Jamie Brown pulled on her hot pink bibs, drove up to her deer stand in her hot pink jeep and promptly bagged a deer. With all these "girly" things going on, it was only natural that the deer she bagged was a doe.
However, it was no ordinary doe; the weird deer sported a velvet covered rack of five points with a 20 inch spread and unbelievable 9 ? inch bases.
Brown works for First Franklin Financial in Ruston and is in only her second year of deer hunting. She shot a doe last season and was determined never to shoot another doe after hearing her nephew (who refers to her as "Aunt Mamie") and who was hunting with her at the time call his mom and report "Aunt Mamie just killed a mommy deer."
"I really felt awful after hearing what my nephew said and I decided if a deer didn't have antlers, I wasn't going to shoot it," Brown explained.
Brown, a former member of the basketball team at the University of Louisiana Monroe, lives in Quitman with her mom and dad, and Gary, her father, was at work at the paper mill in Hodge on Christmas Day. Gary is opposed to hunting on Sunday. However, Jamie and her mom wanted to go sit on their deer stands that afternoon.
"We weren't having church Sunday night so mom and I persuaded dad to let us go to the lease and enjoy the afternoon on our stands," Brown said.
As the afternoon wore on, Brown looked up to see four deer at the feeder; all were "mommy deer" so they were safe. Later, two more does came to feed and she texted her mom to report what she had seen.
"I had just texted my mom when I looked down the lane about 150 yards and saw another deer step out. I saw horns and my heart started racing. I had never seen a buck in the woods in my life and I began to realize that I was looking at a deer with antlers. I'd never ever shot a gun by myself with no one around to coach me and I was quickly becoming a nervous wreck," she recalled. "I wanted to be sure the antlers were big enough because I didn't want my dad to get after me for shooting a little buck."
By that time, the deer had crossed the lane and had its head in the woods about to be gone. Then fate stepped in.
"I reached for my gun and the gun rest squeaked loudly. The deer stopped and looked at me and I could see it had a big rack. So I shouldered the .308, put the crosshairs on the shoulder and touched the trigger. When I shot, it scared me and I shut my eyes and put the gun down," said Brown.
She called her mom to tell her she'd just shot a deer with a big set of antlers.
"Mom got off her stand and headed toward me. I called my dad who had gotten home from work. He asked me what the deer did when I shot. I told him I didn't know; my eyes were shut," she continued.
To assure she would be able to keep the mental image of where the deer was standing when she fired, Brown got down from her stand and walked to the spot. She found nothing.
"I just sat down next to a big tree to wait for mom and dad. I was really down and was about to cry when I heard coyotes howling nearby. I called mom to tell her and she suggested that I jack a round in the chamber in case they got too close," Brown recalled.
There was a problem; Brown had never loaded the gun by herself, and she was clueless as to how to do it. Fortunately, mom and dad soon arrived and the search began.
"Dad was looking where I thought the deer was standing, found some hair and just a few feet into the woods, there was lots of blood. We followed the blood trail about 100 yards and found the deer," she added. The strange looking deer was an antlered doe. The rough score, estimated by a taxidermist, was between 120 and 130.
For Jamie Brown, this was one "mommy deer" she was proud to claim.
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