A Kershaw County hunter is the winner of South Carolina Sportsman’s first monthly Bag-A-Buck contest for his entry of a huge non-typical in full velvet killed on Sept. 28.
Danny Kennington of Heath Springs, who goes by userename “DannyK” on SouthCarolinaSportsman.com, killed the 32-point, 232-pound buck at daylight with one shot from his Remington .270. He entered it in the contest the next day, barely beating the Sept. 30 deadline for the first monthly contest.
Kennington will receive a gift certificate to the Online Sportsman Store and a year’s subscription to South Carolina Sportsman magazine. He, along with every other entrant, will be eligible for a drawing for the grand prize, presented by Leupold, which includes a Leupold optics package (rangefinder, binoculars, rifle scope), a blackpowder gun from Nichols Store in Rock Hill and a two-person, one hunt from Cherokee Ridge Hunting Lodge in Chesterfield. It will be awarded at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in Columbia next March.
Kennington said the buck, which had a 22-inch spread and antler bases that were 10 inches in circumference, appeared to have only half of one testicle, which would explain its appearance in full velvet in late September.
“We had four or five trail-cam photos of him last year; we went back and looked, and he looked about the same,” Kennington said, indicating that the buck had not shed his antlers between 2012 and 2013 and had not shed his velvet in 2012 either — a truly non-typical or “freak” animal.