"When you say Bayou Meto, most people think ducks," Gray says, "but we've had some very good quality deer come off it." Fall flooding for waterfowl can make getting around tough, but if you can pick your way across the many channels and canals while fighting mosquitoes, snakes and gators, you might tag one of the 140- to 150-class whitetails that this bayou has produced in the past. Dense cane patches and honeysuckle thickets provide bedding cover, and elevated ridges become key travel routes when the water rises. "Deer numbers aren't as high as Choctaw, so advantage goes to those who scout hard, find a good area and stick with it," Gray says. Firearms hunts are by draw only, with about 2 to 1 odds of getting drawn, but archery hunts are open to all from October to February.