|Shirley kills 195-inch 20-point two days after father misses
January 02, 2011 at 8:46 am
Mike Shirley was sitting a stand on a 680-acre piece of property in Red River Parish on Dec. 3 when a big buck walked out right beneath him. And he missed. Twice.
“The deer walked out so close, Dad shot and missed, and the deer ran 25 yards and my dad shot again and missed,” son Dennis Shirley said.
Two days later, the 195-inch buck was 75 yards from the same stand. Only this time, Dennis Shirley was holding a rifle. And he didn’t miss.
|Voting begins for Deer of the Year, Trail Cam contests
January 01, 2011 at 2:55 pm
It’s time for LouisianaSportsman.com users to decide the best photos entered in the December edition of the Nikon Deer of the Year and the Trail Cam contests. Voting will continue through Jan. 5, with winners in each contest announced Jan. 6.
|Join Sportsman for billfishing frenzy
December 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm
A group of Sportsman anglers and their friends will be flying to Costa Rica on April 3 for three days of offshore fishing – and there are still a few spots left on this trip of a lifetime.
|Coushatta hunter’s season gets better with 230-inch buck
December 26, 2010 at 9:26 am
Andy Anderson’s hunting season began tragically when his home caught fire Oct. 7, burning to the ground and taking all Anderson’s hunting gear with it.
“Everything in my gun safe melted,” Anderson said. “The gun safe was fireproof to 1,800 degrees, but everything melted except some Leupold scopes. They were ruined, but they fared better than everything else.”
|Plan B produces 160-class buck for Tensas NWR lottery hunter
December 23, 2010 at 11:03 am
Frank Coyne and two of his sons have made the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge lottery rifle hunt a tradition during the past several years, but this year’s hunt didn’t start off very well and the trio didn’t even try to go to their primary area on Dec. 11.
|Higher-pitched deer calls may work better
December 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm
One of the nation’s leading deer call manufacturers is Louisiana’s very own Haydel’s Game Calls in Bossier City. Founded by Eli Haydel some 30 years ago, Haydel’s calls are famous for their ability to “blow when wet.”
|Kelleher takes Giles Island monster 8-point
December 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm
The hunt wasn’t going according to plan. Patrick Kelleher hit Giles Island on Dec. 6 with visions of big bucks running everywhere, but his day and a half of hunting didn’t live up to his dreams. And then he climbed into a stand on Dec. 8, and knew the ballgame had changed.
|Slump buster starts ball rolling for McGehee
December 14, 2010 at 11:13 am
Dusty McGehee was in a blue funk earlier this deer season. He had hunted hard around his dad’s home in Union Parish for a particular big buck he’d had his eyes on since last season. However, there was no venison in the freezer or rack for the wall to show for his hours upon hours of effort. McGehee was in a slump.
|Thrasher bags three-beamed Bienville monster
December 13, 2010 at 10:13 am
Although 40-year-old Scott Thrasher had the day off Nov. 30, with his eye on sitting on his stand as dawn broke over the Bienville Parish woods, the weatherman put a kink in his hunting plans.
“Instead of heading for my stand, I drove on down to the store located near our hunting lease and sat and chatted with the fellows there because the weather forecast called for an 80 percent chance of rain,” Thrasher explained.
|Saltwater Series: Delacroix Island
December 09, 2010 at 8:27 am
Capt. Jack Payne can see his own version of a winter wonderland from his front porch. The owner of Sweetwater Guide Service and Marina, Payne poured his pay-to-launch ramp right at the intersection of Bayous Terre Aux Boeufs and Gentilly.
|JD Man, Buckdown win online photo contests
December 06, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Users JD Man and Buckdown earned LouisianaSportsman.com prize packages today (Dec. 6) for winning the November installments of the Nikon Deer of the Year and Trail contests.
|'Zachary36' takes buck of lifetime at 17
December 06, 2010 at 10:56 am
Cory Coreil really only had one thing on his mind when he went hunting the afternoon of Nov. 26 – get his 12-year-old sister Julia a shot at her first deer. When the two young hunters climbed from the box stand, however, it was to retrieve a buck wearing headgear that included 22 points and later taped out at more than 178 inches.
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