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New Colleton resident gets license, and then stops trophy eight-pointer

Todd Crandall moves here from Alabama, and harvests a trophy Colleton County buck. Photo by Jeff Dennis.

When Todd Crandall moved to Colleton County in July from Mobile, Alabama he always intended to continue his deer hunting ways. However, as with any change of address, he could not get free from unpacking boxes and such. Then on October 22 he finally got his S.C. hunting license, and just three days later he harvested the wide-rack 8-pointer which is easily the biggest buck he has ever seen.

Crandall resides and hunts in Western Colleton County, not too far from the I-95 corridor. He moved to the area for work reasons, and he has a wife and a son who also like to hunt deer. Hunting with a buddy from work, Crandall had used his climbing stand to perch above a fresh fire line that runs along a hardwood drain. He had scouted and selected the area because of the number of deer tracks and trails located there.

After hunting for an hour with no deer sighted, he heard some movement in the thick cover of the bottom area. He first glimpsed the buck about 7 p.m. inbetween two scrub sweetgums that were re-sprouting after a prescribed fire. Then the buck with the 18-inch spread and the 10-inch G2 tines stepped out of the woods and into the firebreak. Crandall raised his Winchester 7 MM and dropped the buck in his tracks at 40-yards away.

“I couldn’t get out of my climber fast enough to get over to him,” said Crandall. “I recognized him from a trail camera photo from earlier in the year, but I never thought I’d see this buck during daylight hours. I guess he messed up.” Crandall does use corn to attract deer but admits that since this practice is illegal in Alabama, he has accepted some coaching from locals about how to attract deer using corn.

“Now that this big buck is down, I plan on being super selective while hunting the rest of the year,” said Crandall. “I want to get my wife and son on some of these good South Carolina deer too. I have been deer hunting since I was 16 years old and this is my best buck by a mile.” Crandall’s buck weighed 150-pounds and is going to be mounted by a taxidermist.

“I know that I am new to the area, but I read your articles about big bucks in the area, and I was hoping this nice 8-point would be worthy of the Colletonian,” said Crandall. Indeed, it appears that this buck carries the superior genetics that are one component of the equation that is required to grow a trophy rack. It illustrates to readers that deer in Colleton County have plenty of agriculture to feed on, and if given the chance to become older, they are plenty capable of becoming a trophy buck.

Check back next week for the special Hunt Is On section in the Colletonian.

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

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