Solo man-drive produces 205-pound Sumter County buck

Sumter County buck

Justin Cameron shot the Sumter County buck on Sept. 20

Justin Cameron of Sumter, S.C. took a stroll with a 12-gauge shotgun and walked up a 205-pound, 7-point buck in his home county on Sept. 20. Cameron was performing a one-man man-drive when the buck jumped up too close for comfort.

“He was bedded down, and he got up 5 yards away from me. He definitely scared me, then ran to my left. I shot him at about 15 yards,” said Cameron.

He shot the buck twice with 00 buckshot. The deer ran a short distance, then fell into a creek about 15 yards away.

Cameron had never seen the buck before — not in the flesh or on trail camera footage. He’d been craving some deer sausage. So he decided to take a walk close to his house, hoping he’d run into a deer worthy of shooting. He certainly found it.

“I didn’t know he was there. I was just walking through a cutover. I never saw that deer before,” he said.

Cameron runs a YouTube channel called JCameron Outdoors, where he chronicles his hunting and fishing adventures. Click here to check it out.


Congratulations to Cameron, who 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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