On the afternoon of Aug. 15, with the temperature pushing 90 degrees, Zachary Dinkins of Gilbert, S.C., opened South Carolina’s deer season by killing a Lexington County buck that had been nicknamed “Swamp Donkey” — a 9-point, 22-inch wide, 224-pound brute. […]
Bobby Maher of Bronson, Fla., was down to his last half-hour on a recent deer-hunting trip to Erhardt, S.C., when he proved that “better late than never” holds true in a deer stand.
Taxidermist Jeremy Bessinger of Ehrhardt, S.C., gets to see plenty of his customers’ big bucks, but he’s got an awfully enjoyable task ahead of him this fall — mounting a monster of his own.
It took perseverance, a few changes to deer stands and locations, and a little bit of luck, but it all came together in time of Joshua Sparks of Marion to kill the deer of his dreams last month, and it all started with a trail camera photo he obtained after hunting season had already started.
Travis Limbaker of Mt. Pleasant had one of those days that most outdoorsmen only dream of. Multiplied by two. While hunting in Trio on Nov 21, Limbaker put two solid bucks on the ground within an hour of each other, including a 130-class buck that really made his day.
What started out as an Oct. 14 doe hunt for Tripp Love of Murrells Inlet wound up being the trophy hunt of a lifetime, with him taking a 24-point non-typical buck with a third main beam that has more than 170 inches of antler should score well up in the South Carolina whitetail record book.
Dan Wynne hunts in deer-rich Bamberg County, where big bucks abound, and he has been a member of a club that has dedicated itself to trophy whitetail management for 25 years. Those things happily came together on Oct. 19, when Wynn took a buck sporting 14 scorable points that has a little bit of everything: width, mass, height, split beams and even a drop tine.
What child wouldn’t want to be known as “Grandma’s favorite?” How ‘bout one with a white tail and a huge set of horns? Edith Dooley of Lexington is “Grandma,” and in more than 30 years of deer hunting, the biggest buck of the 250 or so deer she’s killed was taken on Oct. 18 near Rimini. It’s a 177-pound 10-pointer with a 19-inch spread and more than 140 inches of antler.
Rabbit hunters count on their beagles to run bunnies in a big circle, with their quarry eventually returning to the area from which it was originally flushed.
When Pelion’s Liz Richburg killed a beautiful 10-point buck on the last day of the season (Jan. 1), it was sort of the same deal. The beagles were replaced by relatives driving the deer, and the 140-class buck she killed returned to the spot it was first observed – 10 weeks later. […]
Dean Elsey of Bonneau Beach figured after three months in the woods that he was headed for one of his normal deer seasons: taking a doe or two, maybe a small buck.
But in a period of a little more than two weeks, Elsey’s season went from dull to dynamite with a pair of great bucks taken on separate mobility-impaired hunts. […]
You’ll probably never catch William Gainey III of Chesterfield without a trail camera, not after one led him to an enormous 8-point trophy buck in early October.
Gainey’s father had gotten a Moultrie trail camera last Christmas, and Gainey mounted it overlooking a food plot on a tract of land in Chester County that had produced some nice bucks in previous seasons. […]
If Honey Hill’s Guy Kessler ever doubted how effective a deer call could be, those concerns should have ended on Oct. 4.
Hunting on leased land in Barnwell County, Kessler picked up a doe bleat call, hit it a couple of times and within a few minutes he was admiring a huge non-typical trophy that may rank among the top 20 deer of all-time in South Carolina’s whitetail record book. […]