Youth hunters set the bar high for 2020 deer season

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Kahlei Morris of Aiken killed this velvet 8-point buck on South Carolina's 2020 youth day.

Female youth hunters played big role on youth day

South Carolina’s youth hunters tested out the woods this past Saturday during youth day of the state’s Game Zones 3 & 4 2020 deer hunting season. It was a hot day, but it didn’t stop a number of young hunters from downing their first deer of the season.

Kahlei Morris of Aiken set the bar high with a 161-pound, 8-point buck in full velvet. She hauled the buck to the Skinning Shack in Aiken. This is sure to be a mount of a lifetime for the young lady hunter.

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Kahlei Morris of Aiken killed this velvet 8-point buck on South Carolina’s 2020 youth day.

Before Morris showed up at the Skinning Shack with her buck, the appropriately-named Hunter Lee brought the first one of the day. It was his first buck, an 8-pointer in full velvet.

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Hunter Lee killed his 8-point buck on Aug. 8, 2020.

In Ridgeland, Jason Mock’s ganddaughter Braylyn took care of business on a nice velvet buck with a 225-yard shot.

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This young huntress killed a fine buck with a 225-yard shot on South Carolina’s youth day, Aug. 8, 2020.

Lots of smiles from youth hunters on Saturday

Seven-year-old Madelyn Hill of Givhans is another young lady that successfully pulled the trigger Saturday.

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Girl power! Madelyn Hill, 7-years-old of Givhans, was one of several young lady hunters to kill a buck on South Carolina’s 2020 youth day.

Nine-year-old Makenzie Lee of Chesterfield had a trail cam photo of a unique drop-tine buck. She was lucky enough to see the same buck on Saturday morning, and promptly put it on the ground for a successful start to the season.

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Nine-year-old Makenzie Lee of Chesterfield killed this buck Saturday morning, Aug. 8, 2020.

In Effingham, youth hunter Bradley Barnes checked in a nice 8-point velvet buck to 301 Deer and Wild Hog Processing and Taxidermy.

Bradley Barnes checked his youth day buck into 301 Deer and Wild Hog Processing in Effingham on Saturday morning.

Game Zones 3 & 4 open this weekend

It was a good start to South Carolina’s 2020 season. Next up, Game Zones 3 & 4 open up this Saturday, Aug. 15. Game Zone 3 hunters can use guns or archery equipment beginning Aug. 15. In Game Zone 4, it’s archery only from Aug. 15 – 31, with gun hunts starting on Sept. 1.

Game Zones 1 and 2 have a little bit longer to wait. Archery season begins in Zone 2 Sept. 15 – Sept. 30 after youth day on Sept. 12. Then it’s primitive weapons from Oct. 1 – Oct. 10. Gun hunts begin on Oct. 11. In Zone 1, youth day is Sept. 26. Oct. 1 – Oct. 10 is primitive weapons season, then gun season begins Oct. 11.

The regular deer season ends Jan. 1, 2021 for all of South Carolina’s game zones. Another youth-only day takes place Jan. 2.

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