By L. Woodrow Ross, Contributing Columnist:
The leaves are falling and animals are busy eating and putting on extra fat for the lean winter months ahead. The cooler temperatures have caused whitetail deer to become more active, and this is good news for hunters.
My season has been interrupted due to a mishap for my mom, who fell and broke her hip. She underwent surgery and is now in rehabilitation and doing well. While at the hospital on Oct. 16, I received a text from Chuck Mulkey, owner of Chuck's Taxidermy and Deer Processing in Anderson, S.C. He was very excited and told me, "I just killed the biggest deer of my life with my bow." Considering his past success, that is a powerful statement from Mulkey.
As you can tell from the picture, it is a fantastic trophy that any deer hunter would be proud to have to his credit. Mulkey later told me that the rack "green-scored" 154, which assures a place in the South Carolina record book and the Pope and Young record book as well. In addition to a great 10-point rack, the deer weighed more than 200 pounds.
South Carolina has produced some good deer over the last few years, and Anderson County has been one of the top counties in the state.
I can't boast about a record book deer so far this year, but I did get to hunt a while on Oct. 13 and killed a nice little fork-horn buck that will be great for the freezer. I took him with the 30'06, since I only got to hunt one day in bow season. Now, if I get to go again, I will revert back to the longbow. I was fortunate to take an 8-point buck last season with the longbow, but I'll be hard pressed to repeat that this season.
I heard from Gene Cunningham that his brother Ben killed his first buck recently. Way to go Ben! We are glad to have another convert to the deer hunting community.
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L. Woodrow Ross is a freelance writer/photographer and writes a weekly outdoor column as well as lifestyle features for the Anderson Independent Mail. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to South Carolina Sportsman and has been published in Primitive Archer, South Carolina Wildlife and the Travelers Rest Tribune.