Stokes County hunter kills drop-tine 10-pointer

drop-tine 10-pointer

The drop-tine 10-pointer green-scored 132 inches

Jordan Jessup of Westfield, N.C. killed a Stokes County drop-tine 10-pointer on Nov. 7, 2021. The deer has been green-scored at 132 inches.

Jessup had a few trail camera photos of the buck from this fall, but had never seen him in the flesh or through trail cameras before this season. The buck was a mainframe 9-pointer with one drop-tine. It was a big-bodied deer, weighing 205 pounds.

He shot the buck with a .50 caliber Thompson Center Triumph muzzleloader from 60 yards away. Jessup was watching some other deer when the 10-pointer showed up quickly.

“I was watching four does in my food plot all morning and one small 6-point chasing them around. Out of nowhere, this buck popped out of a small bedding area to the left of my Millennium ladder stand. I stopped him at 60 yards and took the shot,” he said.

At first, he thought he missed the shot. But he went to check for blood anyway just to be sure.

“He ran off and I honestly thought I missed. After 30 minutes, I got out to check for blood and finally picked it up about 75 yards away from the shot. It was tough tracking in the open grass field. I followed the blood and finally found him about 250 yards away from where he was shot,” he said.

That’s when Jessup realized why he had trouble finding blood at first.

“The bullet never came out, so only one entry hole. But it was a double-lung hit. I was amazed at just how far he ran. I feel very blessed to take such a great buck. It might be the only drop-tine buck I ever see,” he said.

Rodney Burcham at Arrowhead Taxidermy is created a mount of the buck.


Congratulations to Jessup, 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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