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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
2 Views - Posted: November 1 at 7:00 am

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.

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
2 Views - Posted: November 1 at 7:00 am

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. 

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
19068 Views - Posted: October 22 at 7:33 pm

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.

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
7717 Views - Posted: October 16 at 7:27 am

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.

Vocalization is very important when deer are on the move, but moderation is a key; don’t overdo it. Make a joyful noise
162 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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

Sneaking through the woods with a handgun produced this great Upstate buck for the author. Those boots are made for walking — not stalking
146 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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

One of Danny Dillard’s trail cameras caught these three bucks feeding on acorns in Anderson County. Trails cams help paint a pretty picture
146 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

When it comes to big bucks, seeing is believing.

Killing too many bucks of any specific age class will prove detrimental in the future. Beware of killing too many bucks of any size
125 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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.

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
239 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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

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
172 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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

Bushnell’s lightweight Legend Ultra HD 8x42 binoculars are a great choice for still-hunting situations. See all that you can see
71 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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.

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
85 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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.

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
79 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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.

A scrape and rub close together is a sign of buck activity when deer are moving. The biology of October deer
172 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

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.