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Pond management webinar offered by Clemson Extension

FROM STAFF REPORTS Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a winter pond management webinar for private pond owners and homeowner associations from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. The webinar will cover the do's and don'ts … more

8-year-old Anna Lynn Tindal shoots 1st deer

Anna Lynn Tindal, 8, shot her first deer during a hunt with her father, Stan Tindal. PHOTO PROVIDED BY BRITTANY TINDAL more

9-year-old Helms Horton of Sumter takes 10-point buck

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SCOTT HORTON Nine-year-old Helms Horton of Sumter shot this 10-point buck on the evening of Oct. 17 in Alcolu. He enjoyed this experience with his father, younger brother and … more

Dan Geddings: Adrianna's buck

The rifle was in her hands now, and she could feel her heart beating. The excitement of the moment was almost overwhelming. Adrianna had only been an observer before. She had been many times with her dad and her brother. Now it was different. It was … more

Dan Geddings: A very different kind of recovery

The odor was faint and unpleasant, but a smile spread across my sweaty face. I knew that I was close. Stopping to check the wind direction, I noted a slight breeze out of the northwest. It was mid-morning, and I was on a hillside above the swamp. … more

S.C. State Parks to offer free admission Nov. 27

COLUMBIA - Admission will be free at state parks in South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 27, as the Park Service joins the national #OptOutside initiative. The promotion, sponsored by REI, encourages people to spend some time in the great outdoors the day … more

Part 2 in a series about Eudora Farms: Dreams and dreamers and drive-thru safaris

Imagine getting a private tour of Disneyland led by Walt Disney himself. That's how I felt as I walked the Eudora Farms property in Salley with owner and entrepreneur Mark Nisbet. I've always heard that every great dream begins with a dreamer. In … more

Camels and ostriches and zebras, oh, my! Part One - My Big Adventure at Eudora Farms

When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. I kept seeing posts on Facebook about a drive-through safari park in Salley. Lots of excitement about that little place, but I chalked it up to families desperate to get out during the coronavirus quarantine … more

Dan Geddings: Things change

There was enough moonlight to walk the woodland road without a light, and the pinestraw and smattering of leaves gave a cushion to my footsteps that made no sound. The wind was forecast to be out of the northeast, which was perfect for the stand … more

UFI farming program delivers agriculture know-how, nutrition

by American Heart Association When Pat Spence was growing up in Boston, she and her brother would ride their bikes past a dilapidated home nearly overtaken by vines, weeds and trees in the Mattapan neighborhood. What they called "the creepy … more

New rules implemented on possession, sale of native reptiles, amphibians in S.C.

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's reptile and amphibian enthusiasts need to be aware of new laws and regulations that will govern the collection, possession and/or transfer of native species in the state, including current collections of native … more

Dan Geddings: A good recovery

He hissed into the phone, "Dude, I just killed a monster buck." I could hear the excitement in his voice. Then he added, "I'm not kidding, he's huge." I asked, "Where are you?" His answer surprised me, "I'm in the club stand on the new land." The … more

USDA food assistance program renewed for farmers, ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to an additional $14 billion in a second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated marketing costs because of … more

Dan Geddings: A hunting club

Back in the old days, the deer hunters gathered at our house before daylight. Some sat out in their cars in the yard, and some came in for coffee at the kitchen table. The hunting dogs out in the backyard kennel knew what was happening, and they … more

End to gray wolf protections has its supporters

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the … more

Want to teach kids about nature? Insects can help

Insects are everywhere - in backyards, balconies and the park down the street. In fact, numerically speaking, insects dominate the Earth with more than 5.5 million species. An estimated 10 quintillion - or 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 - individual … more

Outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: The wild side

The sound was distant and muffled. I was unsure of the direction and was somewhat surprised to hear it this time of the year and so early in the morning. The sound was fragile, and I wasn't sure that I had really heard it. Maybe I had just imagined … more

Drivers should watch for deer on South Carolina's state roads

MANNING - Drivers throughout South Carolina, whether on back country roads or the interstates, should be more vigilant during the fall and winter months for deer crossing the roadways. While drivers should be cautious of white-tailed deer … more

Outsmart squirrels at the birdfeeder, the natural way

COVID-19 is causing us all to spend much more time at home, reconnecting with a welcomed resurgence of simple pleasures and fundamental pursuits, which were nearly lost in our frenzied day-to-day lives before the pandemic. Board … more

Outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: My story

The woods were cloaked in darkness when I climbed into the stand. I could hear a soft tinkling sound from a small waterfall that was just below me. A gentle wind floated through the trees to the west. Daylight came slowly in the big timber. The … more
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