In our current issue...January - February 2014
For most of the 20th century, the operators of the S.C. Forestry Commission fire tower on top of Sassafras Mountain had the best view available of the sweeping, three-state vista seen from the top of the state's highest point. In our January-February issue, longtime contributor Dennis Chastain explores the history of Sassafras Mountain and the DNR’s plans to erect a new viewing tower on the site.
Plus . . . . Such is their devotion to the call of the hounds that folks involved in raccoon hunting think nothing of traipsing through miles of swampland in the dead of night, just for the chance to hear the sweet sound of one of their highly-trained dogs "on a tree." But for one Lowcountry man, raccoon hunting is as much salvation as hobby — he credits the camaraderie and fellowship found in the sport with turning around a life headed in the wrong direction. We’ll also bring you the top images from our 2013 Outdoor Photography Competition (plus information about some changes in store for 2014 — We're Going Digital!). We're kicking off a new essay feature called "My Nature" with a story about life changes, uncertainty and buzzards from acclaimed Upstate novelist and short-story writer George Singleton.