Hello, and welcome to South Carolina Natural Resources, a blog created and maintained by the staff of the S.C. Department of Natural Resource’s Office of Media and Outreach.

Over the coming months, we hope to bring to our readers a lively daily discussion on topics related to natural resources conservation, hunting and fishing, outdoor recreation and tourism, SCDNR projects and initiatives, and other news and information that will be of value to our state’s sporting and conservation communities. It’s just one more way the SCDNR is working to fulfill its mission as the primary steward of and advocate for our state’s amazing natural resources.

Whether you are lucky enough to be a Sandlapper by birth, or are one of the many thousands of folks who have “voted with their feet” to make South Carolina their adopted home, you know without a doubt that this is one special place. With the responsibility for managing more than 1 million acres of wild public lands (and counting), the SCDNR has a huge responsibility to the present and future citizens of this state. And we know that it is the sportsmen and women, the hunters and anglers, and the other individuals who love spending time in the outdoors, who make wildlife and natural resources in this state and in the United States work. Without the funding provided through hunting and fishing licenses and permits and the excise taxes paid on outdoor sporting goods equipment, firearms and ammunition, as well as the working partnerships with landowners and sportsman’s groups, our amazing conservation efforts would be a fraction of what they are today. So for that we say, “thanks,” and please come back and visit often to find out what your state Department of Natural Resources and the larger outdoor community in South Carolina are up to.  We value your input, so if you have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered here, please contact site administrator David Lucas at lucasd@dnr.sc.gov. We look forward to hearing from you.

South Carolina Wildlife Turns 65: "Blackwater Bass"  -- March-April 1982

South Carolina Wildlife Turns 65: "Blackwater Bass" -- March-April 1982

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 18

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 18

Putting together each issue of South Carolina Wildlife magazine has always been a team effort, with various talented staff members pitching in to write stories or take photographs, along with various freelance contributors.

This short take on freshwater bass fishing in the Lowcountry by Jim Goller from the March-April 1982 issue is a great example. In 1982, Goller -- an avid angler -- was listed on the magazine's masthead as being in charge of promotions, but he was also a frequent contributor of both articles and photographs.

Today, most folks know Jim as the Executive Director of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund, a non-profit organization that supports the work of the SCDNR and other conservation organizations in the Palmetto State. He's a multi-talented fellow, and that first came to light  in the pages of SCW!

Note also the very neat graphic treatment using the bass lure and leader to span the pages of the layout, a meticulous task in those pre-computer-assisted design days. Nice work by Art Director Kay Jackson and graphic artists Linda Lafitte and Carl Turner.

January 2019 will mark the 65th anniversary of South Carolina Wildlife magazine. In the year ahead, join us as we reflect on the treasured stories and photos found in SCW’s earliest issues. Spread the word … and make sure your subscription is up to date … as we gear up for this important milestone and a very special issue of South Carolina Wildlife.

Visit the magazine  online at:http://www.scwildlife.com/

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 19

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 19

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 20

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 20

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 21

South Carolina Wildlife, March-April 1982 -- page 21

Amazing fishing with a side of hiking, paddling and history, please? It's what's on tap in Santee Cooper Country.

Amazing fishing with a side of hiking, paddling and history, please? It's what's on tap in Santee Cooper Country.

South Carolina’s Old 96 District has the Cure for a Serious Case of Cabin Fever

South Carolina’s Old 96 District has the Cure for a Serious Case of Cabin Fever