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Decided to get away Wednesday and Thursday to finally get in the woods to do some looking around. I know its late to be just now doing some scouting, but it was the first opportunity I've had. Anyway, got to the WMA I normally hunt and started scouting some of the thicker areas close to the parking area which most people bypass. Didn't see much there so headed to another area bordering some private property. Before I reached the border I could hear the landowners' cows cutting up something awful. I looked ahead of me and saw 4 deer (3 mature does and a yearling) moving off the private land onto the WMA. After they passed I hurried to a spot about 20 yds from where they crossed. As soon as I got there, I noticed another doe headed my way. She passed by too far and too quick for a shot. Right behind her came a yearling doe but she was also moving much too fast to attempt a shot. So I'm still standing at the ready with an arrow knocked on high alert when here comes a third doe. This one is not a mature doe but not a this year's fawn either(perfect eating size). She's picking her way through the cover of palmettos and briars and is able to get by without offering a shot. I'm getting pretty disgusted by this point when I notice the third doe circling back. She gets to within 18 yds before presenting me with a decent shot (quartering away) so I let it fly. After being hit she runs into a clump of palmettos stops for a couple seconds and then makes one final attempt to run but falls with 10 yds of where I shot her. The sound hadn't even died down from her death throes when a fourth doe shows up and passes by without any sign of being spooked. Talk about an action packed 5 minutes.

I think I can count this as a successful scouting trip. This spot is now a high priority waypoint in the GPS. This was my first kill with my new Bowtech Allegiance. My old faithful Simmons Land Shark 160gr broadhead continues its string of short blood trails.

Sorry no pics, but I was unable to find my digital camera. So when the 35mm film is developed I'll post the pics if it's not too long from now.

October 26, 2007 at 10:42am

Looking for some information on finding Catalpa worms. Does anyone know where I could find some? Frozen or live, does not matter. Will travel to pick up also.

January 24, 2006 at 7:02am

Anybody hear any reports from the muzzleloader hunt this weekend @ Lake Ophelia NWR?

January 08, 2006 at 6:23pm

I am not new to this site as I monitor it daily. Just new to posting. Wanting to know if there is anyone who has hunted or scouted the Indian Bayou Area (US Army Corps of Engineers)? Am thinking about giving it a try late this season(after all gun hunting for deer is over) or possibly hunting it next season. Am interested in hogs and deer and not afraid to do some walking to get away from the crowds. Is it heavily hunted? Any information to get me started would be appreciated.

January 03, 2006 at 3:10pm
A comment titled: Broadhead switch in response to a report titled: RAGE BROADHEADS?????????

Don't know why you ever quit using the Landsharks. Have been using them for 10 years and have yet to have them disappoint me. Shark bite from above cannot be survived.

November 12, 2008 at 12:23pm
A comment titled: IQ in response to a report titled: IQ please

Single digits at best.

February 20, 2008 at 5:09pm
A comment titled: Relax in response to a report titled: THE HEAT IS COMING TO LAKE OPHELIA NWR!!!!

That's only a map of Area 1. Not much good happening there. No worries about damaging the population with that rinky dink map. Good luck Widow. HeHeHeHe.

February 20, 2008 at 5:08pm
A comment titled: Super deer in response to a report titled: Daughter Kills

I love to see the little ladies gettin in on the huntin action. Congrats Renee and dad! I can only imagine what a great experience it must have been for you both.

January 31, 2008 at 5:11am
A comment titled: Dry spell in response to a report titled: first buck

That's one heck of a dry spell. Congrats on breaking it! Nice buck!

January 30, 2008 at 2:50pm
A comment titled: Hat's off to you in response to a report titled: thanks for the 30 point

Congrats skeeter2! That's a heck of an animal you took down. And from what the old man tells me it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy. And after reading your post, I tend to agree. Great job and good luck on filling your walls up with a few more.

January 30, 2008 at 1:01pm
A comment titled: First one in response to a report titled: My girls first deer

Looks to me like she's got the fever real bad! Next year you will probably have a hard time goin without her. Congrats little lady!

January 30, 2008 at 9:41am
A comment titled: Moment of silence in response to a report titled: lake ophelia monster

Bullwinkle has left the building! Great deer! Congrats to the hunter!

January 30, 2008 at 5:19am
A comment titled: Different deer in response to a report titled: 190" Avoyelles buck

Made some phone calls and end up knowing the guy who killed the deer around Mussel Lake. Not the same as the one killed around Bayou Jack. Do know estimates are that it will score 190 - 200 typical. If he wants anyone to see it, which I doubt, he'll make the call/post.

January 29, 2008 at 9:00am
A comment titled: Avoyelles in response to a report titled: 190" Avoyelles buck

Have lots of family in "The Bend" and that's what I was told. But of course stories have been known to be falsified to protect certain areas from too much pressure. And I can't hardly blame them. Still curious if pics will show up of it. Know of three more biguns killed in and around "The Bend". Waiting to see if they too will show up. One of them I saw on a trail cam was killed last week during final days of muzzleloader.

January 29, 2008 at 8:37am
A comment titled: Fantastic! in response to a report titled: 30-Point Buck

Beautuful deer Bryan! Can't wait to see the post after he's mounted. Avoyelles parish giants keep rolling in.

January 29, 2008 at 7:38am
A comment titled: Avoyelles bucks in response to a report titled: 190" Avoyelles buck

Yeah, also heard about the two big bucks killed in and around that area. One was a typical 12 pt grossing 190ish and the 30+ pointer that I haven't heard the score on. Been waiting to see if any pictures or stories would come out somewhere on "the net." Had heard the 12 pt was killed around Mussel Lake.

January 29, 2008 at 5:38am
A comment titled: Sugar shack hoss in response to a report titled: Sugar Shack for the lead

Boy that's a fine lookin buck! That's what I'm talkin about.......Late season smackdown!! Congrats Ben-jammin.

January 27, 2008 at 12:15pm
A comment titled: Monster in response to a report titled: NATCHEZ MONSTER BUCK

I'd say at a minimum he's a monster. Great deer Paul! Congrats!

January 23, 2008 at 8:55pm
A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: Bayou Courtableau 9Pt

Great deer reeldad! Good to see a quality buck come out of the basin. Congrats!

January 23, 2008 at 8:51pm
A comment titled: Wowza!! in response to a report titled: zenor's plantation buck

That is one beautiful buck HGA! Congratulations! What a way to wrap up the season.

January 23, 2008 at 8:49pm
A comment titled: Harvest count in response to a report titled: Lake Ophelia

The official total per HQ for last weekend's muzz hunt was 45 deer total. 26 bucks, 19 does. Largest racked deer was a 10 pt with 15" spread and 5" bases. Largest bodied deer was a 205 lb 8pt. No breakdown given as far as Area 1 or 2. Have hunted Ophelia regularly in the past and have to agree with Engelsmung, with the increase in hunting pressure the deer have moved into the CRP and surrounding "protected" leases.

January 11, 2008 at 6:42pm
A comment titled: Yeah! in response to a report titled: 245lb 10pt following a doe

That's the kind of deer we all dream of killing one day. Congrats scalahan! Good luck on your return trip.

January 03, 2008 at 1:18pm
A comment titled: Bigun' in response to a report titled: ONE BIG MUTHA!!!!!

Holy cow man! That is a beautiful buck! Not trying to pry, but what part of south central louisiana were you hunting? Congratulations young man!

January 03, 2008 at 5:31am
A comment titled: Sightings in response to a report titled: Just Wondering

Haven't had a chance to hunt much this year but here are my numbers. Area 6: 16 deer in 10 hunts....11 does, 5 bucks.

January 02, 2008 at 12:15pm
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