Livingston girl named 2018 Louisiana Female Youth Hunter of The Year

An 8-year-old girl from Livingston, La. has been named the 2018 Louisiana Female Youth Hunter of The Year by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Kynlee Buras won the award for the two hunting trips she took with her father in November 2018.

She proved that you don’t necessarily have to bring any meat home to have a successful hunt.

Kynlee and her father, Rusty Buras, spotted deer on both of their trips in Utica, Mississippi, but weren’t able to harvest one.

2018 Louisiana Female Youth Hunter of the Year
Youth Hunter of the Year female winner Kynlee Buras (right) with father Rusty Buras. (Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

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Officials with LDWF say the father and daughter team saw a doe before they got to the deer stand on the first trip but were not able to take a successful shot.

On the second trip, Kynlee and Rusty saw four deer after being in their deer stand for only 30 minutes.

“I was flabbergasted when I saw them,’’ Kynlee said. “I got ready to shoot but the deer must have heard me because all of them ran away.’’

Later, a doe appeared and Rusty told Kynlee to wait until it came closer to the stand.

But it never did. Nevertheless, Kynlee said both trips have helped to turn her into a deer hunter.

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“I was sad (that they weren’t able to harvest a deer),’’ Kynlee said. “But I can’t wait to go hunting next year. The two main reasons that I enjoy hunting are that I get to admire God’s beautiful creation and spend time with my daddy. I will treasure those moments forever.’’

Buras and the 2018 Louisiana Male Youth Hunters of the Year, Evan Alderson, 11, of Sulphur, will receive their awards at the 55th Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet on April 27 at Ashley Manor in Baton Rouge.

Evan Alderson
Evan Alderson after successfully harvesting a squirrel during a Nov. 24, 2018 hunt in southwest Louisiana. (Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

Alderson successfully harvested a squirrel on his very first hunting trip with his uncle, Mark Bloodworth, and cousin, Mason Bloodworth, on Nov. 24, 2018, on the family’s hunting lease in Slagle, La.

The Youth Hunter of the Year Program is a joint effort with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association.

The Youth Hunter of the Year program is made possible by the generous donations from Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Andrew Harrison, Jr with Harrison Law, LLC, Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge, Outdoor Roots, and South LA Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. Winners will also be featured in a story in Marsh and Bayou Magazine.

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