Dramatic changes in the muzzleloader deer hunting season, now known as the primitive weapons season, high gas prices and extensive flooding in one region of the state are among the headlines before hunters pick up their shotguns, rifles, compound bows and crossbows to hunt their favorite game big or small in 2008-09.
How hard could this be? I asked myself as my eyes darted from one flock of teal to another. Dont know about the rest off these guys, but Ill be heading back for breakfast before theres even the slightest sliver of sky between the sun and the horizon.
A hangover descends over Louisiana dove hunters the Monday after opening weekend. Getting to shoot our guns for two days after we havent been able to shoot them for almost six months is on the same level as tossing back two Hurricanes after six months of staying sober.
When Im hungry for fish, I dont care if the fish are hungry, proclaimed John Supan with a puckish grin. I love to hook-and-line fish sometimes, but throwing a recreational cast net is much more efficient. Its fun, too.
Bayou La Loutre, I think most will agree, is among our narrower thoroughfares for accessing honeyholes. Compared to the Barataria Seaway, the Houma Navigation Canal and what used to be the Empire and Buras canals, its a ditch. And compared to its neighboring Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, its a mere marsh trenasse.
After searching high and low for a redfish around Lafitte, Capt. Frank Lawson instructed me to pull it in. Before I could even get my rod settled into its holder, he jammed the throttle forward, and his Champion bay boat lurched forward.
A deer walks into range. Quietly, the hunter takes aim through his scope. At just the right moment, the safety is clicked off and the hunter gently squeezes the trigger to send an arrow through the broadside buck. The deer runs only 50 yards before succumbing to the mortal wound.
Which WMAs hold the keys to your 2008-09 hunting success? Find out in this issue.