Archery-only deer hunts available in S.C.
Deer hunters looking for exclusive areas to try and bag deer with bow and arrow can find them along in the coastal counties of South Carolina.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources released a list of archery-only lands this week where bow hunters can pursue their pastime. These areas cover a whopping 387,000 acres, all within the agency’s wildlife management program and located close to the coast.
Included on the upper section of coast in Horry County are the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve, the Waccamaw River Wildlife Management Area and the Little Pee Dee River Complex. These have a total of 24,966 acres open only to archers in September and October.
Also in Horry County, the site of Myrtle Beach, archery-only deer hunting is set for the Cartwheel Bay Management Area. In nearby Georgetown County, there are opportunities for archers at the Samworth Management Area impoundments and Santee Delta Area.
Along the shores of Lake Moultrie, lower impoundment in the Santee Cooper Reservoir complex, the entire hunting season is reserved for archers at the Hall, Hatchery and Porcher areas, including some of the islands located in the sprawling lake.
Many of these areas give hunters a chance to harvest wild hogs as well as deer.
Season dates and bag limits for all these areas are printed in the SCDNR hunting brochure and can be founder online by logging onto the agency’s website and clicking on Rules and Regulations. Observer News Services
Cherokee chief joins wildlife board
Michell (CQ) Hicks, the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has been appointed to the 19-member board that oversees policy for fishing, hunting, boating, trapping and other regulated outdoor activities in North Carolina.
Hicks, 49,was named as an at-large representative by House Speaker Tom Tillis of Huntersville. Hicks, who lives in Cherokee, is an avid, accomplished bass fisherman who has won tournaments, especially at Fontana Lake. His father, Arthur, also has won tournaments.
Unofficially, Hicks is the first member of his tribe to serve on the wildlife commission.
Hicks is credited with leading the Eastern Cherokee during a period of expansive growth of the tribal casino and construction of a beautiful golf course on the reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains, Sequoyah National.
The Cherokee have operated their own Game and Fish Enterprise on the reservation since the 1960s. The waters there are known for fine trout fishing.
Among 11 other new commission members installed last week is Gary Spence of Charlotte. Spence was appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Tom Higgins
Passing of Kitchin leaves conservation void
The conservation movement and wildlife in North Carolina lost a devoted friend Aug. 29 with the passing of Henry L. “Buck” Kitchin, 74, at a hospice house in Southport.
Kitchin, the son of an FBI agent who originally was from Scotland Neck, grew up in Wadesboro, his mother’s hometown. He was an all-state running back at Wadesboro High in the 1950s.. He earned a law degree at Wake Forest in 1963. After serving in the U.S. Army as a Captain for two years and then practicing law in Charlotte for five years, he moved to Rockingham and practiced law there until retiring in 2010.
An avid wild turkey hunter, Kitchin was a former president of the N.C. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He served as a member of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission board and also on the N.C. Natural Heritage Trust Fund board. He was active in Ducks, Trout and Quail Unlimited.
“I’ve never known anyone with more expansive interest in the outdoors and wildlife than Buck,” Bill Webb of Ellerbe, one of Kitchin’s law partners, said this week. “He was a fine sportsman and extremely devoted to preserving our wild places for future generations. He will be well remembered for this.”
A memorial service is scheduled Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Southport. TH
Catches of the week
• Fifteen white marlin and one blue marlin by parties of Wounded Warriors during two days of fishing as guests of skipper Lee Collins aboard his 51-foot boat, Strike Em, based at Oregon Inlet. The billfish were released.
• Eleven white marlin and a blue marlin during a single day by a party trolling off Oregon Inlet aboard the Pelican with skipper Arch Bracher.
• A blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras Village by Ben Gensch of Raleigh.
• A white marlin boated and released off Hatteras Village by Alexander Smith of Clay Spring.
• Large red drum, caught simultaneously, by Carolyn and James Summerlin of Denver, N.C. Her’s measured 46 inches, his 38. The Summerlins were fishing with guide Craig Price of Denver in the lower Neuse River near Pamlico Sound. The fish were released.
• Four large wahoo and several blackfin tuna by a party fishing from the Nauti Girl, based on the S.C. coast at Georgetown Landing Marina.
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