11-year-old arrows 10-point buck


10-point buck

10-point buck weighed 180 pounds

Lindsey Edge, 11-years-old of Laurel Hill, NC, shot a 10-point buck that weighed 180 pounds on Oct. 18, 2023 in Scotland County. She shot the buck, which had a 20-inch inside spread, with a Barnett XP 370 crossbow using a G5 three-blade mechanical broadhead. It was a buck that the young hunter and her dad had been observing on their trail camera.

“This buck had been on trail cam Monday at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, he showed up around 6:40 p.m. My daughter was anxious to hunt those days, but the wind wasn’t favorable for that stand. Fortunately, the wind shifted on Wednesday and I told her that was the day. So we went, and the buck showed up at 6:40 p.m.,” said her dad, Ira Edge Jr.

But at first, it appeared that another deer would steal the show that evening.

“At first, a huge 9-point walked out and crossed the corn pile, but didn’t stop. So she couldn’t get a shot on it. She got a little worried she wasn’t going to get one. But then, we looked to the left, and here comes the 10-point walking straight into the corn pile. He stopped at 27 yards,” he said.

The young hunter pulled the trigger, and they heard the telltale “whaaap.”

“So we knew it was a good hit,” said her dad.

They waited about 10 minutes, then slipped back to their truck to call Trey Edge for help searching.

“He arrived and we went straight to the corn pile. There was good blood everywhere, so we were all pumped!” he said.

But after tracking the deer for about 600 yards, the blood trail stopped.

“I flagged off the last blood spot and marked it on my Garmin. We called it quits around 10 p.m. because she had school at Carver Middle the next morning. I was so distraught and knew I wasn’t going to be able to sleep. I called my duck hunting partner Terry Locklear around 10:30 that night, letting him know I couldn’t duck hunt the next morning like we’d planned. And I told him I had to find Lindsey’s big buck she had shot,” he said. “And he told me, we gotta find the deer tonight, because we got puppies to train on the duck hunt in the morning.”

With Lindsey sleeping, her dad and Locklear headed back to the woods, with Edge’s puppy and Locklear’s hound.

“He loaded up his hound Gunner, and I took my beagle Weenie, and we went back to search. When we got to the marker I’d left at last blood, my beagle started barking like she was running a rabbit wide open. She ran 40 yards and shut up. Then Terry’s hound took off and drug him straight to Weenie and the big buck. And he started shouting ‘you ain’t gonna believe this buck!,’ he said.

The deer was there, 50 yards past where they quit looking earlier, thinking they’d lost the trail.

“I proceeded to go home around 11 p.m. to wake Lindsey up and tell her that we found her buck. She was super excited!” he said.


Bag A Buck Contest

Congratulations to Edge, who is now in the running for our monthly prize of a free 1-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman Magazine, a Mini Maglite, an 18-ounce Yeti Rambler, a two-pack of Lowcountry Seasonings, as well as our Grand Prize, which includes a 3-year-subscription to Carolina Sportsman Magazine, a 2-day two-person hunt at Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge in Chesterfield, SC, and other prizes to be determined.

See all the bucks entered so far, and upload yours at carolinasportsman.com/bag-a-buck-2023, or email photo and detailed info to images@carolinasportsman.com.


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