Deer of the Year

Marion hunter kills 140-class buck

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.

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Deer Hunting

Murrells Inlet hunter kills 24-point non-typical buck

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.

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Deer of the Year

Big non-typical buck taken by Bamberg County hunter; it has four beams

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.

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Deer of the Year

‘Grandma” has a new favorite: a 140-inch 10-point buck

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.

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Deer of the Year

14-year-old kills 140-class Newbury County buck

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. […]