2016-17 Deer of the Year

It’s been a crazy 12 months, with the typical broiling-hot summer topped off with record flood in many areas of the state. So when hunting seasons opened, hunters relished the break from rebuilding efforts.

And the deer started piling up, with the highlight of the 2016-17 season being the potential state-record buck killed Dec. 1 by Charlie Lusco, who was hunting on Diamond Island.

But that wasn’t the only huge buck to hit the ground.

For instance, Hayden Cassels slammed a 190-inch monster during a Concordia Parish hunt, and Jason MacFarland bagged a 188-incher in the same parish.

Morgan City’s Joey Busbice even scored on two trophies — for a total of 300 inches of bone.

That’s not even counting all the 140s, 150s and 160s.

As of Jan. 9, LouisianaSportsman.com had uncovered more than 60 bucks that topped the 140-inch mark.

And that’s during a season during which the weather has been maddening.

Without further ado, here’s the rundown of the latest trophies. If you’d like to see more, go to our Big Buck gallery.

Rainy day reward

Winds blow in 166-inch buck

The water-leak buck

The second-chance trophy

Thanks, Dad

Perseverance pays off

Management plan yields 150-inch buck

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Andy Crawford has spent nearly his entire career writing about and photographing Louisiana’s hunting and fishing community. While he has written for national publications, even spending four years as a senior writer for B.A.S.S., Crawford never strayed far from the pages of Louisiana Sportsman. Learn more about his work at www.AndyCrawford.Photography.