Deer of the Year

Anderson teen scores on trophy buck with crossbow

If Robert Williams had his way, his 13-year-old son, Carter, would have been sitting in a different stand when a record-book Anderson County buck went out for a stroll the evening of Oct. 12. Fortunately, Carter Williams really wanted to sit in a ladder stand where he’d seen several deer the previous season, and it worked out in a 140-inch buck.

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Deer of the Year

Roundo huntress rounds up a trophy buck on opening day

Leslie Lawson of Roundo has been hunting for 20 years, since she was 4, but has only recently found success deer hunting. A member of the Briarcreek Dog Club in Bamberg County, she took her first deer, a doe, two years ago. Last year, she put down a 6-pointer, but trophy deer had eluded her until Aug. 15, opening day of the 2014 season, when she killed an 8-point buck that could qualify for the South Carolina Deer Record Book if it wasn’t in full velvet.

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Deer of the Year

ECU co-ed has trophy buck, jealous boyfriend

Christin Carter, a student in East Carolina University’s dental school, has been introduced to deer hunting by her boyfriend, Brad Whitman. Thanks to a big 12-point buck she killed last Saturday on opening day of gun season in Guilford County, he’s a jealous boyfriend.

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Deer of the Year

Draw hunt on WMA produces trophy buck for Jasper County hunter

Six years ago, Seth Mixson decided that the public-hunting opportunities a short drive of his Ridgeland home could be a gold mine for finding mature bucks in the Lowcountry. His decision paid big dividends on Monday, when he killed a 140-inch 8-point buck on the first day of a three-day draw hunt on the Donnelley WMA in Colleton County.

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Deer of the Year

‘Heartbreaker’ no more — Reidsville woman kills trophy buck

Mindy Huffines of Reidsville muffed a 10-yard shot at large-racked whitetail deer back in 2009 while bowhunting. Shaken to the core by the incident, she nicknamed the deer “Heartbreaker.”

The experience haunted her and her husband, Hunter, until two weeks ago, when she dropped the same Rockingham County trophy buck, which carried a 12-point, non-typical rack with more than 158 inches of horn.
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