When Kelby Pearah traded a buddy for his old World War II-era Russian Mosin-Nagant Model 91/30, he never dreamed he’d use it to take down the trophy buck of a lifetime.
He hadn’t even fired the rifle, which is equipped only with open sights, since last summer, and wasn’t sure it shot straight when he got an invite to hunt Saturday morning on private land near Elm Grove in Bossier Parish.
“Everybody was laughing at me because I’ve got a big old beard and I was using a Russian gun,” said Pearah, 24, of Mansfield. “I’m a gun freak. I shoot ‘em with anything. I’m big into guns, especially odd guns like that. I don’t hardly have any deer rifles.
“Most everything I have is a little unique.”
You could say the same thing about the massive 17-pointer that Pearah shot at 90 yards in a flooded hardwood bottom, about 30 minutes after four July Walker hounds were released on the property he was hunting.
“He looks like a little baby moose,” Pearah said.Read More...