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Trophy taken illegally – what a shame

Photo - Louisiana Bowhunter

Photo – Louisiana Bowhunter

I’m not even putting the guys name in here because I don’t think he deserves any recognition, even for being arrested. But the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has cited an Abbeville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 17 in Avoyelles Parish. The hunter has been charged for not possessing basic season and big game hunting licenses and not possessing deer tags.

But here’s the big news. The story began when an agent was notified about a buck that was taken on an Avoyelles Parish hunting club’s property by a guest hunter.  The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes.  It was pretty impressive. When the agent arrived he was told that the deer may have been harvested by a non-licensed hunter.

The man said he did shoot the deer, but did not have the required basic season and big game licenses or deer tags.  Some news agencies have reported that he was restricted from purchasing a license for an unreported reason. I wonder who even invited this “guest” and how many other illegal deer have been killed?

And I guess this is the really big news. The huge deer, known as “Chuck Norris” by those who had been seeing him for years on deer cameras across several clubs, was was unofficially scored as a 208 class buck.

The deer would have been one of the largest ever taken in Louisiana by bow. Since it was taken illegally, it will not find its place in the record books as it should be.

What a shame.  More details on www.louisianabowhunter.com/media

If you are a bow hunter, check out their site and their Facebook page. It’s a good one.

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