Colvin drops 13-pointer in campsite food plot
On the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 12, Daniel Colvin had planned to walk to his stand on a pipeline, hoping for a chance at a big 140-plus 8-point he had on camera. However, steady rain changed his plans, so he decided to sit in the living room at his Union Parish camp to see what might come out on the 6-acre food plot adjacent to the site.
Turns out he made a wise decision when a big 13-point buck he had never seen before suddenly appeared just before dark.
Colvin is a commercial fisherman, netting and selling catfish from nearby Corney Creek. Along with his dad, he also buys and sells land. The camp sits on 1,300 acres of family property in Union Parish.
“My decision to hunt from the camp was strictly based on the steady rain. I really wanted to see if the big 8-point might step out since the rut is kicking in around this area,” he said. “My best bet, I thought, was to stay dry and comfortable at the camp and hope that maybe the one I had my eye on might decide to show up on the food plot.”
The 6-acre plot is planted with winter wheat, clover and turnips. Deer that come out pay no attention to the camp at all.
“I pulled up a chair in the living room, raised the window and got comfortable. After a while, two does came out to the food plot and started feeding. Then a spike appeared and gave evidence he was interested in the does,” Colvin said. “They paid him no attention, and he stopped harassing them and began feeding.”
But about 20 minutes before dark, Colvin got a surprise when a big buck he had never seen before walked out to his right at about 50 yards and ran at a half-trot toward the does feeding 150 yards away.
“As I watched him trot toward the does, I knew this was a totally different deer, one we had no knowledge of. When I saw his rack, I knew this was one I was going to shoot,” he said. “I got my gun out on the window ledge and when he stopped at 150 yards and turned broadside, I hit the trigger on my Remington .25-06 and he dropped in his tracks.”
The 4 ½-year-old buck weighed in the neighborhood of 160 pounds, and sported a 13-point rack.
“The rack was really impressive. Both G2s were split, the tines were quite long and the inside spread was 18 1/8 inches.,” he said. “There was sort of a triple crab claw on the end of one main beam. It wasn’t too massive, but the tine length and points added up to a gross score of 151 3/8 inches.”