NC hunter wins December Bag-A-Buck

The December Bag-A-Buck contest winner is Ryan Long of Greensboro, N.C.

Ryan Long takes Bag-A-Buck contest for December

Ryan Long of Greensboro, N.C. had an incredible hunting season in 2021. He killed a total of three bucks that each scored more than 140 inches — two in North Carolina and one in Kansas.

On Dec. 5, he killed an 11-point giant that green-scored 157 0/8 inches. That was after bagging a 141 2/8-inch buck in Rockingham County, followed by his Jayhawker buck of 157 6/8 inches, both during the month of November.

Lady Luck smiled on Long again when he was picked as the winner of the Carolina Sportsman December Bag-A-Buck contest.

Long’s December buck was a mainframe 8-pointer with a split brow tine and two stickers off the G2. The buck had a 20-inch inside spread.

Although he knew the buck was in the area thanks to trail-cam footage, Long didn’t expect to see it because it followed a strange pattern that included only nighttime visits to his hunting property.

He had originally planned to kill a bear that day.

“I had been getting pictures of a bear on that trail cam. So I figured I would go in and hunt the bear,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to see this deer at all.”

But around 5 p.m., the deer stepped into the food plot Long was watching from a two-man box stand with a hunting buddy.

Long’s prizes include a 1-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman and a Sportsman prize package that includes a True Flipper folding knife and other goodies. Along with every subscriber who entered the contest, he is also eligible for the grand prize: a 3-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman, a 2-day, deer/hog combo hunt for two people at Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge, a Sportsman prize package that includes a Millennium M25 Hang-On tree stand, and some other goodies.

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