Wild Turkey Reproduction Drops Significantly This Summer

Wild Turkey Reproduction Drops Significantly This Summer

Annually since the early 1980’s, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts a Summer Turkey Surveyto estimate reproduction and recruitment of turkeys in South Carolina. The survey involves agency wildlife biologists, technicians and conservation officers, as well as many volunteers from other natural resource agencies and the general public. Unfortunately wild turkey recruitment decreased substantially […]

Venison is Not Only Source of Toxoplasmosis Parasite

Venison is Not Only Source of Toxoplasmosis Parasite

Toxoplasmosis, a one-celled parasite found in many meats, can occur in South Carolina deer, but venison is not the only source of the disease, says a state Department of Natural Resources deer biologist. “Many people concerned about eating venison, or deer meat, have called the department asking about the likelihood of exposure to toxoplasmosis,” said […]

Proper Disposal of Deer Remains is a Rule of Good Hunter Ethics

Proper Disposal of Deer Remains is a Rule of Good Hunter Ethics

Disposal of deer remains may not be the highlight of a hunting trip, but the state’s Deer Program coordinator says it’s an important aspect of hunting, particularly in maintaining the hunter’s image. “Hunters should realize that improperly disposing of deer remains presents a negative public image,” said Charles Ruth, Deer/Turkey Project supervisor for the S.C. […]

DNR Honors 2013 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year

DNR Honors 2013 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year

SGT Marcus R. Smith of Saluda was awarded the title of statewide S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife officer of the year for 2013 during ceremonies held Sept. 26 in Columbia. Five other officers were also honored for their dedication in protecting the state’s natural resources through enforcement, education, special investigations, intelligence and records […]

Preserve Fall, Winter Habitat for Quail, Rabbits

Preserve Fall, Winter Habitat for Quail, Rabbits

Late fall and winter bring “hard times” for small game species like bobwhite quail and rabbits, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Natural food becomes scarce and resting and escape cover is thin in the fall and winter, according to Willie Simmons, Small Game Project Supervisor with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources […]

Humphries Appointed as NWTF Executive VP of Conservation

Humphries Appointed as NWTF Executive VP of Conservation

Becky Humphries joins the National Wild Turkey Federation as the Executive Vice President of Conservation. Humphries, a respected expert in wildlife and habitat conservation, will oversee the NWTF’s conservation efforts and its expanding team of wildlife biologists.  With more than 35 years of experience, she has a proven record of tackling tough natural resource issues […]

Deer Season Forecast Good

Deer Season Forecast Good

The much-anticipated start of the 2013 deer season is just around the corner and South Carolina’s deer population is healthy and the season outlook is good. Although the deer harvest has been on a downward trend the last few years indicating that population levels have moderated, hunter success and deer harvest rates remain good, according […]

NWTF Support Pro-Sportsmen Legislation in Senate

NWTF Support Pro-Sportsmen Legislation in Senate

The National Wild Turkey Federation has announced its support of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2013, a package of pro-sportsmen legislation introduced in the Senate by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. The Sportsmen’s Act of 2013 is a bi-partisan effort to protect hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on federal lands and to eliminate many legal loopholes used […]

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