Deer Hunting

The Sportsman Show's Big Buck Contest wrapped up Sunday afternoon, with plenty more deer added to the state's all-time records, as well as some Boone & Crockett and Pope and Young record bucks.

Louisiana Sportsman’s Big Buck Contest results

Smith, Sullivan win with heavy-horned in-state deer
March 19 at 8:35am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with the big 8-point he shot in January on Louisiana public lands with his 70-bound Martin recurve bow.

Apex Predator: Blade-aiming technique takes down 8-pointer with recurve

Chauvin ends season in style with big Louisiana public lands buck
March 08 at 1:25pm
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is officially banning supplemental deer feeding in three Northeastern Louisiana parishes to curb the potential spread of CWD, which was discovered in a Mississippi buck earlier this year.

LDWF officially bans supplemental deer feeding in three Northeast La. parishes

Effort to curb the spread of CWD goes into effect March 5
March 02 at 10:28am
With deer season in the rearview mirror, take time now to scout your woods for sign you might have missed last season.

There’s no better time than now to prepare

Review this season’s successes and failures, then adjust to up your odds next fall
March 01 at 7:00am
One of the author’s nephews with a fully mature buck taken after a long, quiet hike to the stand.

Food for thought:

Is the convenience of an ATV worth the disturbance when it comes to getting to your stand undetected?
February 22 at 9:00am
Collin Guillot, 9, of Loreauville, recently busted his first-ever deer, a 145-pound doe in Winnfield.

The season may be over — but memories remain

even disappointments can be learning experiences to help you improve for next year
February 12 at 9:00am

Bethany man busted for alleged deer violations in Caddo Parish

Suspect caught on game camera trespassing and hunting at night, LDWF says
February 07 at 2:36pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, downed this nice 16-point non-typical in Mississippi with his 31-inch long, 4-pound custom rifle.

Apex Predator downs 16-pointer with custom micro rifle

Gun is 31 inches long, weighs only 4 pounds
February 07 at 10:41am
Amanda Smith, of Brouillette, poses with the monstrous 25-point non-typical she shot on Jan. 13 in Avoyelles Parish. The score isn't official yet because the rack hasn't dried for 60 days, but the big buck grossed 240 ⅝ and netted 228 ⅜ B&C.

Avoyelles hunter knocks down giant 240-inch ‘Rougarou’ buck

Amazing 25-point non-typical could land in Louisiana’s all-time Top 5
February 07 at 9:17am
Teddy Dupuy, of St. Amant, poses with the big public lands 8-point he shot on Thanksgiving Day in the Kisatchie National Forest in Grant Parish. The big buck green-scored 158 inches of bone.

2017-18 Deer of the year

February 01 at 7:00am
The author killed this hit-list buck, nicknamed “Saban,” on Christmas Eve — after taking plenty of care not to put too much pressure on it.

Learn to manage hunting pressure

Key to successful hunting is keeping deer from knowing you’re around
February 01 at 7:00am

Two busted for alleged night-hunting in Washington Parish

Incident occurred on Jan. 27, LDWF says
January 30 at 10:34am
This buck has the classic body build of a mature deer 5½ years or older, in spite of its paltry antlers.

Rate that buck

If a “big ol’ mature buck” is your goal, learn how to recognize one
January 22 at 9:00am
Effie's Brad Normand poses with the big 12-point buck he shot Dec. 26 on Dahlia Plantation in Tensas Parish. The deer's rack featured split brow tines and heavy mass throughout, and green-scored 161 ⅛ inches.

Effie hunter downs 12-point Tensas Parish stud

Normand’s buck features split brow tines, scores 161 ⅛
January 18 at 2:51pm