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Outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: A look at the Sandhills

The open park-like forest stretches away from the road over the rolling hills. Longleaf pine dominates the landscape here. I stop occasionally to look at the vistas and take pictures. Longleaf is my favorite tree. I think it is the most beautiful of … more

As drought cuts hay crop, cattle ranchers face culling herds

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - With his cattle ranch threatened by a deepening drought, Jim Stanko isn't cheered by the coming storm signaled by the sound of thunder. "Thunder means lightning, and lightning can cause fires," said Stanko, who fears … more

Sumter outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: Dirt roads

Slow down. Put your windows down. Breathe in that fresh air. Hear the birds singing and the quail calling. You're on a dirt road. The open fields and hedgerows stretch into the hazy summer distance. Sunshine and warmth bathe the earth. A woodland … more

SCDNR: Keep an eye on your mailbox; deer tags should be arriving soon

Deer hunters who have an annual or three-year hunting license and big game permit, combination license, or sportsman license which will be valid on Aug. 15 should automatically receive a base set of deer tags soon.Additionally, Lifetime, Senior, … more

Some drought-imposed fishing limits lifted on Colorado River

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lifted some fishing restrictions along a stretch of the Colorado River on Tuesday, but biologists warn that historically low water flows caused by a drought in the U.S. … more

Weeds aren't all bad but do need to be controlled

Eons ago, the first humans learned to drop seeds into the ground to grow plants for food, for beauty and for fiber. We've come a long way developing what plants we grow and how we grow them. And throughout all this time, weeds have tagged … more

Outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: It's home

The land slopes gently from the present-day shore of the great ocean. The fertile soils are layers of sediments that were laid down over eons of time. This geographical region is known as the Coastal Plain. The Coastal Plain of South Carolina is the … more

Buy or make a rain gauge to get garden watering right

In my experience, gardeners often overestimate rainfall. A cloudburst might seem to have thoroughly saturated the ground, but scratch down an inch, and you might find bone-dry soil. Because watering - not too much and not too little - is one of … more

River rafters flock to oases while they can

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Across Colorado, parched rivers are at some of their lowest levels on record. But on one still spared by the drought, boisterous children and guides bob along as water splashes into their blue inflatable rafts. The … more

Outdoor columnist Dan Geddings: The advantage of management

As much as I like to hunt, I enjoy managing the land and wildlife just as much. I think that management can go a long way toward realizing the potential of a property, and some ingenuity and resourcefulness can help. Management activities can extend … more

Drought, heat, wildfires force fishing ban on Colorado River

DENVER - Colorado wildlife officials on Wednesday urged anglers to avoid fishing along a stretch of the Colorado River because low flows during a historic drought in the U.S. West, critically warm water temperatures and sediment runoff from wildfire … more

SCDNR seeks volunteers for annual Summer Wild Turkey, Quail Survey

OF NATURAL RESOURCESThe S.C. Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to participate in the annual SCDNR Summer Wild Turkey and Quail Survey beginning July 1 until Aug. 29.If you spend a significant amount of time in the outdoors, … more

Backyard bird sleuths boost scientists' work

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University ecologist Emily Williams first became fascinated with birds not because of their beauty, or their sweet songs. She was riveted by their extraordinary travels. "Realizing that this tiny animal that can fit in the … more

Deer Lottery applications available through Aug. 15

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for deer lottery hunts on public lands through 5 p.m. on Aug. 15. The Multi-site, Unrestricted Multi-site, Webb Gun and Webb Archery lotteries operate independently and maintain … more

Outdoor columnist Dan Geddings: Boating safety

Boating safety is an important issue with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The SCDNR and other advocates have joined the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Operation Dry Water to raise awareness about … more

Dan Geddings: The Lowcountry

There are no hard boundaries. It is a region defined partly by geography and partly by a state of mind. For me, it runs across the lower coastal plain from Georgetown to Savannah. It pushes inland as far as Orangeburg County, where it gives way to … more

Grasshoppers spurred by U.S. drought threaten rangeland

By MATTHEW BROWN The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. - A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal … more

Final edition of S.C. Duck Stamp print available through June 30

FROM SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COLUMBIA - The window is closing fast on the opportunity to own a copy of the 40th anniversary edition of the South Carolina Waterfowl Stamp print, "Fox Red Lab with Wood Duck in Flight," by … more

Amid clamor to increase prescribed burns, obstacles await

SALEM, Ore. - In the 1950s, when University of California forestry professor Harold Biswell experimented with prescribed burns in the state's pine forests, many people thought he was nuts. "Harry the Torch," "Burn-Em-Up Biswell" and "Doctor … more

Old Santee Canal Park fully reopens June 21, Overton Beach Park open Wednesdays through Sundays

MONCKS CORNER - Santee Cooper, South Carolina's largest power provider, is reopening Old Santee Canal Park's facilities on June 21, including all buildings, bathrooms, picnic shelters and the park's popular canoe rentals. Unvaccinated guests are … more
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