The opportunity to take a trophy buck comes early in the season for hunters in the Carolinas, while deer are still enjoying their summer break and a buck’s antlers are still covered in velvet. Naturally, bucks aren’t as wary because they haven’t been hunted for eight months, and keying on agriculture can make for a real hunting treat.
The rifle was removed from its case long before dawn. The rich, walnut stock showed the wear of a 146-year-old gun. The U.S. Springfield 1873 Trapdoor is not what many would consider a good whitetail gun. Indeed, the 400-grain, .45-70 caliber, bullet is a bit heavy for most hunters, with small, fast projectiles all the rage.
Hunters in the Carolinas who take trophy bucks rarely turn down a trip to the taxidermist, even though a quality mount may costhundreds of dollars. But few spend time taking capture quality photos of their kills. A shoulder mount over the fireplace will showcase a quality animal, but photographs from the day and place of the kill will better capture the event.
South Carolina’s deer rifle season opens tomorrow in Game Zone 3, and in Game Zone 4 for archery hunters. By now, all resident hunters that have previously purchased a hunting license and big game permit should have received their deer tags from SCDNR in the mail.
South Carolina’s deer hunting season begins in the lowcountry next week, and it’s going to be quite a different season than years past. The new regulations that require all deer to be tagged, as well as several other changes, are sure to make this hunting season an interesting one for hunters, land managers, and game wardens.
Hunters who have pined for the piney woods for months don’t have to wait much longer. Deer season is just over the horizon, only a couple of weeks away for South Carolina hunters and a month down the road for their North Carolina brethren.