and that was probably a good thing. Cox killed a 150-inch, 208-pound, 10-point buck near Dillon last Friday, in part because when the deer suddenly appeared out of a swamp, he was in range and presented a killing shot as soon as Cox saw him.


Jeff Kirkley killed this huge main-frame 8-point buck after it was spooked out of a swamp by some duck hunters. Mullins hunter scores on huge buck spooked by duck hunters' shots
8974 Views - Posted: December 10 at 3:42 pm

Since deer season began, Jeff Kirkley of Mullins had hoped to run into a huge buck he had picked up on one of his trail cameras along a Marion County swamp. He spent countless days in a stand 400 yards deep in a flooded wilderness until Dec. 6, when a handful of duck hunters spooked the buck in his direction and he took advantage to make a tough kill shot.


Watch the world's fastest deer skinner Watch the world's fastest deer skinner  Video Included
5262 Views - Posted: December 08 at 8:51 pm

I pride myself on being able to disassemble a deer pretty quickly. But judging from this video, I have a long way to go in terms of stripping down an animal.

This fella, who apparently works at Peach Orchard Deer Processing outside of Sumter, takes the hide off a deer and dumps its guts - and trims off fat - in less than two minutes. It's a video you just have to see to believe.


Chad Weatherford regularly scores on big bucks in the last part of the season because he knows they’re consumed by two impluses: eating and breeding. End on a high note - Don’t let the last month of South Carolina’s deer season pass you by
112 Views - Posted: December 01 at 7:00 am

For more than three months and counting, South Carolina deer hunters have turned out in the deer woods, keeping game processing facilities and taxidermists working late nights and long weekends. 


Dalton Smith, 19, of Chesnee, made this huge non-typical buck his first ever with a bow. Snap, crackle, pop! Spartanburg Methodist freshman kills huge buck
44642 Views - Posted: November 23 at 5:46 pm

Snap, crackle, pop! Cereal noises to many people, but on the afternoon of Nov. 15, to Dalton Smith, a 19-year-old from Chesnee, it was the sound of a big buck – a big, big buck: 16 points and 180 pounds.


Ivy Oates killed two nice bucks on Oct. 19, one of which she entered in South Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck Contest. She was drawn as the October contest winner. Rock Hill teen wins October Bag-A-Buck contest
1657 Views - Posted: November 19 at 8:12 pm

Oct. 19 was a Sunday that 16-year-old Ivy Oates of Rock Hill will not soon forget. The junior at Rock Hill High School killed her first buck, a 5-pointer, around 5 p.m., right after climbing into a ladder stand on property in Lancaster County she was hunting with her father, Danny.


Timing the release of corn from a feeder may draw deer into feeding on bait during daylight hours. Hunting over corn
325 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Beginning with the 2013, baiting for deer became legal on private lands across the state. Many hunters put out corn, both in feeders and in piles, but they are quick to point out they rarely see trophy deer eating there during daylight hours. Most hunters still tout natural food sources and planted food plots as the best strategy for pin-pointing trophy deer.


Some bucks will show up in new territory once the rut kicks in , but most are homebodies when it comes to  staying in a familiar area. Timing the rut
286 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

A number of factors influence exactly when deer will go into rut across South Carolina, but for most areas, the 30 days from Oct. 15 and Nov. 15 are historically when does go into estrous and bucks breed them.


Randy Lambert uses a Golden Estrus Trophy Leaf as a cover scent, not as a deer lure as it was designed. It makes scents to him
269 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Randy Lambert doesn’t consider using lures or scents as a big part of his deer-hunting program, with one exception.


Predator hunter Ken Truesdale said that night-imaging technology has made night-hunting for hogs a snap. Thermal-imaging devices are key for night hog hunts
146 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Farmers just about everywhere will quickly denounce the wild pig. Every year, wild pigs, aka feral hogs, are responsible for excessive crop and habitat destruction that contribute to tens of thousands of dollars every year. And their increasing numbers and expanding range are tough to combat under normal hunting conditions.


November is the time to flood your waterfowl impoundment to put the groceries within range of greenheads and other ducks. Time to flood duck honey holes
97 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Even though the short duck season has come and gone by the first of November, the core duck seasons remain, and the flood of migrating waterfowl is on its way. Waterfowl impoundments should be fully flooded this month to capture these birds when they arrive.


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