It lasts almost as long as football season. And while the crowds that hit the Louisiana woods across the state often seem as large as those at the big game, they really aren’t. The state is blessed with lots of prime deer woods.
And while the season is over, the buzz isn’t close to over. The stories live on, hunters anxiously await their big rack back from the taxidermist and many a freezer is full of all kinds of cuts of tasty venison that brings sportsmen “back to the woods” in their minds.
This month, we celebrate all the adventures of the season with our annual Deer of the Year edition.
It was a good season, especially for dozens of hunters who got the trophy of a lifetime. Since the season opened, the Louisiana Sportsman has featured some amazing deer. Since deer season cranked up last fall, our writers have detailed the stories of 27 big bucks harvested across the Bayou State that cracked the 150-inch barrier. Of those bucks, 6 eclipsed the 170-inch mark. Numerous other big racked bucks were scored at 140 or better. And even though the scores may not have been as high, hundreds of other hunters, young and old, got their buck and a treasured memory to go along with it. It was truly special for those who took their first deer.
Congratulations to all those previously featured and those newly featured here. We hope our readers enjoy reading about the successful hunts in the following pages. And if you aren’t pictured here or in our Scrapbook pages, never give up on your dream of a trophy whitetail.
To get all the details on every single deer Louisiana Sportsman has covered this season and in past years, head to LouisianaSportsman.com/bigbucks.