An update to the Youth Hunter Registry, a new state muzzleloader non-typical deer record and highlights of the past deer-hunting season are all included in the latest Big Game Records Newsletter produced by retired Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist David Moreland. The January 2008 newsletter can be found on LDWF's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/biggamehunts.
Updates to the Youth Hunter Registry include Centerpoint Native Alyson Woodson's 222 pound 10 point deer in Avoyelles Parish, Mae Amanda Mitchell's 210 pound 8-pointer with a 17-inch inside spread, and Kyle Dartez's and Preston Robichaux's first deer.
Chris "Green" Campbell, 14, of Shreveport, set a new non-typical muzzleloader state record when he harvested a 30-point buck that scored a 203 5/8 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system. The buck weighed 265 pounds with a typical 9-point rack and 21 abnormal points. The typical Boone and Crockett score after deductions was 133. The abnormal points that totaled 70 5/8 inches were then added to the final 203 5/8 score.
The LDWF Deer and Big Game Records programs initiated a Youth Hunter Registry beginning with the 2007-08 season. Youth hunters, 15 years of age or younger, can register their deer, buck or doe, large or small, with LDWF. LDWF will then recognize these youth hunters, especially those who may have harvested their first deer on their Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/biggamehunts.
The newsletter also documents some of the bigger bucks taken around the state during the 2007-08 deer season. In Tensas Parish, Billy Husted may set a new record in the bow and arrow category and his wife, Vicki, was able to kill a 14-point buck with a 22-inch inside spread and 6-inch base.
LDWF plans to produce two to three Big Game Records Newsletters per year with one in the spring, one before the fall hunting season and a final issue towards the end or after the hunting season.