Record buck turns out to be illegally taken-- after wardens called in to measure it
The head and antlers are being held as evidence (Photo: LA Bowhunters)
A bow hunter in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana bagged a legendary whitetail, only to trade it in for a list of charges from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
As noted by an official release from the agency, Senior Agent Douglas Anderson was called by a hunting club on Oct. 17 to come and verify the measurements on an immense deer harvested by a visiting bow hunter.
When the warden arrived about 10 a.m., it turned out the deer was a truly impressive non-typical buck, with a green measurement of 208 1/2 points.
But, it turned out that the lucky hunter, Glen Toups Jr., 40, wasn't supposed to be in the field to begin with as he didn’t have his licenses and deer tags. Worse, the reason Toups didn’t have his ducks in a row was that he had his hunting privileges revoked over previous wildlife violations.
“When he arrived, all of them were hanging their heads and didn’t want to talk – the total opposite of the way they were when they called,” LDWF representative Adam Einck told the Shreveport Times. “They had figured out that Toups didn’t have a license. They all knew agent Anderson and figured they might as well come clean.”
Check out those tines and beams
Toups's deer, providing it would have been legal and dries out to the same score, came within striking distance of the Louisiana all-time big game record. The Sportsman's Paradise's largest non-typical archery buck was a 219 1/8-inch harvested by Billy Husted in Tensas Parish in 2007. The runner up was Rodney Lee's 203 5/8 score taken in East Feliciana parish in 1983.
Now, instead of making the books, Toups himself was booked for not possessing deer tags, hunting without basic and big game licenses and hunting while under a license revocation. In all he faces up to $950 in fines, $2033 in restitution, and 180 days in jail if convicted on all charges and given the maximum sentences.
The venison was donated to an area food bank.
The mount will likely wind up chilling out in a freezer until after the case goes to court.