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Franklin Parish man cited for illegally killing trophy deer, entering big-buck contests

A Winnsboro man was cited Thursday (Jan. 19) for allegedly killing a 15-point deer with an illegal weapon and entering it into several North Louisiana big-buck contests, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported today.

LDWF agents cited Billy W. Jordan, 54, of Winnsboro for taking a deer with an illegal weapon and four felony counts of contest fraud, the agency reported.Read More...
January 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm
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Bastrop hunter kills 180-class opening-day buck despite muggy weather

Opening day (Nov. 19) in Area 4 dawned warm and muggy, and Bastrop insurance agent Bardell Bostick decided to sleep in that morning. However, his hunting buddy talked him into going to his stand that afternoon, and he’s glad he did.Read More...
January 20, 2012 at 10:22 am
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February issue of Louisiana Sportsman on its way

The staff of Louisiana Sportsman is putting the finishing touches on the February issue, and sending it to the off-site printer today (Jan. 19). It's 260 pages thick, and it's loaded with everything you need to know to have success in the field and on the water next month.

Look for it in your mailbox and on newsstands beginning early next week.Read More...
January 19, 2012 at 10:45 am
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Husband gives wife permission to down 160-class buck

As a first-grade teacher at Sterlington Elementary School, Melissa Winkler is accustomed to her students asking her permission for things they want or need to do. The shoe was on the other foot Jan. 2 when Winkler phoned her husband to get his approval before shooting a big buck she was looking at 90 yards away – she had shot a 9-point earlier in the season, and he wanted her to hold off on shooting another buck unless it was larger.

This buck obviously was: From her vantage point, she could count 10 points. With hubby’s okay, she shot and downed a huge-racked deer that actually sported 12 points (13 if a broken point was counted).Read More...
January 19, 2012 at 8:47 am
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Tensas Parish monster killed after hunter's father insists on deer hunting

Twenty-two-year-old Cody Bergeron has taken a definite liking to hunting North Louisiana, especially a private tract in Tensas Parish where one Jan. 8 he downed a 10-point buck that has green scored in the mid 160s Boone & Crockett.

It was a kill that almost didn’t happen because the Gonzales hunter wanted to give up on the deer because of what he deemed to be unfavorable rutting conditions when they arrived at the property near Waterproof.Read More...
January 18, 2012 at 11:11 am
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Smokepole stalking success: Follow the bubbles

The last few weekends have netted me a bunch of meat.

On the last weekend of December, I was on an evening hunt in Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge when what I thought were two does came skipping through my thicket. I was focusing hard on the first doe in my crossbow scope as she jumped right through all three of my shooting lanes along a 40-yard trail.Read More...
January 17, 2012 at 8:58 am
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Father, son say massive 8-point is culmination of their team hunting efforts

A shot in the gloaming was all it took for Michael Golden to get his shot of a lifetime.

After 25 years of hunting with his father Ronny and both trying to kill a big buck, the younger Golden literally was down to the final minutes of his Dec. 9 afternoon hunt. He had been sitting in a stand overlooking a cutover with a small planted strip and was getting ready to pack up.Read More...
January 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm
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Red River WMA gives up monster 11-point

Ryan Evans has spent a lot of time hunting public lands, and Red River Wildlife Management Area is so close to his heart that he bought some nearby property and has been working on building a camp.

But Evans had been so busy on the camp and squirrel hunting with his kids that he hadn’t had time to make a deer hunt on Red River. So it didn’t take much for brother to convince him to make a trip on Friday (Jan. 13).

Ryan Evans left that evening with a true public-lands trophy —a 155-inch 11-point.Read More...
January 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm
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Tensas NWR gives up potential state-record archery buck

Alton McLeod is no stranger to Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, having spent time hunting there every for 25 years. But it was the choice to hunt a new part of the 80,000-acre public property that paid the biggest dividends of his hunting career Saturday (Jan. 7).

That’s when he arrowed a monster 28-point that has been green scored at 222 inches Pope & Young, which could make it the largest non-typical deer ever killed by a bow hunter in the state.Read More...
January 10, 2012 at 10:31 am
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Woods retreat means huge St. Francisville buck

The buck was no secret on the St. Francisville lease: Everyone had seen the trail cam photos of the huge deer last season, but the beast seemed to have disappeared midway through that season.

Baton Rouge’s Todd Tregre and his buddies fretted the deer had been shot elsewhere, and then the animal’s image appeared on a trail cam in February.Read More...
January 06, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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Lady in pink bags antlered doe

Jamie Brown pulled on her hot-pink bibs, drove up to her deer stand in her hot-pink jeep and promptly bagged a deer. With all these “girly” things going on, it was only natural that the deer she bagged was a doe.

However, it was no ordinary doe; the weird deer sported a velvet covered 5-point rack with a 20-inch inside spread and unbelievable 9 ¼-inch bases.Read More...
January 06, 2012 at 10:33 am
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Ruston dentist drills massive 8-point

Winter Quarters, a 10,000-acre hunting club situated inside the Mississippi River levee in Tensas Parish, has a rule hunters follow to determine if a buck is mature enough to take: The animal has to have main beams measuring at least 20 inches.

The buck that stepped into Dr. Kenny Cox’s crosshairs Nov. 25 easily passed the eyeball test. The brute not only met the 20 inch minimum; it exceeded it by 7 ½ inches on the left and 6 ¾ inches on the right, and has green scored at more than 160 inches Boone & Crockett.Read More...
January 06, 2012 at 10:32 am
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MIKE GOLDEN, BassHunter520, LETUMGROW win monthly user contests

Users MIKE GOLDEN and BassHunter520 won this month’s photo contests, while longtime member LETUMGROW earned the top spot in the Deer Hunting Video Contest.Read More...
January 06, 2012 at 9:24 am
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Walker hunter kills 150-inch West Feliciana buck with girlfriend’s gun

Gabe Tunnard made a last-minute decision on Dec. 23 to use his girlfriend’s rifle when he headed to his favorite stand on his West Feliciana lease.

“I told my brother (Chad), ‘You know, I’m going to take Emily’s gun for good luck,’” Tunnard said.

The move paid off in spades when he shot a 11-point that has been green scored at 151 2/8 inches Boone & Crockett.Read More...
January 05, 2012 at 10:57 pm
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Uncomfortable hunt yields 170-class buck

Ryan Bergeron had seen a big buck on a few trail-cam photos throughout the early season, and he was thinking about the deer on Dec. 28 while sitting in a climbing stand on his West Feliciana Parish lease.

“I hadn’t seen any pictures of it in a few weeks, and I was thinking, ‘Somebody must have killed him,’” Bergeron said of the buck that had been estimated at 150 to 160 inches Boone & Crockett.

But in the last minutes of the morning hunt, the Lafayette hunter shot the deer – and it has been scored in the mid 170s.Read More...
January 05, 2012 at 10:56 pm
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LWFC ends monthly meeting in executive session

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took care of some minor housekeeping issues at Thursday’s meeting before reconvening in executive session to discuss details of possible litigation against the state for raiding the Artificial Reef Program fund.Read More...
January 05, 2012 at 2:46 pm
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