Baton rouge archery

Troy Laborde of Baton Rouge set his previous big buck bowhunting record in Kansas last year, killing a 160-inch 11-point buck that weighed in at 250lbs. This year, in November, he broke that record. Then 48hrs later, he broke it again.

“Every year I take a trip to the Midwest in November. I go there because, any given day, the buck of a lifetime could walk out,” says Laborde, a Louisiana bowhunter, and the in-house archery professional at Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge. "This year I tagged out early in Kansas so I decided to head to Missouri on the same trip."

In Kansas this year, Troy killed a 10pt that green-scored 168 inches and weighed in at a massive 280lbs. Troy arrowed the buck at 32 yards, and probably hasn’t stopped grinning since. 

“Then I transferred over to Missouri,” says Laborde, “There, I met a farmer and had the privilege to hunt on his land. I was hunting a 15-acre tract and killed the deer from the ground sitting in a hollowed out tree."

There in Missouri, Laborde nailed a 14pt buck that green-scored 184 and 1/4 inches. “The deer came in early that morning but I didn’t get flustered. I actually let  him pass me at first because it was too early to see my pins,” Laborde details. “He came back in later and I shot him at 40 yards."Baton rouge archery

Laborde says that finding the right spot to hunt was the key to success. “On each hunt, I put myself in an area I knew the deer would be coming to: a pinch point, not just a random spot,” Laborde says. “If a rutting buck is pushing a doe around, he’s going to want to move her to certain areas to get her away from competing bucks. So we go to those areas and set up.”

Finding the right location was important, but mostly Laborde attributes his amazing accomplishments to his faith and trust in God. "I am just thankful that the Lord allows me to do this in the first place. Without him, I wouldn't be here and I felt like this hunt was possible because of him" 

Laborde also chalked his win up to how much he’s practiced. “I shoot year-round professionally.” Laborde’s is a familiar face on the Baton Rouge archery circuit. “I also just make sure my gear is perfectly timed and tuned. My bow is setup to be very accurate. Some people set up theirs to look or feel nice, but as a hunter, my equipment needs to be precise.”

For more details on how Laborde managed these personal-record breaking kills this fall—and how you can succeed like that too--head on over to the archery department at Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge and you can ask Laborde himself, surely with a big grin still on his face.   

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