Upstate Outdoors Blogs

Preparation Is Key To Successful Bow Hunting

Despite the August heat outside, bow hunters who hope to find success in the woods once the season for archery hunting opens in September need to do some preparation before getting in the stand. Matthews Archery technician Steven Disbrow said it makes good sense to have your archery equipment... Read More

Deer Hunting In August

Many outdoorsmen new to the state of South Carolina may not realize that the opening day for deer season in the lower half of the state will open next Tuesday. If that sounds preposterous, also consider that the following week the sun will go dark for 2 ½ minutes during the middle of the day... Read More

One For The Record Books

In order to qualify for the South Carolina White-tailed Deer Antler Records Program, a deer’s antlers must score a minimum of 125 points under the typical classification or a minimum of 145 points under the non-typical classification. For the purposes of scoring antlers, the SCDNR’s antler scoring... Read More

Follow This Local Pro’s Tips For Catching Late Summer Bass

No stranger to summertime fishing in the south, Bassmaster Elite series angler Marty Robinson from Lyman, South Carolina is a big believer in fishing isolated cover and water inflows wherever he can find them to catch bass when the dog days of summer arrive. Although steady days of rain are often... Read More

Night Crawling For Crappie

With the high heat and humidity we’ve been having lately around the Upstate, it’s hard to get excited at all about the prospect of going fishing. That’s just the way Robert Johnson from Pickens County likes it. Johnson is a self-proclaimed night crawler. He doesn’t mind fishing for crappie in the... Read More

Don’t Treat Your Boat Like A Car

With the boating season in full swing, a lot of boaters are out on our area lakes enjoying the outdoors. Having a reliable, well-maintained watercraft is no accident. One of the biggest mistakes that even veteran boat owners often make is treating the vehicle they drive on the water the same way... Read More

A New Season For Deer Hunters

This month, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will begin mailing deer tags to South Carolina hunters as part of the new deer tag system that begins with the 2017 season. The new system has generated a lot of follow up questions to SCDNR personnel who have been diligent both on the... Read More

The Tarpon Bride

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. A couple of Saturdays ago, I married the perfect woman for an outdoor writer and... Read More

3 Great Upstate Summer Fishing Trips

The summer months of June and July usher in what some consider the “second season” of fishing across the Upstate of South Carolina. Gone are the prospects of pre-spawn or spawn fishing as well as most still, shallow water fishing patterns. What the second season brings to Upstate anglers is deep... Read More

Bow fishing Strikes Balance of Fun and Conservation

Phillip Gentry With fishing season winding down and hunting season not yet cranked up, many outdoorsmen are chomping at the bit for something to do, preferably something where they can avoid the throngs of summer vacationers who are behind every bush and jet skiing in every cove. Even waiting till... Read More