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Another father-son encounter in print

I guess I’m getting old enough that I need to expect things like this to happen. I was in the newspaper business for about 30 years before I joined South Carolina Sportsman in 2007. During that time, I covered about every sporting event possible, from NASCAR races to pro golf, minor-league baseball and hockey and college and high-school sports of all kinds.

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September 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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I guess August isnít all that bad after all

August is a month that takes, well, a lot of heat, especially from sportsmen. Lord knows it’s hot, and that drives fish deep and fishermen into their air-conditioned dens and man caves.†

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August 01, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Catfish legislation? A pile of stinkbait

There is an old quote that’s been attributed to a number of people. To paraphrase it somewhat, it goes like this: “There are two things you don’t want to see being made: sausage and laws.”

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July 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Pay-pond owners: Donít sing the blues

I am probably as familiar with the workings of politicians at the state level as most people. I don’t want to see how sausage is made, and I don’t want to see how our laws are enacted — but I have a pretty idea about both subjects.

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June 02, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Proposed changes in turkey regs? Yea!

Pat Robertson reports elsewhere in the magazine about a piece of legislation making its way through the general assembly that would make two big changes in turkey hunting regulations: setting a unified statewide season and reducing the bag limit from five to three birds.

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May 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Do we have it better than settlers did?

I sometimes wonder what the fish and wildlife was like when the early settlers reached South Carolina.

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April 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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March is an end and a beginning

The calendar changes in January, but you can argue that March marks an end and a beginning for most hunters and fishermen across South Carolina.

First, March is the month when freshwater fishing really takes off across most of the Palmetto State. It’s big-bass month, big-crappie month, and it’s the month when striped bass start to make their annual spawning runs upriver and to the headwaters of reservoirs.

Second, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources holds antler-scoring sessions across the state throughout the month, culminating at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in Columbia at the end of March. SCDNR uses this as an opportunity to gather information about big bucks, including where and when they’re killed, to add to a database that’s 40 years in the making.

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March 01, 2014 at 9:00 am
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One bullet dodged, more on the way

It looks like we dodged a bullet. Hopefully, we’ll be in position to dodge a fusillade headed our way in the future.

In early January, almost every fishermen who throws a live or soft-plastic shrimp in South Carolina’s coastal waters crossed his or her fingers when the “polar vortex” dipped down across North America and dropped temperatures into single digits across much of the Southeast. Our immediate thought was, “What about the specks?”

Speckled trout are something of a fragile species when it comes to temperature. When the water temperature drops into the high 40s, their metabolism slows way down. If the water reaches the mid- to low-40s, they become stressed and often die. The †result is something biologists call a “cold-stun kill.”†

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February 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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