While some may think it’s early, it’s pretty obvious that the preliminary stages of the rut is starting up in parts of south Louisiana and not too uncommon for this area. Johnathan (John) LeDoux took down this nice drop tine buck this past Saturday while hunting area 8 in Leblanc La.
A not too shabby 16 7/8 inside spread with 5 1/2 to 6 inch brow tines and a 4 inch drop tine weighing in at 183 lbs. An awesome buck for these piny woods for sure.
Here’s John’s story as he told me about it:
“Scott this deer was killed in area 8 in Leblanc La. on opening day of muzzle load (primitive firearms) season, he was killed with a .444 caliber rifle. The morning started out great, at 7:45 I watched a doe to the left of my blind at about 200 yards. At 8:04 a bigger doe caught my eye crossing the lane to my right at about 180 yards, I put the cross hairs on her but opted not to shoot. At 8:09 here comes big boy in the same spot, I got on him pretty quick as I had only a spit second to evaluate him and make a shot. I pulled the trigger but couldn’t tell if I hit him or not. I sat till 9 o’clock before I went to check for blood, only to be disappointed, no blood anywhere around, only the tracks where he crossed, not wanting to jump him up if I did wound him I went back to my blind and sat for another hour or so but seemed like eternity, then finally my buddy Jared Leblue showed up. We walked to the spot where I shot him and found nothing so we decided to make an area search through the woods when Jared came across a good blood trail which lead us another 50 or so yards to him. We liked to lost it when we saw how big he was. Then we really lost it when we saw the drop tine.”
Thanks for sharing your story John and good luck for the rest of the season.
And don’t forget to take a kid outdoors
Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Electronics Technician and Owner of Papa Scott's Cajun Products Hi, I'm Papa Scott aka Camp Dog, I run the Backwoods and Bayous in search of game, I enjoy cooking for family and friends around an open fire. I'm delighted to be the Managing Editor for Louisiana Huntography. I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences as well as yours, in the field or at the camp!