Late last month, Mike Heckel had a mid-week, early-morning work meeting scheduled — but he figured he had just enough time to squeeze in a quick deer hunt on some private land in Webster Parish. […]
Wesley Miller took down two nice bucks – an 8-point and a 10-point – in the first two weeks of deer season this year on his family’s farm in Dubberly, so his focus shifted to catching slab crappie on Dorcheat Bayou.
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.
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.
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. […]