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Dan Geddings: My father

In my mind, when I was young, he was 10 feet tall and bulletproof. I thought no other man equaled him, and I practically worshiped the ground that he walked on. He was my father, and he was my mentor. He taught me and my brothers how to hunt and … more

Gardening: For easy, effective weeding, go back to the hoe

I'll bet that in some corner of your toolshed or garage, an old hoe is leaning against a wall. A hoe that hasn't seen use in a long, long time, having been replaced by, perhaps, a gasoline- or electric-powered tiller, chemical weed killers or … more

Outdoor columnist Dan Geddings: The beauty of sound

The southwestern sky was darkened by an approaching storm, and in the distance, I could hear the soft rumble of thunder. The air was cool, and a soft breeze rustled the tall grass around me. I stood out in the open looking at the clouds, feeling the … more

Farmers, gardeners can help root out a new aggressive nematode

by CLEMSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND LIFE SCIENCES How can you help stop a plant pest? As they check their fields and gardens this summer, growers are the first line of defense in preventing the spread of a microscopic worm … more

2021 Public Alligator Hunting Lottery in S.C. to close soon

If you haven't already applied, there is still time to enter the 2020 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing.A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and a randomized computer drawing based on a … more

Outdoor columnist Dan Geddings: A new path

When I was a youngster, we had horses. I rode nearly every day. I would ride for hours on the sandy roads, through the fallow fields and around the woodlots near our small town. I learned the lay of the land very well. I also learned the old … more

New regulations ban tegus, require current owners to register reptiles

COLUMBIA - New regulations that went into effect May 28 will ban non-native Argentine black-and-white tegus from being brought into South Carolina or reproduced and will also require current tegu owners to register their reptiles with the S.C. … more

Statewide deer harvest increases slightly in 2020

Results of the 2020 Deer Hunter survey conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources indicate that the statewide harvest of deer increased by 2.4 percent last season. The harvest was comprised of an estimated 107,212 bucks and 90,681 does, … more

Carbon storage offers hope for climate, cash for farmers

ORIENT, Ohio - The rye and rapeseed that Rick Clifton cultivated in central Ohio were coming along nicely - until his tractor rumbled over the flat, fertile landscape, spraying it with herbicides. These crops weren't meant to be eaten, but to … more

Outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: Fishing the swamp

Back in the old days, we fished Pocotaligo Swamp. We used one-man wooden boats that my dad and uncles built. There was no set pattern, and the boats varied a little from builder to builder. But the basic design was a flat-bottom boat with a single … more

SCDNR to offer free boat inspections

MANNING - Memorial Day launches a busy season for recreational activities on Lake Marion as well as all the lakes and waterways across South Carolina. Every year on and around Memorial Day weekend, officers with the South Carolina Department of … more

Add beauty, function to your garden with a path

A path is a feature too often overlooked in a garden or landscape. Maybe it lacks functionality, or beauty, or it's needed - but just not there. A well-designed path can do more than keep your feet dry. It can tell you where to walk and also … more

Outdoor columnist Dan Geddings: 'You're in a mudhole'

The ground was wet and soft but not boggy. It had rained the night before, and the temporary road was saturated. I didn't want to make more ruts, so I parked at the highway and walked onto the property. There had been so much rain I wondered if the … more

Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors

The new season of shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts. We're not talking about screens, which we've all been glued to during the pandemic. Less noticed is another trend: people tuning in to nature for quieter, real-life, … more

Outdoor columnist Dan Geddings: The turkey hunters

The turkey season is over now, and the obsessed have to wait for next year to come around. For me, it can't come too soon. I never thought that we would ever have a huntable population of wild turkeys in this part of the state. But eventually it did … more

Outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: The new land

The land is as old as time itself, and the only thing that is new is our connection to it. We can own rights to the land, but it truly belongs to no one and to everyone. Land ownership changes over the course of time, and people have different … more

SCDNR: Alligator lottery applications now available

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the public alligator lottery on public lands through June 15 at 5 p.m.A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt. A randomized … more

Ohio farmer reveals deep knowledge of vegetables

NEW YORK — Despite thousands of years of humans working the soil, there are still things to learn. Just ask Farmer Lee Jones about the beet leaves.The Ohio-based farmer had planted too many … more
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