|Plan your duck season
17 Views - Posted: December 10 at 9:00 am
Thanksgiving weekend closed out the short, teaser sessions that primed the valves and got every waterfowl hunter excited about bagging a limit of ducks in the Carolinas’ flooded country. For the first week or so of December, hunters and the hunted get a little break, but the remaining portion of the waterfowl season will arrive in little time at all. Duck hunters need to regroup, plan and prepare for their last hurrah for the best hunting of the year.†
|Spent Shells Along The Atlantic
31 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
A must-read for duck hunters everywhere, “Spent Shells Along The Atlantic” by Tom S. Long is a colorful look at the beloved and exciting sport of waterfowl hunting. This 230-page book is beautifully packaged and full of photos from modern and old-time hunts. The author shares incredible stories of market gunners during the golden era of waterfowling, as well as great hunts enjoyed by modern waterfowl enthusiasts.†
|PETA takes aim at Duck Dynasty
1389 Views - Posted: November 29 at 1:00 pm
The Duck Dynasty family’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, probably expected one day, that being a hunter, he’d come under fire by animal-rightists. It happened last month, when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) decided to blast “Duck Dynasty,” the A&E television show that had 11.4 million viewers in its 2013 debut episode, making it cable/satellite TV’s most-popular non-fiction telecast.
|Public waterfowl areas are great draws
204 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
Waterfowlers who aren’t lucky enough to have their own private water to hunt have a friend in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, which manages numerous waterfowl management areas specifically for hunting — and many of them are available only to walk-in hunting.
|Putting out decoys, even for woodies, can be a plus
124 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
Talk to a dozen hunters, and you’ll get your share of those who’ll say wood ducks don’t respond to decoys, but you’ll get just as many who’ll say the opposite.
|Lee County duck hunters came up with new line of calls
115 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
Calling is a major part of duck hunting to Chuck Amerson. After years of unhappiness with the inconsistencies of commercially-available duck calls, Amerson, his brother Ethan, his father Mike, and friend Scott Rollins, all of Lee County, partnered to make their own calls.
|Go small for South Carolina ducks
195 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am
Ethan Amerson of †Timmonsville trudged through knee-deep water, protected by a pair of waders but still feeling enough of the chill to keep him fully in touch with his surroundings. Guided by the faint light of the early morning sky through flooded cypress knees that gave way to a long, narrow clearing of thigh-deep water, Amerson pitched a pair of mallard decoys out and made his way to the spot he wanted to stand, watching his brother, Chuck, toss out two wood duck decoys to his right and friend Scott Rollins of Bishopville putting two teal decoys in the drink to his left.
202 Views - Posted: October 01 at 7:00 am
Instead of wobbling side to side in the water like many other decoys on the market, Fowl Foolers decoys are designed to move front to back like a real duck. These styrofoam, burlap-wrapped decoys are so durable you can even stand on them without hurting them, and they don’t take on water, list or sink when hit by stray BBs. Fowl Foolers offers 11 different head options, each featuring a feather pattern design, detailed bill and glass eyes.
|State sets 2013-14 waterfowl seasons
3358 Views - Posted: August 23 at 5:53 am
Dates and bag limits for South Carolina’s 2013-14 waterfowl season, approved this week by the Natural Resources Board, are good news for hunters.
|Duck numbers slightly down, but good season still predicted for 2013-14
980 Views - Posted: July 15 at 3:53 pm
Sorth Carolina waterfowl hunters can expect a good season in this winter based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceís annual report on duck populations that was released last Friday.
|Banana water lily makes excellent fish habitat
428 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:00 am
Fish habitat can always benefit from some sort of management technique, and the establishment of shallow cover is a good choice to make. The banana water lily is an ideal waterfowl food during the winter migration through the Carolinas for its variety of nutritive values in the vegetation and from the associative invertebrate community. But fish will benefit just as much, as if not more, than the wintering waterfowl.
|Plant a banana (lily)
857 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:00 am
Itís never too early to think about ways to attract waterfowl for the 2013 fall season. In fact, March is the optimum time to establish a cost-effective waterfowl forage called the banana water lily ó Nymphaea mexicana ó especially on those permanently flooded **sites where traditional upland planting is not possible. This plantís benefits to both waterfowl and landowner outweigh all other forage options as a low-cost, low-maintenance and a highly productive food source for waterfowl.
|SCDNR map of the ACE Basin
820 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
A terrific map and history of the ACE Basin, updated in 2007, is available from the SCDNR by calling the Donnelley WMA at 843-844-8957.
|WMA lands with woodcock cover
627 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
For woodcock, biologist Billy Dukes of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources suggests several public hunting opportunities availabilities on WMAs. All have attractive bottomland associated with various river systems.
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