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Carter Williams, a 13-year-old from Anderson, arrowed this Anderson County buck with a crossbow on Oct. 13. 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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Dylan Kirby of Ruby killed this huge wild hog with a bow on Monday on the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. Chesterfield County teen arrows enormous hog on NWR

It’s all downhill from here for Dylan Kirby from the Chesterfield County community of Ruby. That’s what you’d figure since the first bow kill of his hunting career was a wild hog approaching 500 pounds that fell on Monday evening.


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Vocalization is very important when deer are on the move, but moderation is a key; don’t overdo it. Make a joyful noise

Fairfield County’s Bill Cline uses vocalization techniques to help him, especially when deer are on the move.


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Sneaking through the woods with a handgun produced this great Upstate buck for the author. Those boots are made for walking — not stalking

Still-hunters are, by nature quiet, but taking it to a different level requires good effective footwear.


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One of Danny Dillard’s trail cameras caught these three bucks feeding on acorns in Anderson County. Trails cams help paint a pretty picture

When it comes to big bucks, seeing is believing.


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Killing too many bucks of any specific age class will prove detrimental in the future. Beware of killing too many bucks of any size

Most hunters enter the woods aiming to kill a trophy buck, or at least a good deer to take home to momma. And just about every hunter will want to take a second, third and even fourth buck if the opportunities present themselves, but hunters can get too much of a good thing and reap havoc on the future buck population on their hunting grounds.


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Danny Dillard’s biggest buck, killed in Anderson County in 2009, qualified for the Boone and Crockett Club’s all-time record book and is No. 3 all-time in the South Carolina record book for typicals. Record-book assault: Dillard has 8 bucks on list

Eight years ago, Danny Dillard had never dreamed about putting a buck into the state record book.


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Danny Dillard checks out the track of a big buck made after a rain — a time he likes to hunt because he thinks bucks are very active. Dillard targets “post-rain” bucks

It’s always a good time to go deer hunting — unless you’re Danny Dillard.


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Bushnell’s lightweight Legend Ultra HD 8x42 binoculars are a great choice for still-hunting situations. See all that you can see

Other than your weapon, quality binoculars are arguably the most-important piece of equipment for the still-hunter. Barry Wensel said his binoculars are the one piece of equipment he will turn around and go back home to get if forgotten.


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Beavers can be very destructive when they flood a lot of timber, but they also provide plenty of waterfowl and aquatic habitat. Leave it to beaver — or not

Are beavers good or bad for man and the environment? It depends on who you ask. The beaver can create good and evil in the same motion. All they do is chow down on items in their food bank and build dams. What is horrible about that? Again, it depends on who and what is affected.


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A small pair of pruning shears can eliminate obstacles in the path of a still-hunter. Prune your way to a quiet path through the woods

One of the most-useful tools ever for hunters is a small set of hand pruners. They can quickly and effectively remove limbs, briars and vines up to 2 inches in diameter. Ratchet pruners seems to be best and are quiet and very effective.


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A scrape and rub close together is a sign of buck activity when deer are moving. The biology of October deer

According to biologist Charles Ruth of SCDNR, one of the first things a hunter needs to understand is the biological change that causes deer to move a lot during October. Unlike humans, it’s not because of the cool breezes and comfortable temperature. Basically, it’s biological.


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Is it a doe, or a button buck? Learn how to distinguish them and why it’s important to take one out of the herd and protect the other. Protect those buck fawns

Even though the deer season has arrived in one form or another, the majority of deer slayers begin to ramp up their efforts in October. Cooler weather sets in this month, making it comfortable for all hunters to sit motionless, perched in a tree stand or well hidden in a ground blind. For some hunters, a buck big enough to be eligible for a $500 taxidermy investment is about the only animal worthy of a lead projectile. But for the rest of the deer-hunting community, meat in the freezer reigns supreme. 


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Ron Berry killed these two nice bucks about 10 minutes apart on opening day, then had his entry drawn as the first monthly winner in South Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest. High school senior from Pelion is first Bag-A-Buck winner

Ron Berry, a 17-year-old high-school senior from Pelion, had a big opening day of deer season back in mid-August. Early in the evening, he killed a 10-point buck that was feeding along with a 9-pointer, and when the 9-pointer returned 10 minutes later, his .308 Ruger was on target again, leaving him with two great trophy bucks and a winning entry into South Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest.


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For a tough, old squirrel, there's no better way to remove its skin than the one this video shows. Mr. Squirrel, we want to pump, you, up!

What hunter doesn’t enjoy bagging a limit of bushy-tailed tree rodents? But as for the task of cleaning those tough little buggers - well, not so much. Jean Poirrier III, however, has no issues after the hunt with a unique air pumping system for cleaning older, tougher squirrels.


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For a tough, old squirrel, there's no better way to remove its skin than the one this video shows. Mr. Squirrel, we want to pump, you, up!

What hunter doesn’t enjoy bagging a limit of bushy-tailed tree rodents? But as for the task of cleaning those tough little buggers - well, not so much. Jean Poirrier III, however, has no issues after the hunt with a unique air pumping system for cleaning older, tougher squirrels.


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Make sure you unload your muzzleloader at the end of each day afield. Unload your muzzleloader at the end of the day to avoid future problems

Blackpowder weapons are extremely popular in some areas of the Carolinas because they allow hunters to be in the woods for an extra week or two.


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Getting down into creeks and waterways can help put bucks in range without them ever knowing you are there. Seven steps to still-hunting success for South Carolina deer hunters

Kneeling motionless for what seemed like hours, my knees were aching as I waited for the right opportunity to move a little closer to the deer feeding barely 30 yards away. 


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