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Record Book Bucks

Pretty interesting map of where Louisiana record book bucks are killed. It's derrived from the official reports on the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries website, as to where record class bucks have been taken in the state. It coincides with a lot of major rivers.

Here are the official numbers of record book bucks entered into LDWF Big Game Records. It can be found on LDWF website. The admission criteria is as follows:

Gun: Typical, 160"; Non-Typical, 185"
Muzzleloader: Typical, 120"; Non-Typical, 150"
Archery: Typical, 110"; Non-Typical, 140"

Below is the number of individual deer killed per parish that are listed in "the books". It doesn't necessarily mean that the 3 parishes you inquired about do not produce big bucks; it simply means that some parishes consistantly produce monsters, while others hardly. If you look at sattellite imagery of your three parishes, you can see that there is more open farmland/square mile than virtually any other part of the state, which can help explain the lower numbers; there is simply not as much open woods as other parts of the state. Also, these three parishes are centered between two major river systems, which throughout history could have naturally isolated an inferior gene pool. There are exeptions to the statistics, but you can gain insight into where you SHOULD BE if you want the best probability for taking a bigger buck, such as Tensas or West Feliciana Parish.

0 Acadia Parish
1 Allen Parish
0 Ascension Parish
0 Assumption Parish
27 Avoyelles Parish
1 Beauregard Parish
7 Bienville Parish
8 Bossier Parish
8 Caddo Parish
1 Calcasieu Parish
5 Caldwell Parish
2 Cameron Parish
2 Catahoula Parish
8 Claiborne Parish
43 Concordia Parish
0 De Soto Parish
2 East Baton Rouge Parish
39 East Carroll Parish
23 East Feliciana Parish
2 Evangeline Parish
3 Franklin Parish
13 Grant Parish
1 Iberia Parish
5 Iberville Parish
4 Jackson Parish
0 Jefferson Parish
0 Jefferson Davis Parish
0 Lafayette Parish
0 Lafourche Parish
0 La Salle Parish
5 Lincoln Parish
2 Livingston Parish
27 Madison Parish
4 Morehouse Parish
9 Natchitoches Parish
0 Orleans Parish
4 Ouachita Parish
0 Plaquemines Parish
4 Pointe Coupee Parish
19 Rapides Parish
5 Red River Parish
3 Richland Parish
4 Sabine Parish
0 St. Bernard Parish
0 St. Charles Parish
3 St. Helena Parish
0 St. James Parish
0 St. John the Baptist Parish
13 St. Landry Parish
2 St. Martin Parish
11 St. Mary Parish
5 St. Tammany Parish
1 Tangipahoa Parish
49 Tensas Parish
1 Terrebonne Parish
6 Union Parish
1 Vermilion Parish
8 Vernon Parish
3 Washington Parish
3 Webster Parish
1 West Baton Rouge Parish
0 West Carroll Parish
51 West Feliciana Parish
7 Winn Parish
This is for you bbarret
I spent about an hour searching past posts for this map prior to posting my question about trophy potential for catahoula parish and surrounding areas.. I was hoping to people's experience that hunt in that area. I know there is a lot of agriculture around and it seems that the area should produce good deer. The map does not say so...
I added the table from which the maps were derrived. Does this seem to support what you all experience where you hunt?
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