Hunting, fishing store with indoor archery range opening in Beaufort

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 18, 2013 

David Carter, left, and Craig Lupton, right, co-owners of Buck, Bass n Beyond in Beaufort, trim up a piece of wood salvaged from an old barn in Varnville to be used as paneling in their store in Beaufort on Friday afternoon. Carter and Lupton hope to open Buck, Bass n Beyond in March 2013.

DELAYNA EARLEY, THE BEAUFORT GAZETTE

David Carter and Craig Lupkin met years ago, when Lupkin was the exterminator for Carter's James Island home. About 14 years ago, Carter called Lupkin again for extermination work, and they discovered they had both moved to Beaufort.

They started fishing and hunting together, and that shared interest -- coupled with their frustration at having to drive to Savannah to go to a Bass Pro Shops store -- prompted them to create Buck, Bass n Beyond in Beaufort Town Center. It is expected to open in early March at 2127 Boundary St., next to ARTworks.

"Craig and I love to hunt and fish, and it's just so much fun to do what you love," Carter said.

The store will sell clothing, boots, fishing gear, hunting accessories, archery supplies and live bait among other items. A 20-yard archery range inside the store will allow customers to practice and tune bows.

The pair also hope a 250-gallon tank will become a place people can learn about local fish and wildlife. A special permit from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources allows them to catch undersized fish and put them in the tank to grow, Carter said.

They are working with DNR and conservation groups to hold evening and weekend classes on boating, wildlife and the ecosystem. All merchandise will be on rolling stands that can be moved out of the way for classes and groups.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Information: www.facebook.com/BuckBassNBeyond, 843-473-9518

In other changes about town:

  • Tree trimming around SCE&G's high-voltage transmission power lines is expected to begin Monday. The cuts will begin in Pigeon Point, zigzag through the city's historic district, then loop through the Mossy Oaks and Port Royal areas.

  • Transmission lines are higher than distribution lines, which bring power to homes and businesses, so the cuts are not expected to be as dramatic as in the past.

    Information and concerns should be directed to SCE&G's customer-service line at 1-800-251-7234 and city landscape architect Liza Hill at lhill@cityofbeaufort.org.

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