One of my favorite television characters was the bumbling, fumbling, ego-driven deputy sheriff in Mayberry. Of course, I ‘m talking about Andy Griffith’s deputy, Barney Fife. One of the outstanding characteristics of Fife was the fact that he was allowed to have a firearm, but Andy had limited him to a single bullet. When I heard Misty Wood tell her story about a big 9 point buck she got on November 13, I was immediately reminded of Barney Fife and his single bullet. Details to follow.

“I hunt on our family’s property in Lincoln Parish, an 80 acre tract located west of Ruston. I had developed an interest in a big buck that had been showing up on our game cameras for the past month,” Wood said.

Wood, who is a special education teacher’s aide at Choudrant Elementary School, lives in Simsboro with her husband and two daughters. On the morning of Saturday November 13, she had planned to go hunting but since it was quite chilly that morning, she decided to sleep in.

“I really didn’t want to go because it was cold that morning. My husband, though, insisted that I get up and go get on my stand. Knowing the buck had been showing up on camera between midnight and 6:00, he felt like this might be a good day for him to show up. The buck had actually appeared on camera a little after 6:30 recently so he thought I might have a chance at him, so I got up, got dressed and headed for my stand. He stayed home to watch after our youngest daughter,” said Wood.

Getting to the woods just before daylight, Wood climbed into her box stand that sits in an 18 year old pine plantation. Shooting lanes have been cleared and a corn feeder set up out from the stand and rice bran is placed on the ground near the feeder.

“I got settled in and was playing with my phone waiting until it got daylight. After it started getting light, I looked up and saw two does and a yearling at the feed. I was watching them for awhile when suddenly a good buck stepped out. I finally got my scope on him but I was shaking so bad I had to settle down before taking the shot. I shot and the deer fell,” Wood recalled.

This is when the story gets interesting. The buck was down but not out and a second shot was needed to finish the job.

“My problem was this was the only bullet I had for my 7mm 08 rifle and all I could do was watch. I texted my daughter, Daisy, who was sitting on another stand ten minutes away and told her to hurry over and bring her rifle. She did and I was able to finish the job on the buck,” she said.

The buck was a 9 point with an impressive inside spread of 20 4/8 inches. Main beams were 23 and 21 inches with bases over 4 inches. The buck, aged at 4 ½ weighed 175 pounds was taken to Simmons Sporting Goods in Bastrop where it was scored at 142 7/8 inches. The buck unofficially sits at the top of the women’s category for the store’s big buck contest.

Now that Misty Wood has used her last bullet, is her hunting season over?

“No,” she said. “My dad found a box of 7mm 08 bullets in his cabinet so I’m not about to have my season end.”


BUSSEY BRAKE –Crappie have been fair on jigs. A few bass have been reported on crank baits and jigs. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Fishing overall is rather slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Crappie fishing has been best fishing around the submerged tops in the river, fishing 12-15 feet deep in 18-20 foot water on shiners or jigs. Bass are fair in the cuts and in deep holes on soft plastics, crank baits and Rat-L-Traps. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been best in the channel fishing 16-18 feet deep in 20-25 foot water. Jigs that are producing best have been the Key Lime Pie, Popsicle, Gum Drop and Bayou Boogie. Some are still catching a few on shiners. Bass have been best fishing crank baits, jigs and plastics off the deep points as well as around the boat docks. Bream fishing is slow while catfish are still biting cold worms fished off the banks.. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Stripers are slow to fair trolling white bucktails. Bass are slow to fair with soft plastics and crank baits picking up a few around deep tops. Crappie are in deep water with a few caught on shiners or jigs. No report on catfish or bream. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
CANEY LAKE – Jigging spoons bounced off the bottom in deep water are producing catches of yellow bass. Bass are better on the deeper points with some also caught fairly shallow on spinner baits. The crappie have moved deep with best catches made on shiners or jigs fished out from the dam and around the Highway 4 bridge. A few bream have been caught around the Highway 4 bridge as well on night crawlers. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been fair to good with mostly smaller fish being caught. Crappie are biting off and on around the boat slips on shiners or jigs. No report on bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The lake is down two feet and fishing overall has been quite slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is slowly falling. Crappie have been fair with shiners working better than jigs. No report on bass or catfish.. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

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