2023-24 Deer of the Year

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

Hunt lined up perfectly for hunter to bag 14-point Lafourche Parish brute

Right place, right time for Letlow’s 184 5/8 late Christmas present

Morrow hunter has mixed emotions taking down huge buck

Curlee gets more than exercise on long Bayou Cocodrie walk

Bobcats, cow dogs and at last, another shot at Richland Parish trophy

Grand Prairie hunter doesn’t waste time in taking monster Concordia Parish buck

Bam Bam’s dad finally gets big Winn Parish buck

Morehouse Parish 11-point schooled by Rayville fifth grader

Hunter drives it home on big 11-point Beauregard Parish buck

Futrell makes the right decision and bags big Grant Parish buck

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Kinny Haddox has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about the outdoors in Louisiana for 45 years. He publishes a daily website, lakedarbonnelife.com and is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame. He and his wife, DiAnne, live in West Monroe.