Jerrod Reeves’ chocolate-horned rack

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Chocolate-horned rack was killed in lowcountry

It’s always great to see the unique racks on bucks killed every deer season, and this chocolate-horned buck killed by Jerrod Reeves is a perfect example. Reeves killed the buck in South Carolina’s lowcountry on Aug. 18, 2023.

According to the National Deer Association, the color of a buck’s rack can be determined by a number of factors, including genetics, environment, and the deer’s age and behavior. Darker racks usually contain more moisture and minerals, and are often a sign the deer ate a highly nutritious diet. Dark antlers are also sometimes colored that way due to the deer rubbing its antlers on certain types of trees that have a very high sap content.

No matter how Reeves’ buck got it’s dark antlers, it sure is a beauty, and is a prime example of how size isn’t the only factor that determines whether a deer is a trophy or not.

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Bag A Buck Contest

Congratulations to Reeves, 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, and other prizes, 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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