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#1 Leo

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:07 AM

Opened yesterday on Private land in this Game Zone. This is my first opening day buck ever in South Carolina. It's also the first one I have ever taken in velvet.

Six bucks came out into the field last night in bachelor groups of two each. It was interesting to note the age and size difference between them. They were grouped together in three distinct groups of similar antler and body size. The two biggest were a seven pointer and an eight pointer. The eight pointer was narrower with shorter tines. He did have considerably more mass than the seven. I could tell right away both of these deer were 3 1/2 years old. Both were standing side by side in range. I just had to pick.

I picked the seven since next year he'll very likely be a bigger seven. The eight was a nice deer too but I decided he had more potential.

I haven't pulled the trigger on a deer in a long time. I haven't been able to go much. I was real happy God blessed me with this guy.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:23 AM

Posted Image Way to go Leo.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:31 AM

Posted Image Posted Image velvet - very sweet! Congrats.



How many bucks are you allowed in in that zone?
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:17 AM

Posted Image Posted Image velvet - very sweet! Congrats.



How many bucks are you allowed in in that zone?


There is no limit on bucks on private land in this zone. This deer was big bodied for this area. The weight I got was 172lbs live.

I was using the Hornady Light mag ammo 180gr BTSP interlocks in 30-06. This deer went about 60yds.
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 04:35 PM

Nice buck, Leo. Congrats!

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:35 PM

Way to go Leo. That is a dandy. It looked hot out though. Reminds me of the early muzzleloader season in Kansas where I recall hunting in 96 degree temps. Sure glad you got one nice buck and great eating for the winter.
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:54 PM

Hey thats cool i still have a month befor i can even go out good job

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 07:02 PM

Nice buck, Leo.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 08:15 PM

Nice Buck! I really like the velvet, never get a chance to shoot one in velvet here

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 01:55 AM

Nice buck Leo !Posted Image CONGRATS!!!

You look pretty warm ...what were the weather conditions ?


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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:33 AM

Nice buck Leo !Posted Image CONGRATS!!!

You look pretty warm ...what were the weather conditions ?


86F and raining off and on. The rain drives the humidity up, it's kind of a mixed blessing. In general though it's makes it a little more pleasant.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:39 PM

I see the photo and I start thinking to myself, "that darn deer wacker Leo is at it again". And then, I see the rope around the deer's neck and antler and I say, "darn, he's getting really good. He musta had this baby tied up before the season started. How many guys are good enough to tie a deer up and then shoot it opening day?"

Leo, hands down, you are the man!

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 05:34 PM

congratulations little brother!!


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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:04 PM

Grats Leo! Grat way to start the season-looks like you're on a roll!

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:12 PM

Way to go Leo, very happy for you, I have never shot a buck in velvet as our season start to late for that. Great picture too thanks for sharing.




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