It was her second trophy buck of the season
Lacie Layne killed an Alamance County giant buck on Dec. 21. The 10-point buck was green-scored at 166 3/8 inches, and it’s her third buck ever taken. And this is only the second year she’s had a North Carolina hunting license.
While somewhat new to hunting, she met Jeremy Evans, an avid hunter who quickly took her under his wing and taught her all the right moves to make her outdoor dreams become realities.
“Jeremy is a wonderful teacher and the best hunting partner ever,” she said. “We can’t argue because you have to be quiet in the woods.”
This season started off with a bang for Layne. She killed a 143-inch, 8-point buck on Sept. 21 with her crossbow on a Guilford County farm. When many hunters kill a trophy like that, they believe they’ll never top such a feat. But Layne knew her deer season had just started and was far from over.
By the time Evans had tagged out for the season, they began seeing the 10-point Alamance County giant buck on their farm. The deer became a regular to Layne’s corn pile along a creek bed.
“He was living his best life in my corn pile,” she said.
Layne’s relentless pursuit pays off
Determined to take this deer, Layne started hunting every morning and evening. She saw the deer in the flesh on her fourth day. But her excitement turned to heartbreak when the deer quickly vanished.
“I was disappointed because I was worried it may have been my only shot,” she said.
To lessen any pressure the deer may have felt, she decided not to hunt the next morning. But that afternoon, Evans joined Layne around 2:30 p.m. in the stand. Shortly after 4, the heavy-horned deer walked right down the creek bed. With his binoculars, Evans verified it was the target buck, and signaled that to Layne. She got ready.
“All I could see was his neck and antlers because he was walking in the creek,” she said. “I put it right on his neck and let him have it. The .270 sounded like thunder, and he immediately disappeared.”
But the deer didn’t run off. The creek’s high bank concealed the deer from where Layne and Evans were sitting. The buck fell dead right in the middle of the creek where they found him a few seconds later.
“When I got to him, I couldn’t speak. I was so excited and in shock, I couldn’t get my words out. I just killed the deer of my life on the eighth hunt after this deer, and it just happened exactly the way I expected it to happen,” she said.
Click here to read about another Alamance County trophy that was killed earlier this season.