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2015 bear season was good one for Upstate region

The 2015 bear season was a very good one in the Upstate’s mountains, the third-highest on record according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

November 19 at 7:48 pm

Pheasant tower shoots offer a different bird hunting experience

If pheasant hunting conjures images of the great western plains, then you obviously haven’t been to a tower shoot. It’s true that you’re not going to hunt pheasants in South Carolina with any semblance of what it’s like out west, but you can find several places to hunt the big birds in the Palmetto State.

November 11 at 10:36 pm

Summerville party kills 13-foot 7-inch long Santee gator

On the evening of October the 9, a group of alligator hunters put in at Blacks Camp Marina on their first ever gator hunt with hopes of tagging out on the last evening of the season. They Summerville party met their goal, killing a 13-foot 7 1/2-inch gator. 

October 27 at 6:45 am

Gun cleaning, made easier and less messy

Don’t you just love cleaning your shotgun, rifle, or handgun? What’s better than threading those little patches through the ends of a cleaning rod, loading it down with cleaning fluids, then pushing it down the barrel, being careful not to scratch the metal with the cleaning rod? Now strip that patch out of the little slit on the end of the cleaning rod, put another patch in, and do it all over again.

Before you know it, you’ve got the place littered with oily patches, and your gun — well, it’s clean enough, and it doesn’t look like you’ve scratched the barrel (too much) with the cleaning rod. This is the way outdoorsmen have been cleaning firearms for, well, ever. Luckily, a company called Swab-its has a better way.

October 26 at 11:45 am

Easley hunter kills 502-pound bear in Greenville County

Heath Smith of Easley is no stranger to big bears. He holds the state record with a 609-pound bruin he killed two years ago. Still, Smith was a little surprised at the size of the bear he killed on Oct. 17, the opening day of bear season, at the base of Hogback Mountain in Greenville County. The 502 1/2-pound bear was much bigger than the bears captured on all his trail cams leading up to opening day. 

“Our cameras show our property is covered up with a pile of bears, but most of them are anywhere from 200 to 300-pounds, so when I saw this one, I was surprised at his size,” said Smith.

October 23 at 11:11 am

Another big gator killed at Santee

With the hopes of tagging a big gator on the morning of September 26th, Michael DuPre of Moncks Corner, and three of his hunting buddies pulled up to a gas station to fill up their boats. Robert Gregory of Moncks Corner, Ty Parker of Pageland, and Josh Kowalski of Summerville, were accompanying him on the hunt. The group has been hunting gators together in SC for the past four years. This year, Gregory drew a tag for the Midlands and they were planning to tag a big gator.   

“I pulled up to pump number thirteen at the gas station,” said DuPre. “My Grandma died on the 13th a few years back and I did not want to get any bad luck on this hunt. I was debating on moving the truck to another pump to fill up, but we all ended up joking around saying how we were going to kill a 13 footer on this hunt.”  

October 09 at 12:30 pm

With squirrel season in, hunters turn squirrel tails into fishing lures

With early goose season now closed, many hunters are glad to see that squirrel season opened Oct. 1, giving them a challenging game animal to hunt that is every bit as fun as (if not more fun than) deer hunting to most hunters who give squirrel hunting a chance.

Especially when using a .22 or .17 rife, shooting a squirrel high up in a tree is challenging, and training yourself to take only headshots will improve your rifle skills and preserve the meat which makes a tasty meal. And the action is much faster than deer hunting, because squirrels are plentiful, and much more likely to show themselves in daylight hours than deer normally do.

October 05 at 6:45 am

New midlands-area WMA open for South Carolina hunters

Midlands hunters have new hunting choices, thanks the the SCDNR’s newest WMA. The Wateree River Heritage Preserve WMA in Richland County is located on the eastern side of Richland County, which borders the Wateree River. 

This new WMA is made up of over 3600-acres, and is already open for archery season, which will last through Oct. 15. These hunts are open to all hunters with a valid hunting license and WMA permit.

October 02 at 6:45 am