November 2010 - Volume 30, Number 11

Features

Based upon the numbers, it’s obvious that Clear Creek WMA offers some of the best public deer hunting in the state.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Capt. Paul Titus, Louisiana Sportsman’s GPS guru, is an avid deer hunter. He and a group of buddies have been hunting public land for several decades, and they have incredible success. One of their favorite areas is Clear Creek WMA.

If its reds and trout you seek this month, this is the place.

November is always prime time for Delacroix Island trout and redfish, and after many years of fishing the marshes of Southeast Louisiana, that fact is permanently etched into my brain.

Expectations are high going into this waterfowl season, but what if the bulk of the ducks don’t show up? You can still do quite well if you hunt smart.

You’d think the Saints stomping the Cardinals (45-14) in the playoffs might have lifted the spirits in Doc’s Venice houseboat. And it did — for about 10 minutes.

Do you enjoy squirrel hunting? Are you a deer-hunting nut? What about ducks? And crows? Even rabbits? This season, hunt them all at the same time.

Last year I was fortunate to take two nice bucks by early December. With only one antler tag left for six more weeks of deer hunting, I decided to try something different for the rest of the season.

You can kill a nocturnal deer without resorting to dynamite, shining or any other illegal method.

Every deer hunter in Louisiana thinks his parish has the most notoriously nocturnal deer in the entire state.

In the case of Curtis Simpson from West Monroe, he may be right.

Simpson may live in West Monroe, but he hunts Union Parish, home of the most nocturnal deer in all of Louisiana.

Many hunters struggle to kill deer on public land, but this 25-year-old personal trainer has it all figured out. And he has killed the deer to prove it.

Josh Chauvin was on a mission. He had paid his dues, and knew the small portion of Red River Wildlife Management Area like the back of his hand. Maybe even better.

This convenient area is too easy and fish-filled to pass up in November.

Four months ago, I was wondering if the waters around Lafitte would ever be the same. As the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster crept through the passes down to the east of Grand Isle, it looked like one of the most fertile estuaries in the world had finally met its match.

Sometimes it pays to sit in the stand and let the game come to you, and other times it’s better to slip around quietly and find them. Either way, hunting on a wildlife management area can be very productive.

Last season on Pearl River WMA, my focus in the Katrina Woods was browse, primarily blackberry and trumpet creeper vine. I found several areas where the trumpet creeper was being heavily eaten. Other items to focus on are travel trails, especially along the sloughs and bayous.

The right tactics ensure that flock of workable geese comes to your field rather than the guy down the road’s.

I got the call, and not a moment too soon. Sure the phone was ringing, but the quacking ringtone denoted the beckon of a hunting buddy to all within earshot of my office desk.

Cooler temperatures inspire Ouachita River bass to attack just about anything anglers throw.

Exasperation hung heavily over the heads of the North Louisiana Media Bass team members as they wrapped up the weigh-in at their final tournament at the Ouachita River this past summer.

Louisiana's public lands will surrender trophy bucks this season. Follow this issue's tips to up the odds one will fall to you.