Brooke Throckmorton has been hunting for a couple of years with her boyfriend, but their schedules didn’t always mesh and she felt like she was missing out on some good deer by going only when he was available. She decided to take things into her own hands, and on her first hunting trip alone, she killed a 130-class buck on her family’s 12-acre tract of land.
“I knew there were deer on my family’s land, but no one has ever hunted it. I was really hunting blindly, but I’d seen signs of deer around. I mainly hunt on dog drives with my boyfriend, but I decided to try hunting from a stand because I couldn’t always go when he did,” said the nineteen-year-old from Person County.
“I didn’t have a gun, so I bought myself a .243 Remington 770. I had a ladder stand set up in the woods and made a corn pile in a small clearing in the trees,” she said.
Throckmorton got into the stand at around 5 a.m. on Nov. 25. Before daybreak, she saw a doe, but she wasn’t interested in shooting a doe, so she let it walk. It soon disappeared, but came back around 6:30. She watched the doe for a little while, then looked up to see a big buck walking in her direction.
“I held my gun up and pointed toward the corn pile, thinking that’s where he was headed. Once he got there, I was ready, I pulled the trigger. He ran about 25- or 30-yards and fell,” she said.
Throckmorton was excited, but said she was able to temper her excitement until after the buck was down.
“I didn’t really know how I was going to react if I saw a big buck. I thought I might get nervous and shaky, and that I would have trouble shooting, but it wasn’t like that at all. I was just too determined, and I stayed calm throughout the hunt, even when I was aiming at him. I held out my excitement until after I shot,” she said.
The 8-point buck had thick and long tines, and the rack was green-scored at 130-inches. Throckmorton already has her sights set on an even bigger deer that is still at large on her hunting land.
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