For the past 11 years, you have relied on South Carolina Sportsman to provide the most-current information about hunting and fishing in the state.

The success of this magazine was an outgrowth of a similar magazine in North Carolina that has been around for 23 years.

But the fact is that, apart from a man-made border, there is little difference between North Carolina and South Carolina.

So after much soul searching — and with the encouragement of many of our loyal readers — the decision has been made to combine these two magazine so we can offer even more of the information you need.

The new Carolina Sportsman kicks off next month by outlining the two states’ top public game lands. You’ll also find everything you need to know to kill public-land doves in both states and tips for finding private land on which to hunt, along with public teal-hunting opportunities and all the fishing information you’ve come to expect.

Don’t worry, though: We’re not giving up on covering local hotspots. But now you’ll be able to find out not only how to catch fish and hunt deer in South Carolina, you also can learn about the fantastic hunting and fishing opportunities across the border.

That means you’ll be able to move back and forth across the border without missing a beat.

Many of the sections in the new magazine will remain the same. For instance, you’ll still be able to find fishing hotspots from both states in the expanded Fishing Forecast section. And we’ll offer up reader photos in the combined hunting and fishing scrapbook section.

However, we’re reorganizing other sections to pack even more information into every issue. For instance, the new Outdoor Updates will provide news stories of interest north and south of the border.

The magazine will continue to be carried in most of the same locations, so you can easily pick up the inaugural issue — and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

We’re excited about these changes, and we trust you’re going to love it as much as we do.

So let us hear what you think. After all, this is your magazine.