Deer of the Year

Private hunting spot yields 160-class Madison Parish 12-point

There are 1,600 sprawling acres on the Sullivan family farm in Madison Parish, but a special spot is off limits to everyone except Brenda Sullivan. And while sitting in a ground blind in her private hunting grounds on Oct. 20, Sullivan sent an arrow into the vitals of a huge 275-pound 12-point buck that walked up to within 15 yards of her blind.

“We’d seen this buck on our trail cameras when he was in velvet, and I knew he was a good one,” Sullivan said. “I couldn’t really tell just how big but knew his rack was tall and wide.”[…]

Events & Announcements

Body of missing Bogue Chitto boater found

The body of a Baton Rouge man missing since Dec. 28 while on a camping trip on the Bogue Chitto River with his wife was found today (Jan. 28), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.

The body of 63-year-old William Holloway was found about 8 a.m. about 1 1/2 miles downriver from where his capsized boat was found, the LDWF said.[…]

Deer of the Year

Forgotten camera card leads to 150-inch 7-point East Carroll Parish buck

In most cases when you’ve gotten to your deer stand and realize you forgot something back at the truck, it’s unsettling. However, for 20-year-old Tanner McDonald it’s the best thing that could have happened to him the morning of Jan. 12.

Soon after McDonald hopped in his Ranger UTV and heading back to his truck to retrieve the item he needed, a monster buck shot across the path 10 yards ahead of him.[…]

Deer Hunting

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.[…]

Events & Announcements

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.[…]

Deer of the Year

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.[…]

Deer of the Year

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.[…]