Articles in Outdoors
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most anglers in the Upstate consider Lake Hartwell to be somewhat of a “home” lake. With 56,000 acres that span from northeast Georgia to the mountains of Oconee County and parallel much of Interstate 85, Hartwell offers easy access to numerous types of great fishing grounds.
The long anticipated, much debated legislation over finally establishing harvest limits for deer while at the same time imposing a system to account for the number of deer that each hunter kills, has been enacted into law.
While trophy striped bass and even lunker largemouth bass are frequently caught by anglers using seemingly exotic live baits like 2-pound gizzard shad and 12 inch rainbow trout, day in and day out the live bait of choice for many species of fish that swim in our Upstate lakes is a live blueback herring.