|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.
|Deer of the Year
February 01 at 7:00 am
The 2012-13 hunting season opened with real promise, as the past couple of years produced dozens of absolute hammer bucks.
Almost 50 of these trophies hit the ground during the 2011-12 season — and that’s just the ones we found out about.
|Red River WMA gives up huge buck
January 25 at 9:00 am
Hunting public land takes a bit of extra work. That’s a lesson Trent Boudreaux learned when he first started hunting Red River Wildlife Management Area as a teenager in 1998.
“It’s tough to get away from the crowd,” he said. “It’s taken me years to learn the land. You see the signs of traffic, and you avoid that. You have to be prepared to walk much farther than most people do.”
|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.
|Red River WMA gives up huge buck
January 24 at 4:07 pm
Hunting public land takes a bit of extra work. That’s a lesson Trent
Boudreaux learned when he first started hunting Red River Wildlife
Management Area as a teenager in 1998.
“It’s tough to get away from the crowd,” he said. “It’s taken me years to
learn the land. You see the signs of traffic, and you avoid that. You have
to be prepared to walk much farther than most people do.”
|Sterlington hunter takes 150-class Union Parish buck
January 18 at 5:38 pm
Some deer-kill stories come under wild circumstances — bucks that are bagged during storms, kills that precede a search that lasts more than a day or ones that conclude a decades-long drought of not even seeing a buck.
Then there are stories like Lee Taylor’s that don’t come with extraordinary details. In a case like this, the extraordinary thing is the buck itself.
And that’s good enough for Taylor.
|Red River WMA lottery youth hunt yields 130-class deer
January 17 at 5:00 pm
Pineville 6th-grader Chloe Slayter has not been in school long enough to learn about the power of three, but she knows about the three bears.
She knows about the three little pigs.
She even knows about the Three Stooges.
But she hasn’t yet learned in class that things that come in threes are inherently more satisfying and more effective than any other number of things.
Some lessons are better learned in the real world.
|Hunter scores 167 6/8 B&C buck in Avoyelles Parish
January 16 at 4:45 pm
Hunting on a small piece of land can make deer management difficult.
Troy McNeal knows that first hand, but you wouldn’t know it from a kill he made Dec. 29 on his 100-acre parcel in Avoyelles Parish. McNeal, whose lease is surrounded by other leases and landowners, bagged a 10-point buck that day that scored an impressive 167 6/8 Boone and Crockett. The main beams measured 24 inches, the spread was 21 ¼ inches inside and the bases were 6 inches in circumference. The deer was estimated to be 5 ½ years old and it weighed a whopping 230 pounds.
|St. Tammany 9-point could be biggest in parish, state deer records show
January 11 at 6:30 am
To many, St. Tammany Parish is an ever-expanding collection of suburban towns that serve as a launching point to the metropolitan hubs of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. But there was a time not too long ago when the parish was overwhelmingly rural, and hunting was commonplace in all corners of the north shore.
Bubby Keen recently sent a reminder to the hunting community that St. Tammany, at least in some spots, is still formidable ground when the 21-year-old St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy bagged a 9-point deer near the Abita Springs and Talisheek areas in the central part of the parish on Dec. 12 that was nothing short of a stud.
|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.
|Pair of Winn Parish bucks fall to father, son on same day from same stand
January 10 at 12:00 pm
For centuries, fathers and sons have shared hunting experiences that become family folklore – the stories that are told around the Sunday dinner table, at reunions, at holiday time.
The Arnaud family of Breaux Bridge now has a story that might exceed those boundaries; it might even enter into the regional, if not statewide, consciousness.
That’s because on Dec. 11 both Andrew Arnaud Jr. and son Andrew Arnaud III (aka T-Drew,) bagged a pair of trophy bucks on the same piece of property and from the same box stand.
|Father-daughter time turns into trophy kill when 15-year-old shoots 200-inch buck
January 09 at 4:00 pm
Blane Haygood treasures his time in the hunting stand — not so much because he loves shooting deer but because it’s when he really gets to spend time with his 15-year-old daughter Kendall.
“This is our time,” Blane said. “When we’re sitting in that stand, I talk to her about stuff. During school, she is busy with soccer and stuff, so when we’re hunting it’s just me and her.”
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