Volume 28 Number 9 - September 2008

Features

All of Louisiana’s WMAs host deer, squirrels and rabbits, but some are better than others. Follow the advice of the experts to put yourself on the hottest WMAs this season.

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.

Save some gas on your next offshore trip, and give these often overlooked rigs a try. You won’t regret it.

Craig Monroe eased his 22-foot Triton SeaFlight up to the fish-cleaning dock at Venice Marina.

Follow the advice of the state’s former deer study leader, and you’ll make your small property the one place every buck wants to come to.

Having been involved with deer management work for 30+ years, it is my opinion that hunting white-tailed deer in the South is more challenging than in any other region of the United States.

Put these 10 teal tips to work, and you’ll be enjoying bacon, eggs and pancakes while the sun’s still yawning.

“How hard could this be?” I asked myself as my eyes darted from one flock of teal to another. “Don’t know about the rest off these guys, but I’ll be heading back for breakfast before there’s even the slightest sliver of sky between the sun and the horizon.”

Keep the action coming with these tips from two dove experts.

A hangover descends over Louisiana dove hunters the Monday after opening weekend. Getting to shoot our guns for two days after we haven’t 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.

Think all those poor saps fishing along Highway 1 are striking out? Think again.

Over four decades of rolling down Louisiana Highway 1 to Grand Isle, I’ve whizzed by hundreds of them — those stalwart souls fishing off the shoulder of the road or its bridges.

Think jumping mullet are only good to eat for trophy trout? Think again.

When I’m hungry for fish, I don’t 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. It’s fun, too.”

This isn’t exactly the new Hollywood craze to get in shape, but target reds in this bayou, and you’ll see how it got its name.

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, it’s a ditch. And compared to its neighboring Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, it’s a mere marsh trenasse.

Giant redfish swarm at the jetties along Louisiana’s coast this month, and there’s no better way to catch them than with big crankbaits.

Art Cosby Jr. is one of my favorite people to fish with. Really, he is. But on this fall day, the man wanted to go catch bulls in Southwest Pass.

Fishing this Lafitte redfish hotspot is not much different than blasting fish in a barrel.

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 new law makes crossbows fair game for deer, and hunters can’t wait to see them in action.

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.