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By Mike Handley

Scott Thrasher’s Bienville Parish bruiser
Scott Thrasher’s Bienville Parish bruiser

As impressive as its antlers are, especially with the extra beam on the right side, Scott Thrasher’s Bienville Parish buck probably won’t crack the top 50 whitetails felled in Louisiana in 2010. But photographs of the enormous animal have generated just as many, if not more, oohs and ahs than any other Louisiana deer circling cyberspace.

If there was a Deer Hunter’s Dictionary, this rascal’s photo would appear under “hog.”

If you’re surprised such a big-bodied deer came from Louisiana, don’t feel bad. I once thought as you do.

I was so high up an oak overlooking a Louisiana clear-cut that morning, I could feel the whoosh whenever a chevron of geese flew past. So when a shooter 8-pointer tried to sneak through the tall weeds about 50 yards behind me, it didn’t look any bigger than any other I’d seen or harvested throughout North America.

The deer might’ve been 50 steps from the base of the tree, but the shot was closer to 70. I was that high.

The author’s 275-pound Louisiana buck
The author’s 275-pound Louisiana buck

A few minutes later, as Cecil Reddick and I were approaching the dead buck, my eyes bulged.

“Look at the size of that deer!” I gasped.

Cecil thought I was talking about its 141-inch rack, which was way cool. But I couldn’t see the antlers at that point. I was talking about the buck’s haunches.

I’ve hunted deer in more than a dozen states, as well as in Saskatchewan. I’ve lost count of the bucks I’ve shot that tipped the scales between 220 and 250 pounds (not field-dressed). My biggest, to date, was that Louisiana 8-pointer, which had to weigh at least 275 pounds on the hoof. And he was just a 4 1/2-year-old.

People who don’t live there would never guess Louisiana has what it takes to grow such big-bodied whitetails. They don’t realize that while many Southern states have traded agriculture for growing pine trees, the Sportsman’s Paradise is more like the fertile Midwest, where corn and soybeans are still the cash crops of choice, except for where sugar cane is king.

Tom Ross Billy Garner BTR James McCauley

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Gene Wallace
# Gene Wallace
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:28 PM
That a hawg for sure...congrats to the hunter..
davidedge
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:01 PM
that buck is very impressive his body size is huge ive taken a couple bucks that have tipped the 250pd range while hunting in guernsey county oh at my mothers farm so i see they grow them big there to congradulations goodluck in your up and coming hunts your fello deerhunter davidedge form harrisville wv
Gene Wallace
# Gene Wallace
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:14 PM
I would probably retire from deer huntin if I got a buck like that....NOT!! have a few big deer like that here in Va....but I have not seen one as of yet..
Chuck Spanbauer
# Chuck Spanbauer
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:14 PM
Excellent buck & a lot of meat for the freezer, too! Haven't seen many up this way in Carolina that big, but would definately want help dragging the bugger out of the woods! We try to shoot them on the uphill side so the drag is all downhill-----sure would help a lot with a deer that size. Had to drag a little 125# doe uphill about 100 yds mid-December (166ft change in elevation according to the web GIS) & wasn't a lot of fun! My buddies 9 pointer bagged just over the hill 5 minutes later fell 10 ft from a logging road, so we just drove up & loaded him on the truck. Good thing as I think he ran about 200# on the hoof------plenty big for around here!
Gene Wallace
# Gene Wallace
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 6:26 PM
Draggin a deer is not fun.....Draggin a bear is a Lot Less fun...
Don  Voyles
# Don Voyles
Sunday, March 27, 2011 3:07 PM
ID BE GLAD TO DRAG A DEER THAT SIZE IF I COULD ONLY GET A SHOT .IN RUSSELL CO. AL WHERE I HUNT YOU MIGHT SEE A 160# er.

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