NC woman wins first monthly Bag-A-Buck contest with 10-point buck

10-point buck

10-point buck was only deer she was targeting

Laura Tucker of Manson, N.C., only had one whitetail on her hit-list when North Carolina’s deer season opened on Sept. 11. It was a 10-point buck.

She didn’t have to wait long.

The afternoon of the season’s opening day, Tucker arrowed the 10-pointer that had been a regular on trail cameras on her family’s farm in Warren County.

She entered Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest two days later, and on Oct. 2, her entry was drawn as the winner of the first monthly contest.

Tucker’s prizes include a 1-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman and a Sportsman prize package that includes a True Flipper folding knife and other goodies. She, along with every subscriber who enters the contest, will be eligible for the grand prize, a 3-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman, a 2-day deer/hog combo hunt for two people at South Carolina’s Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge, and a Sportsman prize package that includes a Millennium M25 Hang-On tree stand and other goodies.

The buck green-scored 138 inches

Tucker, a 36-year-old caseworker for Warren County’s Department of Social Services, was hunting out of a ladder stand on the edge of a soybean field, waiting for a buck she had in trail-camera photos for several weeks. She had sprayed her boots with Hughes Outdoors’ Honeysuckle Scent Concealer.

“We had him in full velvet for a couple of weeks, and it wasn’t until two days before the season opened that he lost his velvet,” she said. “He was the only buck that I’d been seeing for a while.”

At around 7:15 the evening of Sept. 11, Tucker said the 10-point buck, which green-scored 138 inches and carried a 5×4 rack with one sticker point and a 16 1/2-inch inside spread, showed up on the other side of the bean field and worked its way slowly across.

“He fed along the other edge for a while, and he finally came across,” she said. “It took him 20 or 30 minutes. I was thinking, ‘What am I going to have to do to get this deer?” He would eat a little bit and move, eat a little bit and move.”

Finally, the buck made it to Tucker’s side of the field. She raised her Killer Instinct crossbow and sent a bold tipped with a Rage broadhead cleanly through the buck’s vitals. It went only 50 yards before crashing to the ground.

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Dan Kibler is the former managing editor of Carolina Sportsman Magazine. If every fish were a redfish and every big-game animal a wild turkey, he wouldn’t ever complain. His writing and photography skills have earned him numerous awards throughout his career.

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