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Deputy takes down record-sized deer
November 18, 2017 – 12:10 am | No Comment
Deputy takes down record-sized deer | Test

As an Oconee County sheriff’s deputy, Roy Mckenzie has long been associated with neighborhood watch programs where residents keep an eye out for criminal activity.

Outdoors: Hunting an effective management tool
November 11, 2017 – 12:15 am | No Comment
Outdoors: Hunting an effective management tool | Test

Wildlife management is not an exact science, and in a lot of ways, it’s like growing roses.

Fall means deer are out and about
November 4, 2017 – 12:44 am | No Comment
Fall means deer are out and about | Test

Earlier this week, local media outlets flocked to BB&T in Seneca after a six-point whitetail deer crashed through a plate-glass window and created havoc in the bank for nearly half an hour.

A perfect wedding gift for the ‘Tarpon Bride’
July 1, 2017 – 12:03 am | No Comment
A perfect wedding gift for the ‘Tarpon Bride’ | Test

Wedding announcements rarely find their way into the outdoors section of the newspaper, but after much debate, I decided to post this one. The debate was over privacy, but also because I loathe writing in first person.

Celebrating the great outdoors
September 20, 2016 – 12:24 am | No Comment
Celebrating the great outdoors | Test

The earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation, hunters and anglers recognized that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife threatened the future of many species.

Tree stand safety doesn’t happen by accident
September 10, 2016 – 12:15 am | No Comment
Tree stand safety doesn’t happen by accident | Test

For an outdoor-related sport that incorporates guns, bows, and arrows, more deer hunters are killed or injured each year from accidents related to deer stands than weapons. Such is the concern over deer stand safety that the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has launched an aggressive media campaign to educate deer hunters on the importance of deer stand and deer hunting safety.

When the weather gets hot, these are the Upstate’s fishing hot spots
August 13, 2016 – 12:15 am | No Comment

The late-summer months of August and September usher in what some consider the “second season” of summer fishing across the state of South Carolina. Gone are the prospects of pre-spawn or spawn fishing as well as most still, shallow water fishing patterns.

Night fishing for crappie is a great way to beat the heat
July 16, 2016 – 12:18 am | No Comment
Night fishing for crappie is a great way to beat the heat | Test

On any given lake, on any given night, particularly during the summer, there are a limited number of spots where a fisherman can go, tie up the boat, and have a reasonable chance at catching a cooler full of crappie. These limited locations can be determined by counting up the number of deep water bridge crossings, then multiplying that number by the number of bays or open areas between bridge pillars.

Preparing wild game and fish
July 9, 2016 – 12:15 am | No Comment
Preparing wild game and fish | Test

Most sportsmen inevitably become at least proficient in preparing wild game and fish entrees for the simple fact that spending so much time hunting and collecting makes you want to eat it.

Be safe of the water this holiday weekend
July 2, 2016 – 12:15 am | No Comment

Everyone expects the roadways to be crowded during this upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, but if you live on, near or frequent any of our area lakes, you know that our waterways will be just as crowded too as the Fourth of July is typically the peak of boating season.