Hook obtained a B.S. in Resource Management at Clemson University and worked as an SCDNR wildlife technician at Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve for four years, then began a stint with the Aquatic Nuisance Species Program while earning his M.S. in Environmental Resource Management at the University of South Carolina. Following a decade as the program’s field supervisor he recently rejoined the Wildlife Section as the Small Game Program Leader overseeing the quail, dove, rabbit and fox squirrel projects.
“Every morning when I come into my office and I see that big quail poster on my door, I think to myself ‘This is my job, this is what I get to do today’ and I just have to smile,” said Hook. “To be able to get back into the wildlife field is exciting in itself but to get to work with quail, a passion of mine in the field , is really the icing on the cake. It just doesn’t get any better than making a career out of something you love.”
Michael is an avid outdoorsman who fishes and hunts for whatever is in season. He and his wife, Amanda, have a three-year-old son, Holden, and a Boykin Spaniel, Molly, who earns her keep retrieving ducks and doves, kicking up quail and woodcock, and keeping the backyard free of squirrels.
Hook can be contacted at (803) 734-3940.