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The Great Escape: How a Second-Season Hunter Unknowingly Tagged a Louisiana Pen-Raised Monster Buck

The Great Escape: How a Second-Season Hunter Unknowingly Tagged a Louisiana Pen-Raised Monster Buck

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

That is awesome congradulations Jacey. It is still a wild buck regardless if it was in a pen, and a fantastic trophy. I have been hunting 30 yrs and I have never seen anything that big. Im jealous girl. Its good to see a new hunter take a prize like that to spark the interest in hunting keep passing it on to the younger generations. and again congradulations

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I gotta disagree. No disrespect to the hunter, who knew no different. But game farms are a threat to real hunting for exactly this reason. This is a genetically modified mutant; it had no place in the wild. Game farms spread genetic pollution and disease, and warp the traditional sporting ethic. The only place Chronic Wasting Disease was found in Montana was on an elk farm. I'm proud that Montana voters took steps to sharply curtail game farming.

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from RM81 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

"My father-in-law told me that the buck had been at this stand between 9:30 and 10:30 every single day for the last four days. So I went in prepared to stay at least until noon"

Seriously? If I knew a buck like that was in the area, I think I'd be planning an all day sit.

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from huntnow wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great story. It would have probably cost some city guy $7500 to kill that deer and she got it for free. Congrats to Jacey.

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from argetni44 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

@ Roderick... genetically modified mutant? Isn't that a bit of an overstatement? Not all high-fence operation whitetails are "genetically modified" as you describe this one. A bit of management goes a long way. While genetics play a role in antler development like this, a deer is a deer. Regardless of antler size, taking down a whitetail deer requires a bit of effort and patience... especially one this mature. He was a wild deer when she took him. He swam across a river to get into her hunting area for God's sake. Kudos to her.

On a side note, I'm not too familiar with record-book regs... anyone know if this kills her opportunity at any records, seeing as it wasn't taken on a high-fence property, but came from one?

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from troutstroker wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

First congrats to Jacey, thats one crazy freak of a buck. But after finding out the real story, I personally would find it pretty hard to feel proud about that trophy. I think I would end up offering the hunting ranch the opportunity to have it mounted to show their hunters. I'm sure they paid a pile for it.
Shooting a pen raised science experiment with no fear of humans is not my idea of deer hunting. Its hard enough hunting over a feeder or during the rut when the deer are either trained to come in or just stupid with lust. I definitely would have followed up on the tagged ears before pursuing the buck any further.

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from Carlton Fuqua wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Maybe we can get F&S to do an article on what wildlife biologists are saying behind the scenes about genetically modified animals breeding with free chase animals. I think that any time you tamper with their natural habitat; food plots, feeders, minerals, etc.you are modifying an animals behavior to gain an advantage over the animal not to mention what it does to the physical characteristics of the deer; body weight, rack, stamina and survival. Where do you draw the line???

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from jusdane wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I absolutely love the irony that this buck was an escapee from a high fence operation (aka - places that people can't hunt ... hunt - or at least sit in a blind and pick the deer they want to kill depending on how fat their wallet is). Even if it wasn't 100% wild, who cares. Jacey got to shoot a buck of a lifetime for free!

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from Rancherfish wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I Love this: A buck you only dream of. A BEAUTIFUL woman that even rides horses. Her Husband is very lucky. I bet he never out does her Buck!

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from Krispyhuntar wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

great deer, but how can you honestly call that hunting when your using feeders? what seperates a farm raised deer from one on your own private land you have coming every day? i know theres competition from other hunters at the farm but still, the feeders ruin the effect of a "wild" deer

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from Prairie777 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I agree with argetni44. The buck dee dee'd out of where he had been living, no doubt thinking he was really the sly one to "Escape" when Jacey saw him and started formulating a plan. I'm right along with you. "Good Job Jacey"! Anyone that Bah Humbugs you for busting that deer is just jealous. Sad to say but there are those who just can't be happy to see someone, especially just starting in the sport, connect with such a magnificent specimen. I, for one, am one of those who say Fantastic Job Girl!!!.. Don't stop here. Keep it up and pass it on!!! I've been hunting for the past 53 years, killing my first deer at age 11. and I have a son and a daughter that loves to hunt as well. So once again, keep it up and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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from ShimStack wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Yea, I wouldn't feel great about this. Ignorance is bliss, but damn. Seeing a deer that size, that often, at those times, with tags IN BOTH EARS, and within 20 miles of a whitetail farm would have me asking questions. Really, just the size, sighting frequency, and ear tags would put me into research mode. I can't say I blame the hunter for shooting it, but admitting you had no clue and pursuing it like a wild deer when it acted nothing like the sorts is a little lame. It is a trophy in the sense that it's a cool freakishly huge deer. It's not a trophy in that it is not a true, free-ranging, wild, and wild-acting whitetail. She's lucky they don't press charges and go after their deer cause that is an expensive boy and what she did is illegal. Not knowing the law isn't an excuse and a reasonable person, in my mind, would have questioned the deer's size, behavior, and ear tags. That's the embarrassing thing to me is conning yourself into believing nothing is fishy about the situation beforehand.

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Deer have different levels of comfort and different levels of exposure to people. I think its a real trophy if it was shot free range. If you want to split hairs you can question any deer in the record book. If shot in an isolated area you could say it was tame from lack of pressure. If it was shot in a high pressure area it could be desensitized. If it was shot on the first day on a lease hunted by one person how much more sporting is that? Very, that's how much, because every deer is a trophy to the hunter who harvests it.

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from Hrdicka wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

First and foremost, Congrats on an awesome buck. Second, people quit putting her down. If any of you would have seen that buck you would have done the same thing. Third I don't like the idea of farming whitetails but it is how these people make a living so it shouldn't matter. And using feeders during deer season shouldn't be allowed anywhere or you should be atleast 200 yds from any working feeder. I plant small food plots to inhance my hunting experiance for both the herd health and to successfully harvest whitetails. I have also hunted just over trails and acorn drops. It's hunting. Hunting has changed the past 20 years and will continue to change. But I won't quit hunting till the day I die. It's a way of life, just like it is for this young woman and her family. So quit arguing about how her deer shouldn't be called legal or that she should have done otherwise. She made a humane shot and harvested a beautiful deer.

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from tmbryant wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

We've all seen the shows on tv where a high seat vehicle pulls up and a shooter picks out the deer that he wants to take as it's standing eating corn that has been scattered in the road. The buck that Jayce took was acting as wild as any other mature buck except that she was able to see him more than once. Every time she saw him, he was in and out very quickly even more quickly than most wild deer. If it hadn't have been for trail cameras, they wouldn't have even have known that there were tags in the buck's ears. The only time they would have seen the tags was when he was laying dead on the ground. Kudo's to Jayce for taking him and she should be proud to have him on the wall. As thick as Louisiana is, even if they would have known to contact the original owner, the odds of recapturing him alive would have been next to slim.

As to the original owner, I'd bet that he keeps his gates in good shape from now on and if he has trouble with them, makes sure that they stay closed. It's unfortunate that the lost his breeder buck especially after he was on his place for such a short time, but that's the way it goes when you raise deer. He was a true gentlemen though in his interaction with Kacey after she took her trophy. Hopefully, her buck was able to breed a few does in the short length of time between his escape and his death and that the Broussard's will see some of his offspring later on.

My hats off to Kacey, she did well and will be a deer hunter for life.

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

You gotta give the huntress a lot of credit -- I might have dropped dead of a heart attack if I saw a buck with antlers like that. At least I would have had such a case of buck fever I would have missed. She did nothing wrong and a lot of things right. But the fact is, farming, culling and selectively breeding deer behind high fences reduces them to livestock and violates the North American Model of wildlife management that makes American hunting and fishing the envy of the world. That's why the Boone and Crockett Club rejects game farm trophies.

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from ethanbancroft@y... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

where is written this buck came from outfit thst is doing genetic engineering! if , this young hunter shot the deer in the field, not in an enclosed "zoo" , then, i would think she has rightfully, shot a wild deer and is entitle to claim it! i do not see ear tag visible, a brand on the flank, or a collar. I would have tried to get him ,myself! congratulation Jacey. hope Boone and Crockett give you credit! where is the ear tag????. what law did she break?????.
it is only illegal if it were not in season, or Jacey did not license, or it had large visible BRand (as in cattle brand) on it! nothing is visble that the deer is private property!!!!

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from ethanbancroft@y... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

19 photos and no tags showing!

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from Tony Berg wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Congrats. I think its awesome that a 2nd year hunter goes out and puts the time and effort in to get this monster buck and on top of that took the chance away from some lazy "hunter" with to much money that pays to shoot penned up deer. Congtatulations.

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from txbman wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Not one hunter on this post would have passed on this great buck Myself included. I dont know why some of you take shots at each other on this page. Congrats Jacey Great job and welcome to the great outdoors

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from jbird wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Congrats on a great buck. I think the fact that this buck has been raised in a pen and fed like livestock for it's entire life, except for the final week or so, played a big part in his easy patterning and repeated daytime sightings. Is it a magnificiend animal? Yes. Was it wild just because it temporarily escaped it's "pen"? Come on, no way in my book. I am glad that he got away and got shot by a "hunter". Kudos to her.

Am I jealous? Not in the least.

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

So she shot a geneticly engineered high fenced "pet" deer under a feeder? I would love to shoot a buck that huge but not under a feeder. You might as well of went shopping for him.

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from Krispyhuntar wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

people arent getting the idea. she shot a great deer and none of us would have passed it up had we been in that situation, but all you people who are seeing these comments as put downs are failing to realize she shot it under a feeder and it lived 7 years in captivity allowing it to get big. hardly a wild deer, and saying it was a great shot is also a far stretch considering the article says it was only between 10-20 yards away, if she missed from that distance she shouldnt be hunting. She put in her time and deserved it though regardless of all these details.

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from ddbaugh wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Feeders? Trail cams? Farm raised deer? This is not hunting. Every year I go into the field, figure out where the wild deer and birds are and I take one for meat. I don't sit in a blind near a feeder and camera and play video games until a pen raised deer comes by and shoot it. I am sorry for sounding so disrespectful, but this is not hunting.

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from youngon wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sure everybody hasn't been had, sure funny there's tags in picture 19 but none in 17, some pics have solid ears and some have left torn ear.
But yea either way I would Of shot it and so would anybody else!

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hahahah lots of intelligent talk going on here. First let me say good job on shooting a monster deer, you pursued under at least what you thought were fair chase circumstances and could be considered fair chase circumstances.

Next i am going to point out to many of the bad posters on here that if it were not for stocking efforts of many animals (trout, turkeys, pheasants, and some elk herds) many would not be able to hunt or fish the areas they do now.

Next point how many of you actually can define what the words "genetically modified"?. i can tell you this no one so far other than maybe ethanb has used the words correctly. The DNA was not modified, it was selected threw breading. much like a dog breeding but before you make the assertion that it is a pet, pets like dogs are bred for temperament not antlers. In reality it could have been his wild tendencies that allowed him to escape.
I don't support "hunting" on deer ranches but to down talk or talk out of your A@# about someone who was using legal and ethical hunting practices to kill a monster buck annoys me. She did something not many have the pacients or smarts to do hunted a single deer. None of you (or i) can disprove that the deer didn't revert back to wild habits, so quit preaching like self proclaimed BIologists.
once again congrats on the deer and a great story

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from harold55 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great Job !!! You should be VERY Proud of that big guy. I only hope that getting a deer so big in only your second year hunting you won't get bummed out trying to top it !!And to all you people who think it is a freak of science I would bet you wouldn't feel that way IF YOU SHOT HIM.And it sounds to me like you did some hard work and put your hours in to get him . Congrats Jacey !!!We need more people like You!

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from Hunthill wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

The critics amaze me. Given the opportunity they would have taken the same shot. Enough with the "genetic mutation" or "pet deer". Fact still remains that you have a new hunter that bagged the trophy of a lifetime and will continue to pass the sport down to future generations. This is what we need instead of the critics putting down a new hunter. She did a great job and has a spectacular trophy to get others interested in the sport. There are enough people out there that want to take this wonderful sport from us and when in fact we need to support the new hunters and encourage them to continue the pursuit. If you think the trophy was taken unde unfair circumstances, you certianly are entitled to your PRIVATE opinion. I don't think that discouraging a new hunter does anything but hurt the sport. Put your pride and jelousy aside and just say good job. Not everybody hunts the same way and not one style is better thatn the other if the critics get the sport shutdown. She did a remarkable job for a second year hunter and should be congratulated and not the subject of what "you" think is right and wrong about the sport. hat is what local game laws and legislation is for. I just say GOOD JOB Jacey and please continue to pass the sport down to the future generations, because, alas, without them, our sport we love so much is doomed.

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from Carlton Fuqua wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

My Dear Jacey, Please know that these comments are not about you but about an issue that has haunted hunting for more than a century. You in an awesome way have brought it again to the forefront of important topics that we all have a passion for. I myself would have shot the deer in a heartbeat as would have all the other hunters that have posted to the site. Yes, it my have an "*" next to it but come to think of it maybe I should have one next to my name. I asked earlier "where do you draw the line" well for sure one line was the high fence, the deer instinctively escaped into new territory and there you were. I've shown this to my wife and daughter, their first comment " wow she's pretty" and they like your jeans. That's the other side of the story,you as role model for our wives, daughters and grand daughters, that hunting is for them too. Best wishes, The Team

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from RyanM84 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great Job!!! Nice Buck!!! The every day hunter needs to know that 75% of your deer farmers are amish families and I dont think that they are scientists and sitting in labs genetically engineering deer or pumping them full of steroids... Also alot of deer farmers who cant afford to raise the deer anymore are letting them out into the wild which is illegal... Oh and another thing, YOU PEOPLE WHO KNOW IT ALL!!! Prove that deer farms are spreading CWD!!! Hunters who are hunting out west are the ones who are spreading CWD they carelessly disposing of the carcasses...

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

You rock congratulations.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Texas is not High Fenced from one end of the state to the next. This quote comes from a "deer farmer."

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Again, my hat's off to the huntress. But this does raise the larger troubling issues about high-fence game farms. Visit the Boone & Crockett Club's Trophy Watch page and look at "million dollar deer." That, amigos, is a freak animal and the big $ is selling sperm to grow more like it at other game farms. This is a twisted industry. It pollutes our sportsmen's ethics, and our game gene pools. And yes, the ONLY place CWD has ever shown up in Montana was smack in the middle of an elk farm. This is a well-documented fact and helped convince votes to curtail this dangerous trend.

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from ShimStack wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Photo 19 taken right after the deer was killed. EAR TAGS. All other later staged photos in the ripped jeans, NO TAGS!!! Hmmm. Read the article, STATED THAT EAR TAGS WERE VISIBLE some of THE TRAIL CAM PICS. Law says you must report.

Now if you didn't know the deer was tagged or didn't have trail cam photos that's a different story. But if you know the law says.....

I'm only belittling the ignorance of multiple signs this deer belonged to a ranch being ignored. Had she killed the deer the first time she ever saw it, different story.

The law is the law. If I didn't know what the deer was, I'd shoot it I guess. If I did know and the law said that deer must be reported, I would do that. If I raised deer it would not be to shoot them and if someone else did shoot my tagged escaped deer I'd probably be a little upset while at the same time understanding.

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from pillagermn wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

That is a fantastic deer! I think it's great that she got a taste of the passion many of us have, set a goal and saw it to the end.

Unfotunately, not knowing the game laws is no excuse for breaking them.

Also, the article states that the ranch owner would not persue legal action, which leads me to believe he could. Had it been an out of state hunter they would throw the book at em.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great deer, but...

Personally, I just hope the deer didn't have a chance to breed. Some of these farmed deer get antlers that are a little grotesque, and I would prefer to keep those genes out of the wild population.

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from john barrett wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I'm in awe JB!! Congrat's!! Unbeleiveable Buck, and yes I'm jealous!!

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from Steward wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

It is unfortunate that there are so many negative comments concerning the ear tag and the condition of ear. Also unfortunate is the fact that they acknowledged the tag in some of the photos and the way it was removed for the staged photos.

So...the possible lack of due diligence about the ear tag and the obvious removal of the tag for some photos casts a cloud over the hunt, which is unfortunate.

Thankfully, the "owner" of the deer is not upset, taking responsibility for their problematic gates.

So...Congratulations!

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

If someone is worried about a "great escape" messing up the nearby genetics, would any hunter be quick to take the deer with the monster rack out of the game as soon as they saw it?

Also, what about "Goliath" the monster mule deer in Colorado? Isn't that one well beyond anything considered "natural"?
http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/hunting/2011/04/huge-mule-d...

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from NCHunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

To all the High and Mighties on here that think they have the power to determine what hunting is and what it isn't - Some hunt with flat shooting rifles with high power scopes, some with iron sights, some with black powder, some with archery equipment, some with dogs and knifes. Some hunt over feeders, food plots, farmland, swamps, or mountain timber. Some hunters wear high dollar camo and use chemical scent killers, some wear blue jeans and flannel. Some hunters use every high tech gadget on the market and others use nothing at all. Why do you think you have the authority to draw the line?

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from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I just want to say Congrats.Jacey on the great kill. I would have shot it to if it was my ranch.I don't care much for records I hunt for the fun of the sport
and what I can't eat I give it to some less fortunate people that can not afford to do so.

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from Woods Walker wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

First congrats to Jacey on having the patience and skill to bring the hunt to a successful conclusion and yes I too would have probably shot the deer if given the opportunity.

However, like many others, I too am concerned with this so called industry. Thanks to deer farms and the movement of deer across state lines, we now have CWD in some major areas of Wisconsin (and also TB in some of our herd in other areas). In my opinion, if you are irresponsible enough to allow a game farm deer to escape from your property, that should be the end of your ownership (but not liability). The escaped deer should be put down at the first opportunity for prevention of the spread of disease and contamination of local gene pools. Once these diseases get a foothold in the local populations, they can be virtually impossible to eliminate. Unfortunately, there is way too much money in this industry to get the politicians to do the right thing and ban movement of captive deer across state lines.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sorry, but I was not raised to believe shooting something wearing two ear tags over a feeder is "pursuit of a wild animal." I am quite sure this gal knew she was not shooting at a "wild animsl," whether it was running around free on her property or not.

Wild animals are not cultivated in enclosures. Period. I don't care where or how they are eventually shot or "pursued," that fact is not going to change. Cultivated is not wild. That's an oxymoron. Would I have shot that buck? Sure, to get rid of it. But not over a feeder! Never. And I would have promptly sold that freak to the highest bidder and donated the proceeds to charity. No photo ops either. I just can't see myself sitting behind a double-tagged farm-raised probably-engineered buck and smiling about it. No more than I would if I'd run it over with my truck, which, as far as I'm concerned, is about as close to the defninition of "fair chase" as shooting a buck at a feeder. Look in my profile photos. There's quite a few nice trophies in there. I have a lot to smile about in those pics (though I was usually too beat to make the effort) because those animals were all taken "fair chase" ... literally. I went looking for each of them. No bait, no lures, no calls or decoys (except for the geese), no drives, no food plots, ... just pure "wild animal pursuit." I am very proud of that. Those were genuine accomplishments even if the animals aren't in the official trophy books. A couple of them almost cost me my life. Not many who have sat in a blind over bait or purchased a high fence hunt can say that. The adventure used to be more important than bagging a big rack. Not any more. This is so sad.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Congratulations, Jacey! Doesn't matter the circumstances, that's a mighty fine deer you've got!

I have a little trouble with these "know it alls" who talk about, "surely you knew it was a farm-raised animal, surely you saw the tags, surely you knew ..." I look at several of those trail-cam photos and I don't see the tags standng out. If I were a young, semi-inexperienced hunter, do you think I'd be looking at the ears and everything else? No, I'd be looking at the horns!

Well done, Jacey, I'm very happy for you!!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

As a result of this "accident" I see a whole new marketing opportunity for enterprising entrepeneurs in our antler-crazed sports world. Properties adjacent to high fence deer farms are about to climb in value significantly. Especially if this "inadvertant" kill of an "accidentally" escaped neighborhood cultivated buck after a three-day stalk is allowed to enter the record books. If I had a couple of million bucks (and I do) and virtually no ethics (guess you know where I stand on that!), I'd rush right out and start buying up that real estate as fast as I could.

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from jwg123 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I know if I had a deer farm 4 Mi. from me I would know it(which would be considered a nieghbor in my neck of the woods)and if I saw a deer with ear tags I would know what's up.But since I don't use feeders(because they're illegal in my state and unethical in my opinon) or trail cams. I would have shot that buck first chance I got till I ran out of Vacation,sick and personal time.Congrats on a magnificent Buck!I sit and watch and try to pattern the buck I want, then get close enough to stick a arrow in him.That's what I enjoy but to each his own.I'm not going to try to make others think the way I do but it's what gives me the thrill of the hunt!

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from dudleyhow wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

If I where hunting and saw that buck I to would have tried to take him but it wouldn't have been over a feeder because that to me is just not very sportsman like.I don't use trail cameras nor do I use feeders I sit for hours on end just waiting for the deer and enjoying the outdoors. I do watch these programs on t.v. but I will never set foot on one of these properties.These people are flat out crazy if they think I would pay the thousands of dollars to hunt and can't even bring home the deer. Just the mount. That's outrageous. I live in Ga. and the state has ruined hunting by allowing people to use corn as bait,and the price of corn is out the roof because of it.I hunt for the pleasure of it,not huge trophies.I do it to feed my family and possibly keep from tearing up a car or truck.If it was me I think I would rather have the deer that jumped off the bridge on I-10. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE TRUE HUNTER

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

My hat's off to jw and dudley who believe in doing it the old-fashioned adventure-filled way. And particularly to dudley who refuses to bait or do the trail-cam business even though it's legal where he hunts. You guys obviously don't have the luxury of hunting the wide open spaces and endless accessible rugged terrain that were and still are available to me ... and everyone else. Yet you guys have managed to adapt while still preserving a firm line in the sand for hunting ethics. Fine bucks, jw! As if that really meant anything. And yes, you DO know what I mean.

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from ducks wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

nice buck

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from The White Slug wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I have nothing negative to say about the hunter because this was an entirely legal act with what is reported to be a lot of effort. It is not the size of the animal, it is the legitimate effort that should garnish respect. For someone to get a tasty doe in an area that is not swimming with deer is no less a trophy. Never judge someone by the size of their kill for it is the experience of participating in nature and living a three dimensional life that counts most of all. And that deer is simply not natural. Hence it is not wrong, just not the same - much like fake breasts.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Its funny how some folks in other parts of the country take their experience and say thats how is should be everywhere.

In my experience in east Texas, the woods are so thick that you can't really chase down anything on foot. Thats just the way it is. I've also been to other regions where you could spot the deer from a mile off.

Any legal kill is an accomplishment regardless of the method. Quit whining about how "I would never do it THAT way" and state how your methods are best. You can get over yourself and congratulate the lady on a good clean kill.

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Any day you screw a canned hunt operation out of $24,000 payday is a good day. High fence operations should be illegal period. Maybe that should be a federal law.

I'd go as far as to say that since wildlife is a public resource there should be no such thing as posted land so long as you're a licensed sportsperson actively engaged in hunting or fishing.

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from jwg123 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I would not get any sense of accomplishment out of a canned hunt,but I do think every land owner should have the right to manage his wildlife as they see fit.Or everyone would have garages full of 2 1/2 yr. old basket racks.

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from hockey86 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Most people I know would've investigated why did this deer have tags. This would be the same as shooting someone's cat over a milk dish. Doesn't sound like much of a hunt to me, cell phone, feeder, trail cam and a deer tied to a tree. I love her perserverance but this story sucks for what some of us consider "hunting". I would much rather hear about the doe or 4 point she bagged (without the cell phone and feeder) but those deer will never make a headline.

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from Bone Collector503 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Playing games on her cell phone? Seriously? It sucks that some people no matter how tired and sleep deprived stay on the edge very minute of their hunt and sometimes get nothing while novice hunters like that seem to always get to see the big ones and they're never prepared for it anyways.

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from lillylangtree wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

No offense to this hunter, but ego seems to be the primary purpose. This beautiful animal was obviously quite tame. Hunting farms should be banned and glorifying young women for killing these beautiful creatures should end.
Think about it. Is this something to be proud of? Are you really that hungry, or is your ego so hungry there is no integrity or values placed on life. This is heartbreaking to me and I would not be proud, I would be ashamed.

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from micropterus wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Does anybody else think Jacey little bit like Pam (Jenna Fischer) from the show "The Office"?

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from micropterus wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Does anybody else think Jacey looks a little bit like Pam (Jenna Fischer) from the show "The Office"?

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from idbirdman2 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I that is nice that this second year hunter got a thrill out of this accidental release.

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from Tc505 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

WAY TO GO PRETTY GIRL!!! great buck albeit an escapee, but look at the bright side, it was winners all the way around! she got the buck and river road got free publicity! in all my years of hunting the closest I have come to seeing anything of this calibre was a huge white tail in oregon that had a harem of about 15 does and was at least 15 point (7 point up there).

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from skipperhub wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

It's against the law in some arenas to trap deer with feeding stations. Not that this one was trapped but then did it not return day after day to a feeding station as it was programed to do in it's 'farm' environment?
Sorry I must be on the wrong web site. High powered rifles and feeding stations? That, to me is less sporting than killing cows in a slaughterhouse.

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from walleye34 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Congrats Jacey... Bad Comments = Jealous Comments. That thing is gonna look awesome on your wall.

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from Robert Ream wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

That's some good eating right there. Can't eat the antlers. But I'm sure the meat is good.

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from mattmvp5 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Its all about the excitement, and your right Jacey, nobody can take if from you.

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from southernhaney wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Guys, this is getting out of control. I get that temptation is a tough thing to handle. I do. On the other hand....Tags in it's ear and a deer of that magnitude coming in predictably? That would have raised some red flags for me and any of my buddies I share the deer woods with. I don't think Jacey should be held accountable by anyone of us though. If the deer farmers call no blame to her, than neither should we. After all, we didn't invest the money, effort, or time like they did.

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from MacDose wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Congradulations, i would never hunt in an enclosed fence. But if one escaped and came on to my place i would definately shoot it. The owner of the high fence operation should be maintaining his fence to both protect his investment and keep from polluting the wild herd with desiese. Also, who cares that theres corn feeders out? Whats the diffrence in that and planting a food plot? Or using doe in heat to lure in a buck? One question i have though, there is one pic after the kill with tags in. But there is a trail cam pic with the right ear torn like in the other pics after the tags were removed. Whats up? All in all though, great deer and congradulations.

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from deer247 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Jacey you will have to wait awhile before harvesting another buck of that caliber ,,,unless u want me to cut the highfence again-shhhhhhhh ;] congrats

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from deer247 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

lillylangtree- shouldnt say anything if she doesnt have anything nice to say ,how could she tell if it was tame,doubt any1 was petn the deer when she shot it !!

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Young Lady Congratulation that is a Buck of a life time!! many of us Dream of one but never see one!
The largest Deer I have seen in the deerwoods was a 12Pt at 400Yd runing. I don't shoot at runing deer!

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from jusdane wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I absolutely love the irony that this buck was an escapee from a high fence operation (aka - places that people can't hunt ... hunt - or at least sit in a blind and pick the deer they want to kill depending on how fat their wallet is). Even if it wasn't 100% wild, who cares. Jacey got to shoot a buck of a lifetime for free!

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from RM81 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

"My father-in-law told me that the buck had been at this stand between 9:30 and 10:30 every single day for the last four days. So I went in prepared to stay at least until noon"

Seriously? If I knew a buck like that was in the area, I think I'd be planning an all day sit.

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I gotta disagree. No disrespect to the hunter, who knew no different. But game farms are a threat to real hunting for exactly this reason. This is a genetically modified mutant; it had no place in the wild. Game farms spread genetic pollution and disease, and warp the traditional sporting ethic. The only place Chronic Wasting Disease was found in Montana was on an elk farm. I'm proud that Montana voters took steps to sharply curtail game farming.

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from argetni44 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

@ Roderick... genetically modified mutant? Isn't that a bit of an overstatement? Not all high-fence operation whitetails are "genetically modified" as you describe this one. A bit of management goes a long way. While genetics play a role in antler development like this, a deer is a deer. Regardless of antler size, taking down a whitetail deer requires a bit of effort and patience... especially one this mature. He was a wild deer when she took him. He swam across a river to get into her hunting area for God's sake. Kudos to her.

On a side note, I'm not too familiar with record-book regs... anyone know if this kills her opportunity at any records, seeing as it wasn't taken on a high-fence property, but came from one?

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from tmbryant wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

We've all seen the shows on tv where a high seat vehicle pulls up and a shooter picks out the deer that he wants to take as it's standing eating corn that has been scattered in the road. The buck that Jayce took was acting as wild as any other mature buck except that she was able to see him more than once. Every time she saw him, he was in and out very quickly even more quickly than most wild deer. If it hadn't have been for trail cameras, they wouldn't have even have known that there were tags in the buck's ears. The only time they would have seen the tags was when he was laying dead on the ground. Kudo's to Jayce for taking him and she should be proud to have him on the wall. As thick as Louisiana is, even if they would have known to contact the original owner, the odds of recapturing him alive would have been next to slim.

As to the original owner, I'd bet that he keeps his gates in good shape from now on and if he has trouble with them, makes sure that they stay closed. It's unfortunate that the lost his breeder buck especially after he was on his place for such a short time, but that's the way it goes when you raise deer. He was a true gentlemen though in his interaction with Kacey after she took her trophy. Hopefully, her buck was able to breed a few does in the short length of time between his escape and his death and that the Broussard's will see some of his offspring later on.

My hats off to Kacey, she did well and will be a deer hunter for life.

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from Carlton Fuqua wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Maybe we can get F&S to do an article on what wildlife biologists are saying behind the scenes about genetically modified animals breeding with free chase animals. I think that any time you tamper with their natural habitat; food plots, feeders, minerals, etc.you are modifying an animals behavior to gain an advantage over the animal not to mention what it does to the physical characteristics of the deer; body weight, rack, stamina and survival. Where do you draw the line???

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Deer have different levels of comfort and different levels of exposure to people. I think its a real trophy if it was shot free range. If you want to split hairs you can question any deer in the record book. If shot in an isolated area you could say it was tame from lack of pressure. If it was shot in a high pressure area it could be desensitized. If it was shot on the first day on a lease hunted by one person how much more sporting is that? Very, that's how much, because every deer is a trophy to the hunter who harvests it.

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from ShimStack wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Yea, I wouldn't feel great about this. Ignorance is bliss, but damn. Seeing a deer that size, that often, at those times, with tags IN BOTH EARS, and within 20 miles of a whitetail farm would have me asking questions. Really, just the size, sighting frequency, and ear tags would put me into research mode. I can't say I blame the hunter for shooting it, but admitting you had no clue and pursuing it like a wild deer when it acted nothing like the sorts is a little lame. It is a trophy in the sense that it's a cool freakishly huge deer. It's not a trophy in that it is not a true, free-ranging, wild, and wild-acting whitetail. She's lucky they don't press charges and go after their deer cause that is an expensive boy and what she did is illegal. Not knowing the law isn't an excuse and a reasonable person, in my mind, would have questioned the deer's size, behavior, and ear tags. That's the embarrassing thing to me is conning yourself into believing nothing is fishy about the situation beforehand.

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from huntnow wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great story. It would have probably cost some city guy $7500 to kill that deer and she got it for free. Congrats to Jacey.

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from Prairie777 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I agree with argetni44. The buck dee dee'd out of where he had been living, no doubt thinking he was really the sly one to "Escape" when Jacey saw him and started formulating a plan. I'm right along with you. "Good Job Jacey"! Anyone that Bah Humbugs you for busting that deer is just jealous. Sad to say but there are those who just can't be happy to see someone, especially just starting in the sport, connect with such a magnificent specimen. I, for one, am one of those who say Fantastic Job Girl!!!.. Don't stop here. Keep it up and pass it on!!! I've been hunting for the past 53 years, killing my first deer at age 11. and I have a son and a daughter that loves to hunt as well. So once again, keep it up and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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from Hrdicka wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

First and foremost, Congrats on an awesome buck. Second, people quit putting her down. If any of you would have seen that buck you would have done the same thing. Third I don't like the idea of farming whitetails but it is how these people make a living so it shouldn't matter. And using feeders during deer season shouldn't be allowed anywhere or you should be atleast 200 yds from any working feeder. I plant small food plots to inhance my hunting experiance for both the herd health and to successfully harvest whitetails. I have also hunted just over trails and acorn drops. It's hunting. Hunting has changed the past 20 years and will continue to change. But I won't quit hunting till the day I die. It's a way of life, just like it is for this young woman and her family. So quit arguing about how her deer shouldn't be called legal or that she should have done otherwise. She made a humane shot and harvested a beautiful deer.

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from txbman wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Not one hunter on this post would have passed on this great buck Myself included. I dont know why some of you take shots at each other on this page. Congrats Jacey Great job and welcome to the great outdoors

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

So she shot a geneticly engineered high fenced "pet" deer under a feeder? I would love to shoot a buck that huge but not under a feeder. You might as well of went shopping for him.

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from Carlton Fuqua wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

My Dear Jacey, Please know that these comments are not about you but about an issue that has haunted hunting for more than a century. You in an awesome way have brought it again to the forefront of important topics that we all have a passion for. I myself would have shot the deer in a heartbeat as would have all the other hunters that have posted to the site. Yes, it my have an "*" next to it but come to think of it maybe I should have one next to my name. I asked earlier "where do you draw the line" well for sure one line was the high fence, the deer instinctively escaped into new territory and there you were. I've shown this to my wife and daughter, their first comment " wow she's pretty" and they like your jeans. That's the other side of the story,you as role model for our wives, daughters and grand daughters, that hunting is for them too. Best wishes, The Team

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Again, my hat's off to the huntress. But this does raise the larger troubling issues about high-fence game farms. Visit the Boone & Crockett Club's Trophy Watch page and look at "million dollar deer." That, amigos, is a freak animal and the big $ is selling sperm to grow more like it at other game farms. This is a twisted industry. It pollutes our sportsmen's ethics, and our game gene pools. And yes, the ONLY place CWD has ever shown up in Montana was smack in the middle of an elk farm. This is a well-documented fact and helped convince votes to curtail this dangerous trend.

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from Rancherfish wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I Love this: A buck you only dream of. A BEAUTIFUL woman that even rides horses. Her Husband is very lucky. I bet he never out does her Buck!

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from Tony Berg wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Congrats. I think its awesome that a 2nd year hunter goes out and puts the time and effort in to get this monster buck and on top of that took the chance away from some lazy "hunter" with to much money that pays to shoot penned up deer. Congtatulations.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Congrats on a great buck. I think the fact that this buck has been raised in a pen and fed like livestock for it's entire life, except for the final week or so, played a big part in his easy patterning and repeated daytime sightings. Is it a magnificiend animal? Yes. Was it wild just because it temporarily escaped it's "pen"? Come on, no way in my book. I am glad that he got away and got shot by a "hunter". Kudos to her.

Am I jealous? Not in the least.

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from Krispyhuntar wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

people arent getting the idea. she shot a great deer and none of us would have passed it up had we been in that situation, but all you people who are seeing these comments as put downs are failing to realize she shot it under a feeder and it lived 7 years in captivity allowing it to get big. hardly a wild deer, and saying it was a great shot is also a far stretch considering the article says it was only between 10-20 yards away, if she missed from that distance she shouldnt be hunting. She put in her time and deserved it though regardless of all these details.

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from Hunthill wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

The critics amaze me. Given the opportunity they would have taken the same shot. Enough with the "genetic mutation" or "pet deer". Fact still remains that you have a new hunter that bagged the trophy of a lifetime and will continue to pass the sport down to future generations. This is what we need instead of the critics putting down a new hunter. She did a great job and has a spectacular trophy to get others interested in the sport. There are enough people out there that want to take this wonderful sport from us and when in fact we need to support the new hunters and encourage them to continue the pursuit. If you think the trophy was taken unde unfair circumstances, you certianly are entitled to your PRIVATE opinion. I don't think that discouraging a new hunter does anything but hurt the sport. Put your pride and jelousy aside and just say good job. Not everybody hunts the same way and not one style is better thatn the other if the critics get the sport shutdown. She did a remarkable job for a second year hunter and should be congratulated and not the subject of what "you" think is right and wrong about the sport. hat is what local game laws and legislation is for. I just say GOOD JOB Jacey and please continue to pass the sport down to the future generations, because, alas, without them, our sport we love so much is doomed.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Texas is not High Fenced from one end of the state to the next. This quote comes from a "deer farmer."

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from ShimStack wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Photo 19 taken right after the deer was killed. EAR TAGS. All other later staged photos in the ripped jeans, NO TAGS!!! Hmmm. Read the article, STATED THAT EAR TAGS WERE VISIBLE some of THE TRAIL CAM PICS. Law says you must report.

Now if you didn't know the deer was tagged or didn't have trail cam photos that's a different story. But if you know the law says.....

I'm only belittling the ignorance of multiple signs this deer belonged to a ranch being ignored. Had she killed the deer the first time she ever saw it, different story.

The law is the law. If I didn't know what the deer was, I'd shoot it I guess. If I did know and the law said that deer must be reported, I would do that. If I raised deer it would not be to shoot them and if someone else did shoot my tagged escaped deer I'd probably be a little upset while at the same time understanding.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great deer, but...

Personally, I just hope the deer didn't have a chance to breed. Some of these farmed deer get antlers that are a little grotesque, and I would prefer to keep those genes out of the wild population.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sorry, but I was not raised to believe shooting something wearing two ear tags over a feeder is "pursuit of a wild animal." I am quite sure this gal knew she was not shooting at a "wild animsl," whether it was running around free on her property or not.

Wild animals are not cultivated in enclosures. Period. I don't care where or how they are eventually shot or "pursued," that fact is not going to change. Cultivated is not wild. That's an oxymoron. Would I have shot that buck? Sure, to get rid of it. But not over a feeder! Never. And I would have promptly sold that freak to the highest bidder and donated the proceeds to charity. No photo ops either. I just can't see myself sitting behind a double-tagged farm-raised probably-engineered buck and smiling about it. No more than I would if I'd run it over with my truck, which, as far as I'm concerned, is about as close to the defninition of "fair chase" as shooting a buck at a feeder. Look in my profile photos. There's quite a few nice trophies in there. I have a lot to smile about in those pics (though I was usually too beat to make the effort) because those animals were all taken "fair chase" ... literally. I went looking for each of them. No bait, no lures, no calls or decoys (except for the geese), no drives, no food plots, ... just pure "wild animal pursuit." I am very proud of that. Those were genuine accomplishments even if the animals aren't in the official trophy books. A couple of them almost cost me my life. Not many who have sat in a blind over bait or purchased a high fence hunt can say that. The adventure used to be more important than bagging a big rack. Not any more. This is so sad.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

As a result of this "accident" I see a whole new marketing opportunity for enterprising entrepeneurs in our antler-crazed sports world. Properties adjacent to high fence deer farms are about to climb in value significantly. Especially if this "inadvertant" kill of an "accidentally" escaped neighborhood cultivated buck after a three-day stalk is allowed to enter the record books. If I had a couple of million bucks (and I do) and virtually no ethics (guess you know where I stand on that!), I'd rush right out and start buying up that real estate as fast as I could.

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from dudleyhow wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

If I where hunting and saw that buck I to would have tried to take him but it wouldn't have been over a feeder because that to me is just not very sportsman like.I don't use trail cameras nor do I use feeders I sit for hours on end just waiting for the deer and enjoying the outdoors. I do watch these programs on t.v. but I will never set foot on one of these properties.These people are flat out crazy if they think I would pay the thousands of dollars to hunt and can't even bring home the deer. Just the mount. That's outrageous. I live in Ga. and the state has ruined hunting by allowing people to use corn as bait,and the price of corn is out the roof because of it.I hunt for the pleasure of it,not huge trophies.I do it to feed my family and possibly keep from tearing up a car or truck.If it was me I think I would rather have the deer that jumped off the bridge on I-10. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE TRUE HUNTER

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from hockey86 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Most people I know would've investigated why did this deer have tags. This would be the same as shooting someone's cat over a milk dish. Doesn't sound like much of a hunt to me, cell phone, feeder, trail cam and a deer tied to a tree. I love her perserverance but this story sucks for what some of us consider "hunting". I would much rather hear about the doe or 4 point she bagged (without the cell phone and feeder) but those deer will never make a headline.

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from lillylangtree wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

No offense to this hunter, but ego seems to be the primary purpose. This beautiful animal was obviously quite tame. Hunting farms should be banned and glorifying young women for killing these beautiful creatures should end.
Think about it. Is this something to be proud of? Are you really that hungry, or is your ego so hungry there is no integrity or values placed on life. This is heartbreaking to me and I would not be proud, I would be ashamed.

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from skipperhub wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

It's against the law in some arenas to trap deer with feeding stations. Not that this one was trapped but then did it not return day after day to a feeding station as it was programed to do in it's 'farm' environment?
Sorry I must be on the wrong web site. High powered rifles and feeding stations? That, to me is less sporting than killing cows in a slaughterhouse.

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

That is awesome congradulations Jacey. It is still a wild buck regardless if it was in a pen, and a fantastic trophy. I have been hunting 30 yrs and I have never seen anything that big. Im jealous girl. Its good to see a new hunter take a prize like that to spark the interest in hunting keep passing it on to the younger generations. and again congradulations

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

You gotta give the huntress a lot of credit -- I might have dropped dead of a heart attack if I saw a buck with antlers like that. At least I would have had such a case of buck fever I would have missed. She did nothing wrong and a lot of things right. But the fact is, farming, culling and selectively breeding deer behind high fences reduces them to livestock and violates the North American Model of wildlife management that makes American hunting and fishing the envy of the world. That's why the Boone and Crockett Club rejects game farm trophies.

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from ddbaugh wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Feeders? Trail cams? Farm raised deer? This is not hunting. Every year I go into the field, figure out where the wild deer and birds are and I take one for meat. I don't sit in a blind near a feeder and camera and play video games until a pen raised deer comes by and shoot it. I am sorry for sounding so disrespectful, but this is not hunting.

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from youngon wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sure everybody hasn't been had, sure funny there's tags in picture 19 but none in 17, some pics have solid ears and some have left torn ear.
But yea either way I would Of shot it and so would anybody else!

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from harold55 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great Job !!! You should be VERY Proud of that big guy. I only hope that getting a deer so big in only your second year hunting you won't get bummed out trying to top it !!And to all you people who think it is a freak of science I would bet you wouldn't feel that way IF YOU SHOT HIM.And it sounds to me like you did some hard work and put your hours in to get him . Congrats Jacey !!!We need more people like You!

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

You rock congratulations.

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from pillagermn wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

That is a fantastic deer! I think it's great that she got a taste of the passion many of us have, set a goal and saw it to the end.

Unfotunately, not knowing the game laws is no excuse for breaking them.

Also, the article states that the ranch owner would not persue legal action, which leads me to believe he could. Had it been an out of state hunter they would throw the book at em.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

It is unfortunate that there are so many negative comments concerning the ear tag and the condition of ear. Also unfortunate is the fact that they acknowledged the tag in some of the photos and the way it was removed for the staged photos.

So...the possible lack of due diligence about the ear tag and the obvious removal of the tag for some photos casts a cloud over the hunt, which is unfortunate.

Thankfully, the "owner" of the deer is not upset, taking responsibility for their problematic gates.

So...Congratulations!

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

If someone is worried about a "great escape" messing up the nearby genetics, would any hunter be quick to take the deer with the monster rack out of the game as soon as they saw it?

Also, what about "Goliath" the monster mule deer in Colorado? Isn't that one well beyond anything considered "natural"?
http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/hunting/2011/04/huge-mule-d...

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from jwg123 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I know if I had a deer farm 4 Mi. from me I would know it(which would be considered a nieghbor in my neck of the woods)and if I saw a deer with ear tags I would know what's up.But since I don't use feeders(because they're illegal in my state and unethical in my opinon) or trail cams. I would have shot that buck first chance I got till I ran out of Vacation,sick and personal time.Congrats on a magnificent Buck!I sit and watch and try to pattern the buck I want, then get close enough to stick a arrow in him.That's what I enjoy but to each his own.I'm not going to try to make others think the way I do but it's what gives me the thrill of the hunt!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

My hat's off to jw and dudley who believe in doing it the old-fashioned adventure-filled way. And particularly to dudley who refuses to bait or do the trail-cam business even though it's legal where he hunts. You guys obviously don't have the luxury of hunting the wide open spaces and endless accessible rugged terrain that were and still are available to me ... and everyone else. Yet you guys have managed to adapt while still preserving a firm line in the sand for hunting ethics. Fine bucks, jw! As if that really meant anything. And yes, you DO know what I mean.

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from The White Slug wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I have nothing negative to say about the hunter because this was an entirely legal act with what is reported to be a lot of effort. It is not the size of the animal, it is the legitimate effort that should garnish respect. For someone to get a tasty doe in an area that is not swimming with deer is no less a trophy. Never judge someone by the size of their kill for it is the experience of participating in nature and living a three dimensional life that counts most of all. And that deer is simply not natural. Hence it is not wrong, just not the same - much like fake breasts.

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from jwg123 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I would not get any sense of accomplishment out of a canned hunt,but I do think every land owner should have the right to manage his wildlife as they see fit.Or everyone would have garages full of 2 1/2 yr. old basket racks.

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from ethanbancroft@y... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

where is written this buck came from outfit thst is doing genetic engineering! if , this young hunter shot the deer in the field, not in an enclosed "zoo" , then, i would think she has rightfully, shot a wild deer and is entitle to claim it! i do not see ear tag visible, a brand on the flank, or a collar. I would have tried to get him ,myself! congratulation Jacey. hope Boone and Crockett give you credit! where is the ear tag????. what law did she break?????.
it is only illegal if it were not in season, or Jacey did not license, or it had large visible BRand (as in cattle brand) on it! nothing is visble that the deer is private property!!!!

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from ethanbancroft@y... wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

19 photos and no tags showing!

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hahahah lots of intelligent talk going on here. First let me say good job on shooting a monster deer, you pursued under at least what you thought were fair chase circumstances and could be considered fair chase circumstances.

Next i am going to point out to many of the bad posters on here that if it were not for stocking efforts of many animals (trout, turkeys, pheasants, and some elk herds) many would not be able to hunt or fish the areas they do now.

Next point how many of you actually can define what the words "genetically modified"?. i can tell you this no one so far other than maybe ethanb has used the words correctly. The DNA was not modified, it was selected threw breading. much like a dog breeding but before you make the assertion that it is a pet, pets like dogs are bred for temperament not antlers. In reality it could have been his wild tendencies that allowed him to escape.
I don't support "hunting" on deer ranches but to down talk or talk out of your A@# about someone who was using legal and ethical hunting practices to kill a monster buck annoys me. She did something not many have the pacients or smarts to do hunted a single deer. None of you (or i) can disprove that the deer didn't revert back to wild habits, so quit preaching like self proclaimed BIologists.
once again congrats on the deer and a great story

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from john barrett wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I'm in awe JB!! Congrat's!! Unbeleiveable Buck, and yes I'm jealous!!

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from NCHunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

To all the High and Mighties on here that think they have the power to determine what hunting is and what it isn't - Some hunt with flat shooting rifles with high power scopes, some with iron sights, some with black powder, some with archery equipment, some with dogs and knifes. Some hunt over feeders, food plots, farmland, swamps, or mountain timber. Some hunters wear high dollar camo and use chemical scent killers, some wear blue jeans and flannel. Some hunters use every high tech gadget on the market and others use nothing at all. Why do you think you have the authority to draw the line?

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from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I just want to say Congrats.Jacey on the great kill. I would have shot it to if it was my ranch.I don't care much for records I hunt for the fun of the sport
and what I can't eat I give it to some less fortunate people that can not afford to do so.

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from Woods Walker wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

First congrats to Jacey on having the patience and skill to bring the hunt to a successful conclusion and yes I too would have probably shot the deer if given the opportunity.

However, like many others, I too am concerned with this so called industry. Thanks to deer farms and the movement of deer across state lines, we now have CWD in some major areas of Wisconsin (and also TB in some of our herd in other areas). In my opinion, if you are irresponsible enough to allow a game farm deer to escape from your property, that should be the end of your ownership (but not liability). The escaped deer should be put down at the first opportunity for prevention of the spread of disease and contamination of local gene pools. Once these diseases get a foothold in the local populations, they can be virtually impossible to eliminate. Unfortunately, there is way too much money in this industry to get the politicians to do the right thing and ban movement of captive deer across state lines.

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from ducks wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

nice buck

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Its funny how some folks in other parts of the country take their experience and say thats how is should be everywhere.

In my experience in east Texas, the woods are so thick that you can't really chase down anything on foot. Thats just the way it is. I've also been to other regions where you could spot the deer from a mile off.

Any legal kill is an accomplishment regardless of the method. Quit whining about how "I would never do it THAT way" and state how your methods are best. You can get over yourself and congratulate the lady on a good clean kill.

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from Bone Collector503 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Playing games on her cell phone? Seriously? It sucks that some people no matter how tired and sleep deprived stay on the edge very minute of their hunt and sometimes get nothing while novice hunters like that seem to always get to see the big ones and they're never prepared for it anyways.

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from micropterus wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Does anybody else think Jacey little bit like Pam (Jenna Fischer) from the show "The Office"?

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from micropterus wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Does anybody else think Jacey looks a little bit like Pam (Jenna Fischer) from the show "The Office"?

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from idbirdman2 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I that is nice that this second year hunter got a thrill out of this accidental release.

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from Tc505 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

WAY TO GO PRETTY GIRL!!! great buck albeit an escapee, but look at the bright side, it was winners all the way around! she got the buck and river road got free publicity! in all my years of hunting the closest I have come to seeing anything of this calibre was a huge white tail in oregon that had a harem of about 15 does and was at least 15 point (7 point up there).

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from walleye34 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Congrats Jacey... Bad Comments = Jealous Comments. That thing is gonna look awesome on your wall.

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from Robert Ream wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

That's some good eating right there. Can't eat the antlers. But I'm sure the meat is good.

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from mattmvp5 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Its all about the excitement, and your right Jacey, nobody can take if from you.

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from southernhaney wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Guys, this is getting out of control. I get that temptation is a tough thing to handle. I do. On the other hand....Tags in it's ear and a deer of that magnitude coming in predictably? That would have raised some red flags for me and any of my buddies I share the deer woods with. I don't think Jacey should be held accountable by anyone of us though. If the deer farmers call no blame to her, than neither should we. After all, we didn't invest the money, effort, or time like they did.

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from MacDose wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Congradulations, i would never hunt in an enclosed fence. But if one escaped and came on to my place i would definately shoot it. The owner of the high fence operation should be maintaining his fence to both protect his investment and keep from polluting the wild herd with desiese. Also, who cares that theres corn feeders out? Whats the diffrence in that and planting a food plot? Or using doe in heat to lure in a buck? One question i have though, there is one pic after the kill with tags in. But there is a trail cam pic with the right ear torn like in the other pics after the tags were removed. Whats up? All in all though, great deer and congradulations.

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from deer247 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Jacey you will have to wait awhile before harvesting another buck of that caliber ,,,unless u want me to cut the highfence again-shhhhhhhh ;] congrats

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from deer247 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

lillylangtree- shouldnt say anything if she doesnt have anything nice to say ,how could she tell if it was tame,doubt any1 was petn the deer when she shot it !!

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Young Lady Congratulation that is a Buck of a life time!! many of us Dream of one but never see one!
The largest Deer I have seen in the deerwoods was a 12Pt at 400Yd runing. I don't shoot at runing deer!

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Congratulations, Jacey! Doesn't matter the circumstances, that's a mighty fine deer you've got!

I have a little trouble with these "know it alls" who talk about, "surely you knew it was a farm-raised animal, surely you saw the tags, surely you knew ..." I look at several of those trail-cam photos and I don't see the tags standng out. If I were a young, semi-inexperienced hunter, do you think I'd be looking at the ears and everything else? No, I'd be looking at the horns!

Well done, Jacey, I'm very happy for you!!

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Any day you screw a canned hunt operation out of $24,000 payday is a good day. High fence operations should be illegal period. Maybe that should be a federal law.

I'd go as far as to say that since wildlife is a public resource there should be no such thing as posted land so long as you're a licensed sportsperson actively engaged in hunting or fishing.

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from RyanM84 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Great Job!!! Nice Buck!!! The every day hunter needs to know that 75% of your deer farmers are amish families and I dont think that they are scientists and sitting in labs genetically engineering deer or pumping them full of steroids... Also alot of deer farmers who cant afford to raise the deer anymore are letting them out into the wild which is illegal... Oh and another thing, YOU PEOPLE WHO KNOW IT ALL!!! Prove that deer farms are spreading CWD!!! Hunters who are hunting out west are the ones who are spreading CWD they carelessly disposing of the carcasses...

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from Krispyhuntar wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

great deer, but how can you honestly call that hunting when your using feeders? what seperates a farm raised deer from one on your own private land you have coming every day? i know theres competition from other hunters at the farm but still, the feeders ruin the effect of a "wild" deer

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from troutstroker wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

First congrats to Jacey, thats one crazy freak of a buck. But after finding out the real story, I personally would find it pretty hard to feel proud about that trophy. I think I would end up offering the hunting ranch the opportunity to have it mounted to show their hunters. I'm sure they paid a pile for it.
Shooting a pen raised science experiment with no fear of humans is not my idea of deer hunting. Its hard enough hunting over a feeder or during the rut when the deer are either trained to come in or just stupid with lust. I definitely would have followed up on the tagged ears before pursuing the buck any further.

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When she spotted a jaw-dropping 31-point buck in mid-November on the Louisiana farm she hunts, Jacey Broussard vowed to do everything she could to get her hands on the giant’s gnarly rack. After an obsessive three-week hunt, she finally tagged her trophy—and that’s when things got weird. The 22-year-old novice in only her second season of deer hunting discovered that her buck was an escapee from a high-fence operation in nearby St. Charles.

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