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.
The Cathey family of Anderson has struck again. Daniel Cathey, the middle of a three-generation set of big-buck killers, took down a 10-point, 220-pound buck on Sept. 15, a deer he’s judged to be pushing 8 years old.
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.
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.
Is deer hunting all downhill from here for Zack Satterfield? You have to wonder what more it can hold for a 17-year-old high-school senior who killed a 150-inch buck for the second year in a row last weekend.
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.
Those who don’t believe lightning never strikes twice have never met Chuck Mulkey. On Oct. 16, he arrowed a magnificent 5 ½-year-old buck with an impressive rack that measures almost 155 inches – the same buck he shot two years ago and never recovered.
Aaron Bates wasn’t “supposed” to kill the big buck that showed up in front of his ground blind early on Saturday evening. But when the 180-inch non-typical gave him a perfect broadside shot, he took it.
Brayden Morris of Rougemont killed the two biggest bucks of his life the opening week of archery season, taking a 118-inch buck on opening day and a 124-inch buck the next Saturday. The most-interesting thing is, Brayden Morris is only seven years old.
With only minutes of daylight remaining on Sept. 3, Charles Byrd of Conway squeezed the trigger on his Browning .270 rifle, the biggest buck of his hunting career in his sights and a 3-day saga in a Horry County swamp finally at an end.
Monsoon-style rain didn’t discourage Ricky Martin of Conway on Aug. 16, the second day of archery deer season in Horry County. His perseverance paid off when he arrowed a 131-inch, main-frame 8-point buck in the Little Pee Dee River swamp.
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.