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Truck-Buck 2019-20: Week 15 Winner David Stevens

The stories behind the Truck-Buck Contest winners and the bucks that earned them a spot in the Shoot-Out.

Daryl Kirby | June 25, 2020

Week 15: David Stevens, 140 5/8 typical
County: Screven        Date: Dec. 27

David Stevens started hunting when he was 10 years old in Alabama, and he took his first buck at 11. He moved to coastal Georgia when he was 12. He has killed many mature coastal deer with both a bow and gun. David holds the record for Sapelo Island WMA with a bow-buck he killed in 1994 that netted 115 4/8. David is also an avid fisherman, holding a Captain’s License. He has been a fishing guide for more than 25 years and volunteers with the 30-30 Ministries annual shark camp that is held in McIntosh County.

David started hunting Screven County with close family friends on a private farm in the late 1980s and has harvested many mature bucks over the years. He continues to hunt in Screven County with his children and other close friends.

“The deer here first appeared on camera during bow season, showing up numerous times right up to early gun season,” David said of his Week 15 buck from Screven County. “He disappeared right around peak rut and came back on camera in early December.”

Week 15: David Stevens, of Darien, with his Screven County 10-point buck that netted 140 5/8.

David knew this was the biggest deer on camera on the farm. It was raining that morning, so he decided to sit in a box stand, looking to harvest a few late season does.

David said, “When the deer walked into the wireline, he was facing straight at me, and I knew it was a big, mature buck, but I did not realize it was the big 10. The deer turned to walk out of the wireline, and that’s when I realized it was him. And the rest is history.”

The buck’s rack tallied 140 5/8 inches and is Screven County’s No 24 buck ever recorded.

David will be shooting in the finals to win a new Silverado pickup truck from longtime Truck-Buck sponsor John Megel Chevrolet. He has already won a $1,140 Browning deer rifle and a prize package which includes Antler Addict Mineral and 4S Draw from 4S Advanced Wildlife Solutions, a safety harness from Hunter Safety System and a Shoot-Out shirt from Realtree.

 

GON’s Official All-Time Screven County Buck Rankings

Rank Score Name Year County Method Photo
1 158 1/8 Joe Porterfield 1980 Screven Gun
2 157 5/8 Alan Bradham 1995 Screven Gun
3 156 William Harper 1989 Screven Gun
4 154 3/8 Thomas Oglesby 1973 Screven Gun View 
5 153 7/8 Dennis Scott 1993 Screven Gun View 
6 152 5/8 Tom Cauley 2015 Screven Gun View 
7 152 1/8 Thomas Blackburn 2000 Screven Found
8 150 3/8 Russ Bowers 1997 Screven Gun
9 150 2/8 Kevin Fiquett 1990 Screven Gun
10 149 5/8 M.L. Anderson 1989 Screven Gun

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