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  • I just got word that this incredible 8-pointer that was first seen on during the Dixie Deer Classic has set a new Virginia record as the largest 8-point ever killed in the state. They scored it at 199 inches - so I'm assuming they use the Virginia Scoring system, which I'm not familiar with. But it's just a beast by any measurement.

    Remember, it was killed in Virginia during a dog hunt. Simply staggering animal. It scored 164 inches B&C (net) with less than 2 inches of deductions.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:22pm

    Prayers for all of you folks near the coast as Hurricane Earl barrels closer. Be safe, get out early and keep us updated on what you find when you return.

    September 02, 2010 at 7:17am

    The 2010 Trail Cam Contest is up and running, so don't forget to post your favorite trail cam photos (there are a lot of great ones on the forum so far) to be eligible for the great prizes.

    The contest link is on our new Deer Community page at, so be sure and load up the photos.

    September 01, 2010 at 12:53pm

    The latest innovations in fishing tackle and accessories will be introduced this week during the ICAST show in Las Vegas, and we're on hand to provide all the details.

    Be sure to check out our dedicated New Product Showcase. Just look for the banner ad on the front page and scattered about the other pages.

    July 14, 2010 at 8:46am

    Folks, if you're digitally hooked up, we're now on Twitter. Just log onto to read all our tweets and keep up with happenings.

    It's a great way to stay informed about new stories and posted on the site, interesting posts and offers.

    July 07, 2010 at 3:58pm

    The winners of the 2010 turkey photo and video contest have been announced on the front page, so be sure and check it out.

    Congratulations to Wil Simmons and Tony Robinson, and thank you to everyone who participated.

    More contests are planned, so keep checking back.

    June 22, 2010 at 9:42am

    Voting has begun in the turkey photo and video contest.

    The winning photo will be decided through three preliminary and one final voting sessions, so go to the contest page and choose 'Photo Voting' to choose your favorite from the first batch of images.

    Also, be sure and pick a favorite vid from the video gallery, since the determining factor there is the total number of views. So pick a favorite and watch it often to keep it at the top.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:24pm

    A recent decision by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission could result in a closure of all gray trout fishing in the state. Check out the story on the front page.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:21pm

    There are a couple of cool videos entered into the turkey contest, but one is from a youth hunt - and they were shooting bows. It'll make your heart stop.

    Be sure and check them out.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:49pm

    Looks like the turkeys are really starting to stack up. Don't forget about the turkey photo and video contest. Just look for the banner link and enter your photos and videos to be eligible to win.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:32pm

    We've just launched the Turkey Hunting Photo and Video Contest, with a great prize pack of Official Sportsman and Primos Hunting Calls gear for each category winner.

    The only catch is that, while anyone can submit photos and videos, only registered users are elibible to win.

    Full details are on the front-page story.

    So register today and upload the photos and videos from your hunts today.

    April 01, 2010 at 3:50pm

    We've pulled a turkey-hunting story from the South Carolina Sportsman archives and put it on the front page. In the article, three experts share how to kill boss turkeys.

    A must read.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:17am

    A pending state-record white crappie was landed earlier this month. Check out the details on the front-page story.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:31am

    James Maclin's 163-inch Viriginia deer was voted as the 2010's Dixie Deer Classic Users Choice Award winner. Check out the details on the front page.

    March 15, 2010 at 11:03am

    The BASS Federation Nation Championship has been moved. Details on the front page.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:53am

    Emalee's post got me to wondering: What's the biggest bass you've ever caught?

    Mine is a tad over 8 pounds, caught back in the mid '90s.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:30am

    Don't forget to vote on the User's Choice Award by clicking on the Dixie Deer Classic Photos and Videos banner at left.

    The final round of voting will continue through Sunday, with the winner announced on Monday.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:57pm

    The first three people who stop by the North Carolina Sportsman booth at the Dixie Deer Classic today will receive a large Sportsman logo decal.

    The show is under way right now at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, and runs until 5 p.m.

    Be sure to mention you saw this offer on our web site.

    March 07, 2010 at 8:26am

    Big bucks are rolling into the second ay of the Dixie Deer Classic, and we are onsite covering all the happenings.

    Be sure to click the Dixie Deer Classic banner to the left and check out the regularly updated photo and video galleries.

    If you are heading out to the show, be sure and stop by the North Carolina Sportsman booth.

    March 06, 2010 at 10:41am

    The 2010 Dixie Deer Classic is now under way, and deer are already pouring in to be scored. Click the Dixie Deer Classic banner ad to the left to see constant updates of photos during the day. We'll also be adding videos as we can.

    Here are a few photos from the show to get started.

    March 05, 2010 at 11:57am
    A comment titled: New technology in response to a report titled: What were you thinking?

    First let me say that I would probably never take a 70-yard shot with a bow. But that's because I'm not confident enough throwing sticks.

    However, I bought a new bow last year, and I am blown away with how much they are improved over the 1980s-model compound I was shooting. With the old bow, I wouldn't be confident shooting 30 yards.

    Now, I can stand at 45 yards and drill the target. I know without a doubt with enough practice I could slam it from farther (probably 70 to 75 yards).

    Again, I'm not confident enough to take those ultra-long shots. But I would have no problem stretching it out to 35 or 40 yards - a distance I wouldn't dream of shooting a few years ago.

    Will some deer be lost when shooting from long ranges? Certainly. But remember that some are lost when hit at 15 yards. Deer are lost with guns, as well, no matter the distance of the shot. It's unfortunate, and it makes us all sick when it happens to us. But it's the nature of the beast.

    So I'm simply jealous of Viper for being able to make those shots. And when he does, I'll be right there congratulating him. But I'm going to stay within my range of confidence.

    And TC, your story about the long-distance buck just shows what happens when we move from shooting a target to a living animal. Adrenaline does funny things. LOL Guess that's why I've yet to kill a deer with my new bow - despite several shots at 15 yards.

    September 30, 2010 at 8:45am
    A comment titled: Nice. in response to a report titled: Stanly County 8 Pt

    Tracey, that is a FINE animal. Congratulations.

    I don't see it in the Bag-a-Buck Contest gallery, so be sure and enter it into the contest. The link is on the front page.

    Again, congratulations.

    September 22, 2010 at 9:25am
    A comment titled: Sweet buck. in response to a report titled: 9 pointer

    Nice job, Stillhunter. I don't see the deer in the Bag-a-Buck Contest gallery, so be sure and enter it. The link is on the front page.

    September 22, 2010 at 9:24am
    A comment titled: My kinda deer in response to a report titled: Tattooed Buck

    Hey, Eastman, I need that kind of tattoo on my deer: I seem to have a problem hitting them with an arrow. I think the X would make it look a lot like a target - which I can nail every time.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:23pm
    A comment titled: Looks real to me in response to a report titled: North Carolina

    Boys, I've got to tell you that the photo doesn't look Photoshoped. I have the ability to look at the original file, and the legs and feet are clearly visible to the ground. If it's Photoshopped, it's one of the best jobs I've seen.

    Here's the deal, though: We don't know if it's a NC deer or not. We just have to take bagboy's word for it, just like everyone else's. Why hasn't he defended the picture? Maybe he hasn't had time to log on, or perhaps he's not into fighting on forums.

    We certainly don't want discourage anyone from posting, so let's tone it down a bit. I have to say that I write stories all the time about monster bucks that weren't seen at all even though cameras were set out all over the property, so I don't find it all that unusual that the buck hasn't come back. But who knows: Bagboy might have other images of the deer.

    If you're out there watching, bagboy, come on back and talk to us. And we definitely want to see the photo if you bag this bad boy (pardon the twisting of your alias).

    September 10, 2010 at 12:14pm
    A comment titled: in response to a report titled: Got Piebald!

    Now that's a cool deal, I don't care who you are. And remember, Viper: Sometimes it's better to just pay and get it over. LOL

    September 05, 2010 at 5:04pm
    A comment titled: Beautiful in response to a report titled: deer

    Man, Still, did you Photoshop those antlers??? LOL Wow, that has to get you pumped.

    Don't forget to enter the photo in the Trail Cam Contest at

    September 02, 2010 at 6:54am
    A comment titled: If only it were true .... in response to a report titled: Trail Cam Contest up and running

    I wish those deer were frolicking near my stand, GT, but alas I had to bum the photo off brand-new user Pro00 who was the first to enter the contest.

    But I'm waiting on an email from Pro00 to tell me where to meet him. LOL

    September 01, 2010 at 3:07pm
    A comment titled: in response to a report titled: long brow tines

    Welcome to the site, Stokes. Man, that's a GREAT deer. Now you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

    Don't forget to enter these images into the Trail Cam Contest that will be launching soon.

    August 31, 2010 at 7:36pm
    A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: EI Surf Spinner Shark

    Great catch, Mike. Did you catch anything else that night?

    And welcome to the site. Hope you feel welcome, and I look forward to seeing you here often. Let us know if we can do anything for you.

    August 19, 2010 at 9:03pm
    A comment titled: Wowzer in response to a report titled: Pre Season

    Those are a couple of FINE deer. I'd probably sit in a stand until I got fired because I kept missing work. LOL

    I know, creek: I should let them walk to let 'em grow a bit more, but man they are beautiful. What choice would I have ....

    And welcome to the site, scarecrow. We know you'll enjoy it here.

    August 19, 2010 at 8:58pm
    A comment titled: 'bout to start in response to a report titled: I'm Ready

    Man, I'm getting ready to get the bow out and start shooting. Been holding off because of my shoulder, but my doc thinks it's just scare tissue - and he told me that it should clear up with time.

    So what the heck. I might as well push it. What with hunting season coming up, and all. LOL

    August 19, 2010 at 8:51pm
    A comment titled: Euro in response to a report titled: Bear talk

    Hey, kris, did you do the European mount yourself? Man, it's great.

    I did a deer, and love it. I'm thinking it's teh way to go, now.

    August 19, 2010 at 8:49pm
    A comment titled: Wow in response to a report titled: FLOUNDER FISHING

    That is a GREAT doormat. What did you catch it on?

    Should definitely eat well.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:11am
    A comment titled: Cool in response to a report titled: Cameron and his 13lb bass

    That's a GREAT photo, Kristy. I love the look on Cameron's face. Priceless.

    August 17, 2010 at 7:36pm
    A comment titled: Welcome! in response to a report titled: Bow Season

    Glad to have you, Inferno. There's a great group of guys on the site, and it's great seeing you move from a lurker to a poster. I look forward to seeing you sharing your outdoor experiences and getting involved in the discussions.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:48am
    A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: Nov. 8 point

    Nice, tall rack, Jennifer. Did you shoot it with a rifle or bow? Either way, it's certainly one to be proud of.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:14am
    A comment titled: If it's legal .... in response to a report titled: deer photos

    Buckshot, I think you hit it dead on: We each make our own decisions on what constitutes a good kill. If it's a legal kill, then there is not a problem.

    The fact is that we want to celebrate the sport on this site, whether you are a died-in-the-wool trophy hunter or a guy who just likes to shoot deer. Both have merit, and both are integral parts of the hunting community.

    While I don't mind letting young bucks pass, I have to admit that if I'm hunting public land I'll probably pop a young buck (as long as it's legal). They're too hard to come by, and my family loves to eat venison.

    But when I'm hunting as a guest on a lease I gladly defer to their rules. If they shoot state law, I might shoot a young buck if I'm looking to draw first blood. If the club has higher standards, I will sit and watch those youngsters walk by and wait on a doe.

    But my 19-year-old son, who has killed a few deer, still just loves to shoot deer. He wants to kill a big buck some day, but frankly he doesn't care about the antlers - he just wants the heart-pumping thrill of targeting and tracking a deer. I'm certainly not going to tell him that's wrong - as long as he follows state law and the rules of the club on which we're hunting.

    So congratulations, rider. Good kill, and great photo. We look forward to seeing more as you put them down.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:13am
    A comment titled: Great info in response to a report titled: Crossbows

    Thanks for the advice, tc. I think a lot of hunters trade to crossbows thinking they will somehow allow for longer, easier shots.

    Thanks for giving everyone some information to consider.

    August 10, 2010 at 10:16pm
    A comment titled: Will find out in response to a report titled: broadheads

    I shoot Rages, hunter, and I'll let you know how they perform - as soon as I can hit a deer with them. Missed five last year, which was my first year bow hunting in probably 15 years.

    But all my buddies who shoot them love them. Apparently they leave gaping holes.

    August 10, 2010 at 10:13pm
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