SOMETIMES BIG BUCKS HIDE IN LITTLE PLACES

Webster Parish resident, Chad Allison, has a proven record of being able to waylay trophy bucks. Visit his Shongaloo home and you’ll see proof; he has 21 trophy mounts hanging on the walls of his home.

“I own some land in the area and I have other areas that I lease for deer hunting,” Allison said. “However during my years of chasing trophy bucks, I have found that often the biggest buck in the woods tends to hide out in places you might not expect. Strange as it may seem, I often find bucks right over the back yard fence of country homes, especially when there’s a thicket and when they are pressured by hunters. They feel safer there.”

Allison put his money where his mouth is when he got a tip about a big buck hanging out in just such a place, just over the back yard fence of a six acre plot owned by a lady. He talked with her and she gave him permission to try his luck on the buck that was hanging out back there.

“With her permission, I put out feed and a trail camera and got photos of a really nice buck on her property. On the morning of November 8, I decided to hunt the big buck. She let me use my bulldozer to make a lane next to an old fence on the property. I like to hunt from lock-on stand but with the area so small, I was afraid getting a stand up a tree would be too much noise. “There was a cedar tree that had blown down along the fence so I decided to make me a seat among the branches of the fallen cedar,” Allison explained.

Allison has the type game camera that alerts his cell phone when something trips the camera and he’s able to see what it is. While he is sitting nestled among the branches of the cedar just before daylight, his phone alerted him to a photo of the buck down the lane some 100 yards or so and then the buck was gone.

“Just as it started to get daylight, I saw something move 10 feet from where I sat and there was the buck right there in my face. When I looked up to see what was moving, he saw me move, took off and I figured I had really messed up,” he said.

That afternoon, Allison decided to crawl back in the cedar although he had to wonder if the fact the buck had seen him that morning, he may not show up again. However, around 4:20, a doe stepped out at 100 yards and right behind him was the buck. Putting the crosshairs on the buck’s vitals, he hit the trigger and the buck hit the ground.

“His rack was impressive sporting 14 points with only a little over 2 inches of irregular points. I’m not really interested in competition but my son’s girl friend had gotten a buck with her bow and they were taking it to Simmons Sporting Goods in Bastrop to enter in the store’s contest. They suggested that they take mine and I agreed and if they wanted to enter mine in the contest, I didn’t have a problem with it,” he said.

Allison’s buck was measured with a rack scoring 174 2/8 inches of mass and currently sits in fourth place in the men’s division of the contest. Allison shared a secret on downing trophy bucks, stating that his passion is looking for and hunting big bucks. The racks on his walls confirms that passion.

“I find those folks who live in the country and who have small patches of land around their houses. After getting permission, I use game cameras to see what’s there and put out feed to draw the deer to me. So far,” he said, “it’s been pretty successful.”

FISHING REPORT

CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been best fishing deep water with deep diving crank baits, jigging spoons and tail spinners. Crappie are in the deep water out from the dam with best catches made on shiners or jigs fished near the bottom in 30-35 foot water. Jigging spoons bounced off the bottom in deep water are fair for yellow bass. 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.
BLACK BAYOU – Fishing is slow. No report this week. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Bass are fair in the run-outs from river lakes to river. Crank baits and soft plastics are picking up a few. Crappie have been best fishing around submerged tops 12-20 feet deep in 25 foot water on jigs or shiners. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been best fishing the channel edges in water up to 35 feet deep on shiner or jigs with best jigs this week being the Lite’s Out, Popsicle and Fred’s Special. Bass are in the channels in deeper water with crank baits, jigs and soft plastics picking up some. 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 – Crappie fishing has been best fishing around submerged brush in 25 foot water with shiners or jigs working best. Bass are fair with most running rather small and hitting on a variety of lures. A few bream have been caught off the banks on night crawlers. No report on stripers or catfish. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been good on cold worms. Crappie fishing has been best on the south end of the lake on shiner or jigs. No report on bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The water is low; launching boats is a near impossibility. No fishing this week. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is rising and fishing is slow except on the south end where some crappie have been caught. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.


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