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Posted February 25, 2015

Camp Wildwood of South Carolina open for 2015 registration

Camp Wildwood is a high energy hands on, outdoor environmental camp for 10th through 12th grade students and is in session June 21 – 27, 2015 at Kings Mountain State Park. At Camp Wildwood, students acquire the knowledge and appreciation needed to protect and wisely use our natural resources.

Camp Wildwood helps young adults grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment. Wildwood encourages self-reliance, self-discipline and independence in an outdoor setting. Self-confidence is built through cooperative relationships with adults and peers. It is also a place to learn about the diversity of our natural resources and the variety of career choices within the environmental field.

Daily activities include instruction in fisheries, forestry, firearm safety, orienteering, first aid, soils and wildlife. The hands on classes are conducted outdoors by professional resource staff members. Afternoon activities include sports such as softball, swimming and volleyball. Dances, campfires and skit night are some of the most popular evening activities.

For more information, call Camp Coordinator Dan DuPre at (803) 720.9299 or email Click here for more information about Camp Wildwood 2015.



Posted February 25, 2015

SCDNR 31st Annual Premier Hunting & Fishing Outdoor Show

Captain Wild Bill from the Discovery Channel's hit show, Deadliest Catch

Cape Caution

Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski's motto is "hard work and honesty," though he has been known to use unconventional methods (that partly explain the nickname "Wild") to keep his crew going strong.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday March 29, 2015, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

While he has a potentially intimidating reputation, Wild Bill can back up his words with the skills to get the job done. He has extensive experience as a naval engineer, boat electrician, and commercial fisherman. He is keenly aware of the risk inherent in his profession, one widely recognized as the world's most dangerous job.

After graduating from Norwin High School in 1975, Bill joined the Navy and moved to the West Coast. When his military service ended four years later, the big money earned by Alaska's king-crab fisherman lured him to the Bering Sea. There, he spent the next 20 years, working his way up the ladder to captain. In 2005, he semi-retired to run sportsfishing tours out of Costa Rica and Mexico.

Discovery Channel producers first approached Bill to join "Deadliest Catch" early in the television showʼs run, but he declined. When interest in high-end fishing expeditions began to slow due to the economy, Bill decided to take Discovery up on their offer and return to crab fishing on the Bering Sea.

Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski

In 2010 (the show's 6th season) he broke into the tight-knit circle of "Deadliest Catch" captains. Two years later, Bill brought his son, Zack Larson, on board his ship as greenhorn. Zack continues to work alongside his father as an engineer on the F/V Cape Caution.

Bill is originally from Irwin, Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. In the off-season, he and his wife, Karen Gillis, make their home in Sonora, San Carlos, Mexico. Bill enjoys sportsfishing, travel, horseback riding, NASCAR, and golf. He supports nonprofit projects including Wounded Warriors and breast cancer charities and has a passion for teaching the next generation to fish. In addition to his son Zack, Bill has a younger son, Jake Wichrowski, and a daughter, Delia Wichrowski.

Ron & Amy Shirley from the hit show Lizard Lick Towing

Ron & Amy Shirley from the hit show Lizard Lick Towing

One of the hottest shows on television, Lizard Lick Towing, premiered the second half of its fourth season on May 26, 2014 on truTV. That means fans are getting exactly what they've been demanding – more Ron and Amy Shirley.

Ron & Amy will be there on:
Friday March 27 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday March 28 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

SC State Fairgrounds is about to GET LICKED! More details coming soon!

Ron and Amy started their NC business, Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery, in the spring of 1998 with a single truck, but now have a fleet of 20 trucks and covers nine counties. The Lizard Lick Towing crew first appeared on the show All Worked Up on truTV in 2009. After proving to be one of the more popular reoccurring segments, Lizard Lick Towing was given their own reality show. The show first premiered on February 7, 2011 and featured the intense reactions to the company's repossessions, complete with the dynamic and entertaining personalities of Ron, Amy, and their friend/co-worker Bobby Brantley. It quickly became a fan favorite. The Season 3 premiere in January of 2013 had 2.9 million viewers tune in; marking a 30% increase in viewers from the season 2 to season 3 premieres.

The show chronicles the day-to-day running of the business, which is never short on controversy, drama, or "Ronisms," the off-the-cuff witty phrases that spill out of Ron's mouth. While he runs the daily operations of the business and goes on repo runs, Amy manages the office, dealing with irate owners who want their property back. She's not just a businesswoman though, Amy's resume includes being a world champion power lifter, martial artist, licensed mortician, and mother to four children. In other words, she's a force to be reckoned with. Ron, a pastor at The Eastern Chapter of Dirt Church, uses the show as a platform to share his faith, and the dynamic duo are very open about their Christian beliefs, truly walking the walk on and off camera.

Lizard Lick Towing ranks among basic cable's top five programs in its time slot with total viewers and key adults. While a regular season in television is typically 13 episodes, Lizard Lick Towing was picked up for 26 episodes in season four. Also proving their staying power, the network has asked Ron and Amy to film a "special," which aired earlier this year.

When Ron and Amy aren't filming for their television show or making appearances on behalf of their corporate sponsors, they are traveling the country doing autograph signings, speaking engagements, meet-and-greets with fans, and charity events.

Red Arrow TV with host Kip Campbell

Red Arrow TV with host Kip CampbellRed Arrow host, Kip Campbell, grew up near the banks of the James River in Central Virginia and spent his days bow hunting, fishing, and playing sports at Fork Union Military Academy. Kip knew early on he wanted to work with a weapon in his hand, so the military, law enforcement, or pro-hunter were the only jobs that would be acceptable in his mind. The last option seemed pretty far fetched, seeing as how he didn't come from a "big buck" part of the country and he had no tie in with any hunting companies.

After college, Kip and his partner formed Shotfish Productions Inc. in 2003 and started filming what would be the first pilot episode of Red Arrow. The show has come a long way since its conception. Red Arrow originated on Sportsman Channel in 2007 airing its first four seasons and then moved to Outdoor Channel in 2012. Currently the show is airing its sixth season and the fan base is growing exponentially. While on Sportsman Channel, Red Arrow received three Sportsman Channel Award nominations and took home awards for Best Combination Show and Top Outdoor Producer. This past January, Red Arrow received three Outdoor Channel Golden Moose Award nominations, including Best Commercial Production, Best Comedy Clip, and a Fan Favorite nomination for Best New Series. Red Arrow is also proud to have close friend and fellow bowhunter, Zac Brown, of the Zac Brown Band, as a part of the show. Not only does Zac make appearances on occasion, he supplies the show with original music from the artists on his record label, Southern Ground Artists.

Although today the Red Arrow crew hunts all over the world, Kip still lives in the small town of Fork Union, VA and frequently hunts some of the same ground he hunted as a kid. He wants to see Red Arrow become bigger, better, and more entertaining each year. More importantly, he wants Red Arrow viewers to understand just what hunting and living the country means to everyone involved with Red Arrow TV.

Keith Johnson and his Bass Tub

Keith is the owner/operator of Bass Tubs by Hurt Promotions. The Bass Tub is a 4,000 gallon mobile aquarium that travels in the country performing at over 25 sports, fishing, boat hunting and outdoor expos.

Keith Johnson and his Bass TubKeith is perched on top of a mounted boat on the end of the Bass Tub. You are able to see the fish swimming and chasing the lures. Each fishing demonstration will include a variety of baits and presentations, and be packed full of professional angler tips and tactics.

Keith has bass fished professionally for most of this adult life. He has 7 wins and 48 top tens to his credit in B.A.S.S. Opens, the FLW Tour and FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart BFLs, Triton Team Trail, Ranger Team Trail, Fishers of Men Team Trail, Angler's Choice Team Trail and many other regional tournaments.

Keith currently lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with his wife of 20 years Jennifer. They have 7 children, 4 grandchildren and a dog.

Marty Fischer

Marty FischerMarty Fischer is one of America's best-known outdoor personalities. A graduate of Georgia Southern College, he is seen on national cable and satellite television by millions of outdoor enthusiasts and is read by more than a million outdoorsmen each month. He is a Host/Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed series TNT Outdoor Explosion currently delivered to more than 40 million American households on the Pursuit Channel (Direct TV 608 and Dish Network 393) and to more than two billion households worldwide live streaming on the Internet.

Marty is a five-time competitor in the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and was a four-time finalist in that event. He is a three-time Georgia State Duck Calling Champion, a Great Lakes Calumet Regional Duck Calling Champion and a Southeastern Regional Duck Calling Champion. He is an avid whitetail hunter who has taken big game, turkeys and birds in more than 30 states and 11 different countries on four continents. Additionally he has owned two field champion Labrador retrievers, including the first chocolate Labrador in history to earn two Master Hunting Retriever titles.

W.O.W. (World's Outstanding Whitetails)

W.O.W.(Worlds Outstanding Whitetails) is a stunning collection of 16 of the biggest Whitetail Deer ever on display. These Whitetails are the absolute most monster Deer to ever walk the planet. We have the first Whitetail to score over 500 the X-Factor, World Famous Hole in the Horn, Kansas King, Amish Buck and many others. It's total "Shock and Awe" to view this quality and beautiful Whitetail Display. Come see Goliath and the Giants at this years 31st Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic.

Joey Mines

Joey MinesIn its 31st year, the Outdoor With Joey Mines TV show has become one of the longest running outdoor shows of all time. Joey brings a sense of humor and "country charm" to the show that audiences from all around the world can relate to. Seen weekly on The Walk TV, over 93 million households tune in to watch Joey as he interviews local sportsman and takes his audience on the adventure with him. You can meet Joey Mines in the Cantey Building.


Posted February 20, 2015 

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Livestock and Forages Team will conduct a three hour Beef Cattle Outlook and Risk Management Program. This program will be held in two locations:

Monday, April 20, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Posted January 26, 2015



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Posted October 31, 2012


Soil Health Lessons in a Minute

There are two new video demonstrations featuring NRCS’ Ray “The Soil Guy” Archuleta and Jon Stika (NRCS North Dakota). These videos, titled "Have you discovered the cove?" and "How should healthy soils look?" are part of NRCS’ recently launched Soil Health Awareness and Education effort.

Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: Discover the Cover 



 Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: How Healthy Soil Should Look




Posted June 25, 2012

Feral Hogs and Agricultural Crops


Figure 1. Farmer in a millet field where feral hogs have caused problems. Photo courtesy of Jack Mayer.

Agricultural Crop Depredation

Feral hogs can cause very costly damage to almost any commercial crop. In the United States, this damage equates to millions of dollars in losses annually. Most damage is from feeding, chewing, trampling, or rooting by foraging hogs (Fig. 1). Some studies indicate the majority of damage in agriculture fields is from trampling, with only 5-10% due to actual consumption. Rooting around the base or root mat of trees or shrubs (e.g., apple trees) can undermine root systems and weaken trees.

Feral hogs will travel great distances to reach crops that have ripened or matured. They will feed on most life stages of an agricultural cropfrom seeds through mature plants. Feral hogs are known to root straight down a row of newly-planted corn field and consume the seeds, but most reported damage occurs when the crops are nearly mature. They will also feed on grains stored in wire-mesh silos or bins if hog-proof fencing was not erected.


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Posted April 10, 2012

DNR Works in Partnership with PalmettoPride Anti-Littering Campaign



It doesn’t matter what you call it, trash, litter, debris, or junk – it’s dangerous to our safety, our wildlife, and our economy. That's why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proudly works with PalmettoPride anti-littering initiatives around the state.

PalmettoPride is a legislative initiative founded by Sen. David Thomas to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina. DNR appreciates the foresight and vision of Sen. Thomas in creating PalmettoPride in response to citizens’ concerns regarding the amount of litter in South Carolina. PalmettoPride has been on the front lines in the fight against litter for over 10 years.

One of the most effective tools to combat litter is the Litter Buster's Hotline. DNR received over 5000 phone calls in the first year of the program (2006) with many thousands reported since: 2007- 4819; 2008 – 5073; 2009 – 2992; 2010 – 3294; 2011 – 3173 and even 130 calls this January. Call 1-877-7-Litter the next time you see someone unlawfully discarding trash, litter or debris. The Litter Buster's Hotline rings directly into the DNR statewide radio dispatch headquarters in Columbia.

In addition to other initiatives aimed at littering, PalmettoPride also awards a series of grants to law enforcement around South Carolina. DNR Law Enforcement has benefited from these grants (nearly $10,000 for 2012) with night vision cameras and other equipment to assist in making littering cases.

The PalmettoPride non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is a true public/private partnership comprised of state agencies, concerned citizens, corporate sponsors, and community and civic organizations with the stated goal of encouraging “behavioral change” in our citizens about litter. Surveys suggest that over 80% of people who litter do so intentionally. Changing this intentional behavior isn’t going to happen overnight.

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