A mammoth 18-point deer may miss Louisiana record books because the hunter was hunting illegally.
A potential top five all-time deer harvested with a bow in Louisiana will likely not be going into the record books due to hunting violations. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) confirm that the buck was taken on an unnamed hunting club in Avoylles Parish by 40-year-old Glen Toups Jr. on Saturday. The potential record book buck was given an unofficial green score of 208 7/8 inches.
LDWF spokesman Adam Einck, stated, “If the measurement held up, it would be the third, non-typical, archery deer harvested in Louisiana, according to our records.”
Glen Toups Jr. was allegedly hunting without his basic season and big game hunting licenses, and he also didn’t have the required deer tags. He was cited for the those violations by senior Agent Douglas Anderson.
“That means that even if the measurement holds up after it dries out for four to six months, it won’t go into the Louisiana record books, since it was illegally taken,” said Einck.
The buck harvested was popular throughout the region; many trail camera pictures captured the roaming buck on various leases. The giant buck was a top prospect for many hunters in the Simmesport area, but the buck was ultimately brought down by a guest hunter on the lease, Toups.
In the midst of excitement, members of the hunting club called the LDWF asking for them to verify the size of the potential record buck.
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. They had figured out that Toups didn’t have a license. They all knew agent Anderson and figured they might as well come clean.
Toups admitted to harvesting the deer without the appropriate license, which he was not eligible for in Louisiana hunting license due to his previous license being revoked. Toups now faces up to $3,000 in fines and restitution costs and could face up to five months in jail if convicted.
The antlers were confiscated for evidence and the venison was donated to a Simmersport area charity.
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