Surprise 12-point for my first buck


Brandon Myers killed the 12-point buck in SC’s upstate

My hometown is Inman, SC. This hunt was in Spartanburg County on private land on Oct. 24, 2023. I left work 2 hours early because both of the bucks I was after was on the corn the evening before.

I got in the stand around 5:10 p.m. It was at 6:53 p.m. that the 9-point I was after all last year came out and started to eat the corn that was about 80 yards from my tree stand. My heart started to pound because I had never shot a buck before, and was hoping to get the biggest one out there as my first.

The buck I currently had my heart set on was a 12-point that popped up out of nowhere for the first time the previous morning at 3:27 a.m. He first appeared on the corn pile and then tripped another camera shortly after that. It was a camera I had on a frequently used deer trail.

I was watching a small 6-point hanging out with a group of four does about 200 yards down the gas line. Then the 9-point came out onto the gas line to eat some corn, but was facing away from me. So I couldn’t get a shot. About a minute later I look to the left and I see the 12-point barely sticking his head out of the woods. I was praying for the strength to stay composed. I had both of the bucks I was after eating side by side.

Myers shot the buck with a .30-06

The 12-point was coming to a stop on the corn, and he was slightly quartering away from me. I aimed my T/C Compass .30-06 bolt-action rifle behind the right shoulder and squeezed the trigger. He took off into the woods and the first thing I did was call my dad to tell him I shot at the 12-point.

I climbed down from the stand after a few minutes passed by and walked down to the pile. I was afraid I didn’t hit him because I couldn’t find and blood where I shot at. Fortunately my buddy Greg was also in the woods at the time, and he found a trail of blood about 10 yards into the woods.

We found him about 40 yards away from the corn, and I couldn’t have been more happy. I finally got my first buck, let alone one this size. I called my dad again to confirm that I got him and he came down with my four wheeler to carry him out. He weighed 159 pounds. I hadn’t seen him before in the flesh, just from trail camera pictures from the last 2 days he was there.

I am blessed for a buck like that to have popped up out of nowhere and to have him as my first buck.

–Brandon Myers


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Congratulations to Myers, 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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