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Deer movement increases in October throughout South Carolina

According to biologist Charles Ruth of SCDNR, one of the first things a hunter needs to understand is the biological change that causes deer to move a lot during October. Unlike humans, it’s not because of the cool breezes and comfortable temperature. Basically, it’s biological.

Ruth said that early to mid-October is when deer really begin to move a lot in most areas of the state.

Yesterday at 6:45 am

Be rut ready - The peak of the rut gives hunters a special chance to fool a big buck

South Carolina’s deer season is one of the longest and most liberal in the country. For states with seasons that last only a few weeks, they are usually structured to align with the peak of the rut and for good reason — bucks let their guard down and are most vulnerable when they make breeding their top priority.†

October 01 at 7:00 am

Donít bark up the wrong tree; put your deer stand in the right one

As hunters prepare for the peak of deer season or the changes in deer behavior, many are looking at hanging or moving tree stands into just the right locations. Part of the puzzle we try and solve with mature bucks is getting into their core or travel areas and putting ourselves in just the right tree, especially when hunting with archery equipment, a muzzleloader or a shotgun.†

October 01 at 7:00 am

Powder burns arenít all that bad, especially this month when primitive weapon season arrives in the Upstate

Other than a handful of Wildlife Management Areas below the fall line, primitive weapons seasons for deer in South Carolina †have always been an Upstate thing. Maybe the proximity to the mountains is what beckons hunters to squeeze in a few days between stick-and-string and the heavy artillery to honor those pioneers who settled the land with their trusty smokepole at their side.

October 01 at 7:00 am

Top 4 tips to stay scent-free while deer hunting

It’s a common practice for deer hunters to make themselves as scent-free as possible before heading to their stand, and over the past couple of decades, a whole category of gear has sprouted up to help with that task.

The top four tips for staying scent-free in the woods include using some of those products, along with some common sense.

October 01 at 6:45 am

Shotgunning from the deer stand

Anyone who has ever been on a dog-drive or a man-drive for deer knows the advantages of using a shotgun for this type of hunting, but shotgunning for deer isn’t just for those on the ground. Some hunters prefer shotguns even when perched in a tree stand.

Ernest McLeod of Sumter is one of those hunters. He has killed his share of deer with rifles, but about ten years ago, he decided that for him, a shotgun was the way to go.

September 30 at 6:45 am

Smartphone app improves deer hunting success

Trail-cameras are great tools for hunters, and it’s almost unheard of today for anyone to hunt deer without the use of trail-cameras. They’ve been around for well over a decade, but advances have made them much better, both in terms of picture quality and extra features. With the huge growth in smart phones in the past several years, trail-cameras can be even more effective.†

Jonathan Phillips of Pittsboro, NC said one of his favorite tools he uses in conjunction with his trail-cameras is an app for his phone called ScoutLook Weather. “It’s a free app for smartphones, and I really think every hunter should use it. Without it, your trail-cams are certainly helpful, and have helped many a hunter beyond what many ever expected, but with this app, your trail-cams become even more powerful. Much more powerful,” said Phillips.

September 29 at 6:45 am

Conway hunter drops big Georgetown County buck

Early Sunday morning, just after daylight broke, John Cherry of Conway looked down his fire lane and saw a big buck he and his son had been after for more than three years. With hundreds of trail camera photos of this deer and sleepless nights trying to figure out how to get this deer in his sights, Cherry had just a few moments to decide what to do. He didn’t waste any time, pulling the trigger of his .30-06 rifle and dropping the buck in his tracks.†

The big buck was worth the wait. It weighed 185 pounds, with a 19-inch inside spread, 24 Ĺ-inch main beams and a gross score of 141 4/8 inches.†

September 28 at 7:00 pm