Jay Garner killed a nice 8-point buck last Sept. 17, 2017, but he didn’t really think he was anything special. 

Turned out, he was wrong. 

Garner, from Murrells Inlet, S.C., entered his buck in Carolina Sportsman’s 2017 Bag-A-Buck contest a few days later, and in late January, his entry was drawn as the grand-prize winner.

A hunter in the Carolinas will repeat Garner’s feat sometime this season — maybe a with a spike, a forkhorn or a doe — because the Bag-A-Buck Contest is back for the 2018-19 season.

All subscribers to Carolina Sportsman are eligible for the contest, which is divided into four monthly contests (August-September, October, November and December) with prizes that include a $25 gift certificate to the online Sportsman’s Store and a free, one-year subscription to the Sportsman. Monthly winners will be announced monthly in the Sportsman and on www.CarolinaSportsman.com.

The grand prize winner, announced in March, will receive a prize-package including a two-day deer/hog combination hunt for two people at Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge in Chesterfield County, S.C., a $50 gift certificate to the online Sportsman’s Store and a free, three-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman.

The rules are simple. Take a photo of yourself with a deer you kill during the 2018-19 season, upload the photo to the Bag-a-Buck contest forum on www.CarolinaSportsman.com, and write a short account of your hunt, including the date of the hunt, county of the kill, your name and hometown. You can enter multiple times, with multiple deer, as long as they are legal kills in your state of residence or in the Carolinas.