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I noticed my knee was hurting a little bit. I hadn't banged it on anything or twisted it. "So, why is it hurting?" I wondered. Over the next few days, it seemed to hurt more. I hate to admit this, but I have the mentality that if I ignored it, maybe … more
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources added 200 sets of deer antlers to the state records list during its annual antler measuring in 2023, including two Boone and Crockett Club qualifiers. Each spring SCDNR Wildlife Section personnel make a … more
CLARENDON COUNTY - The Santee Cooper lakes are known as the mecca of fishing to professional and amateur anglers not only in Clarendon County but throughout the state, Southeast and the entire nation. From Sept. 23 through Dec. 2, nine events … more
It's an understatement to say I was surprised to see daytime pictures of two big bucks at my corn pile. And I mean in the middle of the afternoon daytime. Daytime pictures in good light, several days in a row, and of course nighttime pictures, too. … more
The road looks like a driveway to someone's house, but it turns at the edge of the yard and tracks through a shady little woodlot. Now I pass a couple of houses on the left, and it almost seems like I'm driving through their back yards. But now the … more
I was sitting in solitude earlier this summer in an Adirondack chair in my backyard, when I realized I wasn't as alone as I'd thought. Thanks to the app I'd just downloaded on my phone - the popular and free Merlin Bird ID - I learned just from … more
The woods were dark, but a hint of dawn could be seen in the eastern sky. When I climbed into the stand, I couldn't see much, but slowly the trees around me took shape and details became visible in black and gray hues. With the lack of light, there … more
I'm building a waterfowl aviary in the back yard at our new house. I used an excavator to dig out a pond that I will fence in and landscape for the ducks when finished. With the excavator, I roughed out the shape of the pond and used my tractor to … more
CHICAGO - More than a third of the heat-trapping gases cooking the planet come from growing and raising food, but millions of cattle, pigs and other animals get to stay cool in the United States and other parts of the developed world. Many … more
Deer stands come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Years ago, most stands were built in trees with commercial lumber. They were not very durable or safe. That has changed over time. Most deer stands these days are manufactured of metal or heavy-duty … more
SUBMITTED BY SCDA COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the Growing Agribusiness Fund, a new incentive program for South Carolina agribusinesses. The South Carolina General Assembly appropriated $40 … more
Most hunt clubs record and keep some type of information on their harvest. The number of bucks and does taken is usually recorded, and the number of antler points and body weights are also commonly noted. The date and location of the harvest is … more
The federal government is shutting down the harvest of a species of marine invertebrate in a national wildlife refuge during the spawning season to try to give the animal a chance to reproduce. Fishermen harvest horseshoe crabs so the animals can … more
When people think of the Palmetto Trail, they tend to think of beautiful woods, seldom-seen birds and interesting plants. But the trail also provides access to some significant historical areas. Thanks to the generous support of the … more
We have some work to do, and I've made a short list. A dead pine tree fell on our club house during a recent storm. The tree crashed in an awning over our back door and dented the edge of the metal roof. A couple of our members have already cut the … more
CLARENDON COUNTY - Operating boats on South Carolina waterways and lakes has gotten safer with the almost-unanimous passage of the South Carolina Boating Safety and Education Bill with a vote of 97-6 in the House and 44-0 in the Senate. The bill … more
Got too much zucchini to pass off to your neighbors? Make this "pie" to use some of it up. I've made this twice now - the original version doesn't call for cooking the vegetables before mixing … more
A major project by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Duke Energy will improve fish habitat and help anglers catch more prized game species on Lake Wateree. As Duke Energy works to upgrade a section of the Wateree Hydroelectric Facility … more
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has been hosting public meetings around the state to discuss concerns about declines in wild turkey numbers and options to address these concerns. SCDNR has heard from turkey hunters, landowners … more
There were plenty of old dirt roads that ran through the countryside around our small town. When I was a youngster, my friends and I rode our bicycles on those roads miles out into the country. Our parents didn't know where we went and didn't worry … more
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