Charles Ruth, deer project supervisor for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, says the Western and Central Piedmont public hunt units should be among the best bets for bucks during the rut. The Western and Central Piedmont hunt units encompass 18 counties, and there are thousands of acres of public hunting land available. Prime counties, according to Ruth, are Edgefield, McCormick and Abbeyville in the Western Piedmont and Newberry and Fairfield in the Central Piedmont. For a better-than-average buck, try Saluda and Greenwood counties. Part of the Sumter National Forest also is in the Central Piedmont unit, and the forest has a high deer population.