December 2011 - Volume 31, Number 12


More often than not, hunting big game in Louisiana today entails sitting quietly for hours in a tree or box stand overlooking a corn feeder and waiting for the deer or hog to come to you.

Reds are the main attraction, and specks round out the ticket at this St. Bernard Parish hotspot.

It didn’t 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.

Duck enthusiasts who frequent the Biloxi Marsh year after year say it provides a rewarding and productive hunting experience.

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.

This club has some unique ideas about growing trophy bucks, and their management plan seems to be working.

Ronnie Corkern of Watson had to wait only one year to see the value of quality-buck management.

Few would think 100 square miles of South Louisiana swamp would hold monster deer, but this veteran hunter has the kills to prove otherwise.

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.

If you want to come in under a big buck’s radar, try slipping up on him in a pirogue.

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.

Pay attention to the water movement, particularly on a falling tide, and you’ll catch more speckled trout this winter.

One of the things that most intimidates me about fishing inshore saltwater fish as opposed to freshwater fish is how much more vast the playing field is.

The father of structure fishing for bass, Buck Perry, is famous for stating the obvious: "The bass are either deep, shallow or somewhere in between."

Inside the confining rim of a reservoir, bass are limited as to where they can be. And all Perry was trying to intimate was that if the fish weren’t biting in one place, there were two others to try.

Tides come and tides go, and they have a tremendous influence on the precise location of feeding ducks.

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 Doc’s gazebo.

Woodcock receive almost no pressure these days in Louisiana, and hunting for them is fantastic, particularly on Sherburne WMA.

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. It’s inevitable and always happens.

Few hunters thing of Joyce WMA as a big-buck producer, and that's just fine with Ricky Hano