Lexington teen kills 205-pound, 8-point buck

8-point buck

8-point buck green-scored 130 inches

Landon Davis of Lexington, S.C. killed a trophy 8-point buck on Aug. 20 during an evening hunt in Lexington County. The deer has been unofficially scored at 130 inches. Seeing this deer during the hunt was no chance encounter.

His first in-person encounter with the buck was just a few days prior. But he’d tracked the deer in different locations on trail cameras for months, and had plenty of photos of it.

“I watched this deer on camera for months before the season started. Then he vanished a couple of weeks prior to the season. I decided to move spots and try and find him again. I spent hundreds of dollars and hours trying to find this deer again. Three days before the season, he finally showed up to my new spot deep in the woods,” he said.

“Came together like a TV show”

That was the day Davis first saw the deer in the flesh. Unfortunately, the buck stayed in some brush, and Davis didn’t have a clean shot at it.

“I was shaking like a leaf,” he said of that first encounter.

Things went differently the next time the 17-year-old caught sight of the deer.

“It finally came together like a TV show. He walked up out of the creek, straight toward me. He was 60 yards away when I shot him. He dropped dead right there,” he said.

Davis was hunting on a 50-acre tract from a stand deep in the woods. He killed the deer with a .300 Win Mag. It was an emotional moment for the young hunter, who targeted this buck specifically after first seeing trail cam photos of it earlier this year.

“After the shot, all my emotions came out. I hunted this deer hard and spent a lot of time on him. I spent hundreds of hours trying to pattern this deer, hanging trail cameras, moving stands, putting mineral and corn out, building the best habitat for him,” he said.


Davis is now entered in our Bag-A-Buck contest. Click here to enter your buck in the Carolina Sportsman Bag-A-Buck contest. We’re giving away some great monthly prizes, as well as a Grand Prize that 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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