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Chris Lambert's Spartanburg County non-typical buck won the grand prize in South Carolina Sportsman's Bag-A-Buck contest. Spartanburg hunter is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest
3052 Views - Posted: January 22 at 9:07 pm

Chris Lambert, a 23-year-old Gaffney firefighter figured he was going to find a run-of-the-mill 8-point buck on the ground when he got down out of his tree stand the afternoon of Oct. 18.


Deer that aren’t shot at every time they stick their noses out often don’t bolt at the first sight of a human. The deer woods
73 Views - Posted: January 22 at 9:00 am

A pod of whales. 

A copse of brush. 

A gaggle of geese. 

A brake of cane.

A slash of palmetto.


David Ray's big 8-point buck, killed on Edisto Island, won South Carolina Sportsman's December Bag-A-Buck contest. Charleston man wins December Bag-A-Buck contest with Edisto Island trophy
2882 Views - Posted: January 12 at 4:03 pm

There’s one beat-up old tree stand on a piece of land on Edisto Island that David Ray of Charleston hunts with friends. It’s just pieces of lumber hammered together to form a platform about 13 feet off the ground.


Evolved’s Dirt Bag Evolved’s Dirt Bag and Dirt Block
71 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

Made with Evolved’s own blend of molasses flavoring and other ingredients deer can’t resist, Dirt Bag and Dirt Block attractants are packed with flavors and nutrients that help draw in deer. Even better, both products are enhanced with Glo-Cote, an ultra-violet light enhancement that is invisible to humans but highly visible to whitetails. Not only will deer smell and taste the flavors in Dirt Bag and Dirt Block, they’ll see it, too.


Cora Lee Downer killed this huge Sumter County 8-pointer the morning after Christmas. It's a shoo-in to make the South Carolina record book. Textbook or text buck? Sumter teen scores on huge 8-pointer on Dec. 26
10809 Views - Posted: December 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

"I think he's here." "Yupp he's here but his butt is to me." "Are you sure? Take your time for a good shot." "I see big rack but he won't turn." "Doe to the left of him I think." "Just wait on the trigger and be ready." "Oh my gosh dad he's huge."

That's not your typical string of texts between teen-aged daughter and dad, but that's the exchange that took place the day after Christmas between Cora Lee Downer and her dad, Billy Downer. Minutes later, the 15-year-old Sumter County hunter fired one shot, then sent another text.


Kelly McAbee's huge Cherokee County 11-pointer had a 22 1/2-inside spread when he killed it on Dec. 1. Blame it on my brother -- Gaffney man takes huge buck at 318 yards
12487 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Kelly McAbee of Gaffney admitted he was burned out. He’d sat one box blind on a piece of property he hunts in Cherokee County six straight days, and he was ready for a break. But when his brother Scott wanted to hunt on Dec. 1, McAbee reluctantly agreed – and was rewarded with a tremendous buck.


Many a nice December buck is taken in the final few minutes of legal hunting time. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up
280 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Hunters in South Carolina get to chase whitetails longer than just about any other state, and during December, hunters may become restless the last few weeks or the last few minutes of each hunt. 


During stormy weather, don’t miss out and wait for the rain to stop before you get back in the woods. Watch weather forecasts and try to be on stand an hour before the weather clears. Read the weather
187 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

From the beginning of deer season until its Jan. 1 close, the weather will vary from scorching, 90-degree days to bone chilling-winter mornings with frozen precipitation all over. Changes in weather conditions will play a strong role in deer movement throughout the season, and hunters looking to score during the last few weeks, scheduling hunts around specific weather patterns will increase their chances of an intimate encounter with their prime suspect.  


Hunters can now take advantage of all the cool features of a new iPhone app from Mississippi State University's Deer Lab. Free iPhone ‘Deer Hunt’ app fun, informative
1304 Views - Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Mundane hunting camp rituals could become a lot easier if a new iPhone app from Mississippi State University’s Deer Lab delivers what its designers hope it can.


Roger Cox's beautiful Dillon County buck, killed on his first trip to a friend's property, is in the 150-inch class and weighed 208 pounds. Loris hunter scores on 150-inch buck on friend's property in Dillon County
8731 Views - Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Roger Cox of Loris said it all happened so fast, he “didn’t even have time to get nervous” – and that was probably a good thing. Cox killed a 150-inch, 208-pound, 10-point buck near Dillon last Friday, in part because when the deer suddenly appeared out of a swamp, he was in range and presented a killing shot as soon as Cox saw him.


Jeff Kirkley killed this huge main-frame 8-point buck after it was spooked out of a swamp by some duck hunters. Mullins hunter scores on huge buck spooked by duck hunters' shots
9614 Views - Posted: December 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Since deer season began, Jeff Kirkley of Mullins had hoped to run into a huge buck he had picked up on one of his trail cameras along a Marion County swamp. He spent countless days in a stand 400 yards deep in a flooded wilderness until Dec. 6, when a handful of duck hunters spooked the buck in his direction and he took advantage to make a tough kill shot.


Watch the world's fastest deer skinner Watch the world's fastest deer skinner  Video Included
5672 Views - Posted: December 08, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I pride myself on being able to disassemble a deer pretty quickly. But judging from this video, I have a long way to go in terms of stripping down an animal.

This fella, who apparently works at Peach Orchard Deer Processing outside of Sumter, takes the hide off a deer and dumps its guts - and trims off fat - in less than two minutes. It's a video you just have to see to believe.


Chad Weatherford regularly scores on big bucks in the last part of the season because he knows they’re consumed by two impluses: eating and breeding. End on a high note - Don’t let the last month of South Carolina’s deer season pass you by
187 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

For more than three months and counting, South Carolina deer hunters have turned out in the deer woods, keeping game processing facilities and taxidermists working late nights and long weekends. 


Dalton Smith, 19, of Chesnee, made this huge non-typical buck his first ever with a bow. Snap, crackle, pop! Spartanburg Methodist freshman kills huge buck
45882 Views - Posted: November 23, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Snap, crackle, pop! Cereal noises to many people, but on the afternoon of Nov. 15, to Dalton Smith, a 19-year-old from Chesnee, it was the sound of a big buck – a big, big buck: 16 points and 180 pounds.


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