Upstate Outdoors Blogs

Baiting Vs Food Plots For Deer Hunting

~Phillip Gentry This week-end marks the opening of the firearms season for whitetail deer hunting in the Upstate. While many may have been in the woods with bow or muzzle loader for a couple of weeks or more, this week-end will definitely see a surge of hunters in the woods. Hunters who hunt on... Read More

Deer Pack Essentials

~Phillip Gentry The sport of deer hunting has not been immune from advances in technology and tactics when it comes to taking a stand for hunting whitetails. Deer hunters run the gamut from bringing nothing more than a weapon and a pair of boots to an organized pack that contains everything but the... Read More

Salt Water Bassin'

~Phillip Gentry Out of all the months in the calendar, September might be the best month for chasing redfish. This fact is due partly to cooling water temperatures, more stable weather patterns (so long as the tropics behave) and the fishing on inland lakes is not that good. A bass angler, meaning... Read More

Stick and String Strategies

~Phillip Gentry Stan Hawkins has been hunting deer in the woods around his Upstate South Carolina home since he was a youngster. He killed his first deer with a bow nearly 27 years ago and has learned much in his years of deer hunting about where big bucks prefer to hang out. One of his most... Read More

Field of Dreams

Phillip Gentry South Carolina deer hunters spend three to four months a year dreaming about the right combination of circumstances that will put them within gun or bow range of a trophy buck. Most hunters typically involve some phase of rutting activity into that mix. Although it’s hard to deny... Read More

The Velvet Touch

~Phillip Gentry Believe it or not, this week-end marks the Opening Day of deer season for two of the four Game Zones in the state of South Carolina. In Game Zone 4, which occupies the eastern section of the state from Kershaw County to Horry County, bow season opened on Thursday, August 15. The... Read More

Get Your Stink On

Phillip Gentry Walk into any bait and tackle shop during warm weather and it’s pretty easy to tell where the catfish section is. Along with lots of hooks, weights and other terminal tackle, you’ll see rows of peanut butter sized jars and containers that contain substances that may look sort of like... Read More

Gator Country

Phillip Gentry If you were drawn for a tag for the 2019 South Carolina Alligator Hunting Season, you’ve been notified by now. If not, better luck next year. Alligator season takes place across the lower coastal sections of the state, but that does not prevent Upstate alligator hunters from applying... Read More

The Swallows of Carolina

Romantics wax poetic about the swallows that return to the mission at San Juan Capistrano each year. Swallows migrate 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano in large groups. The town of San Juan Capistrano welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to witness the return of the... Read More