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Deer*Hog*Quail
Cedar Knoll Lodge
Hayward Simmons
875 Cedar Knoll Road
Fairfax, SC 29827
Phone 803-584-0689
EMAIL WEBSITE
Hayward Simmons and his wife of 38 years, Dona, own and operate Lakeview Plantation, a trail riding and horse camping facility in Allendale County, SC; Lakeview Plantation Equestrian Escapes, a cross-country trail riding and horse camping outfitting service and the Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge, a hunting service founded in 1985 specializing in white-tailed deer, wild boar and quail hunting on their Lakeview Plantation property. Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge was founded in 1985 in the Lowcountry of South Carolina on Lakeview Plantation in a region generally considered by wildlife biologists to contain "the best deer habitat in the world". The owners, Hayward and Dona Simmons, would therefore have been able to maintain an abundant white-tailed deer population without any manipulation of the deer herd or habitat. However, the natural capacity of the habitat alone did not meet their objective of remaining profitable and being able "to provide the highest rate of hunter success on quality deer in the country".As a result in 1985, they implemented a broad based habitat management program and an unlimited year-round supplemental feeding program designed to enhance all types of wildlife, especially white-tailed deer. Since that time Lakeview Plantation has evolved into one of the most intensively managed hunting properties in the Southeast. The bottom line is that when the broad based habitat management program and unlimited year-round feeding program were combined with the incredible habitat, Hayward & Dona were able to maintain one of the highest documented concentrations of quality deer in the country (densities exceeding 200 deer per square mile), which in turn allows them to meet their goals. Wild Boar hunting is available at the Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge on a year-round basis and provides the hunter with a challenging experience that will be remembered well after the hunt. According to a recent article, wild boar in the Savannah River drainage, those found on Lakeview Plantation, date back to the mid-1500’s. They are truly wild and are not modern feral farm hogs that have been released into the area for hunting purposes. On the other hand, there is evidence that there has been cross breeding with wild Russian boar that were released on a neighboring 22,800-acre plantation in 1984 which adds to the ferocity as well as the size of the “colonial feral hogs”. Hayward & Dona Simmons, owners of the Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge, limit hunting activity in order to provide "rest periods" between hunts. These "rest periods" help to maintain high visibility and success rates that exceed 100%. Specifically, hunter success rates exceed 150%% on two-day and three-day hog hunts, largely because of the ten-day rest period scheduled between wild boar hunts
Deer*Hog*Turkey*Quail
Bang's Paradise Valley
Bang Collins
7237 Ehrhardt Road Ehrhardt SC 29081
Phone 803-267-3825
Phone 803-267-4803
EMAIL WEBSITE
Bang's Paradise Valley Hunting Club is second to none in this area of the South Carolina low country. As one of the longest running and most successful operation in the area we continue to stay ahead of the competition by expanding our services and hunting plans to meet everyones expectations. With our recent expansions were proud to now offer the same great hunting experience with three individual levels of service. Our hunting opportunity remains the same to all, utilizing all 8,500 acres of our managed lands. Please read on and follow the links describing in detail each lodging facility to help you choose the right hunting package for you and your hunting group. Deer season opens on Aug 15th and runs through Jan 1st. You are allowed to hunt seven days a week and take 2 deer  per day with the weapon of your choice all season. Doe season opens September 15th. We have open areas where each hunter may take one buck of choice, trophy areas where the deer must be 15” and also those areas where only the very mature bucks have been taken for 19 years (some of this land had previously been in our long time private club) and you must wait on one that is 17” or better outside spread, or 110" Gross Score Boone & Crockett. We have taken quite a few mature deer with antlers only 15 to 16 inches outside spread but will score 110" or better. The 2011 spring season turned out better again mid to late season for our turkey hunters as usual. Early on, there was quite a bit of gobbling, but really hard to fool the birds to come in to the calls and decoys. They are a real challenge. We had callers from Va, and as far away as Oswega, N.Y. It is always exciting to have different callers and call makers in each year the first week or so. Stan Oullette, Deer Creek Outfitters, Oswega, got his hunters on the most birds this year, and had a great time being a part of our spring turkey hunts. We ended up with 25 birds from 36 hunters, 9 misses, 7 more opportunities where the hunter just did not get the shot off, so oveall we did OK, but left plenty for next year. After several years of trying to come up with enough good hog hunting properties, we feel we can now provide the same high quality of hog hunting that we have been able to provide to our deer hunters. With just over 3000 acres broken into a half dozen tracts of land to hog hunt we now can manage our hunting pressure to allow high success. Lesson one in our entrance to commercial hog hunting was a plain one, you have to have ground that is quiet and baited getting prime for the next group.You just cannot commercially hunt the same hogs day after day. We now have about 40 feeders running daily just for pigs, on several different properties. Some have been running for 9 years now.
   
FISHING

Catfish*Bass
Testone Catfishing Charters
149 Tranquil Way
Bonneau, SC 29431
Phone 843-685-1832
EMAIL WEBSITE
World class charter guide. Two lakes, two rivers, two canals, a vast swamp and 450 miles of shoreline, 171,000 acres of land covered by 756 billion gallons of water - Santee Cooper is awesome! Lakes Marion and Moultrie are famous as the home of the landlocked striped bass and the BIG blue catfish. Along with stripers and catfish are largemouth bass, crappie and bream. All of which offer an exciting challenge for anglers. Charter guide - Captain Brandon Testone - has over 20 yrs experience catching fish - His speciality is catching Catfish, whether its the blue, channel or flatheads. With Captain Brandon as your guide, we try to ensure a great time and rewarding trip is had by all. Testone Catfish Charters has up to date equipment with a clean, well maintained pontoon boat large enough to give plenty of  room for 6 fishermen. We use a 25ft. Crest pontoon w/ a 150hp yamaha 4stroke engine. Our boat and motor will quickly get you around the lakes with the maximum amount of safety and comfort. Rod holders are placed along the front, sides, and back of our boat enabling us to use up to 14 poles for drifting or flat.  Several chairs and cushioned bench seats give plenty of room for parties up to six, and the boat has an enclosed potty for the convienance of our passengers.Encloser curtains are used during rainy, windy, and cold conditions. Large drift socks are used on windy days. Trolling or anchoring is normally used on calm days. Other boats and captians are available if you have more than six in your party or simply want to split up into smaller groups.The boat is also equipped with heat for the winter time if needed. The boat is equipped with a GPS, depth finder, marine radio, sea anchors, and all coast guard required safety items.
   
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South Carolina Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

South Carolina’s deer herd is in good condition, and after many years of rapid population growth the herd stabilized in the mid-1990s followed by a decreasing trend since about 2002. Statewide population estimates put the deer herd at about 750,000 animals with an estimated harvest of approximately 225,000 each of the last few years. Although the total deer harvest in South Carolina has been down the last few years, indications from the antler records program are that deer quality remains good. This would make sense because fewer deer in the population would benefit from increased nutrition. The White-tailed Deer can be seen bounding through South Carolina's woods year-round. They are plentiful in our state, and in 1972 the legislature named them the official state animal. Ten other states recognize the White-tailed Deer as their state animal, too!  White-tailed Deer are often observed leaping over fences with ease – they are capable of running quite fast and are also good swimmers. White-tailed deer are herbivores, meaning they eat only plants. They adapt to their surrounding vegetation which varies based on season and the area they live in. Fawns are dependent on their mothers for the first few weeks and will lay hidden in brush while she forages. The whitetail is our only native species of deer; however, there are four distinct subspecies. Throughout the southern region there is a noticeable seasonal variation in the coloration of the whitetail. The short, reddish summer coats are shed over a period of several weeks in the early fall, and the heavier, gray or gray-brown winter coat is acquired at this time. The winter coat is replaced through a similar shedding process during the following spring. Fawns normally lose their spotted coloration after 3 or 4 months, or at the time their winter coat replaces their first summer coat. White-tailed deer are polygamous breeders: one male mates with several females during a breeding season. Breeding occurs during the fall and winter, but may extend from late August through January. Peak breeding usually occurs in November. The gestation period for white-tailed deer is slightly less than 7 months or between 190 and 210 days. Fawning normally extends from March through July with peak fawn-drop occurring in late May. White-tailed deer are extremely adaptable animals. Their essential requirements include food, cover and water. Abundant forest land provides suitable cover, except where large acreages are in agricultural production and cover for deer may be limiting. An interspersion of brushland, woodland and non-forested land creates more diversity in the types and amounts of food and cover present. The transition zone between two cover types is often referred to as an “edge.” Deer, as well as other wildlife species, utilize such areas heavily. Many timber harvest operations today create an “edge effect” and add diversity to a habitat. Free water is readily available in the South and is rarely a limiting factor to deer populations. The quality and quantity of the natural foods present in an area usually determine, to a large extent, that population’s size and health. Deer readily utilize plants growing in natural or developed forest openings. These openings can compensate for yearly and seasonal fluctuations in food supplies, especially mast. They are less important, however, if the habitat is enhanced through coordinated and sustained timber cutting for deer. Openings are also an aid to hunting and can be beneficial in obtaining adequate deer harvests.

 


South Carolina Hunting Outfitters and Guides Bear Facts

South Carolina black bear population is around 900. Black bear are the largest land mammals in South Carolina. They are covered in a long thick fur that can vary in color. The most common color phase is black or dark brown with light brown snout. They have a broad head with rounded ears set well back on the head. The rump of a black bear is higher than the front shoulders, and they do not have the prominent shoulder hump of the Grizzly and Brown bear. They have good eyesight and an incredible sense of smell. Black bear are excellent climbers and good swimmers and can be found in a variety of habitats. Typically, black bear require large expanses of forest dominated by a diversity of mast-producing hardwoods and shrubs intermixed with early successional vegetation such as blackberries, pokeberries, etc. Wetlands such as swamps and bays also provide good habitat. However, black bear are adaptable. As long as they can find adequate food sources and have suitable den sites, black bear can be found in a variety of habitats. Black bear are opportunistic and will feed on whatever is readily available. Their natural diet consists of berries, nuts and plant matter (over 80 percent) as well as insects and meat (less than 20 percent). Bear use their incredible sense of smell to find alternative food sources such as garbage, bird feeders, outdoor pet food, agricultural crops, etc., which can result in them becoming nuisance bear. Black bear reach sexual maturity by 3 years of age. Peak mating season for bear is June and July. Males are territorial and will mate with as many females as they can. Young males are often driven away from their home territories by larger males during breeding season. Once the female is bred, she will turn her attention to feeding frequently and building fat reserves. Gestation is 235 days and cubs are born in January or February while the female is hibernating. Litters usually consist of two to four cubs. Cubs are dependent on their mother for food and protection until they reach 18 months of age.


South Carolina Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

Ranking only behind the white-tailed deer in popularity among hunters, the Eastern wild turkey is an important natural resource in South Carolina. The Wild Turkey is one of only two birds native to North America to have been domesticated. There are only two species of turkey in the world; however there are numerous subspecies, or variations, of each. Adult Wild Turkey have between 5,000 and 6,000 feathers. A male Wild Turkey generally has a "beard" – a tuft of feathers sticking out from his chest. A hen will sometimes have this feature too, but it is shorter than that of a male. While adult female turkey tend to weigh between seven and 12 pounds, adult males are much larger and weigh between 11 and 24 pounds. Unlike more common domesticated birds, such as chickens, Wild Turkey are very good fliers. Though they fly relatively close to the ground and only for short distances, they can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour! They also have great eyesight. While about 80% of their diet is made up of grass, their keen vision helps them find hidden nuts and berries, insects, small frogs, and snakes. Wild Turkey are also known to be very intelligent, which helps them quickly learn the tricks of their prey. Turkey are social animals. Hens and their broods form groups of up to thirty, and may grow to include as many as 200 individuals during winter months when food is more scarce. There are numerous predators of Wild Turkeys, including raccoons, skunks, foxes, snakes, and owls. Humans, however, remain the greatest predator of all. Wild Turkey began to disappear in the early part of the 20th century due to over-hunting. Stricter hunting guidelines along with rehabilitation efforts have allowed their numbers to increase steadily over the past 100 years. It is estimated that more than seven million Wild Turkey now live in 49 of the 50 states, giving it unquestionable national presence.
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