Mallary Ann Matthews’ velvet buck

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Youth hunter is first entrant of 2023 Contest

On Aug. 12, Mallary Ann Matthews, 9-years-old from Alcolu, SC killed this 7-point buck in full velvet on South Carolina’s first youth day of the 2023 deer hunting season. The buck was in full velvet and weighed 150 pounds. The young hunter has been looking forward to this day for some time.

“She has been watching a few nice bucks on camera for a couple of weeks. Her daddy gave her the option of which stand to hunt this morning, and I’m so glad she picked the right one. We are so proud of her!” said her mom, Tiffany Matthews.


Bag A Buck Contest

Congratulations to Mallary, who became our very first entrant in the 2023 Carolina Sportsman Bag A Buck Contest. This puts her 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, or email photo and detailed info to

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Brian Cope is the editor of Carolina Sportsman. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at

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