Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2019 Colleton Clemson Extension Advisory Committee Meeting

The Colleton Advisory Committee on Feb. 1
Fourteen members of the Colleton County Clemson Extension Advisory Board met on Monday, February 4 to discuss upcoming events. An extensive discussion regarding a needs assessment for 2019 included the top issues facing Colleton County and how the Clemson extension can address these issues. Residents can request assistance from the extension regarding forestry, gardening, wildlife management and youth-oriented 4-H programs. Connecting with the local community requires partnerships and outreach and the Clemson extension is ready to lead by example.
Good Stuff coming up in 4-H program
Alta Mae Marvin chairs the agribusiness team at the Colleton Clemson Extension and she brought the meeting to order, after thanking colleague Marion Barnes for providing a pot luck supper. Barnes will be holding a feral hog workshop in March, and an agriculture tour on May 23. Marvin reminds attendees that the Master Gardener program hosts a brown bag lunch once a month to discuss seasonal plantings. Earth Day on April 22 will raise awareness about planting trees with the extension office providing seedlings.

Karissa Ulmer is the Clemson Extension Director for the Savannah Valley District, encompassing multiple counties. Ulmer stated that the budget approval process is underway this time of year from the S.C. state legislature to the Colleton County Council, and that any voice of support from the public for Clemson extension would be helpful. Ulmer’s family resides in Colleton County and her son Garrett serves as the S.C. 4-H State President, and will attend the National 4-H conference in Washington D.C this April.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from this meeting click on 2017 - 2016 

To view past blog entries about Agribusiness in S.C. click on Pasture Grazing - Beginning Farmer Program -Woodland ManagementOctober Flooding - Hugh Weathers -  Tree Farm Lobby Day -  Benton's Peanuts - Fresh On The Menu 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2019 Turkey Season Draw Hunt Deadline

Planning ahead for a draw hunt can help to tag a tom turkey
Deer, dove and duck seasons have just wrapped up, and Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction is for an early spring. Small game season remains in effect for February, but warming temperatures can end hunting plans before a specific calendar date arrives. Big game hunters are already dreaming of full strut toms and opening day of wild turkey season on March 20. Turkey populations are lower than average in many places across the state right now, but certainly not everywhere. Turkey draw hunts on Wildlife Management Areas can provide an extra opportunity to hunt and the February 22 deadline for online applications is approaching.
The public lottery hunt program is administered by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, providing access to hunt public lands managed for all wildlife. This program is well suited for hunter recruitment, serving those who do not have hunting access elsewhere. All applications are processed online on the SCDNR website, and hunters can choose between five properties in the multi-site draw hunt. There is a non-refundable fee of $5 per applicant, and if drawn a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) permit is required during the hunt.

Three of these public hunting properties are in the Lowcountry including Bonneau Ferry WMA, Donnelly WMA and Santee Cooper WMA. The remaining two public hunting properties in the Midlands include Belfast WMA and Wateree River Heritage Preserve. These same five properties also offer a separate youth only turkey draw hunt lottery, requiring a separate application. No turkey hunt is ever a sure thing, but access to these properties is limited and a high quality experience in the outdoors is more than likely. All hunters, including youth, are required to have turkey tags in their possession, and they can be ordered by calling 1-866-714-3611.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries on draw hunt applications click 2014

To view past blog entries on turkey hunting click Grand Slam - Mark Prudhomme - Eddie Salter - Tony Chachere H.S. Strut 

To view past blog entires about the Turkey Season Opener click 20162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2010 - 2009