Deer of the Year

Webster Parish youth drops elusive 174-inch buck

It’s commonly said in Louisiana if you don’t like the weather just wait a while, and it’ll change. 

The same can be said of hunting whitetails in the Bayou State — hours of monotony can end suddenly and be followed up instantly by adrenalin-pumping action.

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Deer of the Year

Big Webster Parish buck nicknamed ‘Nighttime Roamer’ finally makes daytime appearance

Since 2008, 68-year-old George Simolke of Dubberly has seen scores of trail cam photos of a big drop-tine buck on his Webster Parish property. 

Because all photos of the buck except one were made at night, Simolke dubbed him Nighttime Roamer. 

But the big buck let his taste for rice bran get the best of him in the daylight of Nov. 20, and made the mistake of stepping out for a nibble as Simolke sat in his box stand about 80 yards away. One shot from his 7 mm mag and the days of the old monarch teasing Simolke were over: he dropped in his tracks at the shot. 

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Deer of the Year

Scent bomb brings 170-inch Webster Parish buck right to stunned hunter

Sgt. Joshua Gandy, Gonzales, a full-time active-duty soldier with the Louisiana National Guard, is obviously knowledgeable about bombs used in warfare. However, he learned about a different “bomb” late on the afternoon of Nov. 8 when the Buck Bomb attractant he had sprayed on his boots lured a 170-inch, 14-point buck beneath his stand a mere 12 feet away.

Gandy, 26, was hunting with a group of friends who have permission to hunt some land near Minden in Webster Parish when good fortune smiled on him. […]