Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Deer Season gets off to a good start

New Year's Day harvest with the man drivers

Spencer Clark and Angus Lawton Jr.
Father and son Bo and Jackson Wood,
they each shot a doe on the drive
Annual New Year's Day man drives for white-tailed deer, play out on countless properties in the Palmetto State, offering a great way to get a head start on the 2013 deer season! Summoned to Jasper County for a traditional end of deer season hunt, the assembled hunters ranged in age from 13 years old to a venerable 90 years old!! Talk of first deer memories from this property for some of the hunters circulated, and the huntmaster gave a safety talk about what animals are on the harvest menu and what is the definition of a safe shot. Once the standers were all deployed, the drivers began whooping and hollering in an effort to stir up the deer. At 9 a.m. a small doe came rocketing right by my stand, which was in the woods next to a privet patch, offering the deer a sporting chance. She dodged my first shot with her warp speed pace, but I was able to wheel and deal on my second shot and was VERY fortunate to harvest the doe! Thirty minutes later another doe tried to use the same game trail and I was able to utilize another doe tag. Taking two does on one drive - what a way to start the 2013 deer season! A total of six deer were harvested during the hunt, and everyone who wanted venison for their freezer was able to take home some meat.

Two does and two bros, with Julian Clark
To view past blog entries about man drives for white-tailed deer click here.

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