SCDNR Big Game Program Coordinator presented with prestigious award

In February, Charles Ruth, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Big Game Program Coordinator, was honored by The Deer Committee of the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society with the 2020 Deer Management Career Achievement Award, presented at the 43rd Annual Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting, in Auburn, Alabama.

This prestigious honor was first established in 1995 to recognize outstanding contributions to the understanding of white-tailed deer ecology and management in the southeastern United States.

Charles entered the deer management and research arena in 1987 and has remained involved with white-tailed deer throughout his 33-year career, the last 26 years with the SCDNR. His contributions to advance the art and science of deer management are numerous but highlighted by several significant accomplishments.

Charles has cultivated partnerships with leading researchers throughout the region and works with them to design and conduct rigorous scientific studies that address critical knowledge gaps. He has supported or conducted research to answer questions including the impact of coyote predation on fawn recruitment, deer population dynamics, deer survey methods, yearling buck dispersal, and vulnerability of deer to baiting.

Gary Caughman – 11/5/52 – 6/3/20

The NWTF family lost a valuable friend last week as Gary Caughman went to be with the Lord. Gary was a well respected turkey call maker, a long time volunteer with the local Union Chapter, Past President of the NWTFSC State Board of Directors, and recently became the first ever NWTFSC Board Member Emeritus. Even though most South Carolina NWTF members do not realize their loss as a result of Gary’s passing, every person who has served on the State Board with Gary recognizes his many contributions and the impact he has had on our state and our Board. RIP Gary.

29th Annual NWTFSC State Chapter Rendezvous

The 29th Annual NWTFSC State Chapter Rendezvous will once again be held at Hickory Knob State Park and will be January 24-26, 2020. Events will include: Friday night banquet, JAKES event, Ladies Luncheon, Oyster Roast, State Still Target Championships, clay target shooting, and Awards dinner/dance on Saturday. Registrations will only be accepted online via the link posted below.

https://events.nwtf.org/401190-2020/tickets

2019 NWTFSC Month of Guns Winners

NWTFSC State Chapter Gun Winners 2019

Shooters Choice, 944 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC  29169 (803)-791-5498

1-Dec      SAVAGE AXIS ll XP 30-06 22” Blk/SYN RIFLE                          Chad Barfield
2-Dec      STOEGER P3000 12/28 BLK/SYN SHOTGUN                           Duane Jones
3-Dec      FRANCHI AFFINITY 20 GA MAX 5 26”                                    Clorissa Smith
4-Dec      FNH FNS 40SW BLK/BLK PISTOL                                           Bob Calhoun
5-Dec      CZ P07 9MM BLACK THREADED PISTOL                                  David Biggs
6-Dec      S&W SW22 VICTORY 22LR 5.5” PISTOL                                  Gregg Morgan
7-Dec      SAVAGE AXIS 7MM-08 WIN 18” MUDDY GIRL RIFLE W/SCOPE   Tonya Parnell
8-Dec      RUGER MKII TARGET 22LR 5.5” PISTOL                                 Mel Ibanez
9-Dec      MARLIN 336Y 30-30 18″YOUTH WITH WALNUT STOCK            Wyatt Faulkner
10-Dec    MOSSERG 835 ULTIMAG TURKEY 12GA 24” MO SHOTGUN       Bill Thompson
11-Dec    MOSSBERG PATRIOT PREDATOR RIFLE                                    Chris Cabri
12-Dec    REMINGTON 783 270WIN MOBUC PKG 22” RIFLE                     S Dykes
13-Dec    REMING 870 EXPRESS 12/28 WOOD STOCK SHOTGUN             Mark Miller
14-Dec    BROWNING BUCKMARK 22LR CAMPER SS 5.5” PISTOL             Wes Fountain
15-Dec    GLOCK 43 SINGLE STACK 9MM 3.25 “ PISTOL                         Tony Barwick
16-Dec    RUGER 10/22 22LR 18” ENGRAVED WILD HOG STOCK RIFLE    Joe Atcheson
17-Dec    RUGER PC CARBINE 9MM TAKEDOWN GHOST RING SITE RIFLE  Bo Cheves
18-Dec    KEL-TEC CMR30 22WMR CARBINE BLK 30 RD RIFLE                  Chad Barfield
18-Dec    SAVAGE AXIXS II XP 223 REM DBM MATTE                                Nellie Comer
19-Dec    KEL-TEC PMR-30 BLACK 22 MAG 4.3 PISTOL                            Charles Helms
19-Dec    MAUSER MODEL 18 6.5 CREEDMOOR                                       Kim Ayers
20-Dec    HENRY GOLDENBOY 17 HMR RIFLE                                         Jack Phillips
20-Dec    BERETTA A300 OUTLANDER 12 GA/28″ BLACK SYN SHOTGUN    Lee Hegler
21-Dec    H&K VP9 9MM GREEN PISTOL                                                 Kim Wilson
21-Dec    SAVAGE 11 TROPHY HUNTER XP 223 22″                                  Austin Painter
22-Dec    SAVAGE 114 AMERICAN CLASSIC 30-06 DBM RIFLE                     Eddie Donnald
22-Dec    STOEGER CONDOR OMPETITION 12/30 LEFTY                          Orrin Williams
23-Dec    S&W 642 1 7/8” 38 SPL LADY SMITH PISTOL                            Gnatt Mintz
23-Dec    T/C COMPASS 30-06 BOLT ACTION BLACK SYNTHETIC RIFLE      Kix Reinhardt
24-Dec    S&W M&P40 CORE PRO 4.25” 40SW PISTOL                             Josh Windsor
24-Dec    SAVAGE 93R17 CAMO 17HMR RIFLE                                          Gloria Crawford
24-Dec    SARUSA SAR9 9MM BLACK 17 RDS.                                           Trae Stockman
24-Dec    BENELLI NOVA SYN. 20 GA. 26″                                               Billy Legette
26-Dec    ATI CSG 22LR 10RD PLASTIC GRIP PISTOL                                Ray Sikes
26-Dec    Glock 22                                                                               Bobby Johnson
27-Dec    SIG SAUER 2022 DA/SA FDE 9MM PISTOL                                 Julie Davis
27-Dec    Stoeger Condor Supreme O/U                                                Greg Trock
28-Dec    SIG SAUER P238 380 ACP W/LASER PISTOL                              Dan Cack
28-Dec    Mossberg 500 .410 bantam                                                    Jeff Baumgardner
29-Dec    STOEGER 20 GA 28” SHOTGUN SYN 3” SHOTGUN                    Tony Barwick
29-Dec    Beretta M92-22                                                                     Rob Snipes
30-Dec    STOEGER M3500 12/24 SHOTGUN                                           Allen Moore
30-Dec    Mossberg 835 turkey                                                              Lisa Henson
31-Dec    MOSSBERG 500/410 SHOTGUN                                                Joseph Briggs
31-Dec    SAVAGE 93 22wmr                                                                  Chris Dantzler

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who purchased tickets! We look forward to your support again in 2020!

2019 Gun Rules

2019 NWTFSC Chufa Discount

Once again, the South Carolina State Chapter is offering our members discounted chufa seed for planting food plots. Please see the attached flier for details on how to order your chufa.

2019 Seed Subsidy Info

2017 NWTFSC Month of Guns Winners

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who purchased tickets! Guns can be picked up at Shooters Choice, 944 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC  29169; (803)791-5498.

1-Dec
RUGER 10/22 22LR PINK LAMINATE/SS RIFLE
Lila Fickling
2-Dec
RUGER AMERICAN 308 WIN W/SCOPE RIFLE
Chris Williams
3-Dec
T/C VENTURE 243 WIN BLUE COMPOSITE RIFLE
Tim Becham
4-Dec
SAVAGE 25 17HORNET VARMINTER RIFLE
Max Warner
5-Dec
RUGER MK111 TARGET 22LR 5.5″ BLUED HB WOOD GRIPS PISTOL
Rich Titus
6-Dec
SAVAGE 93 FV-SR 22 MAG RIFLE
Pernell Jenkins
7-Dec
SAVAGE 93BRJ 22WMR 21″ BLUE FLUTED LAMINATE RIFLE
Charlie Ford
8-Dec
ATI GSG-922 3.4 BLUE 22LR 10RDS PISTOL
Brent Hiott
9-Dec
STOEGER SILVERBOY LEVER ACTION 22LR 19″ RIFLE
Steve Goulet
10-Dec
STOEGER UPLANDER SXS YOUTH 410 22″ SHOTGUN
Greg Honeymichael
11-Dec
S&W BODYGUARD 380 ACP 2.75″ W/CT LASER
Tim Maddox
12-Dec
S&W M&P SHIELD9MM COMPACT 7RDS PISTOL
Dustin Caranci
13-Dec
HENRY GOLDENBOY 22 LR LEVER ACTION RIFLE
Bryan Rawls
14-Dec
REMINGTON 870 EXPRESS 20GA/26″ SHOTGUN
Johnny Deasor
15-Dec
SAVAGE B.MAG 17WSM GREY LAM RIFLE
Connie Bell
16-Dec
SAVAGE AXIS XP 7MM08 CAMO PKG RIFLE
Anthony Knowles
17-Dec
TAURUS PT58 380 19RDS BLUE PISTOL
Todd Zills
18-Dec
SPRINGFIELD XD45 45ACP PISTOL
Darrell Zerbal
19-Dec
STOEGER 9350 12/26 APG CAMO SHOTGUN
Eddie Donnald
20-Dec
SAVAGE A17 17HMR 21″ 10RD BLUE/SYN RIFLE
Rich Burr
21-Dec
MOSSBERG 835 CAMO TURKEY SHOTGUN
Robert Terry
22-Dec
GLOCK 43 SINGLE STACK 9MM 3.25 BBL PISTOL
Gary Daniels
23-Dec
RUGER AMERICAN RANCH 450 BUSHMASTER FDE 16″TB
George Escalante
24-Dec
SAVAGE 11 243 WIN TROPHY HUNTER XP MATTE
Mark Davis
24-Dec
S&W 642 38SPL WITH LOCK PISTOL
Mario Booth
26-Dec
TAURUS PT58 380 19RDS BLUE PISTOL
Ricky Nelson
26-Dec
SAVAGE AXIS ll 308
Dean Reuter
27-Dec
SPRINGFIELD XD45 45ACP PISTOL
Tim Morris
27-Dec
Winchester XPR 7MM 26 BBL Blue Synn
Pernell Jenkins
28-Dec
REMINGTON 700 SPS SS 243 RIFLE
Brantley Dean
28-Dec
S&W BG 380 nonlaser
Wayne Morgan
29-Dec
STOEGER P350 12/26 APG CAMO SHOTGUN
Tim Gunnells
29-Dec
SAVAGE AXIS XP 7MM08 REM SS
Capers Hiott
30-Dec
SAVAGE A17 17HMR 21′ 10 RD BLUE/SYN RIFLE
Tommy Day
30-Dec
RUGER LCP 380ACP
James Johnson
31-Dec
MOSSBERG 835 CAMO TURKEY SHOTGUN
Keith Simms
31-Dec
SAVAGE M42 22WMR/410 Rifle/Shotgun
Randy Cox

SC DNR Wild Turkey Survey

Dear NWTFSC Member/Volunteer,

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to conservation and management of the wild turkey in South Carolina. We are contacting you to ask for your help on an important project.

Since 1982, SCDNR has conducted an annual Summer Turkey Survey to ​g​a​u​ge reproduction of wild turkeys in South Carolina.​ Recently you should have received information in the mail from SCDNR requesting your participation.

The survey requires no effort on your part other than recording turkeys that you see during your normal activities during July and August. If you would like to participate and didn’t receive the information via mail, please follow this link: ​http://dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/turkey/volunbroodsurvey.html

This survey is very important and when combined with harvest data, it allows SCDNR to make scientific recommendations to the SC General Assembly to better manage the wild turkey population for the future.

Only through ongoing monitoring and research ​can SCDNR better manage our turkeys and NWTF assist with their efforts.

Again, thank you for your time and your support to help us Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

Decorated Olympian Partners with NWTF to Promote Shooting Sports

Wildlife conservation and introducing youth to shooting sports are of significant importance to both the National Wild Turkey Federation and Vincent Hancock, the first-ever back-to-back Olympic gold medalist in skeet.

The shared passions led to a partnership for the promotion of the 300-acre Palmetto Shooting Complex at the NWTF.

“I have been involved with hunting and shooting my entire life,” said Hancock. “This partnership provides the opportunity to truly embrace the growth that shooting sports are seeing and allows adults and kids alike to experience clay target shooting and conservation efforts all at the same time.”

Hancock’s role as spokesperson for the Palmetto Shooting Complex includes range appearances, especially during youth clay shooting competitions, and promotion of the facility leading up to and after his trip to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Hancock also will promote the positive impact shooting sports can have on the growth and discipline of today’s youth, something he knows and understands due to the early start he got in shooting sports.

“Vinny is an incredible role model for youth of today, and we know he will have a positive impact on our efforts to recruit the next generation of hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “We could not be happier to have him as a spokesperson for our Palmetto Shooting Complex and will be pulling for him to secure an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal next month in Rio.”

In addition to back-to-back gold medals, Hancock’s career highlights include being a three-time world champion, gold medalist at the 2014 Championship of the Americas, 16-time medalist in World Cup and ISSF World Championship competition and holder of every national, world and Olympic skeet records.

Nordin Receives 2016 NWTF National Scholarship

On a recent visit to the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters while chaperoning his local 4H group, Riley Nordin of Saluda, South Carolina, was surprised to learn he won the 2016 NWTF National Scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak.

In front of the Saluda 4H group, NWTF headquarters staff and local media, Nordin received a check for $10,000, something he says will help fund his education when he enrolls at Clemson University this fall.

“I am truly thankful. $10,000 is a lot of money, and it will be helpful, especially with the long-term education goals I have,” Nordin said.

He plans to pursue a degree in genetics with a focus on plant sciences. “The sciences are something that I always have enjoyed,” Nordin said. “And as I have gotten older, I realized it is what I want to do for a living. It won’t really seem like work because I love it so much.”

Nordin recently graduated near the top of his high school class despite a rigorous academic course load and a schedule packed with extracurricular activities. His impressive résumé includes:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • National BETA Club
  • National FFA
  • Saluda County 4-H
  • Saluda County Garden Club volunteer
  • NWTF Youth Art Contest participant

He received a scholarship through the local and state-level NWTF chapters, making him eligible for the national honor. To date, the NWTF has contributed more than $4.6 million in scholarships to students making up the next generation of hunters and conservationists.

“Individuals like Riley are the ones who will ensure that our wildlife is healthy and future hunting opportunities are secure for generations to come,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Students pursuing degrees and careers in wildlife and habitat conservation will always have the NWTF in their corner.”

South Carolina Passes H. 3799

 

Thanks to the efforts of the NWTF and its members, House Bill 3799 passed Friday, allowing automatic reciprocity in South Carolina for residents of North Carolina and Georgia who have concealed carry permits from those states.

H. 3799 passed on a vote of 35-3 and was signed into law by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Prior to Friday, South Carolina would only become reciprocal with states that require permit holders to successfully pass a criminal background check and a course in firearm training and safety. This gave exception to residents of Georgia and North Carolina (though currently, North Carolina does require both and is already a reciprocal state). The biggest impact was on Georgia resident permit holders who travel to or through South Carolina and were barred from legally carrying in the Palmetto State.

The NWTF issued an action alert early last week, asking its members to contact Senator Lee Bright to urge him to withdraw his amendment to the legislation. Sen. Bright had been in favor of an all or nothing amendment to the legislation that would have likely resulted in the tabling of the bill. Our members flooded the senator’s office with calls and their voices were heard.

Thankfully, Sen. Bright, along with several other pro-Second Amendment right senators including Larry Martin, Shane Massey, Tom Young and Nikki Setzler, worked to have the full Senate agree to remove all amendments.

Please contact your state senator and, if he or she voted for H. 3799, thank them for their support.

National Wild Turkey Federation
770 Augusta Rd., Edgefield, SC 29824