Fall is falling, and that means football season is under way. Fans are excited about the prospects of a good season as they pull for their favorite teams at the high school, college and professional levels.
The Choctaws called it Atchafalaya (ha-cha-fa-lia) for Long River, and, indeed it is long, winding through the center of a 930-square-mile region of bottomland hardwoods, with pristine backwater lakes, bayous and seemingly endless tupelo and cypress swamps in between.
Pelayo was up ahead, hunched over next to a little live oak that grew along the creek branch. He was staring at the ground and nodding. Then he started walking in a little circle, still focusing downward.
Who doesnt want to know some secret spot where you could find a trout feeding frenzy around the rim of some isolated island - a spot where you could fill our ice chest without so much as having to look at another boat?
I could hear the zooming wings of greenwing and bluewing teal just above my head as they glided into our decoy set. Mallards roamed the water, quacking away and the pintails whistled. This chorus of ducks talking reminded me of a church choir tuning up before a performance with all the singers checking their voices and chitchatting before the conductor took the stage.
If you can keep your deer herd from getting nervous, you'll have much greater success this season.