Monday, October 15, 2012

SCDNR Family Fishing Clinic

Classroom Time
L. Ross talking about SCDNR
Casting practice


Saturday, Oct. 13, was a good day. Attendees of a SCDNR Family Fishing Clinic at Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center seemed to enjoy the session. The day started cool, but warmed up nicely.

The educational part of the day went well and the participation was excellent. Unfortunately, the pond had only been stocked with trout the day before and they weren't cooperative. The recent cooler temperatures probably were a factor as well. One very young girl caught a red-eared sunfish (shellcracker) and was very excited.

Gene Cunningham assisted with the clinic and we had a great time presenting it. Out hope is that these individuals will use this session as a springboard to more outdoor activities.

Our thanks to Marty Daigle, Camp Manager, for allowing us to use the shelter and the pond facilities to present the clinic. If you haven't visited the facility, it is located in northern Greenville County just off highway # 11. It is a first rate facility and offers camping, retreat facilities, and great fun for family outings.

Details about Pleasant Ridge are available at or by calling (864) 660-1065.

Thanks to Pleasant Ridge employee, Billy Russell, for his help during the clinic.

If you are interested in learning more about SCDNR's free Family Fishing Clinics, High School fishing competitions, "Reel Kids" or other DNR programs, contact Lorianne Riggin, Aquatic Education Director, at for details. Another source is

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Montana Scenes

Lone Bison
More Bison

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Sheep at dizzying heights
 Bull Elk with harem

Sheep management area
Montana Whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River

Famous Madison River inside Y. S. Park

Visting Montana is always a bit like coming home. We have been so many times that the sights are familiar and even though they are familiar, they are as beautiful as ever. 
Whether trout fishing on streams that are famous for their scenery as they are for the fishing, or whether just riding through the park and photographing animals and scenery. It is a joy to be there.
If you haven't been, add it to your "life list". You will not be sorry.

Here is a listing of upstate outdoor events

Upcoming outdoor events
Oct. 4-6 - 2012 National Archery in the Schools World Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL.
Oct. 6-7 - Asheville Gun and Knife Show at Western North Carolina Ag Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732.
Oct. 11-13 - 2012 LBAA Classic Championship at Alabama's Lake Guntersville.
Oct. 13 - Family Fishing Clinic conducted by L. Ross at Pleasant Ridge County Park from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Details at
Oct. 20 - NRA Upcountry Patriots Banquet at Elks Lodge, 7700 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615.  Starts at 6:00 p.m. Ticket $30.
Oct. 27 - Kayak Bass Tournament at Lake Bowen from opening of  park to 3 p.m. Contact (828) 606-0260 or for details. 
Oct. 27 - CureSearch for Children's Cancer "Ultimate Hike". Registration information at
Oct. 27-28 - Georgia Big Bass Classic, Oakley Big Bass Tour, Clarks Hill, GA. $500 hourly prizes. Entry fee of $150 and free Quantum rod to first 100 entrants. See for more details.
Oct. 27-28 - Land of Sky Gun Show at Anderson Civic Center.
Oct. 27-29 - South Carolina Long Range Championship at Range # 4 at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Georgia. Entry fees are $30 Saturday, $30 Sunday or $50 for both days. Juniors are 1/2 price. To register contact Chuck McMenamy at (803) 708-4306, (803) 467-8272 or
Feb. 23 - Morningside Baptist Church, 1115 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC, 19th Annual Sportsmen's Banquet. Special guests award winning bluegrass band Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Starts at 5:00 p.m. Tickets $15 and first 700 sold includes the meal.
< Contact Ross at or (864) 238-1944 with outdoor news or calendar events.