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12-point buck harvested near Walterboro

Jason Finley with a bruiser 12-point buck harvested just 10 minutes from Walterboro.

 

The big bucks are on the loose throughout the woodlands of Colleton County right now with the beginning of the rut. But don’t overlook the potential of bruiser bucks close to home now that the Hunt Is On! Jason Finley caught up to his dream buck on October 6 just ten minutes south of Walterboro. The buck was captured on trail camera in 2011, but avoided all the hunters looking for him, that is until the Saturday afternoon still hunt that was over 15 minutes after it began.

Finley is tried and true when it comes to hunting deer with dogs, and he owns his own beagles to run at Ritter Hunt Club. After dog driving most of the day on Saturday Oct. 6, he and hunting buddy George Bobo put up the dogs and drove to Cook’s Hill Road to still hunt. The weather had been hot all day, and it was not much cooler at 6 p.m. when they decided to head to their deer stands.

“I went to a hardwood flat that offered the shade of a big oak tree for me to sit under,” said Finley. “I could not see very far due to the thick woods, but I heard a buck grunt after 10 minutes. I had never heard one grunt before so I knew he was close! When I did see some movement it was actually two bucks with the big buck chasing a smaller one through some dwarf palmettos.”

“When a doe appeared in some switchcane near me, the chasing buck broke off his pursuit and came back towards me,” said Finley. “He was about 60-yards away from me in heavy cover, but I could see his neck and head clearly.” Finley squeezed off a round from his .308-rifle and the big buck dropped in his tracks at 6:15. Perhaps the shortest hunt in his life, earned him the biggest buck he has ever harvested in nearly 30 years of hunting.

Finley recognized this buck as the one that had been caught on his trail camera in 2011. The big 12-point which has two kickers was also reported to be caught on trail camera at an adjacent hunting property in 2011. Despite the hunting pressure in that area, this buck managed to survive and thrive in that area until it was Finley’s day to become the lucky hunter who would harvest and mount this trophy buck.

Friend George Bobo helped him load up the big deer, and they made a victory tour that took them from Ritter Hunt Club, to Risher’s Deer processing and then to Whitetail Taxidermy. Located in Cottageville, Tryon McDonald at Whitetail Taxidermy specializes in mounting big bucks. Last year he mounted several deer from the Midwest that his happy clients brought to him. Now Finley’s trophy buck will get the same discerning touch from McDonald, who can be reached at 843-835-3300.

Yes sir, this is exactly the kind of trophy buck and hunt story that keeps plenty of Colletonians heading back into the deer woods year after year. Knowing that a dedicated hunter can still cross paths with the buck of a lifetime makes Colleton County a great place to deer hunt. Hunting during the rut in October only increases the possibility of having a dream hunt, maybe even while sitting under the shade of an oak tree. Just ask Jason Finley!

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

 

Jeff Dennis, Contributor (341 Posts)

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com