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
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