If hunters were football players, you’d see them walking around this week and the next holding four fingers up in the air. In football, that signals it’s the Fourth Quarter. The game is just about over. It’s now or never.
In hunting, it’s the fourth quarter. Area 2’s long deer season comes to a close Sunday afternoon at dark. It’s been a good one for the most part with lots of big deer taken. But a huge hunk of the best part of the season’s potential got snuffed by full moons right during the rut that kept a lot of activity out of the daylight hours. Then there was heat. Oppressive heat for deer season. Halfway through the year deer hunters found themselves taking BUG SPRAY to the stand to kill wasps brought back out of hibernation by 80 degree weather.
Numbers haven’t been released yet on the Union Parish Big Buck Contest, but there were lots of big deer killed. The parish’s unique Bucks of Union Parish Facebook page continued to draw interest from locals and hunters around the state. Mark Saturday, February 20, on your calendar. That’s the date of the second annual Union Parish Big Buck Contest Banquet. It will be held once again at the Willie Davis Recreation Center and even if you didn’t kill a big buck, you’ll want to be there to see who did.
The numbers will be out late this spring on whether Union retains its title as “Best Parish” in the state by deer harvest numbers. As far as the biggest deer in the area, that appears to be one killed by an Oak Grove hunter. Oak Grove hunter Dusty Meyers has killed a 225 pound 12-point buck on the Bayou Macon Wildlife Management Area. His deer has an 18 ¾ inch spread and measured 181 ⅞ at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop. He is in first place in the Big Buck Contest for Largest in Louisiana and in third place in the men’s category of the contest.
And now for the ducks. What ducks? You know, those migratory birds that usually fly south for the winter. What winter? You know, that cold weather up north that freezes everything up there and sends the ducks south. Neither one happened much this year. it was a very poor duck season to date. Now, as the last couple of weeks get here, there are finally some “new” ducks coming our way. Hopefully the end of the season will be better than the first. If you are wanting to keep up with duck hunting, there’s a great daily report on Simmons’ Sporting Goods website (you can click on their ad on the right of this page). Just go there and click on “Duck Report“.
Duck hunting took a hit from the warm weather for sure. And the massive amounts of flood water along the Mississippi and in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri have ducks scattered out all over the country. Some of the best traditional spots for hunting like Mer Rouge and the Ouachita River refuges just haven’t panned out this year. Arkansas and Mississippi hunters are reporting about the same thing.
The good news for folks like me is that with hunting seasons closing, I can get back focused on fishing. I’d rather not catch fish than not shoot ducks. Know what I mean?