Deer of the Year

Pittsboro bowhunter arrows 13-point buck

Hunter Schulz of Pittsboro, NC and his neighbor were after the same buck — a Chatham County 13-point that had appeared on both of their adjoining hunting properties. When his neighbor wounded the buck on opening day, Schulz figured his chance was long gone, but on Sept. 25, the buck resurfaced on his side of the woods and Schulz put an arrow through the 167-inch giant. 

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Deer Hunting

Youth crossbow hunter tags out 10 days into season

While most 6-year-olds stay pretty busy just being kids, Carter Lee Phillips of Pittsboro is adding a healthy dose of the outdoors to his youth. Fostered by a long lineage of hunters including his father, Jonathan Phillips, Carter was able to put an arrow through not one, but two respectable bucks a mere 10 days into this season — the largest being a Chatham County 10-point that taped out at 119 ⅜ inches on Sept. 18.

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Deer of the Year

Lowcountry youth hunter bags full-velvet 8-point buck

South Carolina’s youth day gave young deer hunters the opportunity to hit the woods a few days before the official season kicked in on Aug.15 — and 12-year-old Nate Humphrey of Hanahan, SC took full advantage. On Aug. 11, seated beside his dad Michael, the youth hunter pulled the trigger on a full-velvet 8-point in Orangeburg County, SC that weighed in at 176 pounds. 

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