Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Reflecting on the third anniversary of The Colletonian yields many fond memories for this outdoor communicator. This locally owned newspaper with a positive feel has demonstrated a connection with the outdoors from the onset. Fishing tournaments for billfish and red drum are not overlooked, and non-consumptive outdoor enjoyment like bird watching and forestry also have made memorable subjects. But Colletonians with a way of life revolving around white-tailed deer season and other wild game harvest make the headlines come true on a weekly basis.
|Scott Leysath in the Lowcountry with a rabbit and raccoon|
With one of the longest deer seasons in America, the South Carolina coastal plain has a right to claim deer hunting season as a way of life. New Year’s Day is the final day of hunting season, but that is also the time when deer herd managers get active regarding habitat management to increase the carrying capacity of their acreage. Winter wheat and oats in food plots will provide sustenance for the deer, and trapping for coyotes and hogs is most productive prior to spring.
One memorable story from December of 2012 involving game preparation includes a visit from Scott Leysath, otherwise known as The Sporting Chef. He came to Colleton County to film a rabbit hunt for his TV show, but found we had a lot more to offer. Leysath lives in California, so he was delighted to take part in a coon hunt too, before enjoying local oysters prepared by Jamey Copeland. We cooked a little bit of everything that day as a fire burned in the kettle, burning memories of both the game harvest and consumption that sticks with us today.
Another fond recollection involves the story I wrote about duck season winding down with only a few last chance hunts remaining. With an invitation from a friend, I hunted his swamp and was able to harvest some wood ducks the day that article published. Stopping by the newspaper’s office on Washington Street, we made a quick photograph that shows that this outdoor writer can deliver both the headline and the harvest.
To view the feature article in the newspaper click Colletonian.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
|Conservationists convene at an Edisto Island oyster roast|
The fall season renews the conviction for many that a day spent outdoors is a good day. Punctuating those outdoor notions is the arrival of cooler than normal weather during November. With Lowcountry populations set to increase, all of the outdoor pursuits can go away if we don’t preach and practice conservation. These three organizations help to celebrate conservation across the broad spectrum of habitat in the coastal plain.
There may be no better example of ACE Basin protection involving the conservation of uplands and marine areas than Edisto Island. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust (EIOLT) convened for an oyster roast at historic Sunnyside Plantation on one of the prettiest days in November. With the help of local leaders EIOLT has conserved around 50-percent of Edisto Island, and they are looking to do more.
New EIOLT Executive Director John Girault is still settling in to his position, after relocating to his catbird seat of conservation in the ACE Basin. “The conservation ethic in this region of the Lowcountry is exceptionally strong,” said Girault. “Next year marks our 20th anniversary and we placed two conservation easements on strategic properties in 2013.” The landowners that are willing and able to preserve the natural integrity of Edisto Island are not unlike those across the coastal plain who place a high value on the protection of both woods and waters.
To view the remainder of my feature article on conservation click Charleston Mercury.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|THANKS to Mark Nichols and Blair Wiggins|
|Mac Macintosh with a fly-rod redfish, |
guided by Capt. Graham Hegamyer
To view past blog entries from the Red*Trout Celebrity Classic click here.
|Lowcountry Red*Trout logo|
Sunday, December 1, 2013
|Grilled doves served with rice and giblet gravy|
|Bacon-wrapped doves on the grill|
|Prepared doves ready for Camp Chef grill|
|Just a few dove and you're ready to eat|
To view past recipes click for wood duck, venison, quail
Saturday, November 30, 2013
|Season opener with Chester and a brace of quail|
|Ready, SETTER, Go|
|The hunt observer gets a close up view|
|Do you see the second cockbird??|
To view past blog entries about hunting on Thanksgiving click here.