Ethan Chapmon of Reidsville wasn’t really thrilled with the 30-yard shot he took at a big Rockingham County buck on the morning of Oct. 25, but it wound up winning him North Carolina’s Bag-A-Buck contest for October.

“I’d only killed one other deer before with a bow, and he was moving through some trees, so I wasn’t really confident about the shot I took,” Chapmon said.

But his Easton arrow and Muzzy MX-3 broadhead sliced cleanly through the buck, destroying one lung, and the 10-point trophy made it only 50 yards before expiring.

If it was more skill than luck when he killed the deer, it was definitely luck when Chapmon’s entry was drawn as the winner of the monthly contest.

Chapmon will receive a gift certificate to the online Sportsman’s Outdoor Store and a year’s subscription to North Carolina Sportsman magazine. Along with everyone who enters the contest, he will be eligible for a drawing for the grand prize: a Leupold optics package that includes a rangefinder, binoculars and rifle scope. It will be presented at the Dixie Deer Classic next March in Raleigh.

Chapmon, 23, was hunting on family property that has been managed for big bucks. Food plots have been planted, and hunters on the property are letting small bucks walk, he said.

That’s perhaps one reason that the 10-point buck, which had a 16-inch inside spread and should score between 125 and 130 Boone & Crockett points, was walking around.

“I was on the back edge of the property, just inside the woods, up about 22 feet in a climbing stand. I wasn’t real satisfied with the tree I chose, but it turned out all right,” he said.

“The buck came out about 9:15. He was walking through the trees and behind some brush, and I grunted and he stopped and gave me a shot.”