Hunters in South Carolina get to chase whitetails longer than just about any other state, and during December, hunters may become restless the last few weeks or the last few minutes of each hunt. 

For every big buck ever been killed, there are usually only a few minutes that counted the most, and the four hours of sitting in cold weather seemed nconsequential next to those glory minutes when the big buck appeared. It is a numbers game or a waiting game, and hunters must keep their hopes up that a trophy buck will show up. 

Fewer and fewer hunters take to the woods during the final month of South Carolina’s deer season. Most hunters will hunt hard during the early season and will put away their gear after Thanksgiving. With fewer people in the woods in December, less human scent is in the air, and deer will become more at ease, a great reason to stay in the stand a little longer than usual. 

Pro hunter Chad Weatherford of Loris is not one to give up until the law tells him to. 

“The season is not over until the end of the very last day, and a lot can happen in the last few minutes of a hunt. So don’t ever give up,”  Weatherford said. 

Even though trail cameras have revolutionized hunting, giving hunters not only a idea of what bucks look like but what time they’re showing up, bucks rarely show up at the same time — or every day, either. That makes it a waiting game that hunters often win by staying in their stands as long as possible.

Dennis Moser, another pro hunter, never leaves his stand until the very last minute of a day’s legal shooting time is over.

“Hunt until last light. The better bucks will be the last one in the field,” he said.