The taking of one of the bucks featured Jan. 27 in an online article on is under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge official said.

Kelly Purkey, refuge manager at Tensas River NWR, would not comment on specifics of the 18-point buck taken by Chris Courville of DeRidder, but did say on Monday afternoon “an active law enforcement investigation” is underway.

In the article, which can be viewed by clicking here, Courville said he shot the 18-pointer on the morning of Jan. 26 at about 25 yards from his climbing stand .

Courville did not return multiple voice mail messages left on his cell phone and did not reply to an email request for an interview for this story.

According to Purkey, federal wildlife officer John Tarver with the USFWS is leading the investigation.