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VIDEO: Turkey season not too far away

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Let's face it, turkey season can't get here soon enough. The groundhog just popped out of his hole and has told us spring will come early. It's too bad for us that he doesn't decide when turkey hunting season starts, because who out there isn't ready to take a seat in the woods and listen for gobbles from the closest treeline, then match wits with the big boys and see if we have what it takes to fool them into shotgun range?

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February 02 at 9:47 pm
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SCDNR hosting turkey draw hunts; application deadline is Feb. 29

Every year, the SCDNR holds a number of public draw turkey hunts on Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lands. This year, six hunts will be held for youth hunter ages 5-17. Five hunts will be held for hunters 10-years-old and above. The deadline to apply for these hunts is Feb. 29.

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January 28 at 9:08 pm
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Turkey recruitment numbers low, 2016 season expected to be fair

South Carolina turkey hunters hoping for a reversal of a 5-year trend of poor hatches will be disappointed at the results of the 2015 summer brood survey, which confirmed another year of poor recruitment.

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January 14 at 2:54 pm
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Lancaster hunter scouts for turkey in the deer stand

Daryl Hodge of Wrecking Crew Guide Service in Lancaster is most well-known for waterfowl hunting. He and his son are both champion callers, and their goose hunting trips are legendary. That doesn’t keep him from hunting other critters, and Hodge said he is always scouting, even while hunting.

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November 04, 2015 at 10:31 pm
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Turkey harvest numbers down again

Times have been tough on turkey hunters in recent years and results from the 2015 turkey harvest indicate that pattern did not change this past spring. According to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the 2015 spring turkey harvest was down 6 percent over 2014, and was just 60-percent as large as the record harvest in 2002.

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October 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm
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Crystal Clucker

Call-maker John Tanner of Hemingway, S.C., knows how to make high-quality calls out of a number of different woods, as his newest turkey call, the Crystal Clucker, shows. The Crystal Clucker, which pairs a circle of frosted crystal over glass, is made in either cherry or black walnut, and it comes with an Osage Orange striker peg. The call and striker hang from an adjustable lanyard so it can be hung around a hunter’s neck for easy access.

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June 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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SC legislature passes turkey hunting bill, but deer-hunting bill is sidelined

South Carolina hunters will have a lower bag limit but an expanded season for turkeys starting in 2016 because of a bill that passed both houses of the S.C. General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley earlier this month. But deer hunters won’t see any changes to their seasons or bag limits for at least another year, as a bill that passed the Senate was bottled up in the House.

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May 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm
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Crystal Clucker is Tanner's latest have-to-have turkey call

Call-maker John Tanner of Hemingway, S.C., might have cut his teeth building duck and turkey calls out of ancient cypress, but it’s clear that he’s really hit on how to make high-quality calls out of any of a handful of different woods, as his newest turkey call, the Crystal Clucker, shows.

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April 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm
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