Ed Paul, Executive Director
Born and raised on Lake Marion, Ed has been an avid outdoorsman and a part of wildlife conservation since he can remember. Ed played four years of collegiate baseball at Francis Marion University, while graduating with a business degree with a focus in Management. He is married to Leslie Paul (youth minister at the Presbyterian Church in Manning) who also loves the outdoors. They have two sons Edsel and Logan.
Before accepting the Executive Director position for SCWP, Ed was the Education Director for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association. There Ed led a team of dedicated conservation education staff to help grow SCWA youth programs “Camp Woodie” and “Camp Leopold” to record attendance. Ed’s wildlife conservation efforts as well as his fundraising experience will help the South Carolina Wildlife Partnership (SCWP) make a positive impact on South Carolina’s present day and future hunting heritage.
Johnny Evans is the Executive Chairman of CF Evans Construction. CF Evans was named the Multifamily Family Builder of the Year for 2017 by the National Association of Home Builders, and has been on of South Carolina's Best Places to Work for 10 years running. Johnny served on the Department of Natural Resources board for ten years, including as the Chairman of the Board.
His passion for the outdoors and introducing and providing outdoor experiences for others is remarkable. His belief in SCWP’s mission and his relationships with many South Carolina land owners will help SCWP form key partnerships that will broaden public hunting opportunities on quality properties.
Johnny Evans, President of the Board
It is so meaningful to me to share our natural resources with those who might not have to opportunity to enjoy them. SCWP is a limitless opportunity to pass on our hunting heritage, and provides structured hunting for South Carolina public hunters on premier private lands.
Paul C. Aughtry III
I think that the outdoors and Mother Nature are great teachers of good core values as well as an outstanding place to build and grow long lasting relationships, be they with family or friends. I have been very fortunate to now have my own private properties to hunt---most are not so lucky. Sharing these with those that aspire to hunt, but may not have the places to do so, and coaching friends in similar situations to my own to do likewise, is a wonderful opportunity--a blessing.
William A. Demmer
I fully embrace the Vision and Mission of the South Carolina Wildlife Partners. It is critical that young hunters in particular have quality places to experience the thrill of a successful hunt. Quality access can also help stimulate thoughts associated with hunting and conservation ethics.
I’ve been fortunate in my life as an outdoorsman to enjoy great moments on private rural land. I have fond memories going back to childhood of walking with my father behind bird dogs, paddling to duck blinds at first light, and standing in sunflower fields while doves traded overhead. Hunting and fishing these places continues to be an important part of my life with children and grandchildren, and it’s my goal now to offer the same opportunities to folks who may not have access to these special places. SCWP is the perfect vehicle for me to give back and assist with these important goals.
“ Having been Governor Sanford’s 3rd Congressional District appointee to the SCDNR Board for his 2 terms, I became very familiar with the alarming decline in new hunter recruitment in the Southeast Region and our state. South Carolina’s heritage of hunting and outdoor sports, an integral component of our history, must also remain a vital component of our future health as a state. I believe that the SCWP can play a role in enhancing opportunities to continue and grow our proud hunting and outdoor traditions and find new reasons to invite increased participation enjoying the outdoors.”
Rebecca A. Humphries
Most of our conservation leaders have come through hunting in this country. So, if we are going to have that next generation of folks who really care about the outdoors that they know we can use it today and still have it tomorrow, and that we can have sustainable use of our natural resources and that people can value it, we need to make sure we get them out and get them connected with the natural resources.
George C. Thornton
SCWP was created out of a recognition that local solutions are the best approach to problems. While we have numerous national Not For Profit and governmental agencies working at the “think tank level”, a public- private solution can only work with local relationships and administration.
SCWP is a coalition of resource groups that address the dramatic loss of access and experience opportunities needed to introduce people to our rich traditions of hunting and wildlife stewardship.
Board of Directors
The SCWP Board was formed in 2017 and consists of South Carolina private land owners, conservation organization leaders, and avid outdoors men and women.
Mario De Carvalho
Being a Special Operator (R) and veteran of our United States military and experiencing nature around the globe, I cannot express enough how great this program is for families, veterans, kids, etc...bonding with each other and bonding with nature.
What a great opportunity to do something unique for today’s hunters and the next generations of hunters!
Kyle Dawkins, Up-State Director
Kyle Dawkins is a native of South Carolina. His passion for the outdoors started at a young age and inspired him to get involved in Quail Forever as a teenager. He went on to attend Clemson University and was active in the Wildlife Society at Clemson. During his junior year at Clemson he got an internship at Whispering Pines and worked with SCWP.
Kyle worked the full summer and was invited back the next summer as well. After graduating from Clemson with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, he was offered a full time position as SCWP’s state director. He now focuses on developing landowner relationships, doing wildlife management, and coordinating great public hunting opportunities on private lands.
Travis Sumner grew up in the upstate of S.C. His passion and love of the outdoors have granted him the opportunity to make a 30-year career. Working with landowners on how to build better habitat on their property or introducing someone new to hunting, Travis has been able to share his knowledge and expertise.
Travis has a degree in Wildlife Management. He started his career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources working with wildlife management. He then moved to the private sector with Milliken Forestry Company, assisting and working with private landowners on creating better wildlife habitat on their property. Furthering his career, he worked for the National Wild Turkey Federation as the Hunting Heritage Center and Habitat Manager. There he developed and managed the 700-acre property. With NWTF, Travis created several programs such as learn to hunt and offered mentored hunt opportunities. Travis worked with private landowners to allow hunting opportunities with these programs on their property which will be an asset to SCWP and working to grow landowner relationships.
Travis has been a part of several pro staff teams with companies throughout the hunting industry. Currently he is a pro staffer with Mossy Oak, Nomad Hunting, Cabela’s/Bass Pro. He has appeared on outdoor television shows; Primos Hunting, Save the Habitat Save the Hunt, Turkey Call and NWTF 365.
Travis and his wife Deana reside in Aiken, S.C. They have 3 children.
Travis Sumner, State Director
Steve is one of the longest members of NWTF!
"I've always been a big backer of Conservation while
providing hunting opportunities and coaching for people, especially youth!"
I'm very humbled to be a part of SCWP and look forward to working to promote and provide opportunities!!