Dustin Alexander and his brother Daniel are fortunate to be friends with Lane Cox, whose family has membership in the historic Winter Quarters Hunting Lodge in Tensas Parish.
An ominous weather forecast for the afternoon of Nov. 29 prompted Brandon Malone to head to his stand in Caldwell Parish several hours earlier than usual — which proved to be perfect timing to intercept a heavy-horned old 12-point attempting to cross his food plot early that afternoon.
Blake Cureton and his dad live in Lake Charles and lease 3,400 acres from timber companies near the village of Goldonna in Natchitoches Parish.
The father-son duo are owners of Custom Metal Fabricators in Southwest Louisiana, and often take friends and customers to hunt on their lease.
Jacob Frith usually hates to hunt in the wind, but on the morning of Dec. 11, the breeze was in his favor — and he suddenly found himself within 20 yards of a big 12-point buck that never knew he was there.
Louisiana Tech wildlife major Tyler Zachry has kicked himself ever since bow season earlier this year when, unnoticed, one of the big bucks on his hit list walked up behind him to within 5 yards of his stand.
When adults think of teenagers, their thoughts often drift to things like messy rooms, loud music, dirty laundry, the incredible cost of auto insurance and the daily challenge of keeping pantry shelves stocked well enough to withstand scavenging from daily after-school raids.
Last year’s flooding on the Mississippi River cut Lane Cox’s deer season short, so the Ruston hunter was just happy to be in his stand on the 7,000-acre Winter Quarters Hunting Club in Tensas Parish on Saturday morning, Dec. 10.
Charlie Lusco spent all day Dec. 1 putting out more than 20 game cameras covering about 3,000 acres on Diamond Island in search of a giant 5-year-old 11-point that topped the property’s 2016-17 hit list.
Casey Brewer parlayed an October squirrel hunting trip on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge — when he did a little deer scouting as well — into the public lands buck of a lifetime after downing a heavy-horned 10-point on Nov. 25.
They say good things come to those who wait.
In the case of James Curry Stuart, it took 65 years, but the wall-hanger buck he’s been after since he was child finally materialized on Nov. 19 in Caldwell Parish.
It’s not often that a hunter who shoots a 170-class deer gets more excited to find a 6-inch piece of antler than the actual animal itself, but that’s exactly what happened with Heath Clement and a unique Hogue Island buck nicknamed “Handlebars.”