It didnt take much arm-twisting to persuade Casey Kieff (504-512-7171) to take me and a couple buddies on a quick trip to fish Magnolia Lagoon. The lagoon is a 15- or 20-minute boat ride out of either Shell Beach or Hopedale, and is well known for holding two things in abundance redfish and stumps.
As we soak our waders into yet another duck hunting season, many of us have already begun to reap the residuals from the productive ponds on our leases, while others have had ample time to allow their sore shooting shoulders to heal after experiencing the great pleasure of bagging the limits that come along with a guided trip.
Ricky Hano was sneaking through his all-time favorite hunting area back in January 2004 when he spooked a buck. As the mature deer made its escape, the hunter could see the huge set of antlers bobbing up and down.
I had spent all morning in my chest waders quietly wading through the backwater on my Winn Parish deer lease. When Dugdemona River comes up and floods the bottom, the deer become concentrated on the high ridges and move along the narrow natural levees that border the sloughs.
The Saints had just squeaked by Atlanta to clinch the wild-card playoff spot, and (not suspecting how Seattle would upset them during the play-off game) we were seriously pumped as we strolled outside onto Docs gazebo.
Nothing short of an enigma, the woodcock is truly an oddity and always causes a hunt to stop. Following just about every successful shot at a fleeing bird, everyone in the party seemingly has to look over and ponder the features of this strange fellow. Its inevitable and always happens.
Few hunters thing of Joyce WMA as a big-buck producer, and that's just fine with Ricky Hano