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Deer biologists have been concerned with lactation rates of does and will continue to monitor. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of John K. Flores)

Deer season underway and outlook similar to 2016

Deer season in much of St. Mary Parish has been open since Oct. 1, when archers took to the woods.
Last Saturday, the Area 7 primitive weapon deer season got underway. But, the big show starts Saturday when the firearms (still-hunt) only season begins.
With the weather being unseasonably warm the early part of October, it’s hard to get excited about deer hunting when the mercury is pushing high in the thermometer.

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Missy Elliott (front) poses proudly with her gun in hand and with her husband Greg behind her after killing a Cape Buffalo. Also seen with the Elliott’s are their hunting guides during the trip. (Photo courtesy of Greg and Missy Elliott)

Exotic hunters

For Missy Elliott, hunting was something she started doing as a way to keep the tradition of having female hunters in her family alive. For her husband, Greg, he started hunting as a child growing up in northern Evangeline Parish and never stopped.
Together, their coupled passion for the outdoor sport has now taken them across the seas to experience hunting like never before.
The couple has traveled to an array of places such as New Zealand, South Africa, Alaska, and Spain to kill animals that they would never find at home.

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Bridgette Vidrine is seen above posing with the massive deer she killed last December at Overton Hunting Club in Bunkie. (Photo courtesy of Bridgette Vidrine)

For love and hunting

Hunting for Bridgette Vidrine may have started as a way to spend more time with her husband, but this hobby is now something she just can’t get enough of.
Vidrine said, “Although I have family that hunts, I hunted very little. My husband, Jonathan, on the other hand went all the time. That’s initially why I decided to start hunting. I wanted to be able to spend more time with him”
The dentist by day has now become a pro at switching from her white coat to camouflage to take down trophy size deer.

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Brad Launey (left) and Gene LaTour (right) check the beef tongue and smoke pounce that Launey cooked on the eve of opening teal season at their Miller’s Lake camp. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Miller’s memories

At Miller’s Lake, hunting isn’t just about shells, shotguns, duck blinds, and camouflage. It’s more about a tradition of long time friends gathering on the eve of opening teal season to cook good food, share in lots of laughs, and tell Miller’s Lake stories from the past.
The hunting club where it all takes place according to member Joffre Fusilier “is not just a hunting club.” He says “its a lifestyle.”


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