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Four shells, five doves? Trust me!

Dove hunts were not a regular part of my growing-up years. Inside the Beltway, we didnít really have access to any cut corn or sunflower fields ó I donít know if there were any within an hourís drive of our house in the suburbs.Read More...
August 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

A bream by any name is still No. 1

Fishermen know them by all kinds of different nicknames: bream, redbellies, shellcrackers, sun perch, coppernose. Technically, theyíre bluegill, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, green sunfish, pumpkinseed and warmouth.Read More...
July 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

I was being taxed? Gee, I didn't know

You know, I didn't realize I was being "taxed" when I bought those hunting and fishing licenses at Nichols Store in Rock Hill last year. I thought I was supporting fish and wildlife through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and its programs - and paying for the opportunity to bring some fish and wildlife home to eat.Read More...
June 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Renewing a fling with a noble fish

I guess at some point in time, we all have our little love affairs with a particular species of fish. Some of them are just spring flings, but some last a lifetime.Read More...
May 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

The land ó itís all about the land

Scarlett OíHara may have been on to something. So what if her daughter died when that pony threw her? So what if Rhett Butler walked out on her, uttering motion picturesí first cuss word? So what if the Yankees burned Atlanta and her father died?Read More...
April 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Turkey huntingís long-lasting allure

I donít quite know why it took me better than 30 years to discover turkey hunting. The place I hunted in my teens in the Virginia mountains had plenty of birds, but for some incalculable reason, I never paid attention to them. Back then, there was baseball to be played in the springtime, and everything else took second place to second base.Read More...
March 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

SCDNRís money woes are a concern

The announcement by John Frampton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, that his agency is facing the prospect of cutting 50 jobs by July 1 has should send chills up the spines of hunters and fishermen in the Palmetto State.Read More...
February 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Will the longleaf make a comeback?

Fifty years ago last summer, my father planted a handful of longleaf pines in the front yard of our home in Athens, Ga. Within a year, however, his job moved us first to Raleigh, N.C., then to Washington, D.C.Read More...
January 26, 2010 at 9:53 am

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