Rutland Herald (VT)
March 23, 2014
Pain still fresh for son of deer hunting great
The pain for Lane Benoit is still fresh.
son of the greatest deer hunter on earth misses
Many people — deer hunters and others who knew
him — miss Larry Benoit who died this past
October. just a month before the Vermont deer
“He just touched so many people,” Lane said.
“Right now, it’s still really hard to talk about
A week ago at the Vermont Outdoor Show in
Rutland, Lane was there with his Mountain Man
But as he fully expected, in addition to talking
about deer, hunting, and tracking big bucks,
many folks wanted to talk about his dad.
The two guys who walked away from his booth
before I walked up and driven up from
Pennsylvania to listen to him talk about Larry
Two weeks prior in New Hampshire, Lane had held
one of his seminars that always draws a crowd,
but he had another special topic to tackle.
Lane wanted to honor his father and began
talking about his dad when it all came pouring
The emotions suddenly flooded out of him and he
spoke passionately of the man most people refer
to as one of the greatest hunters to ever take
up the track of a white-tailed deer.
But Lane was talking about dad.
When he was done the room rose and gave him a
standing ovation — the first he’s ever had, he
It was a special moment.
“The emotions just came out,” Lane said. “It was
a very proud moment for me. It was heart
Lane accompanied Larry on his last deer hunt, a
trip to Wisconsin.
For a long time before that hunt, Lane said his
dad would look at a trailcam photo of a special
drop-tine buck and Larry would talk about how
he’d love to add that buck to his long and
“Every day he’d look at the picture and say,
‘man, I’d like to shoot that deer.’”
In the field, however, Larry’s days of tracking
bucks for days had gone by. He had to sit on
stand and await whatever came by.
The man who was widely considered the best deer
tracker who ever walked in the woods, was now
limited to about a half mile or so.
Lane had to find spots where his dad had a good
chance of putting his open sighted Remington
7600 on a buck’s vitals.
The master also became the student as the man
who had tracked bucks all his life learned new
“He was a very good student.”
When Lane squeezed the trigger and buck fell, it
was one of Larry’s favorite moments in a
lifetime of favorite moments, Lane said.
Lane said his dad told him it was his favorite
With Larry gone, Lane said it’s been a constant
stream of people who all have a story about his
“There’s not a day goes by ...” Lane said. “All
I can hope is he’s seeing it now. It’s been a
pretty incredible thing for me. All I can do is
Lane knows how lucky his is to have been born
into the nation’s first family of deer hunting.
He knows he’s even luckier to have grown up with
Larry Benoit as a father.
He plans to continue that legacy with his
“The impact he made in the hunting world was
huge,” Lane said. “I’m just carrying on the