September opens the door to man’s intimate commune with nature—not as mere observer, but as active participant.
When a hunter stalks an animal, it reestablishes an innate connection to the wild and our ability to fend and feed ourselves. Early man hunted to live; modern man hunts to feel alive.
Nothing is as primal as man versus animal. Senses heighten as one adjusts to the wind, teams with the land, tracks the target, and waits for the perfect shot. A natural state ensues as the scope spies the prey. Adrenaline surges, and all else slips away, save a growing heartbeat. The index finger flexes and smoothly squeezes the trigger.
Top Dog // The pointer, also called an English pointer, is known for its intensity in the field and likability in the home. A bird dog that can cover big ground, pointers are also affectionate household pets.
Hunters covet one day above all others: opening day. That day differs for every man and woman, depending upon their mark and weapon of choice. Traditionally, the Saturday before Labor Day sets the pace as dove season opens across the state, with all others following through next summer. Here is a rundown of opening days and other targeted information, by the numbers.
Born to Hunt // English pointers (pictured) are popular bird dogs.
ON THE HUNT (2017–2018)
South Carolina hunting is divided into four zones, and season dates sometimes vary depending on location. While private land is ideal if available, the Department of Natural Resources allows hunting on designated wildlife management areas (WMAs). For more information on bagging, tags and licensing, and specific hunting limits, visit dnr.sc.gov.
DOVE: Private Lands & WMAs, All Zones
Select days, September 2, 2017–January 15, 2018
DEER: Private Lands & WMAs, Zones 1–2
October 11, 2017–January 1, 2018
QUAIL: Private Lands & WMAs, All Zones
November 20, 2017–March 1, 2018
DUCK: Private Lands & WMAs, All Zones
November 18–25, 2017, and December 9, 2017–January 28, 2018
TURKEY: Private Lands, All Zones, March 20–May 5, 2018
WMAs, All Zones, April 2–May 5, 2018
Get technical at these local outfitters:
1025 Woodruff Road, #H101, Greenville.
(864) 516-8100, cabelas.com
Grady’s Great Outdoors
3440 Clemson Blvd, Anderson.
(864) 226-5283, gradysoutdoors.com
1418 Laurens Rd, Greenville.
(864) 233-0551, facebook.com/LuthisOutfitters
1 N Main St O, Greenville.
(864) 240-4284, orvis.com
These breeds are top bird dogs:
• Boykin Spaniel
• English Pointer
• English Springer Spaniel
• German Shorthaired Pointer
• Golden Retriever
• Labrador Retriever
• Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Hunters can practice at designated shooting tables and firing lines at the following U.S. Forest Service Shooting Ranges:
Cedar Creek Shooting Range – Oconee County
Beaverdam Shooting Range – Edgefield County
Fairforest Shooting Range – Union County
Crossroads Shooting Range – Laurens County