Release Date: 08/29/2006

The Louisiana Big Game Recognition Program has officially scored and qualified 30 deer killed during the 2005-06 deer season that will be listed in the 2004-2006 records, announced David Moreland, coordinator of this program for LDWF.  Moreland states that 11 of the 30 deer were officially scored at the recent Hunters Expo held in early August at the Bossier City Convention Center.

The largest buck taken in Louisiana during the 2005 deer season was a huge non-typical that scored 223 1/8.  This deer won first place at the Expo and scored higher than deer entered from Canada, Texas and Arkansas.  This buck will qualify for listing in the Boone and Crockett Big Game Record Book and ranks as the new number six deer on the state list for non-typical white-tails.  Todd Tracy killed this buck on Dec. 20, while home on leave from the Army in Red River Parish.  The buck had 25 measurable points.

The time period for the Louisiana Big Game Records 5th Recognition Program, 2004-2006 ends in December.  All deer and turkey killed during this three-year period will be listed in a publication that will be developed in the fall of 2007.  The current state listing is available at the LDWF's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

Scott Durham, LDWF Deer Program Manager, reports an estimated harvest of 209,200 deer for the 2005-06 deer season.  "The harvest was up from the 2004-05 season and the fact that 30 deer have qualified to date for the Recognition Program indicates the interest among our state's deer hunters with developing an older age class of bucks in the population," he said.  "The new deer limits that are in place for this up-coming season should also help the deer management program in Louisiana."

Hunters are advised to contact their local LDWF regional office or the Deer Program in Baton Rouge for information about scoring a potential record book or recognition program deer.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.louisiana.gov.