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Ivy Oates killed two nice bucks on Oct. 19, one of which she entered in South Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck Contest. She was drawn as the October contest winner. Rock Hill teen wins October Bag-A-Buck contest

Oct. 19 was a Sunday that 16-year-old Ivy Oates of Rock Hill will not soon forget. The junior at Rock Hill High School killed her first buck, a 5-pointer, around 5 p.m., right after climbing into a ladder stand on property in Lancaster County she was hunting with her father, Danny.


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You don’t need a lot of decoys if you’ve got the right kind and arrange them so passing ducks will feel safe landing. Fool the fowl with a variety of blocks

Types of decoys are mostly a personal preference, however, finding decoys that will fool ducks is of the utmost importance.


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A duck like this drake woody carrying  a leg band is a rare prize that all waterfowl hunters seek. The jewelry store

The one piece of jewelry that many sportsmen and sportswomen would love to own comes off the leg of a duck or goose.


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Timing the release of corn from a feeder may draw deer into feeding on bait during daylight hours. Hunting over corn

Beginning with the 2013, baiting for deer became legal on private lands across the state. Many hunters put out corn, both in feeders and in piles, but they are quick to point out they rarely see trophy deer eating there during daylight hours. Most hunters still tout natural food sources and planted food plots as the best strategy for pin-pointing trophy deer.


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Some bucks will show up in new territory once the rut kicks in , but most are homebodies when it comes to  staying in a familiar area. Timing the rut

A number of factors influence exactly when deer will go into rut across South Carolina, but for most areas, the 30 days from Oct. 15 and Nov. 15 are historically when does go into estrous and bucks breed them.


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Randy Lambert uses a Golden Estrus Trophy Leaf as a cover scent, not as a deer lure as it was designed. It makes scents to him

Randy Lambert doesn’t consider using lures or scents as a big part of his deer-hunting program, with one exception.


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Predator hunter Ken Truesdale said that night-imaging technology has made night-hunting for hogs a snap. Thermal-imaging devices are key for night hog hunts

Farmers just about everywhere will quickly denounce the wild pig. Every year, wild pigs, aka feral hogs, are responsible for excessive crop and habitat destruction that contribute to tens of thousands of dollars every year. And their increasing numbers and expanding range are tough to combat under normal hunting conditions.


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November is the time to flood your waterfowl impoundment to put the groceries within range of greenheads and other ducks. Time to flood duck honey holes

Even though the short duck season has come and gone by the first of November, the core duck seasons remain, and the flood of migrating waterfowl is on its way. Waterfowl impoundments should be fully flooded this month to capture these birds when they arrive.


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A food plot tucked in close to a buck’s bedding area may be a great November spot. Food for thought

According to Clemson-based biologist Richard Morton of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, food sources are the primary key in locating trophy deer almost any time of year, but particularly during the rut.


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Willie McCutcheon is a big believer in grunting and bleating to get bucks within gun or bow range. Get vocal with big bucks - it might get them in range

Hunters will do anything they can to get a big buck within bow or gun range, but there is one technique that is used to great advantage by some, but totally overlooked or misused by many: vocalization – talking to the deer.


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Lush, green food plots really become deer magnets when early-season foods disappear and mast is consumed. Keep deer stores stocked

For deer hunters rooted in the Carolinas, November is a demanding and sometimes challenging month in the deer woods. From intense rutting behavior and food availability to drastic changes in the weather, the pressure is on the  deer herd. Hunters and land managers must stay on their toes to keep their property attractive when the pressure surges. 


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Steve Crenshaw of Anderson didn't miss when this big buck gave him a second chance on Halloween night. Anderson man makes most of second chance at huge buck

Halloween Night provided both tricks and treats for Steve Crenshaw of Anderson, who admits getting physically sick when he missed a big buck across a huge food plot, then got well when the buck gave him a second chance he didn’t blow.


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T.J. Jordan of Marion killed this 12-point, 190-pound buck on a tiny tract of land surrounded by the Woodbury WMA. Woodbury WMA produces great buck -- but on private land

Ever since the 25,000-acre Woodbury WMA was first opened to public hunting in 2010, hunters from around the region have licked their chops over the chance of taking a trophy buck, long-bearded turkey or oversized hog. Finally, in the fifth season of managing bucks with four-points-per-side antler restrictions, a trophy buck has been taken, but surprisingly, it came on a tiny, private outparcel smack dab in the middle of the Marion County land.


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Dan Wynne took this Bamberg County buck on Oct. 19, an unusual non-typical that had three main beams and a drop tine growing from the base of its right antler. Big non-typical buck taken by Bamberg County hunter; it has four beams

Dan Wynne hunts in deer-rich Bamberg County, where big bucks abound, and he has been a member of a club that has dedicated itself to trophy whitetail management for 25 years. Those things happily came together on Oct. 19, when Wynn took a buck sporting 14 scorable points that has a little bit of everything: width, mass, height, split beams and even a drop tine.


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Set a good decoy spread and you’re well on the way to a very productive duck hunt. Set a tasty spread of decoys and kill more ducks this season

The predawn was a lot colder than normal for the opening of waterfowl season. A thin layer of ice covered the small lake that a good flock of mallards had been using. As we eased into place, decoys were tossed into place to try and help lure the birds into shotgun range, hopefully to get them to lake where we wanted them to.


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Randy Lambert gets a head start on big buck like this one by looking at maps and aerial photos to find funnels and pinch points. Holding all the cards - Bucks can’t bluff this Barnwell hunter; he’s got aces up his sleeve every season

When Randy Lambert of Barnwell may not be a poker player, but he knows how to play the cards he’s been dealt at the beginning of every deer season.


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C.J. Brown of Edgefield believes that the peak of the rut in late October and early November is the best time to kill a trophy buck in South Carolina. Roll with the rut - Don’t count on a South Carolina buck’s breeding urge to put you in range; appeal to his other senses as November arrives

Deer hunting in November can be easy on the one hand and difficult on the other. Sitting in a tree stand overlooking an area where a rut-crazed buck is looking for lonely does often makes a novice wonder why folks consider deer hunting to be a challenge when a big racked deer throws caution to the wind and acts like a lovesick teenager. 


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Bryan Morgan killed this 150-inch Anderson County buck on Oct. 13 with his wife's .308 after trying to kill him with a bow for three seasons. Anderson County hunter takes huge buck after three years of trying

Bryan Morgan ended a three-year pursuit of a 150-inch buck on Oct. 13 when the big bruiser stepped out into an open area to run three smaller bucks out of his territory. Morgan took aim with a .308 he had hastily borrowed from his wife and put an end to his pursuit. Surprisingly, Morgan did so with a tad of remorse. It was not the ending of the hunt that he had planned.


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