|As seen in the October 31 newspaper|
Seasoned deer hunters understand that the best hunting of each deer season is likely connected to the rut. Bigger bucks may break cover to chase does, causing all other deer to be moving in response to the hierarchy of dominance in nature. It is no coincidence that two veteran deer hunters had their respective children in a deer stand during that first cool down in mid-October. Megan Clark patiently picked out the biggest buck she saw and harvested a 9-pointer, while Walker Smith stopped a quality 11-point buck that will be entered in the S.C. record book.
The Jasper County monster buck weighed 190-pounds and carried an 11-point rack with a 23-inch outside spread. Smith relays that this is also the biggest buck ever seen on the private property they hunt, and that they have practiced passing up smaller bucks over the years. Seeing a mature buck is often cause for an excuse called Buck Fever that causes an errant shot, but this Father is proud that his son made a precise shot. They plan to share the hunt memory in the future after getting a taxidermy mount of the trophy buck.
Megan’s father is rightfully proud of the 150-pound buck she harvested, but so is her grandfather who lives and hunts in Jasper County. The tradition of hunting runs deep in the Clark family and Megan also enjoys target shooting sports with school friends too. She certainly has earned bragging rights within her family for the 2018 deer season thus far, and better understands why her grandfather and father pursue white-tailed deer in the Lowcountry.
To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.
To view past blog entries about big bucks click on 2012 Halloween Buck - Hurricane Matthew Buck - 2012 Bear Island Droptine Buck - 2011 Late Eight-Point - 2011 Youth Hunter - 2013 Cooper Buck - 2012 Cedar Knoll Ten-Point - 2012 Twelve-Point Buck - 2012 Draw Hunt Buck - 2013 Donnelly WMA buck - 2014 Gnarly Buck - 2009 Dog Pen Buck - 2011 Rosser Buck - 2012 Crandall Buck - 2011 Man Drive Buck - 2011 Birthday Buck - 2010 Bricketto Buck - 2010 McCarty Buck - 2009 Blogger Buck - 2011 Bowen Buck - 2011 Thanksgiving Buck - 2011 Savannah River Site Bucks - 2011 Santee Delta Man Drive - 2009 ACE Basin Driven Hunt - 2009 Thanksgiving Buck-