Volume 33 Number 1 - January 2013


Adam Rhodes introduced his sister Amanda to waterfowl hunting. Sibling Rivalry — How this brother-sister team hunt Atchafalaya WMA ducks
This brother-sister team grew up in competitive sports, and their duck-hunting forays to the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area are no different. Here’s how they find success.
A midmorning hunt with a late arrival on the Atchafalaya Wax Delta was the plan. Adam Rhodes had no desire to get up at 3 a.m. to beat the weekend crowd to some of the better locations he already scouted and plugged into his GPS.

The ...

John Flores

Warren Coco, owner of Go-Devil Manufacturing Inc., drives his boat blind. Amphibious Assault — Tips for duck hunting out of popup boat blinds
Mobility can be a duck hunter’s best friend when hunting pressure builds and birds get skittish. And popup boat blinds are the perfect solution.
I had never been a big fan of boat blinds, but the reality of the situation was finally beginning to settle in.

All of the duck blinds that I had spent endless days over the years constructing, brushing up and renovating on my duck ...

Capt. Steve Himel

Some really nice trout move into the deep waters of Oak River in the wintertime. Back and Forth — Top winter fishing tips for Delacroix trout
Delacroix speckled trout don’t typically camp out this time of year. You need to move with them if you want to consistently reach your limits.
If you live in the northern tier of the United States during the month of January, you’d better really like your wife.

The weather is remarkably consistent, and it’s consistently horrible.

The snow doesn’t come down in ...

Todd Masson

If squirrel dogs could climb, no doubt squirrel populations would be imperil. But, what a reaction like this means to hunters is, “I did my job, now you do yours. It’s up there.” Bark up the right tree - How to make the most of squirrel hunting with dogs
The month of February makes feeding a squirrel dog all year well worth it.
Somewhere inside the small patch of woods surrounded by sugarcane fields, Hoke hunted. Maybe no more than 20 acres in size, if you flew over it the woodland would resemble a postage stamp stuck in the middle of an envelope.

A mix of ...

John Flores

Kenny Covington uses fluorocarbon line when fishing chatter baits to help him feel subtle bites that are only signaled by the blade’s sudden stillness. Caney Chatter - An unusual Caney Lake tactic for winter bass fishing
Cold water temperatures mean deepwater fishing, right? Not according to this angler, who catches big Caney Lake bass using chatter-type lures.

The last thing that comes to most people’s minds when thinking about Caney Lake is a chatter bait. Kenny Covington isn’t most people. He is a bassaholic who isn’t afraid to buck conventional wisdom. When fishing magazines ...
Chris Ginn

Winter fishing for speckled trout and redfish is easy in the Biloxi Marsh. Cold fish — Winter fishing tips for Biloxi Marsh trout, redfish
Water temperatures might be falling this month as winter really sets in, but that doesn’t mean you should sit at home. Instead, head to in the Biloxi Marsh to fill the box with trout and reds.
According to the Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation, the Biloxi Marsh is an estuary network of 210,000 acres of coastal wetlands. That network was crushed by Katrina, and battered and bruised by countless hurricanes and tropical storms before and ...
Rusty Tardo

The huge expanse of habitat and (relatively) few hunters in the lower Delta means that even in January greys work and decoy like on opening weekend. East Bay C&B ­— Load the boat with ducks and a variety of fish
Don’t worry about river level this time of year: Just head down the Mississippi River for an some great duck hunting and a smorgasbord of fishing around East Bay’s shallow rigs.
After the stomping the Saints put on Detroit in the Dome, we were seriously pumped for the match in San Francisco the following week. For the occasion, Doc even installed an even wider screen TV in his Venice houseboat.

OK, so da ...

Humberto Fontova

Long abandoned homesteads such as the Old House served as landmarks for dog hunters. Looking back — Hunting has changed over the past few decades
Today’s hunts in comfortable stands for abundant game have little in common with the good old days of the not-so-distant past.
My butt hurt and my back ached. For several hours I’d been sitting against a small holly tree watching a glade filled with rubs.

It was the last day of deer season, and I was determined to stay until dark to see if a buck would slip ...

Terry L. Jones

Mendoza admires a beautifully colored drake gadwall. Rolling with the punches - Duck-hunting tactics for late-season success
Sitting in one pond hoping ducks show up drives many crazy. But this hunter developed a tactic that allows him to go where the birds are and increase his hunting success.

Picture this. You've had a good opening to the duck season. But now the season has been underway a while and you haven't had any cold fronts or strong south winds to bring in new birds or shake things up. They sky is blue-bird clear, and has ...
Jerald Horst

Brent Lafleur of Ville Platte displays his Cocodrie NWR muzzleloader trophy taken in January of 2008 — a 12-point buck that weighed 265 pounds. The buck’s main beams were measured at 27 inches. Rut crazy — Tips for hunting Louisiana’s late rut
The rut extends through December and even into February in large swatches of the state. Here’s how to take advantage of that fact to kill more bucks.
Gail “Bucky” McDavid of Carencro enjoys hunting during the diverse rutting periods of Louisiana.

He’s so avid about it that McDavid will hunt Area 3’s early rut at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area in October and November, and ...

Chris Berzas

Bass are often lethargic in cold water, so multiple treble hooks help you snare the ones that just slap at the bait. Suspended Animation ­—Jerkbait tips for wintertime bass fishing
Bass become lethargic in cold water, but that doesn’t mean they won’t bite. Tie on a jerkbait and hang it in front of a fish’s face for plenty of wintertime action.

Cold water, shallow water, clear water; plenty of situations make it hard to get fish to bite. For largemouth bass, one of the biggest mistakes anglers make in these conditions is fishing too fast and pulling baits through the strike zone with ...
David A. Brown

Donavon Hinton finds speckled trout by fishing where he sees a change of color on the aerial maps because they indicate the tidal influence from Bayou DuPont. The more things change — Fishing for trout, bass, redfish at The Pen
The Louisiana coastal marsh is always changing, but there’s one constant: The Pen out of Lafitte is a fishing oasis for reds, bass and speckled trout.
Change is inevitable in coastal marsh.

The tide gives when it rises and takes away when it falls.

Land piles up in some places while washing away in others.

Fish that you couldn’t stop from biting one ...

Chris Ginn

Louisiana deer, particularly bucks, were found to have smaller home ranges than that of deer in studies from other states. Tracking a Booner ­— One DeSoto Parish deer became a Boone & Crockett buck
A three-year trail camera project reveals some interesting habits of a Boone & Crockett-class buck in the state’s northwest piney woods.
Wildlife research is conducted to learn information about a particular species. Where does it live? What does it eat? What is its breeding chronology? What are its habits?

I think you get the idea. The study is then designed to ...

Dave Moreland

  You won't believe what Casey Young went through to kill this 205-inch deer. Story on page 12.  


Ask Captain Paul
Understanding tracks and routes

Captain Paul Titus

Creature Feature
Yes, buffalo are fish

Jerald Horst

First Cast
Gun control won’t stop evil

Andy Crawford

Fly Lines
Conclave as a verb

Catch Cormier

Game Warden
To catch a poacher

Keith LaCaze

Grunts & Gobbles
This is the harvest season

Dave Moreland

Happy Trails
Aging bucks on the hoof

Bill Garbo

Lure Review
Vision Prop Limited Edition Buzz Bait

Don Shoopman

Marine Electronics
Semiautomatic fish finder operation

Allan Tarvid

Paddles 'N Puddles
Less is more

Chris Holmes

The Shootist
A big-bore revolver hog hunt

Gordon Hutchinson

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