Scott Beck’s Rockingham County buck

Scott Beck of Stokesdale, NC killed an 8-point buck in Rockingham County on Oct. 27, 2023 at 7:48 a.m. Beck harvested the deer with his Ten Point Turbo S1 crossbow. His trail cameras had been taking photos of the deer fairly regularly until a few days before the hunt.

“I got in the stand at 6:30 a.m. so hopefully if I spooked anything, it would come back by daylight. I was starting to think the buck had moved on since the last pictures I had of him were from Oct. 24 at 7:55 a.m.,” he said.

Beck almost didn’t hunt the day he killed the deer.

“I almost didn’t get up to go hunting because he had disappeared,” he said.

Beck said he couldn’t hear very well that morning at first, thanks to large numbers of black birds flying overhead. But once the birds gave him a break, something caught his ear.

“It’s really thick where I am, and I only have a few shots. But as soon as the birds flew off, I heard something. I looked and saw a cow horn. Then I saw something move straight in front of me, and there he was. The cow horn was following him. I’m very blessed and thankful I got up that morning to go,” he said.


Bag A Buck Contest

Congratulations to Beck, 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, a two-pack of Lowcountry Seasonings, 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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