Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Deer hunting helps plummer over rough spot

Although Pam Plummer grew up around hunters in her extended family, she seldom hunted, preferring instead to enjoy nature and the outdoors experience without a deer rifle in her hand. That all changed after a divorce a dozen or so years ago.

"After the divorce, my son, Casey, prodded me to get on with my life and find something fun and relaxing to do. He thought I should consider deer hunting, so I decided to give it a try. I'd go with him and he has always been supportive and a good teacher, showing me tips and hints to help me," Plummer said.

Plummer's maiden name is McKeithen; her dad was former Louisiana governor the late John McKeithen.

"My dad's farm is in Caldwell Parish, the Hogan Plantation, where we get together for special occasions. We met at the farm this past Thanksgiving with siblings and cousins and after the meal, we traditionally all head to the woods and get on deer stands," she continued.

Plummer took her son's advice some ten years ago and found deer hunting to her liking. She has taken eight deer since with a fairly nice 8 point buck being her best buck so far. That buck would be toppled from the top rung later that afternoon, however.

"I was sitting in a box stand just enjoying being in the outdoors when a doe and two yearlings came out onto the lane. It was getting late and I was enjoying watching them but I felt I should get down and walk back to the house; I don't like to walk through the dark woods at night by myself," she said.

Plummer stayed in the stand longer than normal because to get down earlier would spook the doe and her little ones, and she didn't want to do that.

"I looked up and saw another deer approaching and I could tell it was a buck, a nice buck. When I saw the size of the rack, I started shaking; I was really nervous," Plummer added.

From the time she first saw the buck until she squeezed the trigger, Plummer had a talk with herself. The rules at Hogan Plantation is that a legal buck has to be at least an 8 point, she already had one that size and she knew it had to be significantly larger for her to consider shooting, and the one she was looking at obviously was. She finally decided that the only way her family would believe the size of this buck was to bag it, so she did.

"I took a deep breath, aimed for the shoulder, squeezed the trigger and the buck dropped in its tracks. I couldn't believe it; deer always run off before expiring but this one just dropped right there," she said.

Her first action before she exited the stand was to call her son in Mississippi, telling him what she had just shot; at the time she assumed it was a big 8 point buck.

"At Casey's urging, I got out of the stand, walked down there and saw the size of the rack and that it had 10 points. Words can't describe how excited I was and I'm so glad my son got to share that moment with me," Plummer said.

Plummer's buck sported 10 symmetrical points, with long brow tines and heavy mass. The following day at her son's urging, she took the buck to Simmons Sporting Goods where it green scored 159 3/8, putting her in second place the women's division in the store's big buck contest.

Deer hunting can be good for what ails you; for sure it did in Pam Plummer's case.

Glynn Harris Outdoors is proudly sponsored by DSK, Ltd. of Minden.






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