What's biting these days? You name it and it probably is. Big news from Thurmond Lake is that it's rising (328 feet-plus) and warming (high 50s, low 60s) and that's bringing fish such as largemouth bass and crappies into the shallows. Mini-jigs trolled two to three feet down beneath floats next to the banks are productive for crappies. Spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and plastic lizards rigged Carolina-style are accounting for good catches of largemouth bass.
LANGLEY - One of nature's most misunderstood creatures, the much-maligned coyote, isn't gaining many new friends as its visible presence continues to grow in the Southeast.
Youth deer hunts will be conducted on South Carolina's North Dike and Halls wildlife management areas in northern Berkeley County October through December. The hunts are being conducted by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with Santee Cooper. The youth hunts are held in the afternoon after the deer hunting season has closed on the North Dike WMA and on areas not open to the public on the Halls WMA.
The Boykin Spaniel is the epitome of man's best friend: Affable family pet, Mr. (or Ms.) Personality and super hunting dog. The Boykin, whose breed originated in South Carolina, is the Palmetto State's "Official State Dog," having been granted that distinction by the South Carolina General Assembly and then-Gov. Dick Riley's signature on March 26, 1985. Mike Creel of the information-education section of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in Columbia, became fascinated by "the little brown dogs" and began collecting information about their origin.