South Carolina Turkey Hunting Guides, Outfitters and SC Turkey Hunting Lodges
The Wild Turkey is South Carolina's Official Game Bird. Click on the links below to learn more about wild turkey hunting in South Carolina. The current number of our SC statewide turkey population is estimated at 90,000 birds, which is down from the record of 120,000 turkeys set a few years ago, but there are still SC Long Beards in the woods so get out there.
South Carolina Turkey Hunting News
|NWTF Unveils New Publication-Turkey Country |
|The National Wild Turkey Federation is introducing a brand-new, full-color publication-Turkey Country. The new magazine will take the place of the Federation's four main publications-Turkey Call, Women In The Outdoors, Get in the Game and Wheelin' Sportsmen-beginning in September 2009. "Turkey Country is not just a new name, it's an entirely new magazine," said Burt Carey, NWTF editorial director. "We're taking the best of all the NWTF's titles and rolling them into a brand-new, exciting book with a cutting edge look. It's the publication of the NWTF and all its programs."|
|NWTF's Hunting Heritage Super Fund Dollars Reach Far and Wide |
|EDGEFIELD, S.C.-The National Wild Turkey Federation distributed more than $314,000 in May 2009 as it continues to advance its mission of benefiting wildlife conservation and protecting hunting traditions. The monies are distributed to states and programs through the NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund.|
The Hunting Heritage Super Fund supports the NWTF's multitude of conservation and education programs with money raised from NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquets, donated by corporate sponsors and given to benefit wildlife conservation.
|Dress for Success - Fall Turkey Safety Tips |
|The best hunt is a SAFE hunt! Both novice and experienced sportsmen should continuously review basic safety practices. The fall turkey season requires different tactics and safety precautions from the spring gobbler season. Dressing right is the key to both safe and successful turkey hunting. While sitting still is most important, full camouflage helps hunters blend into the surroundings and elude the turkey's keen eyesight.|
|Michael Waddell Named NWTF Spokesman |
Michael Waddell, the outdoor industry's charismatic television show host, has agreed to become the official spokesman for the National Wild Turkey Federation. In this new role, Waddell will represent the NWTF as host of its television series, "Turkey Call," which airs on Outdoor Channel. In addition, Waddell will assume emcee duties at the organization's national convention, which will be held Feb. 19 to 22, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Members also will be treated to personal appearances by Waddell at many other NWTF events.
|No Child Left Inside Grantees Announced |
The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department has announced the grant recipients for this year's No Child Left Inside small grant program. "We received nearly 60 applications for this year's funding. That was a tremendous response, especially since this was the first year we've offered the program," said Chad Tussing, education services coordinator for the GFP Division of Wildlife. Applications were scored by a team of reviewers. A total of $5,000 was allotted for the small grant program. Applicants requested amounts between $500 and $1,000 each.
|Renewed Partnership to Help NWTF Conservation, Outreach Efforts |
The National Wild Turkey Federation's recently renewed agreement with Bank of America will help more than 500,000 NWTF volunteers and staff to continue to improve wildlife habitat and preserve our nation's hunting traditions.
|Prescribed Burns in Spring Improve Wild Turkey Habitat |
Each spring, the National Wild Turkey Federation’s wildlife biologists hear the fears of concerned hunters who don't understand that prescribed burns in March and April -- months generally known as wild turkey nesting months -- are far more beneficial than harmful to wild turkey populations. However, the NWTF's wildlife biologists have research showing the years of improved nesting and brood habitat created by a growing season prescribed fire is far more important to the turkey population than the loss of a few nests.
|Biologists Say Recent Flooding Won’t Harm Wild Turkeys |
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Recent floods in several central U.S. states have some hunters concerned about the impacts to wild turkey populations. However, wildlife biologists with the National Wild Turkey Federation say there isn’t need for concern.
|South Carolina Resident Earns Major Award |
The C.B. McCleod Award is given each year to a NWTF volunteer who has dedicated his or her life to wildlife, conservation and our hunting heritage. It is given in honor of NWTF volunteer C.B. McCleod, a banker from Crestview, Fla., who was instrumental in keeping the NWTF moving forward during its formative years.
Turkey Hunting Quotes
What's the most common mistake new turkey hunters make when calling birds?- "Calling to long, if the turkey answers you he knows your there. Stop answering. He'll think the hen got away and come looking for you"
- Frank Berry Virginia Hunting Guide