Santee Cooper Life


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TL Harmon kills 12-point brute

TL Harmon of Summerville, SC killed a 12-point brute that’s been green-scored at 127 inches in Orangeburg County on Oct. 12, 2023. Harmon shot the buck from 100 yards away with a Winchester .243. He had spotted the deer in the flesh back on July 10 while scouting. He did not have any trail camera…

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Velvet Jean’s glazed squirrel recipe


Was a ole gal lived up around Paxville, name of Velvet Jean DuBose, we used to visit when I was a young fella. She could shoot the eyes out of a squirrel, and did so regularly. The way they tell it, DNR proposed a shortened season AND smaller creel limit on the tree rats, all…

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Santee hunter kills 622-pound gator


Brian Carroll killed a 622-pound gator while hunting on Lake Moultrie with Renegade Bowfishing on Sept. 13, 2023. The swamp lizard was 12-feet, 2-inches long. It was an exciting hunt that began as night fell, and ended before midnight. Cole Poplin and William Ard, who run Renegade Bowfishing, were prepared to stay out well into…

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Lowcountry hunter kills opening day velvet buck

It’s the third opening day velvet buck she’s killed Rosalyn Ballam killed a lowcountry 8-point buck in full velvet on Aug. 15, 2023 at 6:45 p.m. It’s the third time she’s killed a velvet buck on opening day, and the fourth one she’s killed during the first week of the season. She began seeing the…

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Doubling up in Santee Cooper Country

Sydney Snelgrove was hunting with her dad, Tommy for turkeys in Orangeburg County. Sydney’s husband, Andrew was taking care of the calling duties, and up until this hunt, neither Sydney nor her dad had ever killed a turkey. They were hunting on a tract of land that Tommy has hunted for years, and it’s where…

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Connecting the Dots

Ricky Miller Santee Cooper Life Gobbler

Our good friend Ricky Miller connected the dots on a nice longbeard this morning, whispering sweet songs from a Stubbs Game Calls pot call. Handmade by Daryl Stubbs The negotiations were short and sweet but his deep gobbles bellowed through Santee Cooper Country as he worked his way through the swamp. Now that’s living that…

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