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Angelique: One of the prettiest tulips is also easy to grow

Angelique is soon to arrive in my garden, but only briefly. And as in years past, I'll miss her when she leaves and will look forward to her return next spring. She has proven to be one of the prettiest tulips. To describe her petals merely as … more

Ancient treasures

I rubbed the dirt off with my fingers and marveled at the markings. The design was vaguely familiar, yet different somehow. It was a negative, or reverse image, of something that I just couldn't figure out. Then it hit me - corn! It looked like … more

Cow calling, baby deer and gun rights

The forest here is like a cathedral, with towering hardwoods that rise into the mist of an early morning. I was sitting in the edge of the woods, at the base of a giant pine, just a few yards from the pasture fence. I could see cows scattered across … more

New size limits and dates are in place for Santee striped bass

Recent changes to state law will extend the period during which striped bass caught in the Santee River system can be kept. The law changes also include additional size/slot requirements for keeper fish. Anglers planning to fish for striped bass … more

S.C. has largest number of wintering orioles for 4th year in a row

Long known for its hospitality to visiting Northerners, South Carolina can now claim to be the state where Baltimore orioles feel most at home during the winter. For the fourth year in a row, South Carolina had the largest number of orioles … more

Spruce up your pool landscaping with some smart choices

Landscaping around an outdoor swimming pool requires no-muss, no-fuss plant selections. The pool can be a flowery focal point, but don't open it to litter from leaves and limbs. "Both in- and above-ground pools offer unique design challenges and … more

The making of a poacher

"Mr. Dan, they took my daddy's deer," the little blond-headed boy said. He was only six or seven years old. Too young and innocent to know that he was probably telling me something that his daddy would have liked to be kept quiet. "Who took your … more

Clemson Extension redesigns website for mobile users

CLEMSON - Fourteen-and-a-half years is a long time to spend surfing a website that doesn't have photos of babies or videos of cats acting obnoxiously cute. But that's the total time home gardeners spent on Clemson Extension's Home and Garden … more

Where the wild things live

When I stepped out of the truck it was dark, and I stood there for a few moments to let my eyes adjust to the woods around me. I quickly realized that I could see good enough to walk the old logging road without using a flashlight. Whippoorwills … more

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood. For … more

Curious about bats? Try S.C. Bat Watch

Are you curious about bats? Do you have a bat box or know of a bat roost you're interested in monitoring? Then become a part of S.C. Bat Watch. This citizen science project counts emerging bats from maternity roosts twice each summer. Anyone is … more

Don't adopt a 'lost' fawn this spring

If a deer fawn is found alone in the woods, leave it there. Its mother has not abandoned it; she is probably nearby. Removing a fawn from the forest is also illegal because the animal is being taken outside the legal season for taking deer, which is … more

A turkey for Old Betsy

It was a perfect morning. Clear, cool and crisp. Songbirds were serenading the dawn with vigor. A gang of owls had just put up a loud clamor, out in the stand of big cypress trees, in the headwaters of the old mill pond. Crows were shouting insults … more

Lamar man tops 196-boat field at Costa tournament

SUMMERTON - Pro Ronnie McCoy of Lamar brought a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces to the weigh-in stage April 7 - his second 26-plus-pound limit of the tournament - to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament on the … more

Child shoots her 1st turkey

The hunt is on for wild turkeys

I know the fish are biting. I see the steady stream of trucks headed to the lake every day, pulling boats. I like to fish — especially when the bream are biting. The full moon in April, and … more

Costa FLW series is headed to Santee Cooper lakes for tourney

SUMMERTON - More than 340 pros and co-anglers are set to compete April 5-7 at the Costa FLW Series at Santee Cooper lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops. The tournament is the third and final regular-season tournament scheduled in the … more

A later start for turkeys

There was a blaze-orange glow above the distant treeline on the eastern horizon, and the azure sky above me still held a twinkling of stars. The woods around me were cloaked in blue-gray shadow but were slowly revealing my surroundings on the forest … more

Bare-root nursery trees do well with careful planting

I got a look of disbelief when I told a friend I had planted a tree that had been shipped from a nursery 2,000 miles away. As I went on to explain that the tree had been sent "bare root," I could see him shudder. But then I showed off my … more

5-year-old catches bass

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