Volume 33 Number 9 - September 2013
| First in Line — Opening-day dove-hunting strategies
Dove season provides the first taste of fall hunting, and fields will fill with hunters looking to knock the rust off their shooting skills. Here’s why you need to be at your field early and set up wisely.
My brother-in-law jockeyed for position along the line of trucks, ATVs and UTVs lining up down a long gravel driveway beside a farm shed in Tensas Parish....
|2013-14 Rut Report
Now is the time to start plan out your deer hunting season — and vacation days — to up the odds of connecting with a buck. Here are predictions on when the big boys will be on the move.
Many factors can impact the breeding season of deer but, for the most part, breeding activity occurs during the same month every year....
|2013-14 WMA Forecast
The state’s wildlife management areas offer thousands of acres of prime hunting opportunities, but which ones are best? Here’s all you need to know to schedule out your hunting season.
Two of Louisiana’s many Wildlife Management Areas were thrust into the spotlight since the summer of 2012....
|Bedded down — How to use the bedding instinct against deer
Find where bucks prefer to spend their down time, and the odds of connecting move solidly in your favor.
Editor’s note: Tommy Kirkland has spent years observing deer behavior as a photographer. This story shares some of the knowledge he has gained in the field. This story was written with Marie Kirkland....
|Eat More Red Meat — How to catch Delacroix’s fall reds
Trout anglers are at the mercy of Mother Nature, but the waters out of Delacroix are always teeming with redfish that are ready to pounce.
The winds were already blowing when I stepped out of my truck onto the dock by Capt. Ron “Ahab” Broadus’ boat dock down in Delacroix Island....
|Pontchartrain Mix-up — Fishing for variety
Trout are the stars of the Lake Pontchartrain show, but there are still plenty of fish to catch as summer moves toward fall and trophy specks get harder to come by. It’s just a matter of shifting expectations.
Sometimes people forget that Lake Pontchartrain is about more than speckled trout....
|River Runs Red —Mississippi River fills with redfish
This time of year, the Mississippi River itself fills up with big, line-stripping redfish. Here’s how to put some in the box.
The Mississippi River’s nickname is the Big Muddy. It’s well-earned....
|Sabine Surrender — Sabine River bass fishing tactics
The Sabine River isn’t very well known except to locals, but these anglers know it provides some great bass fishing.
In the corner of his eye, Lake Charles’ Ken Chaumont spied what he was looking for. On a weedy point on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River across from Orange, Texxas, balls of “rain shad,” as he called them, were erupting ...
|September simplified — Bass fishing without all the complications
Today’s bass fishermen can choose from myriad lures and tactics, but that availability can often complicate the job of putting fish in the boat. Simplifying can keep you on track.
As a photographer, I learned a long time ago that it is simple to make images look complicated....
|Stupid September — Redfish action heats up in Dularge
You don’t need a doctorate from the University of Fishing to catch redfish this month. Just head to the bayous near Dularge for non-stop action.
John Wayne once said, “Life is hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.”...
|Teal down — Teal hunting the Mississippi Delta
A lot has changed for duck hunters over the past few years, as hurricanes have buffeted the coast. But one thing remains constant — teal flock to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Here’s how to score quick limits.
The whooping! The high-fiving! Those glowing FACES!...
|Whole Hog (Part 1) — Why wild hogs should be controlled
Hogs have become a scourge in many areas, and these hunters are doing everything they can to hunt them out. Here’s how they do it, and how they use the meat.
The 150-pound boar hit the ground kicking and squealing wildly. Mark Falgoust’s 150-grain .30-06 smashed into the neck, perfectly placed to minimize meat damage....
Now is the time to start planning out your hunting season, and the annual WMA guide is a great tool.
Photo By Rick Small
|Ask Captain Paul
The ABCs of GPS configuration, Pt. 1
Captain Paul Titus
Everybody eats pogies
Never give up
See spot run
Stopping the September squirrel poacher
|Grunts & Gobbles
Hey, it’s still good, good, good!
Prescribed fire as a management tool
Mister Twister Flip’n OUT
X marks the spot
|Paddles 'N Puddles
Have kayak, will travel
“Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire”