Camden 7-year-old kills first buck

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Youth hunter killed first deer with step-dad’s old gun

Mason Kennington, a 7-year-old from Camden, S.C., killed his first deer on Oct. 4, 2021. He shot the 7-point buck in Kershaw County from 40 yards away.

First kills are always special hunts, but this one was even more special than most. The young hunter shot the buck with the same gun — a .410 single shot — that his step-dad killed his first deer with, also at the age of 7. To top it off, he used the last shotgun shell from the exact box of shells his step-dad used.

Bag A Buck

Congratulations to Mason! He is now entered in the Carolina Sportsman Bag A Buck contest, which awards monthly prizes, along with a grand prize at the end of deer season. The Grand Prize includes a Millennium M25 hang-on deer stand and a 2-man, 2-day hunt for deer and hogs at Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge in Chesterfield, S.C.

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