Deer Hunting

Here are some tactics to hunt mid-season bucks in Louisiana.

Mid-season mastery

As the rut progresses at varying rates across the state, big bucks can become even more elusive as hunting pressure mounts. Try these tips to knock down a big December deer.
December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
The marsh grass can inhibit your field of view, making it necessary to take close shots when hunting from the ground. Williams, pictured here with a buck on Lacassine NWR, hunts from ground blinds and will often take shots under 10 yards.

Mastering the marsh

Pursuing bucks in the marshes of Louisiana isn’t for the faint of heart. But tough, uncomfortable conditions weed out lots of hunters, and just about any deer is a trophy.
December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Here are your best bets for deer hunting in piney woods thickets.

Clear-cut answers — How to kill more deer in piney woods thickets

When you’re faced with piney woods thickets that deer just don’t want to leave, what are you to do? Here’s how you can turn those tangles into killing fields.
December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
The author and his grandson, Baylor Allen, celebrate a nice 9-point buck taken in November on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

Public Rambling: Atchafalaya Delta WMA yields nice 9-point

Patience pays off as author's long dry spell comes to an end
November 30, 2017 at 2:35pm
Donald Alexander, of Logansport, and the giant 199-inch-plus DeSoto Parish buck he shot on Sunday, Nov. 19. The buck, nicknamed Crab Claws, had 19 scoreable points with an impressive rack that featured a 23 ½-inch inside spread and 5-inch-plus bases.

199-inch monster DeSoto Parish buck goes down

The four-year hunt for “Crab Claws” ended on Nov. 19
November 29, 2017 at 9:41am
Thomas Bourne of Arcadia poses with the 152-inch 11-point buck he shot on Monday, Nov. 27 on his lease in Claiborne Parish.

Claiborne Parish lease pays off again with nice 11-point

Bourne’s big buck measures 152 inches
November 28, 2017 at 3:54pm
Conner Gay, 19, lived out a dream when he got to pose with a monster buck next to a big beech tree near his stand on family land in Lincoln Parish. The 11-point, shot on Nov. 25, stretched the tape to 164 inches.

Family land produces 164-inch buck for La. Tech sophomore

Hunter's dream of photo with monster deer finally comes true
November 27, 2017 at 5:22pm
Dean Wainwright poses with the 11-point Vernon Parish buck he shot on Nov. 19. A timber harvest on his lease forced Wainwright to employ a ground blind to hunt the big buck, which green-scored 166 inches of bone.

Timber harvest changes hunt plans, results in 166-inch buck

Hot doe spells doom for big 11-point
November 27, 2017 at 4:52pm
John Michael Garcia, of Bossier City, poses with the big DeSoto Parish 8-point he shot on Saturday, Nov. 18. The big buck hasn't officially been scored, but is estimated to measure in the 150-inch range.

Giant DeSoto Parish 8-point goes down

Garcia’s big buck estimated at 150 inches
November 27, 2017 at 11:57am
Zac Carothers poses with the giant 14-point typical buck he arrowed Sunday, Nov. 19 in Coahoma County, Miss.

Potential record typical archery buck arrowed in Mississippi

180-class monster goes down in Coahoma County
November 21, 2017 at 4:43pm
Brady Bogues poses with the 11-point buck he shot on Nov. 18 in Bossier Parish. The deer green-scored 150 7/8 B & C at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Big Bossier Parish buck goes down on warm, windy day

Nice 11-point green scores just north of 150 inches
November 21, 2017 at 3:58pm
John Corso, 68, of Houma, poses with the big 14-pointer he downed in DeSoto Parish. The buck green-scored 150 inches B & C.

New rifle downs DeSoto Parish 14-pointer

Corso’s big buck green scores 150 inches B&C
November 20, 2017 at 2:15pm
In this photo of the same mature buck taken on Aug. 6, note the circumference of the bases and the overall general mass of the antlers — tell-tale signs of maturity.

Educate your eyes

It takes practice to age bucks on the hoof
November 20, 2017 at 9:00am
Gary Hoof shot this big 13-point buck on family land in Claiborne Parish on Monday, Nov. 20. The deer green-scored 163 1/8 inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Hunter makes last tag count with big Claiborne Parish 13-point

Buck green scores more than 163 inches B & C
November 16, 2017 at 3:07pm