Two 14-point bucks go down to father-son duo

Jerry Lee shows off the record-book buck he killed the day after his son killed his own trophy.

Son kills trophy buck one day, father kills his the next

Father and son duo, Jerry and Carson Lee of Johnsonville, S.C., blasted two 150-inch bucks less than 12 hours apart in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. The Lees had been watching both 14-pointers for more than a year on their two hunting properties — one in Williamsburg County and the other in Florence County.

Carson Lee killed his buck on the afternoon of Oct. 11, and Jerry Lee administered a dirt nap to his on the following morning.

Last October, these two huge bucks showed up independently on two of their hunting properties, but the Lees could never get a shot at either one of them, even after seeing one on multiple occasions. Since then, they gave these bucks every reason to stick around.

“We first saw them in October of last year and we kept feeding them ever since,” Jerry Lee said. “We fed the hell out of them every month of the year except during turkey season.”

This year, the Lees upped their surveillance program and figured out where and when these bucks got up to eat, pee, and sleep.

“The only reason we killed these bucks were these Covert cameras. They take the luck part out of it,” Jerry Lee explains. “We had these two deer patterned to a T.”

Covert cameras utilize cellular technology to send photos to an email address within two minutes of capture, enabling hunters to monitor deer activity remotely and in real time no matter where they are.

Carson Lee’s 14-pointer was in his food plot from 4 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning on multiple days in a row. So he got in the stand on Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m., and the 183-pound monster showed up on schedule at 4:09, just in time to meet Carson’s .300 Win Mag.

Jerry Lee also had his buck nailed on a predictable pattern.

“I had him pegged the same as Carson’s buck. If we had him on camera after midnight, he would show back up along a strip of oaks shortly after daylight,” he said.

Jerry Lee rolled out of bed early on Oct. 12 and checked his camera feed to see what was happening.

“I had to go after I checked my camera that morning. He was in there at night again and I knew where he was going to be at 7 a.m.,” he said.

Lee got in his stand at 6:45 a.m. and the 178-pound buck stepped out at 7:13. Lee pulled the trigger and the deer hit the dirt.

Preliminary measurements put both of these bucks in the 150’s that clearly surpasses the 125-inch minimum for the South Carolina Record Book.

Both bucks were taken to 301 Deer Processing for preservation and butchering.

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Jeff Burleson is a native of Lumberton, N.C., who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences and is a certified biologist and professional forester for Southern Palmetto Environmental Consulting.

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