Being a successful hunter for some is the ability to get their game into shooting range. For some wildlife species, a fail-safe plan must be followed in the strict sense to get the opportunity to close the deal. For deer, squirrels and turkeys, having a firm rest and a steady trigger finger are the tricks of the trade. But for ducks, doves and other feathered, flying creatures, a high-level of skill is needed to bring home the protein. With the arrival of duck season in a few weeks, it’s a perfect time to practice at the local sporting clays range.
Every year, hunters look to kill a nice buck to add to their trophy collection and to put a load of fresh venison in the freezer. And every hunter looks to supplement his venison stock and control his local deer herd with a handful of doe harvests as well.
Filling an alligator tag is a dream come true for many South Carolina sportsmen — filling 3 on the same outing is nothing short of incredible. But, that's exactly what happened for Buck Koon of Gilbert, SC and Jason and Amy Kirkland of Leesville, SC. On opening day, Sept. 9, they set out on Santee Cooper’s Lake Marion and got the job done with a 9, 11, and a 12-foot gator.
For two years, Ben Anderson and Levi Tussey kept tabs on a huge non-typical buck on their Forsyth County hunting land. But this wasn’t just any buck. It was a gnarly-racked beast with four main beams, 22 scorable points, and a 14-inch drop tine extending down past the deer’s face.
Jon Schutte had a proud moment in the outdoors last week. But it’s not because of anything he did. It’s because his wife killed her first deer, and it was a good one. The 220-pound, 8-point buck she killed in Horry County put an end to a lot of bad luck for his wife Marti, and proved that perseverance pays off.
Holden Poole of Gaffney, SC was already noticing fresh scrapes and rubs near a bumper crop of acorns on his 100-acre lease, despite the balmy, end of September weather. So, when his hit list buck failed to show up at his feeder station, he switched gears to this location, and arrowed the 215-pound Cherokee County 9-pointer on Sept. 26.
Just before dark on Oct. 3, Chad Thousand of Greensboro, N.C. arrowed one of the biggest deer of his life; a 173 2/8-inch monster 15-point buck. Thousand first captured this buck on camera on one of his hunting properties during the late summer season. But as the season approached, the deer disappeared.