• Hunting

    Ryan Manore caught a break with Hurricane Matthew, which pushed this buck out of the swamp and into Manore's crosshairs.

    Clarendon County hunter kills 200-pound, 8-point buck

    Recent Francis Marion graduate, Ryan Manore killed a huge eight pointer on his family farm in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Even though the storm brought epic destruction and tremendous turmoil to various communities in the southeast, the floodwaters brought just enough pressure in Clarendon County to flush out a huge buck Manore has had in his sights for over a year. But a mishap between his truck tailgate and his brand new .270 caliber rifle almost foiled his big score.

    Yesterday at 10:59pm
    Chase Williams, 12, of Easley killed this massive 7 pointer at Russell Creek Hunt Club in McCormick on October 15.

    Easley youth hunter kills massive buck in McCormick County

    Teaching a child the ways of the outdoors is not always an easy task. When it comes to deer hunting, most tutors opt for the “brown and down” philosophy before trying to instill a sense of trophy management. This is not the case for Chase Williams of Easley, who on October 15 killed a massive 205-pound, 7-point McCormick County buck that any seasoned hunter would be proud to display.

    Yesterday at 2:20pm
    The 9 youth hunts being held by SCDNR and SC Coon Hunters Assoc. are all non-harvest events.

    SCDNR, SC Coon Hunters Assoc hosting series of youth coon hunts

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the S.C. Coon Hunters Association are hosting a series of nine youth coon hunts around the state starting in October and ending in February.

    October 25 at 10:36pm
    This young bull elk has been spotted several times in Pickens County, and biologists are warning folks to give the animal plenty of space.

    Elk sighted in Pickens County, SCDNR warns people to keep distance

    Wildlife biologists are warning Upstate residents and visitors not to closely approach a young bull elk that has wandered into South Carolina from North Carolina.

    October 25 at 2:32pm
    The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is hosting 10 outdoor workshops throughout November. Fly fishing is just one activity these workshops will focus on.

    Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offering 10 workshops in November

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering 10 workshops in November. 

    The workshops are free. All are open on first-come, first-serve basis and registration is required by registering online at www.ncwildlife.org/pisgah.

    October 25 at 10:36am
    The NCWRC is hosting a trapping workshop on Oct. 29 at the Marion Fish Hatchery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    NCWRC holding trapping workshop Oct. 29

    In anticipation of the upcoming trapping seasons, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the N.C. Trappers Association to present two voluntary workshops for anyone who is interested in learning more about regulated trapping and trapping techniques.

    October 24 at 11:00pm
    The temporary deer hunting closures in the Waccamaw River area is expiring tonight at midnight. All other closures will expire by Friday.

    SCDNR deer hunting closures expiring sooner than expected

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) continues to monitor the lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew and the ongoing flooding occurring in the drainages of the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers.  The high floodwaters in these areas created adverse effects on wildlife, displacing the animals from their typical ranges and habitats.

    October 24 at 10:24pm
    Just weeks after starting to hunt a new lease, Kevin Dietzman killed this big 11-point trophy that weighed 200-pounds.

    Transplanted New Yorker tags great Horry County buck

    When Kevin Dietzman retired after a long career working for the New York prison system and moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., three years ago, he brought one deer-hunting truism with him: you can’t kill a deer if you’re not in your stand.

    October 24 at 8:52pm
    Jeff Barnhill killed this big 10-point buck along the Pee Dee River in Richmond County, N.C.

    Cheraw hunter kills trophy 10-point buck along Pee Dee River

    Jeff Barnhill of Cheraw, S.C., spends most of his life looking at trees as a forester for Edwards Wood Products. Even though he tramples through the woods every day, he always makes time to sit in the deer stand when North Carolina’s gun season arrives. And on the morning of Oct. 20, he made a good decision to head to the woods with his rifle rather than the tape he uses to measure timber. Shortly after daylight, Barnhill shot a massive, 141-inch 10-point buck at 122 yards from his ground blind. 

    October 24 at 8:37am
    Josh Lawler killed this 10-point buck in Granville County on Sept. 24.

    College bowhunter takes big Granville County buck

    Josh Lawler and his dad, Aaron, are bowhunters who spent the latter part of August and the first half of September keeping tabs on a handsome 10-point buck near their home in southern Granville County.

    Josh, a 20-year-old junior at East Carolina University, finally brought the surveillance to an end on Sept. 24 when he dropped the big buck, estimated to score in the 140-inch range.

    October 20 at 10:37pm
    Will Hadley of Eli Whitney, N.C. made his first bow kill a good one with this albino doe that he'd watched for several years.

    Alamance County bowhunter kills solid white doe

    Numerous hunters encounter calico or piebald deer if they hunt often enough, but seeing a true albino deer is a rare sight that most hunters never see. Will Hadley of Eli Whitney, N.C. spent a couple of years watching two solid white, pink-eyed does. On Oct. 15, he killed one of them, but not before struggling with whether or not to shoot it.

    October 19 at 5:24pm
    The goal of using bleat or grunt calls in October should be attracting deer's attention instead of bringing in bucks ready to fight.

    Until the rut kicks in, keep calling, rattling low key

    Few people in the hunting industry would ever describe Marshall Collette as “understated.”

    The big, garrulous hunter, a long-time pro staff member for companies like Mossy Oak and Quaker Boy, is rarely at a loss for words or opinions.

    October 19 at 3:38pm
    White oak acorns are No. 1 on a deer's list of favorite fall foods. Find the tree that's dropping the most nuts and hunt it.

    Scout by ear when acorns fall

    Most deer hunters scout with their eyes — either watching through binoculars, looking over trail-camera photos or actually in the woods, searching for deer sign.

    But veteran hunter and wildlife photographer Brian Carroll said October is really the time to scout with your ears.

    October 19 at 3:22pm
    Joshua Sparks killed this 8-point brute in Marion just before dark.

    Marion hunter kills 140-class buck

    It took perseverance, a few changes to deer stands and locations, and a little bit of luck, but it all came together in time of Joshua Sparks of Marion to kill the deer of his dreams last month, and it all started with a trail camera photo he obtained after hunting season had already started.

    October 19 at 2:59pm
    The biggest trail camera survey in history will contribute to North Carolina's Candid Critters, a study being conducted by the NCWRC, NC State University, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

    NCWRC asking for public's help with backyard animal survey

    A new research project of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. State University aims to answer a big question: What animals are found in the wildest parts of the state, in backyards and in suburbs?

    October 19 at 8:09am
    Because of flooded areas, the SCDNR has expanded the deer hunting closures in Georgetown, Horry, and Marion Counties through Oct. 29.

    More deer hunting closures start today due to flooding

    Last week, the SCDNR closed certain portions of flooded areas to deer hunting for a 10-day period. With more areas now flooding due to runoff from rivers, other areas have now been closed. These temporary closures are intended to last 10 days also, and the SCDNR will monitor these areas and adjust that schedule accordingly.

    October 19 at 6:34am