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"It looks like a group of bucks chasing a doe," my brother Matt said. The tracks, crossing the county dirt road, were fresh and very encouraging. It was good sign that the rut was still going on, at least for now. It was mid-November, and we had … more

Wood ash can sometimes help soil

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings. The primary benefits … more

Celebrating his 1st buck

Trey Hartley is seen with his first buck. more

A day in November

They say that the truth is stranger than fiction, and I would agree with that in some cases. A deer hunt that I experienced on a Bloomville timber company lease, a few years ago, was just such a case. It was a cool, clear, November morning, and I … more

Sewer spill closes shellfish harvesting

CHARLESTON - South Carolina officials say a sewer spill has closed shellfish harvesting near Charleston. State shellfish sanitation manager Mike Pearson tells news outlets in a Wednesday statement the leak in North Charleston has shut down oyster … more

Franklinia: a tree with history and beauty

If you have the ears to listen, this tree has a story to tell. Let's go back to 1765 and travel along with American naturalists John Bartram and his son William, from Philadelphia to Florida. On a clear, cool day in October, the Bartrams happened … more

The joy of hunting

The wind was perfect. Out of the southwest, blowing my scent behind me. It was very light and could only be detected by little puffs of baby powder that floated down and away from my stand. My little squeeze bottle wind checker, loaded with white … more

White deer have unusual home - old Army depot

ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - Dennis Money unlocks the gate that blocks access to the 3,000-acre spread that these days almost serves as his home away from home, jumps into a van and cautions his guests before proceeding. "I won't guarantee you'll see … more

Venison is not only source of toxoplasmosis parasite

By SCDNR Toxoplasmosis, a one-celled parasite found in many meats, can occur in South Carolina deer, but venison is not the only source of the disease, according to a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources deer biologist. "Many people … more

Hunting the reserve

The sky was cloudy and gray, and the morning light was coming slowly to the woods. There was no visible wind. Songbirds were beginning to stir and call softly. Out in the flooded hardwoods I could hear wood ducks squealing on the water. Turkeys … more

Prep your yard as a safe haven for local birds

Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before snow or ice falls, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole's Wild Bird Products suggest … more

Drivers should watch for deer on South Carolina roads

Motorists throughout the state need to be constantly aware of roaming white-tailed deer. Despite a persistent rumor, neither the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources nor any other state agency will compensate motorists for injuries or … more

Family asks S.C. hunters to spare adopted deer

CHESTER (AP) - A South Carolina family is asking area hunters to spare their adopted seven-point buck named George. Kena Lucas Funderburk posted the plea on Facebook on Monday, saying, "Please don't shoot the 7pt with the yellow tape around his … more

Fragile trees, shrubs need help getting through cold

Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can save you a bundle of time and money. "As long as the soil drains well, water the trees through … more

Proud Sumter hunter with 1st deer

Caleb Moore killed his first deer, a 6-point, while hunting with his grandfather on Saturday, Oct. 6. more

The secret life of deer

I've been fascinated by whitetail deer since I saw my first hoof print pressed into a sandy woodland road many years ago. I was eight years old. I had seen pictures in hunting magazines and on television shows like Wild Kingdom and Walt Disney, but … more

Sumter women travel to farm bureau annual ag conference

SUBMITTED AIKEN - Sumter County residents Gina Woodham, Joye Davis and Jenny Marshall were among the nearly 80 women from across South Carolina who gathered in Aiken for the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation's annual Women's Leadership … more

To protect pollinators, go easy on your fall garden cleanup

Time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden? Not so fast. Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter - decayed and drab but serviceable. Displaying a messy yard … more

An ongoing investigation

I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I had just gotten a text from my son Clayton that read, "Well, we got a problem. The stand is gone." It was 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. Opening day of the deer season, and one of our stands had been … more

Autumn is a good time for composting, and bin is key

Garden cleanup, lawn mowing and falling leaves all provide materials that make autumn a good time of year for composting. No need for exotic ingredients, fancy equipment or a degree in soil microbiology to put together a pile that yields quality … more
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