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LDWF agent shot in the back Thursday evening on Russell Sage WMA

A 32-year-old enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was shot Thursday evening on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish and is in serious condition at a Monroe hospital.

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Yesterday at 12:02 am
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Three men convicted of oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish, LDWF says

Judge Randy Bethancourt found three Houma men guilty of oyster violations on Monday in connection with an incident on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation late last year, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Yesterday at 10:45 am
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Lunker bass replicas awarded at Toledo Bend

More than 80 anglers who landed 10-pound-plus bass at Toledo Bend over the last year picked up their free replicas Sunday during an awards ceremony at Cypress Bend Park.

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Yesterday at 9:00 am
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Top tips for trout success

A person can’t successfully charter fish for 28 years without accumulating a bag of tricks. Zutie Auenson, who fishes out of Grand Isle, is no exception. Here are some of his favorite tactics to stay on trout:

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Yesterday at 6:00 am
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Louisiana black bear should be delisted, officials say

U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. Bobby Jindal proposed in mid-August to remove the Louisiana Black bear from the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List.

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May 20 at 4:47 pm
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Mud boat ordinance to be vetoed

Less than two hours after a story first appeared on LouisianaSportsman.com indicating a mud boat ordinance passed last week by the Plaquemines Parish Council faced an uncertain future, the author of the measure confirmed she has initiated the process to kill the measure entirely.

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May 20 at 4:02 pm
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Plaquemines Parish mud boat ordinance potentially dead in the water

An ordinance prohibiting mud boats from trespassing on public and private property that passed the Plaquemines Parish Council unanimously just last week likely will be modified or scuttled entirely, according to comments from the council chairman on Wednesday.

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May 20 at 2:01 pm
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Find the right grass for heavy stringers

Grass is grass is grass to many anglers, but Louisiana’s Matt Loetscher knows that’s not really the case — there are some keys to finding the beds of vegetation most likely to hold big bass.

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May 20 at 1:30 pm
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CCA Louisiana STAR tournament starts Saturday

Starting this weekend, anglers across the Louisiana coast should be on the lookout for a bright red tag in any redfish or speckled trout they catch.

It could be worth a 2015 Chevy Silverado, a NauticStar boat package or a $2,500 tackle package in the 21st CCA Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo that kicks off May 23.

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May 20 at 6:00 am
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How do you estimate the weight of a redfish?

The story of the catch and release May 15 of what would almost certainly have been a Louisiana state-record redfish evoked a predictable response on social media — cries that the fish in the photo just couldn't be big enough to make the record books, much less shatter the current 61-pound state record.

"Looks like a 30- to 35-pound fish," Facebook fan Murphy Spell said.

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May 19 at 5:00 pm
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Potential No. 1 redfish caught, released in Venice

A giant redfish that would have almost certainly broken the current state record was caught — and then released — last Friday afternoon in Venice along the shoreline outside of South Pass.

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May 19 at 11:33 am
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Six speckled trout baits you have to have

May is when everything really begins to come together to produce great trout fishing conditions. Warming weather pushes water temps up. The rivers begin to subside from spring rains and snow melts up north.

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May 19 at 9:30 am
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Louisiana's Top 10 May speckled trout hotspots

Speckled trout should be practically begging to get into your ice chests this month — if you know where to focus your efforts.

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May 19 at 6:00 am
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Public Rambling: Hog, deer season recap on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Hey guys, sorry this season follow up is so late, but we experienced some technical difficulties that are in the process of being resolved.†

The deer and hog season was pretty successful for us — we killed a total of 10 deer in my group, which consisted of me, Randy Levingston, David Simoneaux and Casey Louis.†

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May 18 at 2:30 pm
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Swimbait hook transforms craw worms

While chatting with Z-Man’s Glenn Young during the recent Louisiana Sportsman Show, I picked up one of the rod segments and started hopping one of the lures in the booth’s water tank.

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May 18 at 9:30 am
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Slamming speckled trout with live croakers

I’ve had the opportunity to catch speckled trout any number of ways: under a popping cork, on plastic paddle-tail lures and artificial shrimp, throwing topwaters and jerkbaits and on Carolina and drop-shot rigs outfitted with live shrimp — but never, ever by free-lining live croakers.

So when Tommy "Carl" Vidrine texted me last week with an unexpected invitation to join him Thursday morning on Grand Isle with his 24-foot NauticStar’s livewell full of croakers from Bridge Side Marina, I jumped at the chance.†

And boy, am I glad I did.†

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May 18 at 6:00 am
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