Category Archives: South Carolina Deer Hunting

Dave Ziegler Scores A Beautiful South Carolina Buck

Congrats to one of my best friends and hunting buddies, Dave scored on a great buck last night. Dave and I have been coming down to Buck Run Hunting Lodge for 6 years now and it keeps getting better every year. The quality of deer and the good times to be had combined are second to none. With two more evening hunts I left I hope we can knock down a few more.

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Day 2 Morning Hunt In South Carolina

Well I hate to say it but not much has changed this morning compared to yesterday. It seems like there was a bit more shooting at first light but that has quickly died off. My buddy Darvin did shoot a small buck this morning, and I’ve yet to see a deer myself. But like I’ve said I’m just happy to be here, and for now I’m just hanging out waiting on the deer. God speed!

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Day 1 Evening Hunt In South Carolina

Back on stand for the first evening hunt and right back where I killed my giant last year. As you can figure my anticipation and hopes are way high. Deer or no deer I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to be sitting here. Good luck hunters!
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South Carolina Opener Coming Quickly

As I sit here on the beach celebrating my wife’s birthday on our family vacation I can’t help thinking about hunting on Friday. I will be leaving Hilton Head to make an hour and a half drive NW to Buck Run to start off my 2014-15 hunting season. I’ve been going now with a group of buddies for 6 years now and I can’t think of a better way to start the season. I can only hope to be half as lucky as I was last year as I harvested a super velvet buck in 2013.

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Stay tuned as I’ll keep the updates coming in once I arrive in camp.

South Carolina Success For This Maryland Huntographer

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Nothing like coming home successful with a cooler full of rack. What a great hunt I had. God bless South Carolina.


South Carolina Day 3 Hunt #5

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I’m feeling pretty good to be sitting in the stand where I killed my first ever big velvet buck down here. In this same stand last year I passed up a really nice 8pt waiting on the caliber of buck I had shot previously. I couldn’t ask to be in a better place than where I’m at on the last night. It’s been a fantastic trip whether I see another deer or not. God bless this great sport of hunting.


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As much as I love hunting I love Hunting in South Carolina that much more. I’ve come down here now for the past five years and I don’t regret a second of that time. Going to South Carolina give you the earliest opportunity in the country to shoot deer, and I mean great bucks in full velvet. Last night I started the 2013-14 season off with a bang as I harvested an outstanding South Carolina velvet buck from the swamp while hunting with Buck Run Hunting Lodge.

I had gotten in my stand early yesterday as the deer have been moving early with all the rainfall the area has been plagued with this year. As soon as I got up in stand I immediately saw deer moving through the swamp. Not long after that I had some more move from the pines into the swamp. Then I had more come from the swamp to the agricultural fields. I had quite a flurry of action right quick and then things kinda got quite. As I sat there grassing around I couldn’t believe I was sitting over such a beautiful pristine spot, and I kept thinking to myself, I can’t wait to see what’s coming out of this swamp. It wasn’t long after that I happened to look up and a deer was running my direction, it was a buck so I grabbed my binoculars and confined he was a shooter. He was moving quick so I got on my gun and hurried to find him in the scope. I felt like I was chasing him with the crosshairs so I finally got in front of him and when he stopped I steadied them upon him and fired. The buck turned and ran back away from me to the opposite corner he came, and as I watched him disappear into the swamp I suddenly became uneasy about whether I hit him or not. From ranging trees I knew he was between 200-250 yards and I felt good about the shot but I was just unsure. I stood up and looked with the binoculars for a while but still couldn’t see him. He was too big to chance so I was off into the swamp to the tree I marked at the last place I saw him. As I meandered through the swamp all kinds of thoughts were going through my mind. I finally got to that tree and about 20 yards in front of it this is what I found.

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I was over joyed and now it made perfect sense why I lost sight of him. I had hit him perfectly and he was magnificent. I called Pete right away and we celebrated over the phone. He also told me to try and get him to the dry ground before dark so we wouldn’t have any problems. No problem there, as you know I’m used to dragging deer. I through my strap on and was ready to go.

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I had quite the challenge ahead of me as I had to drag him out of knee deep water and then across 300 yards of a swampy cut over. It took me a little while but I got him to dry land, went and gathered my things and then took some time to compose myself. As I waited to be picked up I took time to thank God for the wonder opportunity he had presented to me and just thought about how lucky I was to have just had this experience. After being picked up the rest of the night was pictures and celebrating my tremendous harvest. Here he is below.

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A Maryland Huntography South Carolina BBD!!!

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Oh yeah I did it once again fulfilling my goal to harvest a giant velvet buck. Gotta love it. Just got him out of the swamp so I’ll have more later, got lots to do now. SC BBD oh yeah!


South Carolina Day 2 Hunt #4

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So here I sit again amazed at the site I’m looking at. I’ve already seen 6 deer only as I made my way into stand, and I’m foaming at the mouth thinking about what might step out. The hunting ground that Buck Run has never seizes to amaze me. Time to get to work.


A Buck Five Years In The Making

Last night one of my best friends, Dave Ziegler harvested a great 8pt buck in full velvet adding yet another trophy to his wall.

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Dave and I started our journey five years ago after watching the same tv show and finding out South Carolina opened up a month earlier than our state at the time. We both then decided it was something we definitely wanted to do so the search was one. Dave quickly found an outfitter, Buck Run Hunting Lodge and luckily for us they had an opening. We booked it and we’re on our way. The place was amazing, the experience was even better but unfortunately neither of us were able to seal the deal on a velvet buck.

After such a great experience there was no doubt we were coming back. The second year was a little better for Dave as he shot a small buck, just not quite what he was hoping for but the early supply of meat is always welcomed. The third and fourth years were a little of the same, seeing bucks just none that he wanted to shoot, or they were out of range. So as I sat in my stand last night I was thinking, man I really hope Dave gets his buck this year. There was tons of shooting last night and it wasn’t till I got a text full of velvet that I know he had fulfilled his goal. I was proud of Dave and super excited he finally got his buck. The experience at Buck Run is like no other that’s why we’ll always be coming back, deer or no deer. Hunting is not all about the kill, it’s about the great experiences and memories you can create in the outdoors. Congratulations Dave, you finally did it bro, great buck.

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