Jody Cann’s full velvet Anderson County buck

full velvet buck

Full velvet buck weighed about 225 pounds

Jody Cann of Anderson, S.C. killed a 9-point buck in full velvet on Oct. 24, 2021. He shot the deer from 160 yards away with a Christensen Arms Ridgeline .308. It was a buck he had never seen before — not in the flesh or on trail cameras.

Cann was hunting from a 12-foot tall stand overlooking an open area across a pasture in Anderson County. He shot it at 6 p.m., and the deer ran 40 yards before topping over.

The deer weighed approximately 225 pounds. That it was still in full velvet was puzzling to the hunter. His processor had some insight into that.

“The buck was in full velvet, and showed no sign of shedding the velvet. I carried the deer to Harper’s Meats in Anderson, where Brett Hill explained to me that the testicles in this deer had never dropped. He said it probably stayed in velvet year-round, and that it probably never dropped its antlers,” said Cann.

Don McIntire is creating a mount of the buck to commemorate the hunt.

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