posted on September 09, 2012 07:34
A guy at last month’s Buckmasters Expo asked me which states are the top yielders of record book deer.
“No, wait. Let me guess: Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas, right?” he ventured.
“Nope,” I answered. “If you want the top three, they’re Kansas, Louisiana and Ohio.”
“I can see Kansas and Ohio, but Louisiana? Really?” he asked.
At just that moment, Cecil Reddick, the BTR’s regional director for Louisiana and Mississippi, wandered into the conversation and began counting off the 200-inchers taken in his home state last season.
“And several of those came off public land … in a state where licenses are sold over the counter,” I added.
“No way!” the man said.
Several of these bucks have been or will be featured in Rack magazine this year. Ricky Caldwell’s giant, taken off the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, is among them. In fact, his is the second new state record to come out of the Tensas in 2011.Ricky, his son and some friends own a small lot on the Tensas River, and they hunt the refuge where Ricky shot his very first deer back in 1965 – before the tract was sold to the government.
He’s a farmer, which means he has plenty of time for hunting between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31.
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