Jason Archer’s huge 16-point buck taken last November in Concordia Parish landed at No. 22 in the state record books after officially measuring 200 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett, according to the state’s deer program leader.
Scott Durham, with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said Archer’s Thompson Center Encore .35 Whelen qualified as a primitive weapon, but not a muzzleloader, so the deer was placed in the regular gun category.
In the muzzleloader category, Archer’s buck would have landed in the No. 2 spot.
“If it’s not a true muzzleloader, then it’s not going to go in that category,” Durham said. “That would just go under the primitive category, and that goes under the rifle list.
“But it’s still a great deer, and it’s still going to make the all-time records.”
Archer, of Ferriday, shot the big buck on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 9 when he went to his stand with the intention of shooting wild hogs.
“Any Boone and Crockett animal is a rare deer, not just in Louisiana,” Durham said. “Think about the hundreds of thousands of deer that are killed every year across the country, and the number that actually go into the B&C record books is pretty small.”
Deer qualifying for the Boone and Crockett record books must measure at least 195 inches, he said.
Durham is in the process of updating the listing of state records now on LDWF's website, which can be viewed by clicking here.