Antler Error

By author of The Duck Blog

Man Takes Huge Buck — Sans Licenses and Tags

Shooting a giant buck isn’t always a good thing — especially when you don’t have a hunting license and ask a warden to measure its rack.

According to an article by Todd Masson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, that’s what an Abbeville, La., man did recently. Senior Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agent Douglas Anderson got a call Oct. 17 about a massive buck shot at a lease near Simmesport by a guest hunter. A club member wanted Anderson to measure the deer’s antlers.

When Anderson arrived, the report said, someone told him the hunter who shot the buck might not have a license. He then interviewed the hunter, Glen Toups Jr., who confessed that he didn’t have a hunting license, deer tags or a big-game license.

Anderson seized the deer and cited Toups for the violations, the article said. The buck unofficially measured 208 inches, which would make it one of the largest archery kills in Louisiana history. The state’s top nontypical bow buck was a 219-1/8-inch deer taken in 2007.

Venison from the buck was donated to charity, according to the story, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries held the head and antlers as evidence. Toups could face up to 60 days in jail and $350 in fines for not having deer tags and $50 in fines and 15 days in jail for not possessing the basic and big-game hunting licenses. He might also face $2,033 in civil restitution charges for the replacement value of the illegally harvested buck.