Brent Grady, a 33-year-old law-enforcement officer from Durham, N.C., is the first monthly winner in Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest for his entry of an 11-point buck he killed with a crossbow.

Grady, whose user name on CarolinaSportsman.com is “LovesHuntin” entered his buck on Sept. 28 and was drawn from among all entries during the August-September contest period.

Each monthly winner receives a prize package that includes a $25 gift certificate to the online Sportsman Outdoor Store and a free one-year Carolina Sportsman magazine subscription.

The grand-prize winner, drawn from all entries and announced in the February 2017 issue of Carolina Sportsman magazine, will receive a hunt at Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge in Chesterfield, S.C., a 3-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman and a $50 gift certificate to the Sportsman Outdoor Store.

Grady had a number of trail-camera photos of the buck on a tract of land in Durham County, and he recognized it when it came to the corn pile to feed late on the afternoon of Sept. 26.

"I had him on a trail cam with a few other bucks off and on for three weeks,” Grady said. “He was the biggest I had on camera.

“He came in from behind the corn pile, at about 35 yards, facing me, at 7 p.m. I waited 10 minutes for him to turn broadside, but he never did. He finally turned to his left to look and gave me his shoulder. I took it and got a lung. He ran about 70 yards.”