December 02, 2013 at 11:28am
I went up to Tensas NWR for the Thanksgiving lottery hunt with my wife, dad and two buddies. The weather got cold a week prior and stayed cold throughout the week with another colder front on Thanksgiving day, which had me excited. The weather was 25 degrees on Friday morning with very little wind, which made it perfect, however my wife disagreed, she wanted it to be 65. With the weather being cold all week and with David Moreland's prediction of an early rut I was ready to get after those big Tensas bucks. My buddy Jeff killed a 223lb 8 point that scored 127' during the morning hunt. After a lengthy drag we finally got the deer out of the woods and back to camp. My buddy Todd saw a really good buck that morning but he wasn't able to get a shot. With Jeff at the camp, my dad, wife and Todd headed back out of an evening hunt. We decided to hunt close since we were getting back in late. After placing my wife in a tree I decided to track back to my area where I hunted the morning hunt. It wasn't close, but buck sign I saw in the morning made me head back to the same tree. At 4:18 p.m. there he appeared out of the palmetto thickets feeding in an oak flat. I knew he was a shooter when I saw him, although I couldn't tell how many points he had. I waited for a clear shot and as he stepped into a small opening I let him have a .270 bullet. He ran 40 yards and piled up. He sported 11 points, weighed 218 pounds and scored 134'. We finished the weekend with everyone seeing deer and Todd and I killing does the next day. Jeff Shot a Doe on Big Lake Sunday morning. Jeff also saw a bear and a hog. My dad saw a few does, but he could not get a shot. My wife saw a buck but could not get a shot. Over all it was a great weekend. Two Big Bucks Down on the same day was awesome. Total, we saw approximately 18 deer. No place to hunt? Louisiana Public Land is where its at! Good luck hunting! This public land experience gets an A+.