Volume 30 Number 9 - September 2010

Features

Area biologists give their picks of the public lands that will be hottest for deer, squirrels and rabbits.

Of the changes, seen and unseen, swirling around outdoors Louisiana — namely the way WMA management has been restructured in the state, and along our coast where the oil spill seeped deep into sand — there is one reassuring constant for ardent hunters in the Sportsman’s Paradise.

Bow season is fast approaching. Follow this guide to make sure your stands are in the right places and your aim is absolutely perfect.

At the conclusion of last deer season, it was obvious that I would do whatever it took to hunt the archery season this year. Deer that had been so outgoing as evidenced by cameras for all of October and the first half of November suddenly disappeared from daylight come Nov. 21.

September kicks off the duck season in Southwest Louisiana.

In late August, before the last notes of the accordion have faded, the lyrics of a French two-stepping song have been sung and the Gueydan Duck Festival Queen has been crowned, bluewing teal have already made up their minds to head south. And for a large number of these international travelers, that destination is Southwest Louisiana — rice-field country.

This retired deer biologist has remarkable success because he writes down his observations from every hunt.

A 30-minute deer hunting show on the Outdoor Channel probably shows about 15 minutes of the hunt and the rest of the time is spent promoting products that the hunters are using to bag this trophy whitetail.

Think this is a transition month? It isn’t for grilling-sized redfish in this perennial hotspot.

Except for the red life-vests and yellow hard-hats on the passengers, it mighta been a party barge on the Tickfaw, Tangipahoa or Tchefuncte on a Sunday afternoon.

These Metairie boys don’t go very far to find unrivaled fishing action.

Deep in the wilds of Metairie (population 146,136) I join four young men preparing to commit fisheries mayhem. Sights and smells strange to the world of fishing assault my senses as I follow them.

Follow this angling advice to put untapped fish in the boat this month.

“I once gave up fishing. It was the most terrifying weekend of my life.”

—Anonymous

In September, speckled trout transition across this popular and productive lake.

September can sometimes be a difficult month to catch speckled trout. As they make their way in from the exterior lakes and bays to the interior ponds and bayous, September trout are notorious for being here today and gone tomorrow.

If you can pick your days, you’ll have all the bass action you can stand this month on Lake D’Arbonne.

Chris Burnham hadn’t fished his home lake in over two months. The owner of Old River Lure Company had been out on the road fishing bass tournaments in East Texas, and he only got to see Lake D’Arbonne out the window of his shop while he packaged his company’s Mister Hooty spinnerbaits between events.

This year, some public tracts are packed with game, while others are just packed with hunters. Find out where you should hunt in this year's WMA Forecast.