Upstate Outdoors Blogs

Monumental Fish

Every angler has that hallmark they strive to achieve for a fish to be considered a monument trophy. It might be a 10 pound largemouth bass, a 3 pound crappie or a 25 inch brown trout. As a newbie striped bass fan, I had always dreamed of catching a fish that would break the 30 pound mark. I first... Read More

A Motherly Tradition Of The Outdoors

The outdoors has typically been considered a male-dominated sport. Ask most guys where they learned their love of the outdoors and they’ll point to a father, uncle, or grandfather who taught them how to fish, how to hunt, and a passion for all things outside. For sisters Reesha Little-Oakley and... Read More

Upstate Home to Start Up Boat Manufacturer

Ralph Mitchell never took much time to consider his career path. As a young man right out of high school, his father was the sales manager for a large boat manufacturer in Minnesota, so it just seemed natural that he would get into the watercraft business. Through the years working for such brands... Read More

How Striped Bass Found Their Way Into The Upstate

Newcomers to the area often ponder the question about how freshwater striped bass came to exist in our Upstate freshwater lakes. Finding that an ocean fish could survive completely in freshwater is not all that unusual by today’s information standards. After all, salmon, some kinds of sturgeon,... Read More

Herring Spawn Great Time To Catch Bass

Change affects everything and bass fishing is certainly no exception. You can often tell the age of a long time bass fisherman on one of our South Carolina lakes based on what factors he considers to describe the “good old days”. Some say the good old days were back when willow bushes were found... Read More

Does South Carolina Need More Catfish Conservation Measures?

Carolina state-record blue catfish on April 1, breaking a record that has stood for more than two decades. Haney was fishing with her husband Steve Haney in Lake Moultrie last Saturday when the big fish took the bait. The Haney’s are not what you might consider casual catfish anglers. Steve has... Read More

Fluctuating Weather Patterns Not Helping Turkey Hunters

Upstate turkey hunters have anticipated the arrival of the 2017 spring turkey season ever since the sun set on January 1, ending last year’s whitetail deer season. The mostly mild weather and overall lack of cold temperatures created a situation that many hunters feared- that of an early breeding... Read More

Growing Trophy Largemouth Bass

March is the time of year when deer hunters who have taken a trophy deer can have the deer rack officially scored. Several deer from South Carolina will make the state record books and a few may even make the coveted Boone & Crockett books. Unlike trophy deer, South Carolina has a better than... Read More

Use These Top Turkey Hunting Tips To Bag That Gobbler

With less than 3 weeks to go before the Opening Bell of the 2017 wild turkey season, the warm spring like conditions that have been experienced across the Upstate are making turkey hunters anxious. Thanks to some recent legislation, Opening Day this year will fall on Monday, March 20 on private... Read More

Suburban Upland Game Hunting

Before Big Game hunting of whitetail deer and Eastern wild turkey became the flagship species for hunters in the southeastern United States, bobwhite quail was king. Back in the days when boys used to roll up into the high school parking lot with shotguns perched in gun racks in the back window of... Read More