The Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition celebrates the best of the South

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PLAY FETCH // Duck decoy auctions, a staple at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, are supplemented by decoy demonstrations.

Of course, SEWE wouldn’t live up to its name if it overlooked the sacred bond between a Southerner and four-footed companions. In addition to duck decoy auctions and decoy shows, there’s also a weekend-long DockDogs® competition, where canine aquatic performance dogs (many of them retrievers) will go head-to-head in jumping events leading up to Sunday’s finals. You will likely spy talented whippets, border collies, Belgian Malinois, Dobermans, and Dutch Shepherds as they strive for “Big Air” titles.

Friday’s events are capped by the swanky South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball, while Saturday evening offers an old-fashioned oyster roast and then a memorable boots-and-jeans fête revolving around more oysters, barbecue, live music, and new friends. Sunday winds down in time for revelers to pack up their duck boots, pearls, pooches, and any newly acquired artwork, and head home.

For the Southern sportsman and woman, hunting is never easier than during this festive February weekend. Just point yourself toward the Lowcountry, and go see what moves you.

You may purchase tickets at sewe.com. Prices are $15-$25, depending on the day, or $50 for a three-day pass. Certain events are limited seating, and a few shows offer individual tickets.


ART // Look for Charleston’s own Jennifer Black, Rick Reinert, Kevin LaPrince, and Karen Hewitt Hagan, whose work will include familiar subjects and places. Two are featured in Friday night’s Southern Exposure show.

FOOD & DRINK // Multiple chef demos will showcase South Carolina ingredients and offer tastings of SC- sourced food products. Saturday night’s casual oyster roast promises a heap of Southern fun and an open bar.

THE SPORTING LIFE // Anglers won’t want to miss the fly- fishing and cast-net demos, which run throughout the weekend. Dog folk can hang around for retriever demos and the DockDogs® competition. Who knows? You might go home contemplating possibilities for you and your pup.

WILDLIFE // Sunday’s Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show affords attendees a close look at bobcats, alligators, and other hard-to-find critters.

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