Louisiana native Luis Rosales is making the most out of hunting on public land.
Without leases or hunting guides, the 26-year-old enjoys the challenge of hunting those hard to track, untapped resources.
On the day after Christmas, Rosales took off early in the morning to hunt on public land. Rosales’ trip paid off in significant ways when he bagged a 10-point buck using only a bow and arrow. The buck weighed over 200 pounds and had a 16-inch spread and a 162.5-inch green score.
“It’s more of a raw hunt,” said Rosales, who started hunting on public land eight years ago. “It’s a lot of work, but we have had a lot of success.”
However, the triumphant day was not without its complications.
After paddling for over 45 minutes and with the temperature at a frosty 28 degrees, Rosales had to put in some work to make it to his spot. Finally, he caught some signs that big deer were near.
“Two sprays and a big rub,” Rosales said. “He was 30 yards away coming towards me and picks his head up and gets behind a tree. At 20 yards, I drew back and put a good shot on him. He was quartering to me, but I didn’t get a pass through. I only hit one lung.”
After tracking him for 60 yards, the blood trail vanished, leaving Rosales to head back to the river. Later around 1:30 pm., Rosales tried tracking the buck down again.
“I went back to where I found last blood and circled around and covered about three miles to find him. I had to stumble across him because I was going off nothing,” Rosales said.
“It was 4:45 when I found him and I was pumped up but it took a lot out of me. I was excited because he’s a massive deer. It’s not too often someone kills a monster like that on public land.”
Rosales Promotes Hunting Public Lands On Social Media
“We want to inspire people to stay away from crime and to get into the woods and be hunters,” Rosales said.
“You have to put the work in for sure. We have laid eyes on some monsters. It’s not easy, but it’s rewarding if you’re willing to put in the work. We started the channel to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones and hunt public land and not limit themselves.”