Deer of the Year

Lafayette hunter drills Bienville Parish 8-pointer

When bow season opened in Area 2 on Oct. 1, the clock started ticking for Nikki Gaspard.

The 22-year-old from Lafayette had only a matter of days to take down an 8-point Bienville Parish buck she had been hunting since last year — before she had to report to western New York and work as a spotter on a natural gas pipeline.