November 2011 - Volume 31, Number 11

Features

Want to kill more deer this season? Then get off the food plots.

Artie’s camp was already cranking when we pulled up elegantly late, near 9 p.m. on Friday. The slashing riffs of Jumping Jack Flash boomed through the camp’s walls and into Pelayo’s truck as Chris opened the door.

It was likely an earthquake that formed this flat, expansive lake, and tumult has been its hallmark throughout its existence.

Every Louisiana sportsman has heard of Catahoula Lake, the duck hunting mecca in east-central Louisiana, but they might not know what a rich and sometimes violent history it has.

Target hybrid stripers this month whenever the sun is playing hard to get.

The Good Lord gave us a glorious sunrise, the glowing orb back-lighting a cloud in the eastern sky that looked for all the world like an angel in flight. I snapped a few photos as the sun slowly nibbled away the cloud bank. In a matter of minutes, the sun did what it has been doing for the past month, sending its searing heat down on us.

These youngsters work hard to kill consistent duck limits on Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

The e-mail came from a senior X-ray technologist at the local hospital in Morgan City that I hadn’t seen in years. An avid hunter and fisherman, his message basically read that his son and a group of boys who grew up together were now all hunting together. What’s more, they had been making some awesome hunts out on the Wax Lake side of the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. And they were doing it right.

There are closer places to catch redfish out of Lafitte, but there aren’t many better.

What makes four-leaf clovers so lucky is that they’re so difficult to find. You could pick an entire acre of clovers one by one and still not stumble on the lucky one that has four leaves instead of three.

Want to kill a deer on Bogue Chitto NWR? Then you’d better leave your climber at home.

Before Hurricane Katrina, Washington Parish deer hunter Alan Williams hunted Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge from the ground because he wanted to. Now, more than six years after the historic hurricane, he hunts from the ground because he has to.

Successful hunters put up lots of stands in all the right places.

For most deer hunters these days, the term “deer stand” conjures up images of a nice and cozy box stand situated on the edge of a lush, green food plot. And while these shooting houses can be effective in taking a trophy whitetail, not all hunters (especially many of the old-timers) see them in a very favorable light.

Use these techniques to fill your bags this duck season.

It was the perfect lease. After years of waiting, they had finally landed a prime duck-hunting lease, and opening day had arrived. As they waited in the pre-dawn darkness, they rehearsed their shots at the imaginary gray ducks and widgeon that would surely be swinging into the decoys when legal shooting time arrived — a mere 15 minutes away.

Redfish action doesn’t get any better than it is this month at Reggio. Fish these 10 spots, and you’ll be firing up the grill.

“November is probably the very best month of the year to target redfish out in the Reggio area, followed closely by October,” the voice said on the other end of the phone. It was the voice of Capt. Darren Schaff (504-400-2466), who has fished professionally for 15 years and is one of the very few who make Reggio their home base.

As cold weather sets in, bucks accelerate signposting activity — battering trees with their hardened antlers and stout foreheads. Amid this labyrinth of rut madness, bucks still instinctively focus on a particular tree — searching for the old traditional

The rut is close. By procreative instinct, a mature hefty 8-pointer traverses the land. Ascending a bluff ridge, the persistent male steadily climbs the steep vegetative terrain with ease. His path is precise; the buck has ventured the topography many times before. Although he periodically stops to investigate a few licking branch scrapes and flehmens doe urine, he directs his attention toward old trees with distinguished markings.

A recent deer telemetry study in this North Louisiana parish revealed some fascinating information about the habits of bucks and does.

Union Parish is over 561,000 acres in size and is 85 percent forested. For the past three years, it has ranked first in total whitetail harvest, according to the statewide reporting system.

Chris Evans on October 7th killed what could be the biggest typical buck ever taken with a bow in the state of Louisiana