John Michael Benoit took at true Outdoor Beast at Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge.
A real Outdoor Beast!
Seeing deer cross a road at a particular spot on more than one occasion on Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge was all John Michael Benoit needed to know when choosing where he wanted to set-up and hunt.
It was a hunch that paid off in spades when the Dry Prong hunter arrowed a symmetrical 10-point buck on the Avoyelles Parish NWR on Dec. 28 that green-scored 172 6/8 inches Pope & Young.
“I had seen a good buck cross in the area a week earlier, and then a couple of days later, I watched several does cross at the same spot,” Benoit said. “I told my hunting buddies the next time we hunted the refuge, just let me out right there.”
Benoit works in the oil and gas industry, and because of the downturn, has been off for several weeks. While a steady paycheck has been missed, he was given a golden opportunity to do some serious deer hunting during time away from work.
He hunts exclusively with a Hoyt Carbon Element bow and VAP arrows tipped with Rage Extreme 2.3 broadheads.
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