Into The Woods

Steve Rodger killed this brute on 2017's opening day in South Carolina's Lowcountry. Photo courtesy of Steve Rodger

Steve Rodger killed this brute on 2017's opening day in South Carolina's Lowcountry.

Photo courtesy of Steve Rodger

"At about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, the opening day of deer season in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Steve Rodger felt about as low as a hunter could feel -- lower to the ground than a Louisiana mud varmint, lower than a snake’s belly -- you might say. 

He’d missed a shot at a huge, no, an enormous whitetail buck in full velvet out in the open in a food plot -- a buck he’d hunted all of the 2016 season without seeing in person -- and he was sure his chances for 2017 had just died.

But when he started to glass the waist- and chest-high pines on the right side of the food plot -- where the huge buck, three 8-pointers and a 6-pointer had all run after his shot, he saw some dog fennel moving. Then, he saw the tips of some antlers and recognized the biggest of the 8-pointers. Then, he saw more bucks. Finally, he saw the rack of the biggest buck."

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