By Ford Walpole

The Saturday before Labor Day, my son Ned and I forfeited watching the Clemson opener for a unique, youth-only dove hunt at Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Edisto Island. It was a good decision, as the family shoot we were invited to the following week was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

Myth, legend or ghost, the Eastern panther haunts us yet 

By Roger Pinckney XI

Daytimes, he looked off into middle distance like he was reading a script off the sky. Nights, the script was in the fireplace flames. Day or night, he held us all captive with the motions of his hands, the rise and fall of his voice, the rhythm of his words, the pauses in between his words. I judged him good as Homer, but he never went blind until the very end.

By Ford Walpole

Catching fish is fun and catch-and-release is rewarding. For the sporting conservationist, helping with a fish-stocking project furthers the sustainability of a passion. Recently, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released young spot-tailed bass, also known as red drum, redfish or channel bass into the lake at the James Island County Park and the peninsula’s Colonial Lake.

By Ford Walpole

Fortunately for sporting enthusiasts planning for the fall hunting season, Circle Seven Outpost & Provisions recently set up shop at the Old Cigar Factory in Charleston. This charming outfitter is hardly your big-box store. The gun room is lined with Berettas, as well as English firearms from Royal Warrant Holders Association members James Purdey & Sons and William & Son.

By Ellinor Gaillard Walters

Gavin Parker waits for the final horn and comes off the starting line with speed. He’s used to the stress; Parker has been competing on the water since he was six years old. The points spread in Sarasota had been tight and every move Parker makes on the racecourse could affect his selection.

Mercury newspaper racks are located at the following locations:

The Meeting Street Inn

Clair's Service Station at 334 Folly Rd.

Harris Teeter on Houston-Northcutt Blvd.

The Square Onion in I'On

Mt. Pleasant Library on Mathis Ferry Rd.