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|Head games - Defining a trophy deer is difficult
976 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
Every year scores of hunters harvest whitetails throughout the state. Each buck, in the eyes of the beholder, is truly a trophy - hosting a set of antlers that are individually unique. Yet once comparisons of harvested bucks are made, the stigma of big verses small and scoring classifications can toy a hunter's perspective. Simply put: Competition and influence from the hunting media attempts to set a standard of what constitutes a trophy buck.
|Pop-up mop-up — How pop-up hunting blinds up success
1441 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
This is the tale of three duck hunters: Edison, MacGyver and Fatso.
The first two really liked to kill ducks and were determined to find a better way to do it.
|Kisatchie jewel hunt — Late-season squirrel hunting tips
748 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
Was I really going squirrel hunting? A squirrel would have to pack a lunch to make it here. It was nearly solid pine trees — tall straight pine trees. Maybe 1 in 5,000 trees was a scrub oak or a stunted, gnarly magnolia.
424 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
Jon Black killed this 25-point buck a week after his son shot a 170-inch deer. Read about the hunt during which this amazing deer was killed on page 14.
|Pineville 7th-grader takes down 11-pointer at youth lottery hunt in Ferriday
4306 Views - Posted: December 30, 2013 at 10:45 am
The current Louisiana Female Youth Hunter of the Year closed out 2013 the exact same way she started it: by taking down a big-horned buck at a youth lottery hunt.
Hunting with her uncle, Billy Porche, in the Cross Bayou Unit at Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge in Ferriday, Chloe Slayter shot a big 11-pointer on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14.
|Hunter's first-ever buck is 18-point non-typical in St. Helena Parish
17510 Views - Posted: December 28, 2013 at 10:00 am
Brian Pradat picked the wrong time to eat a bag of peanuts in his box stand in St. Helena Parish on Dec. 15, but the big buck heading straight for him didn’t seem to mind one bit.
“At 8:30 I was hungry, so I reached in my bag to grab a bag of peanuts,” said Pradat, 40, of Hahnville. “I saw the deer coming and dropped by bag of peanuts. He was about 60 yards out and heard the noise, and lifted his head up and looked in the direction of the stand but just continued walking straight to me.
“So he heard me drop the peanuts, but it didn’t phase him. Planters definitely needs to hear that one.”
|Bow season persistence pays off for Apex Predator
3476 Views - Posted: December 28, 2013 at 6:00 am
This hunting season was shaping up much like last year’s, void of an archery deer harvest.
With frustration setting in, I had actually told a buddy in a phone call while scouting for gun season that I was hanging up the the bow until next season.
It had been over two full years and more than 150 archery hunts since I last got a deer with archery equipment. Countless missed opportunities and arrows missing the mark wouldn’t have been the case if I used my crossbow more often, but the thrill of using a recurve and compound had remained irresistible.
Since I enjoy eating plenty of deer meat, I figured I’d focus on my yearly tag-out mission by blazing lead. With the six tracts of public land I hunt, there would be plenty of gun and primitive hunting during the deer rut and colder weather throughout season’s end.
|Church Point hunter shoots nice 10-pointer in Jackson Parish
4312 Views - Posted: December 27, 2013 at 6:00 am
Blake Boone was talking to his 7-year-old yellow Lab in his Jackson Parish box blind earlier this month when he got interrupted by a big 10-point walking out of the hardwood bottom facing his stand.
“I was petting Chance and he was trying to get over in my lap,” Boone said. “I was talking to him, telling him to be still.”
It was a few minutes after 9 on Dec. 17, and he was just about to let a buddy know he planned on staying in the blind until noon when the big buck made his move.
“Before I could even pick up my phone to text, the deer had started coming out,” said Boone, 41, of Church Point.
Even though he had never laid eyes on him from a stand, Boone instantly recognized the big buck from three years worth of nighttime trail cam photos.
“I had never seen this deer in daylight hours,” he said. “This was the third year I hunted him. I got pictures of him three years ago and I’ve been trying to kill him ever since.
|Christmas Eve hunt yields massive 200-class non-typical buck in Pointe Coupee Parish
7031 Views - Posted: December 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Christmas came about 16 hours early this year for Philip Major.
The 38-year-old was hunting on his property on the east side of False River near Ventress Tuesday morning when a well-known buck in the area decided to make a rare daytime appearance.
“I have a bunch of pictures of him. Everybody in this area has pictures of him,” said Major, who works for Turner Industries. “But mostly all nighttime pictures.
“He’s definitely a celebrity on camera around here. There’s probably 2,000 pictures of that deer in this area.”
|Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Babes in the Woods
2278 Views - Posted: December 26, 2013 at 6:00 am
Watch Cox Sports Television tonight at 6:30 as Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney and crew take a trip to his camp to introduce a couple of young hunters to outdoor life.
|Mowata hunter shoots 15-point non-typical buck near Lake Ophelia
6074 Views - Posted: December 25, 2013 at 6:00 am
When Will Burton heard some noise in the brush on the afternoon of Dec. 12, he assumed it was a group of hogs running in the thicket on the edge of two green food plots he was hunting near Lake Ophelia in Avoyelles Parish.
His buddy, Derik Laborde, had shot a hog about 10 minutes earlier, and Burton was preparing himself for a shot at some pork of his own.
“I figured with all the noise it was hogs, so I was ready to shoot a hog,” said Burton, 29, an offshore lead production operator. “But then three deer walked out.”
|Horses for conservation law enforcement
3559 Views - Posted: December 24, 2013 at 9:00 am
Within a few days after beginning employment with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1977, I was riding a bucking bronco on the banks of Bayou Nachitoches in Avoyelles Parish.
|Slidell hunter shoots 11-point, 150-class buck
5755 Views - Posted: December 24, 2013 at 6:00 am
Clayton Crawford endured a pretty rough bow season, so when a big 11-point stepped into his shooting lane last month, he could be forgiven for being a bit edgy as he lined up the crosshairs of his .270.
The shot was only about 40 yards in an oak grove surrounded by thick briars and bushes in St. Tammany Parish, but Nov. 3 was a warm, damp, foggy morning, and visibility wasn’t the best.
And the three deer he missed earlier in the fall with his bow were still fresh in his mind.
“He took off like I missed him when I shot,” said Crawford, 29. “I listened and listened and listened and never heard a crash.
“I was nervous.”
The superintendent for Spartan Building Corporation in Madisonville endured a long 15 minutes atop his Millennium sticks pondering another possible miss before he ventured down and saw massive amounts of blood where the big buck had stood.
|Hunter trades box stand for lawn chair and shoots 180-class buck
6579 Views - Posted: December 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Billy Barton had gotten really tired of sitting in his box stand in Winn Parish without seeing any deer.
So a change of scenery, including the use of a folding lawn chair concealed under tree limbs, helped him ambush a 12-point buck last month that scored almost 180 inches Boone and Crockett.
|Almost 3,000 acres added to Ouachita WMA, LDWF says
3764 Views - Posted: December 22, 2013 at 10:00 am
The Ouachita Wildlife Management Area has expanded to more than 13,000 acres through a lease agreement now in place between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
|Second pending state-record buck killed
98539 Views - Posted: December 21, 2013 at 8:56 am
Everyone knows the only way to kill a deer is to be in the woods, but when 20-year-old Alex LeBlanc announced he was going to sit a stand yesterday afternoon, his buddies scoffed. After all, it was too windy, warm and humid.
“Everybody told me I was crazy going out there,” LeBlanc said.
But the Opelousas hunter shrugged off the naysaying and clambered into a box stand overlooking a planted shooting lane about 2:45 p.m.
By 4 p.m. a buck was on the ground — and it was a monster packing around a typical rack that has been rough scored at a tad more than 204 inches.