November 6, 2019

When Alice and Rhett Smith’s daughters were little, they were fond of raising a familiar question before preparing for announced road trips. Lillian, now 15 and Virginia Rhett, 12, looked up at their parents and asked “Is this a Mom trip or a Dad trip?”

Indeed, the inqu...

October 2, 2019

Michael Coyle grew up duck hunting, a passion he continued to master while a student of occupational therapy at Gannon University on Lake Erie. On early mornings before class, he worked birds with Tocchet, his black lab — christened in honor of the hockey player. Tocch...

September 9, 2019

South Carolina’s lengthy season for white-tailed deer allows hunters many opportunities for recreation in the woods. The state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) divides our state into four game zones. Regulations and the duration of the season differ by region, w...

August 1, 2019

The Folly Beach Fishing Pier is a mecca for a diverse group of Lowcountry pier fisherman. The pier is 1,045 feet long and, at the end during high tide, the water is 25 feet deep. Joey Crawford, the operations manager for the Folly Beach County Park, discusses what make...

July 3, 2019

Shortly after I became a commissioner for the Charleston Soil & Water Conservation District, Debbie Eckard, the district manager, asked me to help recruit campers for Camp Wildwood of South Carolina. Participants must have completed the ninth grade; since the district...

June 7, 2019

When you grow up on a Lowcountry sea island, the salt water flows through your veins and pluff mud eternally stuck between your toes and expands in the formation of webbed feet. Being on the water is inherent, a primal rekindling of swimming in our mother’s womb.

With s...

June 7, 2019

Captain Will Sneed has been angling Lowcountry inshore waters his whole life. He worked as an inshore fishing guide for a couple of years before starting Charleston Golf Cart Rentals, on James Island and Folly Beach. Initially — and like everybody else — Will fished wi...

April 3, 2019

“I just love to hunt them rascals!” Tom Boozer declares of his passion for turkey hunting. He recalls harvesting his first turkey in 1978 on 1500 acres in Newberry County that was part of the 1960s wild turkey restocking effort. “That place was full of turkeys. You wou...

March 6, 2019

For the February 2 Federal Youth Day, a group of old friends flocked to the Santee Delta for a weekend for which ducks provided a convenient, though inconsequential purpose. From one of the owners of Moreland Plantation, Thomas Morrison secured permission for fathers a...

February 11, 2019

“Oh, man!” Roy quips, “I have been hunting all my life! I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t hunting! Daddy always had bird dogs and we did a lot of quail hunting,” back when wild coveys of bobwhite were still abundant throughout the Lowcountry.

For Roy Smoak of Yonges...

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About "the Merc"

Nearly 20 years ago, an editor noted that we are “… not the West Ashley Mercury, not the Peninsula Mercury, not the James Island Mercury…” To this day, we remain a publication for the entire Lowcountry. We send each month’s print edition to fifty fine neighborhoods in our area and to subscribers in to 34 states.  For thousands of Charleston Mercury readers, we continue the mission as he simply stated it — “to bring attention to what makes the real Lowcountry tick.” We hope all those who care about our arts, culture, outdoors, quality of life and all that "pluff mud magic" that We People love so dear will enjoy these "salmon sheets."

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