Lafayette hunter kills 220-inch buck in Mississippi Delta

Buck likely largest ever killed in Jefferson County.

Lafayette’s Scott Champagne almost didn’t hunt the stand on Thursday (Dec. 8). But he saw a doe jumping his fence and heading toward an old, grown-up food plot and knew Jefferson County bucks were probably starting to look at the females of the species with lust.

“I kind of had a suspicion based on the signs in the woods that the deer were about to get into the pre-rut,” Champagne said. “When you see those does moving around, that’s about as good a chance as you’re going to get to get on a buck.”

So he climbed into the box stand about 3:30 p.m. and settled in to see what would happen. It was fortunate he did, as he nailed a 17-point that has been rough scored at 220 inches Boone & Crockett just before shooting hours closed.

f it holds that score, it rank in the 10 non-typical bucks killed in the state with a rifle, according to the latest Magnolia Records. It blows away the current No. 1 deer from Jefferson County, which grossed 189 4/8 inches and was killed in 1998 with a muzzleloader.

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