Sportsman's Scrapbook

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Big smile for a first deer!

Shelby Grace Stephens, 19, of New Ellenton, S.C., came home from Clemson University the weekend of Nov. 9 to go hunting with her dad, Billy Stephens, and ended up with a fine Aiken County whitetail for her first deer.
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Ever seen a doe with antlers?

Harry Campbell was hunting in Screven County when he pulled the trigger on a deer with an unusual rack. It turned out to be a doe with a rare hormonal condition that caused it to grow antlers.
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Dalton Ray, 16, of Evans, killed this big nine-pointer in Columbia County while hunting with his dad, Kevin Ray. The buck had a 16.75-inch spread.
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Another Girard monster buck

Joseph Morris, with his father Byron, caught this big 11 pointer following a doe, Friday, October 25th in the Savannah River swamp on their farm in Burke County.
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Columbia County grows big deer, too

Bailey Postell, 16, of Appling, took a nice Columbia County eight-pointer this season while hunting with his uncle, Derrell Postell.
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Father son hunt yields big buck

Dwayne Camanini, 14, took this heavy old Burke County buck the evening of Nov. 2, 2013, while hunting with his dad, Robert Camanini. They were hunting near Sardis, Ga.
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Disabled hunters score big at special event

Dillon Greenway, 16, took a handsome nine-pointer during a handicapped sportsman hunt held Nov. 2 in South Carolina. Although Dillon has multiple sclerosis, he was able to participate in the hunt sponsored by Donnie Ray of the U.S. Forest Service and Marl Cook of the Wheelin Sportsmen and National Wild Turkey Federation. Shown with Dillon and his 175-pound buck are Jim Dansby and Tony Clark. The hunt, which attracted about 35 disabled hunters, was held on Dansby's farm in McCormick, S.C., which has been redesigned to accommodate guests with disabilities.
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Two hunts, two shots, two nice bucks.

Julia Smith, 15, of Evans, considered herself lucky last year, when she killed a nice eight-pointer during her very first deer hunt. This season, on her second deer hunt, she returned to Screven County, where she killed an even bigger buck - this wide-racked 10-pointer. She was accompanied by her dad (and hunting guide) Alan Smith on both outings.
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Might be a new Warren County record buck

Adam Jones killed this huge whitetail in Warren County while hunting with his son, Aaron Jones, who - by the way - also killed a huge 11-pointer on the same hunt. Adam's buck was greenscored at 158 and two-eighths B&C points and could be a new record for Warren County, where the current high scoring buck is a 153 B&C net.
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Not bad for the second-biggest buck of the hunt

Aaron Jones killed this huge 11-pointer in Warren County while hunting with his dad, Adam Jones, who - by the way - killed an even bigger 11-pointer on the same hunt.
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Best buck ever for Girard forester

Joseph Morris of Girard, Ga., thought his season was complete when he took a monster Burke County whitetail on opening day of firearms season. His luck got even better toward the end of the second week, when he killed this 6.5-year-old 11-pointer in the Savannah River swamp. The buck green scored 156 and four-eighths B&C points and is his best buck ever. The 185-pound buck was trailing a doe and was pulled away with a snort wheeze call - and the rest, as they say, is history.
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Richmond County produces fine first buck

Camden Boardman of Augusta didn't have to travel far to take a fine eight-pointer as his first deer. The 15-year-old was hunting in Richmond County. s first deer killed Saturday afternoon at our place in Richmond County with his dad, Braye Boardman.
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First bucks are the most memorable

Cooper Thigpen, 11, killed his first deer this season while hunting in Burke County with his dad, Bill Thigpen. The eight-pointer had a 16-inch spread. Cooper is the son of Bill & Jeni Thigpen and the grandson of Tank & Dean Tankersley, all of Appling, Ga.
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Opening day trophy from Burke County

Lucky hunter John McClellan killed this heavy buck opening morning of Georgia's firearms season. He was hunting in Burke County.
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Burke County bruiser buck

Here is a happy youngster with a bruiser of a Burke County buck. Hunter Via killed this 208-pound whitetail while hunting with his dad, Tim Via.
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Wide racks make memorable hunts

Edward Moxley killed this old eight-pointer Oct. 20, 2013, while hunting at Walkinshaw Sportsman Club in Richmond County. The buck's inside spread was with 19.25 inches.
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Big bucks love clearcuts

In most cases, father knows best. But when Joe Savage tried to talk his son Hunter Savage out of sitting in a certain deer stand, the youngster was adamant that the one he chose would be THE spot. What happened next made the day a memorable one for both of them, when Hunter took a huge eight-pointer that crossed a clearcut to within 150 yards of the father and son. The Burke County whitetail had an 18-inch spread.
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Not bad for a first buck....

Natalie Johnson, 11, of Evans, killed her first buck on opening day of Georgia’s 2013-14 deer season. She was hunting with her dad, Gene Johnson, in Jefferson County.
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Patience pays off in quest for nice buck

Libby Newsome, 15, had passed up many small bucks during the past two hunting seasons. Her patience paid off this year, when the decided this 135-pound eight-pointer would make a fine first buck. She was hunting with her dad, Harrell Newsome, in Richmond County.
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McDuffie monster buck

Richard E. Poteet III, 13, of Appling, took this nice McDuffie County buck while hunting with his dad, Richard Poteet Jr.
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Teamwork pays off in deer hunt

Chad Morris, (left) and his friend Kyle Dehayes (right), double-teamed this nice buck during their first hunt of the fall 2013-14 season. The nine-pointer ran out into the open as the hunters were walking back to their truck.
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First deer make happy hunters

Levi Morris, 9, of Augusta, had a memorable first deer hunt – and took his first deer – while hunting in Burke County with his uncle Joseph Morris on Oct. 21, 2013.
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Two guns, one buck

Kyle Dehayes (shown here), and his friend Chad Morris, double-teamed this nice buck during their first hunt of the fall 2013-14 season. The nine-pointer ran out into the open as the hunters were walking back to their truck.
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Everything's bigger in Burke County

Joseph Morris took this monster eight-pointer Oct. 19 while hunting near Girard, Ga., along the Savannah River. The buck weighed about 180 pounds.
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Two hunters and one nice buck

Chad Morris (shown here) and his friend Kyle Dehayes double-teamed this nice buck during their first hunt of the fall 2013-14 season. The nine-pointer ran out into the open as the hunters were walking back to their truck.
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FIrst shot, first deer

Garrett Jenkins, 8, killed his first deer while hunting near Waynesboro, Ga.
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Jefferson County heavyweight

Cade Combs harvested this whopper of a buck in Jefferson County on Oct. 20, 2013. He was hunting with his little brother Brodie Combs and his dad, Jason Combs.
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Georgia's early youth season pays off again

Kacky Teston, 14, joined her dad, Kevin Teston, for an early youth week whitetail hunt in Jasper County, Ga., where she took her first buck: a 175-pound eight-pointer. The Testons live in Augusta.
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An old Burke County buck for a young hunter

William Tisdale, 12, of Appling, Ga., took advantage of Georgia’s early youth week season to join his dad, Andy Tisdale, for some quality time in a Burke County deer stand. William’s reward was this handsome eight pointer.
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Father and son teamwork

Buddy Vann and his 9-year-old son, Wyatt, took advantage of the proverbial calm before the storm to team up for a bowhunt in Jefferson County. While sitting together in a stand, the elder Vann arrowed this eight-point whitetail. “It was absolutely awesome for him to be with me, and me harvest a deer with my bow,” Vann wrote. “We both couldn’t stop smiling because we were both ‘eat up’ with excitement!!” Georgia’s black powder season opens next weekend, followed by the state’s regular firearms season Oct. 19.
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How 'bout an 11-pointer for a first deer?

Seven-year-old Riley Collins took advantage of Georgia’s early youth season to join his dad, Joey Collins, at Walkinshaw Sportsman Club, where he killed his first deer, an 11-pointer, on Oct. 13.
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South Carolina velvet buck

Evan Johnson killed this wonderful trophy whitetail in full velvet while hunting with his grandfather, “Papa Wayne” Johnson, during South Carolina’s early deer season.
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Robert Sellers was bass fishing at Raysville on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, and caught this 65lb flathead catfish using a crank bait.
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Kayla Hagy, 14, shot her first deer on Jan. 12, 2013 in Washington County with a nice neck shot in between two small trees. A 9-pointer, 170 pound buck.
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Randy Manders and Carrie Linda Manders, 15, are shown holding the antlers of a 7-point buck. This was Carrie's first deer.
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Lance Sawyer, of Aiken, killed this buck on December 8th at SRS. He scored 153 & 1/8th and was 5 1/2 years old.
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Late in the season, a fine first deer.

Christopher Mazurek, 12, scored on a late-season nine-pointer during a Dec. 1 hunt with his uncle, David Mazurek.
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Cole Eubanks and his trophy 8-pointer. This was the second deer he killed.
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Kyle Salazar, 10, harvested his first buck, a 10-pointer, while hunting with his dad on Nov. 20.
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Andrea Brown of Hephzibah killed her first buck ever - a handsome Burke County seven-pointer - with a new rifle her husband gave her as a birthday present.
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Venison from Wadley

Cade Combs was hunting with his dad, Jason Combs, in Jefferson County, when this buck came along.
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First hunt, first deer: "hooked for life."

Jace Combs had a fabulous first deer hunt this season, when she brought home her first deer - a heavy Jefferson County eight-pointer - during Thanksgiving weekend. She was hunting near Wadley, Ga., with her dad, Jason Combs, brother Cade Combs and her cousins from Nashville.
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Blake Prosnak,10, of Grovetown, shot this nice seven point outside of Wrens while hunting with his dad, Mike Prosnak during Georgia's early youth firearms season.
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Jack Lombardo, age 10, of Grovetown killed his first deer on Oct. 28th in Lincolnton. He was hunting with his papa, dad and brother.
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Charlene Fulcher, of Leah, killed this big 10-point buck in Columbia County on Oct. 20, 2012 - opening day of firearm season.
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On Nov. 2, Chris Mahoney shot a 300lb boar with 2 1/2 inch tusks in Millen, Georgia.
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PJ Hambrick with a nice 8 point buck taken on Nov. 8, 2012
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Walker Shearouse's catch off Village Creek on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
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Holt Young, 8, shot his first deer Oct. 13, during opening weekend for children. He and his dad are members of Spring Creek in Jefferson county.
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Ashley Jones, 9, of Martinez, doubled up on youth hunting day.
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Six-pointers can be trophies, too!

Jimmy Lea spent some memorable hours last week hunting near Estill, S.C., where he killed a huge six-pointer estimated to be 5 to 6 years old. He was hunting with Roy and Jeremy Altman of Buckeye Lures.
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Richmond County six pointer!

Mickey Burke of Augusta killed this six-pointer while hunting with his dad, Sean Burke, in Richmond County.
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A borrowed rifle, a first buck!

Kitty Burke of Augusta borrowed her brother's rifle to take her first deer this season. She killed the five-pointer in Burke County Nov. 8 while hunting with her dad, Sean Burke.
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Dads make great hunting guides!

Carson Hall, 13, of Columbia County, took this nice eight-pointer Oct. 27 while hunting with his dad, Robert Hall, in Candler County, Ga.
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Buck in the truck.

Chris Dye of Mcduffie County shot this 10-pointer during the 2012 firearms season.
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Rutting bucks running - at last!

Nov. 2 was the day for Andy Allgood, whose tall-tined Screven County eight-pointer emerged from a clearcut.
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A buck to smile about...

Wayne Daniels of Evans was all smiles after taking the biggest whitetail buck he had ever seen while hunting along an overgrown powerline.
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Best buck ever!

Mason Whatley of Augusta was starting to get bored watching an empty food plot, when does started to arrive. A few moments later, the biggest buck he had ever seen appeared - and the rest is history. He was hunting with his dad, Charles Whatley.
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Nice Columbia County buck!

Jordan Overton, 19, of Harlem, knew this nice 10-pointer was out there because it had been photographed on trail cameras since last spring. Once hunting season arrived, he put this one in the freezer.
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Nothing like a 10-pointer for a first deer!

Gerald "Beans" Hunt, 8, chose this nice 10-pointer as his first deer, taken Oct. 27. He was hunting with his dad, Myran Hunt.
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Another nice Columbia County buck!

Charlene Fulcher of Appling took this wide and tall 10-pointer while hunting in Columbia County the opening morning of Georgia’s firearms season.
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One of the best Georgia bucks ever!

Worth County in southwest Georgia is widely known as the state's "Peanut Capital." This year, it is getting new fame as the place that produced this monstrous, 22-point non-typical whitetail killed opening weekend by 27-year-old Fletcher Culpepper. The deer, which weighed almost 260 pounds, is likely to rank among the top five deer ever killed in Georgia. Culpepper took the giant buck over to Tifton, Ga., where state Wildlife Resources Division biologist Bill Cooper green-scored it at 224 and 5/8 Boone & Crockett points, said Melissa Cummings, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources. An official score can be calculated after the required 60-day drying period. This photo was taken by Amanda Gray.
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First deer hunt, first deer!

Jack Shuler, 15, of Augusta, enjoyed a memorable first deer hunt this season, when he killed this 160-pound eight-pointer in south Richmond County. He was hunting with friends Jack Welsh and Bill Welsh.
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Columbia County bowkill

Columbia County resident Emily Brooke Woods used her bow to take this handsome eight-pointer on Oct. 16. She was hunting near Harlem.
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Edgefield County whitetail

South Carolina’s Edgefield County produced this 160-pound seven-pointer for local hunter Lee Jones on Oct. 20. It was his first hunt of the season.
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First hunt, first shot, first deer.

Julia Smith of Augusta, 14, killed this handsome Screven County buck while hunting with her dad, Alan Smith, who was sitting with her in the stand. It was Julia’s first hunt, first shot and first deer. She was shooting a .243 and the buck was about 70 yards away in a food plot.
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A buck to grin about

Colton Hunt, 12, put this huge Warren County buck in the freezer while hunting with his dad, Steve Hunt, during Georgia’s early youth firearms season. “I was very proud of him,” Steve told us. “The buck weighed 208 pounds.”
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After Afghanistan, it's off to Burke County

After a six-month deployment in Afghanistan that included fending off an ambush by well-armed insurgents, First Lt. Charles Tinsley of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division returned home in time to put this trophy-class whitetail in the freezer. He was hunting with friends in Burke County.
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A doe for the freezer!

Mixon Welsh of Augusta made a perfect shot on this opening weekend doe while hunting with his dad, Richard Welsh.
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A buck to smile about

This Screven County nine-pointer offered Kevin Howard of Augusta a shot on opening weekend of Georgia's statewide firearms season.
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First a photo, then into the freezer.

These fat does were feeding in late afternoon, with enough daylight left to allow Augusta Chronicle Outdoors Editor Rob Pavey to snap a few photos. About 45 minutes later, he put the middle one in the freezer, using a black powder muzzleloader.
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Who says Columbia County doesn't have good bucks?

Jessie McCauley, 17, took this opening weekend Columbia County buck while hunting with her mom near Harlem. Her younger sister, Savannah, also brought home a nice whitetail this season.
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Chris Wright sent us this photo of his monster buck that showed up on the first day of the firearms season. "It is the biggest buck that has been taken from the hunting club, on the Augusta side of Waynesboro, to date. I grunted him in at about 8 a.m. shot him at 40 yards with my .270 rifle. He only ran about 30 yards, after the shot I was shaking so hard that I thought the tree would fall over."
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Eight-pointer for a happy 8-year-old

Eight-year-old Macy Harris had an opportunity to enjoy a hunt with her dad, Adam Harris, during Georgia's early youth firearms season. This eight-pointer came by just before dark, chasing two does, and she made a perfect 50-yard shot for her first deer.
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A first deer well worth waiting for.

Anthony Saunders, born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio, metro area, didn’t take up hunting until well into his adult years. On Oct. 14, the Hephzibah hunter finally took his first deer – a monster Burke County buck. He was hunting with a .50 caliber muzzleloader.
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Venison from Mary's "deer condo"

Aiken County hunter Mary Miano, 70, took this six-pointer Oct. 8 while hunting on family land near Montmorenci. She was using a .308 that was a gift from her husband, Jhn, who built her a “deer condo” to hunt from and bird watch.
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A Burke County Big'Un!

Joe Savage of Augusta killed this heavy 13-pointer during black powder season. He was hunting at his club in Burke County, where this beast had been photographed on trail cameras before the season. “This is what happens when you do Deer Quality Management on your property,” Joe told us. “If you have to think about shooting your deer, he is not a shooter. Over the past 4 Years I have let a number of nice bucks walk to reach maturity. It has finally paid off in a Buck of a Life Time. “
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What happens when you let little bucks walk?

Joe Savage of Augusta killed this heavy 13-pointer during black powder season. He was hunting at his club in Burke County, where this beast had been photographed on trail cameras before the season. “This is what happens when you do Deer Quality Management on your property,” Joe told us. “If you have to think about shooting your deer, he is not a shooter. Over the past 4 Years I have let a number of nice bucks walk to reach maturity. It has finally paid off in a Buck of a Life Time. “
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A buck to smile about.....

Nine-year-old Justin Chalker took a fantastic eight-pointer Oct. 13, during Georgia's early youth firearms season, while hunting in McDuffie County.
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Savannah McCauley, 15, took this perfect eight-pointer in Columbia County while hunting with her dad, Travis McCauley. Savannah's buck was killed during Georgia's early youth firearms season.
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Kids can fill freezers fast.

Ten-year-old Carson Simmons (left), and 13-year Chiles Fiske of Augusta took advantage of Georgia’s early youth firearms season to put some venison in the freezer. Carson took a doe and Chiles took an eight-pointer during a hunt in Burke County with Chiles’ dad, Chip Fiske.
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Savannah River smallmouths!

Augusta angler Jason Stark sent us this photo of some awesome Savannah River smallmouths taken just a few days ago. “The largest I've seen so far was a 4.5 pounder taken out of the canal just 2 days ago and I've had great luck the last couple weeks. Lost some big ones.”
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Savannah McCauley and a good buck

Savannah McCauley, 15, took a perfect eight-pointer in Columbia County during Georgia’s early youth firearms season. She was hunting with her dad.
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Mason Short and his first deer

Georgia’s increasingly popular youth firearms season will be a memorable one for 6-year-old Mason Short, whose opening-day six-pointer kept him grinning all day long. He was hunting with his dad, Richy Short, in Waynesboro, Ga. The early youth season, in its third year, offers children under 16 an opportunity to hunt with regular firearms – accompanied by a licensed adult hunter - during the weeklong primitive weapons season.
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Kimberly Towns and her first deer.

Kimberly Towns, 14, of North Augusta, was a proud young hunter last week after taking her first deer. She was hunting in Louisville, Ga., with her dad, Phillip Towns.
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Grandfathers make great hunting guides!

Saturday was opening day of primitive weapon season, and 10-year-old Jonah Duncan went hunting in Burke County with his favorite hunting guide (and grandfather) Camille Crook, who grunted in a nice 15-inch-wide buck by mid-morning “Even though this required sitting still and eternity of watching and waiting Jonah done it well,” his grandfather wrote, when sending along this photo. “I remembered my early hunting years, I would shake to pieces which spooked deer to have them run off before I could get a shot! I almost quit hunting because of this. Then one day someone told me, "Don't stop hunting because of shaking! If you don't shake, then stop hunting! Now, with all my success and failures with deer glad I didn't stop hunting and get to pass it on to Jonah.”
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Rare waterfowl spotted at Phinizy Swamp

Jeb Murray of Augusta photographed these Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park after his wife and son had spotted them a day earlier. The ducks are not normally found in this area, but more and more of them have been documented in Georgia.
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Erin Redwood and her Bamberg County whitetail

Erin Redwood, 12, of North Augusta, took advantage of South Carolina’s early deer season to put this doe in the freezer. She was hunting in Bamberg County with her dad, Andy Redwood. It was her third deer.
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Madison Moon and first bow-killed buck

Madison Moon of Grovetown took this 10-pointer Sept. 23 while hunting at his grandparents' farm near Harlem. It was his first bow-killed buck.
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Jim Jordan and big Augusta gator

Jim Jordan of Hephzibah was another lucky recipient of a 2012 Georgia alligator tag – which he filled while hunting in the Savannah River in Augusta during an outing with Michael Evans and Kevin Aycock. By 11 p.m., Jordan had arrowed this 10-foot gator that was boated after about 50 minutes.
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Cody Turner and giant alligator

Even while recuperating from a knee injury, 17-year-old Cody Turner of North Augusta found time to fill the 2012 Georgia Zone 9 gator tag he was lucky enough to be drawn for this season. Along with his brother Ben Turner (left) and father Stan Turner (right), they hunted in a Richmond County swamp, where this 11-footer, estimated at 600 pounds, was snared, harpooned and – 90 minutes later – dispatched with round from a .357 caliber bang stick. Cody, a senior quarterback for North Augusta High School, was injured during a recent game against Sumter.
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Adam Cundey of Evans took a fine nine-pointer - his first deer - while hunting with his dad, Brannon Cundey, in Early County, Ga., on Dec. 10.
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Quentin Curtis of Jackson, S.C., traveled all the way to southern Michigan this season, where he took this massive, 247-pound whitetail. Although the rack cannot be officially scored until after a 60-day drying drying period, early estimates indicate it may net around 200 Boone & Crockett points.
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Fifteen-year-old Brandon Gay of Dearing, Ga., killed this unusual nine-pointer with both a droptine and a kicker point. It was also Brandon's first buck. He was hunting near Girard, Ga., with family friend Chad Hilliard.
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This 11-point non-typical whitetail was killed Nov. 20 by Mike Yodlowski. He was hunting in Burke County.
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Ted James of Augusta took this unusually heavy 16-pointer on Nov. 9 while hunting in Screven County near Sardis, Ga. The buck weighed about 185 pounds.
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This eight-point, 175-pound buck was taken Thanksgiving morning in Tignall, Ga., in Wilkes County, by Corey Rhodes of Augusta.
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This gorgeous Aiken County buck was killed on a farm in Beech Island and weighed 195 pounds, with a 16.5-inch spread.
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Trevor Payne, 9, killed his first deer this season while hunting with his dad, Ben Payne. Trevor and his 8-year-old sister, Madyson, have been hunting with their father for a couple of years.
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Brian Staulcup of Augusta took this fine Jefferson County buck while hunting with his 4-year-old son Jackson.
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Matthew Turner, 12, of Evans, took this eight-pointer Nov. 5 while hunting on land owned by his grandfather, Richard Turner Sr. The buck weighed 145 pounds.
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Mixon Welsh, 8, used a .243 to put his first deer - an eight pointer - into the freezer. He was hunting with his dad, Richard Welsh, of Augusta.
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Harrison Balk, 12, of Evans, chose this Screven County eight-pointer as his first deer. He was hunting with his stepdad, Rob Pavey.
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CariAnn Gentry, 15, of North Augusta, killed this 185-piund, 18-inch eight pointer on Nov. 6. She was hunting in Richmond County.
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Rebecca Dobbs killed this feral hog with a knife, while hunting with her boyfriend.
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Jake Simons of Augusta hunted all season with his dad, Jay Simons, before taking a careful shot Nov. 5 from a stand in Screven County. His first deer, a fat doe, dropped in its tracks. Coming soon: burger, cubed steak, whole backstrap.
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Rebecca Dobbs started hunting with her dad, Tim Dobbs, when she was just 6 and always looks forward to autumn. This season, while hunting in Wilkes County, she took her best buck ever while hunting with her boyfriend.
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This curious yearling buck kept hanging around my deer stand Sunday morning. He is far too small to shoot, so I did the next best thing: took his picture.
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Leslie Cartledge spent opening weekend of firearms season in a favorite deer stand in Burke County, which paid off with a handsome nine-pointer that weighed 200 pounds.
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Leslie Cartledge spent opening weekend of firearms season in a favorite stand in Burke County, which paid off with a handsome nine-pointer that weighed 200 pounds.
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Garret Richards shows his first deer, taken while hunting over a food plot in burke county on Oct. 16.
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This unusually tall Richmond County buck was taken by Augusta hunter Andrew Poteet
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Grayson Brandt, 12, killed his first and second bucks this season while hunting with his dad, Phillip Brandt, in Edgefield County, S.C. This is the second of his two bucks: a 183-pound seven-pointer.
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This huge gator was taken during the 2010 season by two local hunters, according to Al Gray, who sent us this photo. “In the picture are my brother in law, Robbie Robertson; and my nephew Vince, who shot the reptile first,” he wrote. “It was an epic battle that lasted nearly all night.”
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Kevin Teston of Augusta took a handsome Morgan County buck during Georgia's firearms season. Morgan County is well known as one of the state's best trophy areas.
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Ginger Whisenant of Trenton, S.C., took a pair of nice Edgefield County bucks this season. She got interested in hunting about three years ago while accompanying her brother, Robbie Sullivan, and husband Mike Whisenant. She also took a deer with her bow last season.
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Ginger Whisenant of Trenton, S.C., took a pair of nice Edgefield County bucks this season. She got interested in hunting about three years ago while accompanying her brother, Robbie Sullivan, and husband Mike Whisenant. She also took a deer with her bow last season.
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Here is one of the reasons you shouldn't text while sitting in a deer stand. This photo of a fleeing whitetail was taken by Outdoors Editor Rob Pavey on Oct. 28, 2011.
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Shelby Brumitt, 11, killed her first deer, a four-point buck, while hunting with her father in Richmond County on 10/21/2011.
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Victor Garrett was hunting with his bow, even after firearms season was open. There is something about bowhunting that gets hunters back in the deep woods, which is where Victor found this huge, old eight-pointer. The Screven County buck's uncanny antler mass helped it score 127 B&C points.
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This 6 by 6 bull was taken by Augusta hunter Nate Portinga, who was a long way from home - in Wyoming.
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Robbie Johnson, 15, killed this eight-pointer Oct. 22 around 6 p.m. in a clearcut. He was hunting with his dad ,Rob Johnson, and friend Eddie Nestell. It was his second kill of the season the first being a doe with his bow.
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Ralph Marcano took this eight-pointer opening morning in Burke County. The 170-pound buck had an 18.5 inch spread.
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Here is a photo of a buck taken by Paul Rosenzweig of Augusta. The deer was taken in Richmond County on Walkinshaw Hunting Club land. His hunting buddy, Wallace Zealy, sent in this photo.
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McKenzie Hitt, 9 years old, of Grovetown, was hunting on Oct. 22 with his dad, Ray Hitt, when he harvested his first deer. This 114-pound, 5 point buck was taken in Monroe County on Donny Davis' family land.
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Nate Portinga of Augusta traveled to Wyoming, where he took a handsome mulie.
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Jackson Thornton 9, of Evans took his first deer on opening day, a six-pointer while hunting with his dad, Darryl Thornton, in South Richmond County.
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Foster Olson of Grovetown holds up a heavy Edisto Island redfish, which was released after this photo was taken.
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Public lands at the Corps of Engineers Bussey Point area at Thurmond Lake provided Derrick Colbert with a handsome muzzleloader buck taken Oct. 15. Colbert is from Cornelia, Ga., and his buck had a spread of 17.5 inches.
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DeWayne Collins is all smiles after weighing in the best buck of his life: a Screven County 10-pointer!
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Another happy hunter was Augusta resident Charles Whatley Jr., 16, who killed this tall-racked 11-pointer during an opening weekend hunt with his dad, Charles Whatley Sr., in Screven County. The deer was aged at 4.5 years old.
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Cannon Butler took a dandy opening weekend Richmond County buck while hunting with his dad, James Butler, who taught his son that passing up small bucks creates the opportunity to kill a big one. Cannon’s unusual whitetail was aged at 5 5 years with an inside spread just under 18 inches. They were hunting at Walkinshaw Hunting Club.
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This older buck, with a visibly rut-swollen neck, was photographed by Rob Pavey at 10:50 a.m. Oct. 23 from a deer stand in Screven County. Peak whitetail breeding varies from region to region, but late October to mid-November is the primary period for east central Georgia.
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Here is an older Screven County buck photographed from a deer stand on Oct. 23, 2011, by Rob Pavey. The buck was following the trail of several does, but was also agitated by the presence of another buck close by.
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This small buck was photgraphed by Rob Pavey from his deer stand on Oct. 22 - the first day of Georgia's firearms season. He will be a nice buck in a few more years.
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Clayton Coggins (right) celebrated his eighth birthday last weekend as he and some friends landed 13 hybrids while fishing in front of the Ridge Road swimming area at Thurmond Lake. He was fishing with 7-year-old Malina Prewett (left), and 9-year-old Madison McPherson.
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Columbia County bowhunter Boobie McCauley shows off a nice early-season buck.
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Annabel Poteet, 11, of Augusta, shot her first buck while hunting with her dad, Andrew Poteet ,in Richmond County. She shot it at 175 yards with a 7mm-08.
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Augusta hunter Bob Witherington traveled all the way to Wilcox County, where he took a handsome, and very heavy, 15-point whitetail. The deer weighed 225 pounds.
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Bil Macky poses with his fall 2011 whitetail buck.
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Bill Welsh of Augusta shows off a seven-pointer killed opening weekend of firearms season.
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Nolan Short, 10, killed a nice buck during Georgia’s children-only firearms weekend.
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SEEDS dove shoot

The GONetwork's annual SEEDS dove shoot in Taliaferro County was a success again this year. The event is an opportunity for kids to hunt - and it raises money for youth hunting programs as well.
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Neal Sellers, 9, of Augusta, will have a tough time finding a nicer buck than his first deer. The unusual nine-pointer was taken near Johnston, S.C., and Neal was hunting with his dad, Bo Sellers. (Special)
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Augusta's Jack Welsh, 14, took advantage of Georgia's early youth season to take a handsome first buck while hunting in lower Richmond County with his dad, Bill Welsh, and family friend Andrew Poteet. (Special)
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Chiles Fiske of Augusta teamed up with his dad, Chip Fiske, to take this Burke County six-pointer. (Special)
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Colton Hunt, 11, took a fat six-pointer while hunting with his dad, Steve Hunt, in Warren County. (Special)

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