B.J. Compton of Lexington, S.C. has been hunting ever since he was knee high as a cypress stump and has learn to hunt what he calls Swamp Chickens.
Most hunters will hunt open land such as fields and power lines looking for a gobbler in full strut.
B.J. has learn that some or most of these gobblers will be in low bottom swamps with open spots next to a rivers and creeks where they will roost.
Just as a crow flies by and calls the sound of thunder comes a live from a tree just with in 40 yards of him.
Knowing he would have to wait till this old boss gobbler would fly down the game is on.
The sound of wings and a pitch down comes gobbling and with low yelps he is now strutting his way on a rivers edge.
Notice a full fan with spit and drumming coming in close the shot would be a clean one.
Target in view with sights at aim and a easy pull on the trigger ' B.J. Compton ' tags another tom and has only three tags left for the rest of the season.
After hunting on private land in Game Zone 6 that opens March 15th. He will now start hunting WMA land that will open April 1st. statewide.
1 1/8 spurs
12 inch. beard
Early turkey season in the Low Country of South Carolina with cold and blustery winds and 26 abated has not been good for gobblers answering from from the roost.
Bruce and Rhonda Compton from Lexington, S.C. who have been hunting in the Low Country of Bamberg, S.C. for most of their lifes and enjoy every hunt together as a team.
Just when the sunrise temps got just a litter higher came the sound of gobbling and it was off in pursuit to start calling and to get a answer back.
After calling with a few hen calls this bird would do a double gobble.
Just as this one tom was coming in a full strut here comes another one and he took over and looked to be a bigger tom.
Backing off with only a few low yelps and low clucks and at only 31 yards he made the mistake of a full alert with head up high.
This is the best shot to take and not when a gobbler is in full strut.
It was all over by 8:30 a.m. to tag and go after another one the wife heard gobbling in some tall pines.
Started calling and the answer returned but this one would not move or come closer.
This is when the wife decided to move our location and close in and a good decision she made.
Wife had her target in view at 30 yards but with three large pines in her way there was no shot.
This old boss gobbler was coming and taking his time .
All I could hear was my heart beating in my ears as he got closer and closer.
He is now only 13 yards in front of her and stepped in a opening for a clean shot.
At 10:30 a.m. another gobbler had been taken.
Hunting partners for over 37 years and memories that will last a life time.
20 lbs. 10 inch Beard . 1 .5 Spurs
19 lbs. 10 inch Beard . 1.25 Spurs
March 15th. is opening day of turkey season on private land in the Low Country of South Carolina and there is no surprise that B.J. Compton of Lexington, S.C. will harvest a Gobbler every year on this date.
Loves to make his own Duck Calls and Strikers.
This year he is also trying to make the distance with a mountain bike.
As the early morning sun rise he is headed down a long road on his bike and comes up on a lonely hen.
Stops at a ( T ) in the road and there are gobbler tracks every where.
Then just behind him a crow sounds off and the sound most turkey hunters love to hear ' The sound of a Eastern Wild Turkey '
Using a slate and his new striker with a few soft calls he gets a answer back with a double gobble.
This Tom hangs up at 50 yards in a full strut and then held his head up for a clean shot.
Weighed 19 Lbs. 8 inch Beard and 1 inch Spurs
Donnellley WMA opens it's first week to bow hunting only in the Lowcountry of South Carolina just below Walterboro,S.C.
Opening date started on October. 1, 2012 to October. 5, 2012 for a five day hunt and hunters can scout the day before the hunt and this paid off to one of these hunters as he scouted a area the looked promising.
Geoff Williams of Lexington, S.C. hunted a area he signed into for three days and by the forth his luck turned out for the best.
That afternoon he had a doe come in from behind him and just at 10 yards there was not a good shot placement and she busted him just to run off.
With in a few minutes Geoff can hear the foot steps of another deer coming in from the same direction the doe just came.
Looking over his shoulder he can see horns .
Bucks on this WMA must have four points on one side or 12'' inch inside spread and this one met all of the above.
Watching him walk out in front Geoff used his range finder and at 43 yards he drew back using his 40 yard pin and let an arrow fly hitting its target.
Got down to find a blood trail just to back off and went back to the WMA Check Station.
Chuck Sharpe of West Columbia,S.C. who hunts every year brings his best friend and trail beagle ' Blackjack ' went back to the blood trail and with in 15 minutes the buck was found and on its way back for DNR to check this 8 pt. in at 3 1/2 year old 165 lbs. and 15 3/8 inside spread.
Having a camera when out in the field.
Southern Pines Hunt Club Bamberg, S.C. has been working hard with wildlife management and the results show year after year.
Management plays a key roll and the results are showing each year at Southern Pines Hunt Club in Bamberg, S.C.
Adding more and bigger food plots have drawned more deer on to this hunting track.Keeping a wildlife Data has showen numbers are growing each year.
Member ' Bo Settle ' of Spartanburg, S.C. harvest his first South Carolina buck in velvet.
After seeing him with a 4Pt. on his trail cam ' Bo ' decided to hunt this stand on August 18, 2012 on a afternoon hunt.
When the 4 pt. came out he got his rifle up and ready for a good shot placement.
Sure enought he stepped out.
Buck weighed in at 200 lbs.
Its great that when all wildlife comes together.
This fawn with its mother will grow to under stand what is a predator or not.
Only to find that this is a hen turkey with a 9 inch beard.
This LowCountry Buck at 13 points still has some growing to do by August 15th. opening day of deer season on private land in Game Zone 6.
Trail Cam Pic. Contest
From now until August the antler growth is going on and as its looking these bucks have some time before the full mass is set in.
The bachelor groups will still be together come open date in the Lowcountry around the Bamberg, S.C. area
WMA has some of our best turkey hunts and this was proven on 4,8, 2011 in the up state around the Newberry area.
After a early morning over cast the sun started to shine and the gobblers started to wake the woods up.
On a ridge over looking a creek bottom this Old Tom fell to the calls of my son B.J.Compton of Lexington, S. C. using the Flatwoods Game Call.
8:15 a.m. the sound of his 12 gauge filled the woods with the sound of another WMA turkey harvest.
22 lbs. - 10 1/2 beard - 1 1/8 spurs
Afternoon Turkey Hunts can sometimes be the best hunts over looked.
The Pro Staff of Flatwoods Game Calls have proven this time over time.
As B.J.Compton my son found tracks leading to a low bottom off a old logging road we decided to sit up where we found a lot of scratchings and started to call and just as we stopped with in 15 minutes this Tom came in and gobbled with in 45 yards.
Not a clean shot B.J.started to call with some low yelps and soft purrs.
Looking down my gun barrel all I cold think is if he was to move to my right in a clear open, I would have the shot I needed.
This Old Tom must have read my mine.
He started walking in a full strut and then stops just where I needed him to be at 35 yards.
After the shot, we looked and it was 5:00 p.m.
Weight 22lbs.9 1/2 beard & 1 1/4 spurs
March 15th is Open Season on Private Land Only.
B.J.Compton (Pro Staff Flatwoods Game Calls ) took a day off from work just to hunt one of the many places he loves to turkey hunt in our great state of South Carolina.
On this misty morning his luck was in the back wood swamps of Bamberg, S.C.
Scouting just days before opening day he found all the information he would need to close the distance and with a 30 minute hunt and a few calls from his Flatwoods Custom Call he had three long beards at the end of his sight.
A big thanks to South Carolina Sportsman Magazine who helped sponsored the Oct. TOMO youth hunt and a special thanks to Brian Carroll who came to this event from the start to the end.
Brian got a chance to see what it takes to pull together a youth hunt.
With all the sponsors, mentors,volunteers, and the youth to help make a dream come true.
On August 15 2010 opening day of deer season most hunters on private land in Game Zone 6 in South Carolina took advantage even with the heavy rains.
Got in the stand almost to late and the rain stopped with no breeze at 6 :30 p.m.
Started to see deer movement and had five young bucks come out into the food plot at 7:00 p.m.
Most were 6 & 7 points and this is when three larger bucks stepped out just below the five younger bucks.
Knowing this range would take a 300 yard shot, I pulled the trigger with my 270 Custom Remington.
Bruce Compton of Pelion, S.C. took this nice 9 pt. with 16 1/2 inside spread weighing at 195 lbs.in Bamberg, S.C.
This made a great Birthday gift.
Have hunted most of South Carolina's upland and lowcountry.
To hunt in the swamps is a challenge in its self.
My son and I have enjoyed taking others and each year we will take a weeks vacation together to hunt turkeys as ' Father & Son '
Open fields are some of the easy hunts but to try and get that up close shot makes it one's hardest hunts.
The hens will nest in some of the thickets and under brush.
This is where most Gobblers will stay.
I have had to cross most low creek lines and will set up in the mornings with in 50 yards of where I have roosted the bird the day before the hunt.
The reward is to hunt the ' Lowcountry Swamp Bird '
South Carolina's WMA public land has started off with a good turkey harvest this year.
Bruce Compton and his son B.J. Compton make it a tradition to hunt the Webb Site each spring.
This year was another notch in the belt.
B.J. Compton was well pleased to harvest this gobbling Tom on the back side of Hamilton Ridge WMA.
Next Generation relays on us as mentors to our youth in the outdoors.
I had the pleasure of taking my grand son on his first turkey hunt.
As the morning sunrise came the sound most turkey hunters love to hear. The sound of the ( Eastern Wild Turkey )
Luke Gunter's eyes were full of excitement as these two Toms started gobbling.
This lasted for more then one hour and I could hear his heart beating next to my side.
There were more hens then me and we could not make the connection but knowing he will always remember the day he hunted with his Grandpa as the ' Next Generation '