Former Players Help Coach Find Big Buck

Joey Pender coached high school football for 33 years, retiring from West Ouachita high school after the season just ending. He has coached teams to a plethora of wins with the possibility that somewhere along the way, he was unceremoniously doused with Gator Aide. Pender would have had no complaints had former player, Rusty Autry, poured a bucket of the drink on his head the morning of January 4. Autry came with a blood trailing dog that ended Pender’s frustration at not being able to find the big 10 point buck he shot.

“I have been after this particular buck for the past two seasons,” said Pender. “I would see him occasionally on my trail camera but all the images were taken at night.”

On this particular morning, Pender was hunting on his stand in Bienville Parish located on some 400 acres of private land. Autry and another former player were on stands on adjoining property and all three hunters had their eye out for this big 10 point they knew was somewhere in the area.


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