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I have hunting privlages on some property in Baton Rouge. Two years ago we found a tresspasser had set up a ground blind and climbing stand location on the property. We removed the stand from the tree and removed the ground blind. Last year we found the tree stand in the exact same tree. I removed the stand and took it with me. I left a note on the tree for the owner of the stand to call me if they wanted the stand back. Several days later I recieved a call about the stand. I politely explained that the property is private and that he did not have permission to be on the property for any reason. He agreed(so he said) to not hunt the property anymore. So I returned the stand to the property line and he retrieved it. Well fast forward another year. Monday morning I was sitting on my stand when I hear a shot from behind me. At the time I was thinking it was from the property next door. After sometime another shot rang out. So later when I got down off my stand and retrieving my atv I decided to ride the woods. Low and behold I find fresh blood and a drag trail off the property. Coming back towards my atv I start looking for evidence of a stand location. When I find corn all over the place. Then a game camera and then find the very same stand from the last several years. I know this because I marked the stand in a way only I would know. The same person once again tresspassing and killing deer on property he has no permission to be on. So my question is what should I do about this? Call the LDWF and press charges? Sheriff for tresspassing? What?
Below is a picture of a 5pt my son and one of his friends took last week in EBR Parish. This was their first buck with horns. They both shoot 243cal single shot youth rifles. Now that he has his first set of horns out of the way he says he is wall hanging hunting.
Nothing seen or killed on the first day. Retrieved the card from my camera and look what was on it.
Are they the same deer???
After proudly watching my son kill his first two deer of his life this past month. I finally got one of my own. Only difference this being a buck. Appears the rut is now in full swing. I had three bucks chasing this one doe. Ended up taking what I think was the largest of two of them. The third was several points smaller. 9 points and 190lbs. Hopefully my son can get one of the other ones this weekend.
It is a wonderful experience to watch your son take his first deer of his life. This one happens to be his second one of the week(no pictures of the first). The first was taken with his Rossi Youth 50cal muzzleloader and his second with his Rossi Youth 243. On on opening muzzleloader weekend and one opening rifle weekend. It is amazing how much knowledge young hunters pick up just from being in the woods with other experienced hunters. This young man wants to hunt all the time. If I never shoot a deer again while he's on the stand with me, I can live with that. Take your sons and daughters with you when you go hunting. It's an experience you will never forget.