Jessica Gray’s cryptorchid 16-point buck

16-point buck


16-point buck was once-in-a-lifetime kill

Jessica Gray was hunting in Dillon County, SC in late September 2023 when she killed a cryptorchid 16-point buck.

Gray shot the buck with her Remington .243, shooting a Winchester XP 95-grain round. She was perched in a ladder stand 15 feet off the ground overlooking a bean field. Gray shot the buck from 45 yards away.

Growing a single set of antlers, and never shedding velvet, is typical of cryptorchid bucks. This condition is caused by an injury to the buck’s testicles at some point in its life, or a medical condition which halted the natural development of them. The antlers are often a mass that resembles Medusa’s hair.

Click here to read about Daniel Brewer’s Clarendon County cryptorchid buck.


Bag A Buck Contest

Congratulations to Gray, 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.

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