Atchafalaya Yields a Monster in Velvet


By-Justin Lanclos


Trip after trip to his lease in thbarret bucke basin had come and gone. Checking cameras, putting out rice brand and corn was drawing quite the crowd. Hundreds of pictures of coons and does and a small buck or two was all Barret Fritscher was seeing. Working offshore he had to be precise with his timing going in and out of the woods. Finally he started to get some night pictures of the big velvet buck, but wisely stayed out until he got some daylight hour pictures. Being very careful not to leave too much scent in the woods where the monster roamed, he entered and exited his spot via the river. A tactic he gives credit to his success. After a week offshore he came back to check the camera Monday morning. To his surprise, the buck had been there the previous evening. He immediately left the area. Went home to shower, change, and build his plan of attack. He contemplated putting out more bait but decided against it. Knowing this was the dominant buck in the area, and abarret buck 2 mature one he didn’t want to change anything to tip it off. After packing his lock on and Bowtech RPM 360 to his tree of choice he set up and waited. Does started trickling in. Racoons began to fight over the left over bait pile. Then the 6 point he had seen the brute with in pictures came down the trail at 9 yards. His heart began to pound. Barret decided he was giong all in. “God if you let me kill this deer I’ll start going to church and turn my life around,” he told me he pleaded. A few moments later there he was. The big velvet buck that before yesterday at 6:45pm had only been seen in his dreams. “My heart was beating so hard. I could see my hands shaking and I could hear my heart in my ears.” Needless to say, the 9 yard shot proved to be on target as he sent his Rage Chisel Tips through both sides of the buck. “I guess I’m going to church now Sunday,” he chuckled. I guess you are Barret.


3 replies
  1. Shurden Gibbleson
    Shurden Gibbleson says:

    So captivating and poetic thought I was reading Charles Dickens for a second. A Pulitzer nomination at the very least should be expected.


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