|Pending state-record turkey killed during public lottery hunt
May 09 at 3:13 pm
Thirty-one year old Dustin Pole, who lives in Welsh, was understandably disappointed when his name was not drawn for the first of three lottery turkey hunts on West Bay Wildlife Management Area this past season.
|Patience pays off with 170-inch buck
February 04 at 5:00 pm
There is an old proverb that says good things happen for those who wait. In 31-year-old John Gaiennie’s case, that good thing was a 260-pound Tensas Parish buck that green scored over 170 inches.
And the Baton Rouge hunter had to wait more than an hour with the deer in his vision before finally getting a shot of the brute while hunting on the 6,000-acre Somerset Hunting Club in Tensas Parish.
|Hunter's wish comes true with trophy Tensas Parish buck
January 24 at 5:00 pm
Kyle O’Neal of West Monroe has followed the big-buck articles in Louisiana Sportsman, texting comments to the author that always end with statements similar to “I wish I could get one big enough for you to write about.”
On Monda (Jan. 21), O’Neal’s wish came true. Hunting as a guest of Lane Cox on Winter Quarters Hunting Club in Tensas Parish, he put the crosshairs of his .35 Whelen on an impressive 11-point deer that has been taped at nearly 150 inches Boone & Crockett.
|Winnsboro electrician short-circuits 170-class public-land deer
January 10 at 5:00 pm
Winnsboro’s Eric Davis spends his work days as an electrical contractor, installing and repairing electrical circuits for customers. On Dec. 29, Davis put a positive charge into a massive 13-point buck on Buckhorn Wildlife Management Area in Tensas Parish.
That deer has been estimated to score more than 175 inches Boone & Crockett.
It was opening day of primitive firearms season on Buckhorn WMA, and the 38-year-old Davis was hunting with his .45-70. Although Davis belongs to a hunting club in Madison Parish, he has hunted Buckhorn regularly since the area opened.
|Jackson Bienville WMA gives up 150-class buck
January 07 at 12:00 pm
Brad Doughty got his big Christmas present one day late last month. On Dec. 26, Doughty downed a big 11-point deer on Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area that scored just more than 150 inches Boone & Crockett.
Taking such a quality buck on public land is commonplace for the Downsville resident, who only deer hunts on public land — and with good reason.
“There are some big, mature deer there,” Doughty said. “For the past 13 years, I’ve only hunted public management areas, mainly D’Arbonne, Union and Jackson Bienville (WMAs). The past few years, I have mostly hunted Jackson Bienville because it seems this area has more really good bucks.
|Big deer dubbed 'Bambi' killed in Winn Parish
January 03 at 5:00 pm
You have to hand it to Steve Burnum and his 16-year-old son Leyton for sticking with the mission of downing a big buck they’d known about since 2008. Their persistence in patterning the deer for five hunting seasons finally paid off when Steve put the crosshairs on him late on New Years Eve.
The buck, an 11 point, was rough scored by Burnum at 155 3/8 inches, and was estimated to be 7 ½ years old.
Burnum hunts on a postage stamp-sized piece of land in Winn Parish, not more than 15 acres total.
“I live on five acres north of Calvin in Winn Parish, and I hunt my land as well as a tiny sliver of land a friend allows me to hunt that joins my property,” he explained. “Lamar Evans leases 40 acres from Weyerhaeuser Company, and a blacktop road slices off about 10 acres that joins my home property. For the past 12 years, Lamar has allowed me to hunt that sliver while he hunts the 30 acres across the blacktop.”
|Young hunter kills second trophy buck in 2012-13 season
January 02 at 12:00 pm
Miller Holt may never kill another buck in his life. No matter — the 6-year-old has already accomplished over a five-week period what few deer hunters ever have the opportunity to do in a lifetime.
After killing a 168 ⅛-inch 14-pointer on Nov. 16, the young hunter knocked down a 9-point deer on Dec. 23 that scored 149 6/8 inches Boone & Crockett.
|Long shot puts 165-class Lincoln Parish deer on the ground
December 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm
As a pastor, 37-year-old Rev. Gevan Spinney has often had to counsel people with problems. The probability of having success with some difficult situations, no doubt, could be considered long shots at best.
On the morning of Nov. 16, Spinney took another long shot, one he later verified by his range finder at 347 yards —a shot that brought down a trophy 12-point buck that scored 165 7/8 inches Boone & Crockett.
|Persistence pays off with 150-class Bienville Parish buck
December 21, 2012 at 6:30 am
For the better part of a year, Judd Chapman’s trail cameras showed the image of a buck he wanted. After reading everything he could get his hands on, studying topographic maps and relying on photos from strategically placed trail cameras to determine the location of the buck’s sanctuary, Chapman hit the jackpot on Dec. 14 when the 150-class 13-point buck made a fatal mistake.
“I found this buck on a trail camera on Jan. 1, 2012,” said Chapman, an orthopedic supply representative who lives in Bossier City. “I set out to try and figure him out to improve my chances at bagging him.”
|East Carroll Parish trifecta produces more than 500 inches of antlers
December 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Lake Providence brothers Bo and Tim Holt, along with Tim’s son Miller, worked a spell of magic on three gargantuan East Carroll Parish bucks this season, with 6-year-old Miller starting the onslaught on Nov. 16 — the last day of special youth hunting season prior to opening of regular gun season.
His dad, Tim Holt, who with his brother operate an East Caroll Parish farm tells how it all started.
“I have two sons, ages 4 and 6, and Miller (the oldest,)has taken a special interest in hunting, especially in looking at the photos on the 14 trail cameras I have out on the land we hunt,” Tim said. “I was going to take Miller on the last day of youth hunting season on that Friday, and the night before we were looking at photos of the bucks the trail camera had captured.
|Despite comedy of errors, hunter arrows 205 class buck
December 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Sometimes even when everything bad imaginable happens, fate smiles on you and bad turns to good. For Casey Young, who hunts his family's property in Concordia Parish, the good couldn’t have been better on the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 13 as he stood over the fallen form of a huge 18-point buck sporting lights-out headgear. With a score of 205 6/8, the buck currently sits atop the non-typical archery category in the Simmons Sporting Goods big buck contest.
“I bow hunt but had never arrowed a buck. In fact,” Young said, “when I decided to take up bow hunting a few years ago, I went into the sporting goods store for a bow, the salesman asked what brand and I told him I didn’t know; just pick me one out with lots of ‘stuff’ on it. I came out of the store with an Archery Research (AR) bow and that’s what I hunt with,” he added.
|Hunter's big buck reveals son-in-law's secret
December 03, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Susan Roe and her son-in-law, Dale McPhearson, have a good-natured ongoing feud, and it revolves around hunting bucks on family property in Caddo, DeSoto and Red River parishes.
A year ago, Roe let McPhearson sit on her stand and he downed a very nice 11-point buck. This year, McPhearson had several trail camera photos of a huge buck but never got around to telling her about it.
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