February 2006 - Volume 26, Number 2


Try sight-casting to a feeding bull red in ankle-deep water, and you’ll be cursing this new illness.

My first deer hunting experience ended far before it ever should have.

This lake is North Louisiana’s most scenic, but it often gets a bum rap that it doesn’t deserve.

There are plenty voices rising above North Louisiana suggesting that Lake Claiborne, a 6,400-acre impoundment 25 miles northwest of Ruston, has become an enigma — a mystery wrapped in a riddle.

If you’re out for a day of fun and fillets, there are effective ways to fish for bass and crappie at the same time.

If you like to catch all kinds of fish, you can have more fun than if you specialize in taking one species.

The offshore fleet was walloped by Katrina and Rita, but fast action is luring them back.

The cold blustery days of February signal prime time on the Midnight Lump.

If you’ve never made a rabbit hunt in the marshes of South Louisiana, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Has there ever been a better match-up than the rabbit and the beagle?

It was a banner year for Louisiana hunters. Here are the stories of some of the trophy bucks taken during the season.

This hunting season was the first in several years that featured consistently cool weather, and Louisiana’s sportsmen responded by hitting the woods with dreams of big bucks dancing in their heads.

Trophy bass aren’t plentiful on any lake, but anglers who employ these techniques greatly improve their odds of landing one for the wall.

While deer hunting out of a tree stand last year, I learned the productivity for pondering the deep mysteries of life when you’re high above the earth, close to God and free to meditate away from ringing telephones, loud music and people with nothing to do but interrupt your work.

When the weather is cold and winds are contrary, this Lafitte hotspot reaches its prime.

I hope it’s going to be cold, with a good stiff wind blowing from the northwest,” Papa Joe Bush said, about the fishing trip I planned.

Bayou Black dodged destruction when Hurricane Rita grazed the coast, and there are big stringers of bass waiting to be caught this spring.

The Turtle Bayou canal was pretty much devoid of structure, with the only change in the water coming from occasional clusters of grass and even more infrequent willow trees blown down during Hurricane Rita’s fury.

You won't believe the quality of the deer Bayou State hunters harvested this year.