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South Carolina Wild: Looking back | South Carolina Wild
South Carolina Wild: Looking back

I am Julia Moye, a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina. I graduated with a degree in Marketing and Management and decided to take an internship at the SCDNR in Columbia, South Carolina a few months after I graduated. As Media Relations Assistant, I work directly with the Media Relations Team to prepare updates to the SCDNR website and assist the agency’s Social Media Team with content development for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, I collaborate with the Marketing Coordinator on imagery/messaging, outreach campaigns and marketing for the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic and Camp Wildwood Events. I also help write articles for South Carolina Wild

It wasn’t until I began working here that I saw everything SCDNR played a part in. For example, there are numerous career opportunities, hobbies and clubs offered through the agency and ways the SCDNR helps to protect the natural resources of South Carolina. I encourage people to explore all DNR has to offer. South Carolina Wildlife magazine does a good job of doing this (through its print magazine SCWildlife.com and its digital magazine geared toward college and high school students, SouthCarolinaWild.org). Let’s take a look back at some of my personal favorite SouthCarolinaWild.org articles.

One article that stood out to me is written by Jacob Hamill and discusses how his time working for the SCDNR’s Cultural Heritage Trust Program made him realize all a degree in History had to offer.

“Speaking as a recent college graduate, I think students are taught a very narrow view of careers in history. I was the same way. Going through my undergraduate degree, I cannot tell you how many people I met who either were going to be school teachers, museum curators, or for them history was just a stepping stone to a law degree. It was not until I started working with the Heritage Trust Program that I really started to understand and appreciate the array of jobs and professions that are out there for people interested in history and archaeology.”

Jacob Hamill, Discovering a Future in Archaeology

This article resonated with me because it wasn’t until I started working at the SCDNR that I realized all the media careers I had to choose from. 

An article written by Lillie Powers was another one of my favorites written this year. She wrote about her experience growing up with a dad who had a passion for hunting. Although she didn’t get what all the fuss was about at first, over the years her love for the sport grew. Lillie made a point to emphasize that girls enjoy hunting just as much as the guys.

“From introducing him to Chris Stapleton on a slow morning and blasting some good ol’ country music in the blind, to the unfortunate morning where I single-handedly managed to get my thumbnail stuck in the gun – the duck blind has seen everything from lots of laughter and high fives to painful tears and panic.”

Lillie Powers, Decoys, Ducks and Hunting with Dad

Hunting has become a place where she can enjoy some peace and quiet and bond with her dad.

Clay target shooting teams have become very popular, and an article written by Austin Wimberly exhibited how serious some take it.

“In February 2015, my dad took me to my first church outreach skeet shoot. While there, I met Mr. Gary Blackwell with all his cool skeet throwing machines. As I watched this new sport, I was amazed at how the men were able to shoot the small sporting clays out of the sky so quickly. He encouraged me to give it a try, and from that point on, I was hooked.”

Austin Wimberly, Target Shooting Hooks High School Sportsman

Austin became enthralled with shooting, practices with Clemson Extension 4-H Club and participates in tournaments. This is a sport he can do forever, and if this passion continues, he can be a part of a shooting sports team in college.

I also enjoyed reading Turtle Talk written by Lillian Freeman. This article emphasizes how our actions can negatively affect turtles and other animals.

Photo courtesy Lillian Freeman

“If people are on the beach and follow the hatchlings, the hatchlings think they are being stalked by predators, so again they may go in the wrong direction and use up their energy.”

North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol, Linda Mataya, Turtle Talk

This was a strong reminder to readers to refrain from shinning lights on the beaches and touching the turtles. It also highlighted how necessary it is to keep the beaches clean and free of all plastic, including bags, bottles and straws. The plastic consumption portion of this story ties into the SCDNR’s UP2U™ (It’s Up to You) initiative to reduce the use of plastic. To get your own UP2U™ reusable stainless steel straw sent directly to you, take The Last Straw Pledge!

I think all these articles serve as a vehicle to remind people of the infinite number of opportunities available through the SCDNR and right outside your front door. There is an opportunity for everyone, whether you are developing a career in the natural resources field or starting up a new hobby such as hunting, fishing or shooting sports. I encourage you to learn how you can become involved.

***If you are a college or high school student interested in the outdoors, please send in your story. Your article and/or photos may be published right here on SouthCarolinaWild.org or even in South Carolina Wildlife magazine!***

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on South Carolina Wild are solely those of the authors, and do not reflect official policies, positions, or endorsements of activity or products by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.