September 2009 - Volume 29, Number 9

Features

Area biologists give their picks for the top public areas for deer, squirrel, rabbits and more this season.

Talk to the experts, and a hunter can come away with a comfortable feeling he has a reasonable chance to harvest deer, rabbits, squirrel, waterfowl, doves, turkey and feral hogs in one or more public hunting areas within a reasonable driving distance of his home in the Sportsman’s Paradise.

Cooling temperatures mean Venice’s redfish population goes absolutely bananas.

Few things in the Louisiana coastal fishing arena can match the fall and winter speckled trout run. The problem lies in the timing of such an event. Myriad factors go into exactly when the fish turn on, whether it’s catching them in the passes during years of a low Mississippi River or in the surrounding bays when the Big Muddy swells.

Hard-charging Delacroix redfish just can’t resist spoons this time of year.

Gold spoons are like the Dallas Cowboys; you either love them or hate them, and there isn’t any room in the middle. It just so happens that I fall in the hate group for both — not so much that I have anything against gold, spoons or any combination thereof.

Upland birds and saltwater fish in the same day? It’s happening in Lafitte.

Even though killing gets lower on our priority lists as we get older, there’s no doubt that we all want to kill something when we go hunting. Whether it’s to put meat on the table or a trophy on the wall, my place is not to judge how others hunt or what others hunt as long as they are hunting it within the framework of the law.

Find one of these nine plants, look for signs of browsing and set up a stand. That’s all it takes to kill early season deer.

The rut is easy for hunters, providing a time of the season when deer are moving about looking for love without a care in the world.

Trout fishing dies in Grand Isle after Labor Day, right? Umm, not exactly.

According to popular thought, September is the last hurrah for speckled trout anglers who fish out of Grand Isle. It’s almost an accepted maxim: “When Labor Day is over, so is the trout season on Grand Isle.”

The new dam has altered the hydrology — and the fishing — in this popular eastern St. Bernard area.

In typical bureaucratic style, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed damming the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on April 22 of this year. While the MR-GO has now become the MR-GONE, some are left wondering what is really gone.

Opening morning of teal season on the Wax Delta sounds like the beginning of World War III.

Passing over the Calumet Bridge that crosses the Wax Lake Outlet spillway, I glanced south. In the wee hours of the morning, close to the end of the graveyard shift, white stern lights dotted the waterway like the string on a plumb-line as far as the eye could see.

Want to add some tasty meat to your freezer? Then hunt one of these three parishes, where deer may outnumber the residents.

To raise trophy deer, you need to establish a long-term land-management program, including plans for supplemental feeding, green-field planting, protecting younger age-class bucks and maintaining your herd under the carrying capacity of the land.

Some of our WMAs have some truly outstanding deer - as well as rabbits and squirrels. Find out in this issue which will be best in 2009-10.