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Location: Aiken, SC
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Small Deer in South Carolina

i was wondering why my native state of SC has such small white tail deer on average compared to everywhere else in the country (neighboring states excluded). How come you guys get to have all the big boys:cry:

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Small Deer in South Carolina

My wifes uncle lives in SC and he has taken some nice deer. I really dont know what you mean by small.

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Location: Aiken, SC
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Small Deer in South Carolina

i mean compared to the rest of the countrys white tail. Ive taken an 8 pt at 155 lbs and that is pretty big for around here but in places in the midwest and so on that is not very big. 200-250 lbs is a decent size buck from what my uncles tell me. They hunt in CO MN MI and the dakotas. Also the size and width of racks is smaller. All of this is on average.

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Location: florida panhandle
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Small Deer in South Carolina

i hunt in north florida, most of our deer look like greyhounds...it has to do with the deer being able to withstand the cold...so the further south you get they get smaller...so by the time you get to the florida keys and everglades, the deer barely get to a hundred pounds..but they still taste good....................

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Location: Washington, MO
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I live in MO and the deer here are of nice size. Last summer we hiked thru Virginia, on the appelacian trail and I noticed that the deer up there were very small, maybe because it was summer and their fur wasn't as thick had something to do with it, but I also noticed you could see the ribs on alot of them. I felt really lucky to live In the great show me state

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Location: Aiken, SC
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Small Deer in South Carolina

yea i guess not having harsh winters makes sense

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Location: Alabama
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Small Deer in South Carolina

I think it would be more about genetics, but not having the need to store up and be prepared for snow covered ground all winter would play some part.

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Joined: 10/23/2005
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Small Deer in South Carolina

I would believe it would be because of Genetics or not good food resources.

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Location: Alabama
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Small Deer in South Carolina

There's always plenty of food around our area between the acorns, natural grasses, state and private food plots, and feeders. I don't think that food would be such a big problem as the need to "bulk up" if you will; for the harsh winters that the western, northern, and canadian deer have to deal with.