Darryl Foreman had only seen nighttime trail camera images of a giant buck that would never show itself during daylight hours.
But that all changed on Saturday when the Crowley native ventured to his hunting club near Fort Polk in Vernon Parish and decided to up the odds of getting a glimpse of the elusive deer.
Foreman not only dumped soybeans on the ground near his stand — he also liberally sprinkled estrous doe urine on the edge of his shooting lane.
“I figured if there was ever a chance to get to actually see this big buck, I’d have to try and lure him in,” said Foreman, 46. “After putting out the soybeans and sprinkling the doe urine, I got into my stand and waited for daylight.”
Once it got light enough to see, Foreman reached for another weapon in his arsenal — his doe bleat can.
“I hit the can three or four times, waited another 20 minutes or so and hit it again,” he said. “Less than half an hour after I last used the can, I saw a set of antlers sticking out of the brush 50 yards away and I could tell it was a good buck — maybe even the one I’d seen on camera that only showed himself at night.
“He walked right up to where I had poured the estrous doe scent, I got the scope of my Remington .270 on his shoulder, squeezed the trigger and he dropped right there.”
When Foreman walked up to where the buck had fallen, he was amazed at what he saw.
“I counted the points three times before being satisfied there were 17,” he said. “I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.”
The buck, although only 155 pounds, sported a massive 17-point rack with an inside spread of 19 ½ inches. Foreman’s taxidermist aged the buck at 4 ½ years old and green-scored the antlers at an outstanding 182 4/8 inches.
“There’s no doubt about it,” Foreman said. “I was in the right place at the right time.”
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