• Deer of the Year

    Colin Howlett of Walnut Cove scored this huge trophy with a green net score of 170 3/4 inches. It was killed on Nov. 5 during blackpowder season.

    2016 Deer of the Year

    Hunters across the Carolinas ran into plenty of trophy whitetails during the season that ended a month ago. Here are some of their stories — and lots of their photos.
    February 01 at 7:00am
    Glen Lampley of Cheraw, S.C. won the Grand Prize for Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest.

    Cheraw hunter wins Carolina Sportsman's Grand Prize Bag-A-Buck contest

    Wins deer hunt at Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge, 3-year Sportsman subscription
    January 23 at 2:48pm
    Nathan Collier worked hard for this buck, beginning with putting out mineral sites long before deer season started.

    Teen bowhunter kills 136 6/8-inch trophy buck in Florence, S.C.

    Young hunter first noticed deer on trail camera last summer
    January 08 at 7:57pm
    James Hamby of Thomasville, NC won the December Bag-A-Buck contest.

    Thomasville, N.C. hunter kills 9-point buck, wins December Bag-A-Buck contest

    Hunter wins 1-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman, $25 gift certificate
    January 05 at 7:50pm
    Kevin Bartlett killed this whopper 15-point buck that green-scored over 180. His daughter killed her first buck soon after during the same hunt.

    Black Mountain hunter kills 15-point, 180-class trophy on Thanksgiving Day

    Daughter kills her first buck during same hunt
    January 04 at 5:43pm
    Mike Gibbs' 170-class buck.

    Caswell County hunter kills 17-point, 170-class buck

    Deer was estimated to be 6 1/2-years-old
    December 29, 2016 at 9:12pm
    Casey Haizlip wanted her first deer to be a quality one, and she got it right, downing this 16-point trophy on Nov. 21.

    Dance team member puts the cha-cha on trophy non-typical

    16-year-old female hunter bags 16-point buck
    December 27, 2016 at 9:02pm
    Randy Hobbs wasn't planning to hunt on Nov. 5, but a last minute decision to head to the woods resulted in this trophy, a 13-point buck that green scored 162 inches.

    Burlington pastor on tight schedule squeezed in a Guilford County trophy

    Hunter's 13-point buck green scored 162 inches
    December 26, 2016 at 9:41pm
    Steven Fazzino poses with his Person County 10-point trophy that has been green-scored at 155 inches.

    Burlington hunter slays 155-inch, 10-point Person County trophy buck

    Late season change in strategy proves fruitful for hunter
    December 22, 2016 at 11:34pm
    Clif Holloman poses with his second trophy buck of the season, a 135 6/8-inch beast that he killed on his family's farm in Johnston County.

    Pine Level hunter kills biggest deer of his life

    Kills an even bigger one less than 3 weeks later
    December 20, 2016 at 9:26pm
    It took more than a year, but Marcus Church finally killed this 9-point trophy in Seneca, S.C. on Dec. 12.

    Seneca hunter kills 9-point trophy he'd been hunting more than a year

    Unique rack made 148-inch buck easy to track
    December 18, 2016 at 11:06pm
    Morgan Ellington killed a 143-inch Rockingham County buck last year, and she killed this 140-class trophy this week, again in Rockingham County.

    Reidsville 13-year-old kills 140 class buck in Rockingham County

    Female hunter won Dixie Deer Classic youth award in 2015
    December 14, 2016 at 2:46pm
    On Nov. 23, Bud Long of Greensboro killed this hammer from the same Rockingham County property he killed a trophy buck last year.

    Greensboro hunter kills 10-point Rockingham County trophy

    158-inch buck is hunter's second record-book buck in two years
    December 14, 2016 at 1:32pm
    After hunting nearly ever day this season, Darrell Edwards was rewarded heavily with this Rockingham County trophy on Dec. 3.

    Reidsville hunter kills monster Rockingham County 15-point buck

    Buck green-scored 175 inches
    December 12, 2016 at 10:03am
    Kinley Ferguson of Liberty, N.C. won the November Bag-A-Buck Contest with this 8-point, 120-inch buck.

    Junior-high school girl kills 8-point, 120-inch buck in Randolph County

    13-year-old wins November Bag-A-Buck contest
    December 12, 2016 at 12:40am
    Dylan Rogers thought he missed this big buck when the deer didn't react to his first shot, but he realized later that he didn't miss at all.

    Hunter kills 10-point, 140-class buck in Cherokee County

    Same stand produced 9-point buck the previous day
    December 09, 2016 at 1:27pm