Taking a day off from work on Oct. 29 to take her sons to the doctor turned out to be a great idea for Denise Seigler of Beech Island. She wound up killing her first deer ever — a fantastic Edgefield County 11-pointer — and her entry into South Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest was drawn as the winner of the monthly contest for October.

“My husband and I took a day off from work, and I took my two sons to the doctor,” said Seigler. “Then, we took them to school and went hunting on some land my mom owns.

“I usually sit with my husband, Dennis, but he had this little honey hole he wanted to go to, so I sat in this little hut that my 11-year-old son, James, usually sits in. We got there at 11:30, and at 11:46, he walked out under two oak trees where he had six scrapes.”

“He” was a 175-pound, 11-point buck.  Seigler shouldered an old 6.8mm Ranch Rifle her son usually shoots that was handed down from his grandfather. She took a rest on the hut’s door frame, and one shot at close range broke the buck’s spine.

For being a monthly contest winner, Seigler will receive a gift certificate to the online Sportsman Store and a year’s subscription to South Carolina Sportsman magazine. Along with every other entrant, she 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-day hunt from Cherokee Ridge Hunting Lodge in Chesterfield. It will be awarded at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in Columbia next March.

“This was the first deer I’ve ever killed. I had missed four before,” Seigler said. “I remember thinking, ‘If I don’t get this deer, my husband and my little boy might shoot me.”

Seigler plans to have the buck scored for the South Carolina record book next March after Wilson’s Taxidermy in Langley finishes the mount.