By Ford Walpole

When Boy Scout Camp is in session at Camp Ho Non Wah on Wadmalaw, you can expect a steady rhythm of shotgun blasts along the banks of Bohicket Creek. “Shotgun Shooting” is one of the merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and earning it depends on skills and success, besides effort, time and study. To qualify for the badge, boys must “hit 12 of 25 targets (48 percent) in two 25-target groups. A minimum of 50 shots must be fired.”

By John Wilson

The 2017 Bassmaster Classic is coming up; the chatter about the $300,000 prize among the leaders in the field is to forget the science and concentrate more on technique and momentum. In thinking back on fishing, especially bass fishing, I cannot think of anyone who had more technique and momentum than the late Judge Solomon Blatt, Jr.

By Ford Walpole

The other evening, my daughter English Calhoun and I went still-hunting for deer. Her younger brother Ned was at a friend’s house, so our father-daughter evening would be free of squabbling over who gets to shoot, who sits where, or any other unforeseen, though inevitable conflicts of sibling rivalry.

By Ford Walpole

Riley Bradham opened the door of his Chevrolet truck and jazz crooned from the cab while his eight-year-old son Guign — short for Guignard — caught precious extra sleep in the back seat. In the predawn cool of just under 50 degrees, my old friend and I solved many of the world’s problems over the bed of my pickup.

The conversation transcended to campfires on beaches and in woods decades earlier and I recall that my friend, the artist and sportsman, now happens to be an attorney and the mayor of Rockville, a charming hamlet steeped in character and colorful characters.

By Jeff Dennis

For the hunter who is relying on some holiday time off to hit the woods in search of game, part of the excitement comes with all the hunting options that are in play. When driving one’s auto, a dashboard indicator comes on every now and then, perhaps the low windshield fluid light, but that one light hardly catches your attention. But when all the dashboard icons light up, the driver gets a little more excited about what is about to happen. Hunters get the same thrill (perhaps with a more positive cant) in November when they get to enjoy quail, dove, duck, hog and deer seasons simultaneously.

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.