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Fishing for Lake St. John hybrid stripers

It was over in a second.

November 27 at 1:00 pm

Speck Special: Tactics to bring in specklebellies

I got the call, and not a moment too soon. Sure the phone was ringing, but the quacking ringtone denoted the beckon of a hunting buddy to all within earshot of my office desk.Read More...
November 27 at 6:00 am

Find bedding areas for a chance at nocturnal deer

Every deer hunter in Louisiana thinks his parish has the most notoriously nocturnal deer in the entire state.

In the case of Curtis Simpson from West Monroe, he may be right.

Simpson may live in West Monroe, but he hunts Union Parish, home of the most nocturnal deer in all of Louisiana.Read More...
November 26 at 6:00 am

LDWF welcomes seven new enforcement agents

Seven new cadets officially became enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries during a graduation ceremony Tuesday in Baton Rouge.

November 25 at 1:15 pm

Up to 50 percent savings during huge Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales event

Christmas is just a month away, and mesh-back hats and long-sleeve performance shirts from the Sportsman Store are the perfect fit for the sportsmen in your family. 

And the huge Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale offers the perfect way to save money — with everything at least 25 percent off — and fill up your Christmas gift list.

November 25 at 10:00 am

Aim to drop a deer in its tracks

If the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge sounds like a place where it would be hard to track a shot deer or hog, you are correct. That’s why many veteran hunters on this thick tract of public land do everything they can to try to drop an animal where it stands.Read More...
November 25 at 6:00 am

Summerfield hunter shoots big Union Parish 10-pointer

William Smith and his son, Chase, headed out to their box blind Saturday afternoon in Union Parish, with the plan being that the 13-year-old would get a shot at his first deer of the season.

November 24 at 1:15 pm

Jindal budget plan threatens coastal restoration work

Lame-duck Gov. Jindal is at it again, looking to raid funds to cover a nearly $500 million mid-year budget deficit instead of pursuing more-permanent fiscal remedies, a New Orleans news site has reported.

Jindal’s solution to the state’s fiscals woes includes moving $6.4 million from the Coastal Protection Restoration Authority, the agency tasked with overseeing the state’s plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection, according to NOLA.com.

November 24 at 10:37 am

The illegal poisoning of wildlife

In early September, a hog hunter buddy of mine was out one morning on a private hunting lease. He and another hunter were there to hunt hogs the leaseholders wanted removed from the property.

November 24 at 9:30 am

Top 12 Christmas gifts for the sportsman

We’ve all been there on Christmas Day, right?

Most of the time, the box is a dead giveaway — but at least it gives you a little bit of prep time to practice the obligatory “I love it!” silently before you rip off the wrapping paper from Aunt Wilma and see your brand-new tie, scarf or socks for the very first time.

So to prevent any awkward re-gifting situations in the future, now’s the time to start dropping hints and letting everyone know what you really want to see under the tree on Christmas Day.

November 24 at 6:00 am

10-point ‘déjà-vu’ buck goes down in Claiborne Parish

Just about one year ago - on November 14,  2014 to be exact  - Arcadia’s Thomas Bourn put the pop on a big 8-point buck that scored in the 140s, which was highlighted on LouisianaSportsman.com.

November 23 at 1:15 pm

Newellton man cited for night hunting, other deer violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries busted a 29-year-old Newellton man for allegedly shooting four antlered deer at night in Tensas Parish.

November 23 at 9:10 am

Analyzing buck movement - Trail cams provide all the information needed

Once again, that totally magic time of year for ardent deer hunters is upon us, when bucks throw caution to the wind and shift into a more-vulnerable state of mind.

November 23 at 6:00 am

Spinnerbait tips to catch more bass

Few bass anglers give much thought about what spinnerbait they tie on the ends of their lines. Want proof? Take a look at what’s lying on the front decks of bass boats all across the Bayou State.

Odds are you’ll find 75 percent have tied on 3/8-ounce chartreuse-and-white spinnerbaits with tandem Colorado/willow-blade combinations.

The other 25 percent? According to West Monroe’s Kenny Covington, they’ll have tied on a 3/8-ounce chartreuse-and-white double-willow spinnerbait.

“But none of them know why they’re throwing either one,” Covington said. “They may know that bass are slamming spinnerbaits right now because they’re up shallow feeding on shad, but they don’t know why they have those particular kinds of spinnerbaits tied on.”Read More...
November 22 at 1:00 pm

Find the right acorns — find the deer

Acorns crunched under my boots as my buddy and I pressed farther into the heart of Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge.

It seemed to me at the time that we could have stopped and climbed up any number of trees and had a reasonable shot at killing something.

I reached down and picked up a couple acorns and put them in my pocket with aspirations of potting them when I got home in hopes that they would grow.

We finally stopped on the edge of an oak flat right on the edge of a little bayou. On the surface, it didn't look any different than any of the other oak flats we had skirted on our way in.Read More...
November 22 at 6:00 am

Deer-hunting tips for Southeast Louisiana’s piney woods

It was a tall order. You see, Doc’s nephew Kyle was bored with duck hunting. So his dad Gus finally had an excuse to bring him over for a weekend to Da Deer Camp.

November 21 at 1:00 pm