Thrill of hunt — and a trophy buck to boot

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Westlake hunter shot a 31-point buck, but it won't go into the record books.

Jacey Broussard from Westlake had been tracking the buck for more than three weeks leading up to eventually shooting it.

"For every moment that I'm not at work or sleeping, I'm in the deer stand trying to find this buck out on our property," Broussard said.

The buck scored a Boone and Crockett score of 226 and the record book score for Louisiana currently stands at 195. Broussard's buck won't go into the record books because it was a tagged deer, meaning it was raised on a ranch.

"It's fair game. If it hops out of the fence, it's fair game," she said.

But Trahan said this isn't the case. He said legal action wasn't pursued because they knew Jacey and her family. Trahan said usually when a tagged deer gets out of the pen, if it's shot, the hunter has to pay the deer's worth or give it back to the owner. And a tagged deer can cost thousands of dollars.

The 31-pointer was purchased from Pennsylvania by RiverRoad Whitetails ranch. The ranch was doing some gate maintenance and ranch manager Gene Trahan said that's probably when the buck escaped.

"We honestly didn't know he was out," Trahan said.

When ranch animals like this escape, the Department of Agriculture and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has to be notified almost immediately.  Trahan said he would have notified the agencies if he had known the buck was missing, but now that the buck has been shot, he said both agencies have been notified.

"They know the deer was harvested and that's the main thing. To make sure they're not just running wild out there," he said.

But he's happy that Broussard was the hunter to shoot the buck.

"We can't think of a better person to have shot it. [Her] First deer and all," he said.

Broussard said the 31-point buck will be mounted on her wall of her home.

"My husband has a 9-pointer on the wall and I don't think I'm allowed to put it next to his because it's going to make it looks wimpy," Broussard said.

Broussard named the buck "Freak Nasty" because of his size and said she's happy all her hard work and time paid off after shooting the deer she's tracked for weeks.

Trahan said if you see a tagged deer on your property, call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries immediately.

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