December 2013 - Volume 33, Number 12

Features

Cold fronts should keep water temperatures in the cellar this month, but that doesn’t mean Dularge trout won’t bite. You just have to know where to go.

“Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.” 

 — Charles Waterman

Most hunters recognize deer management as a goal, but only a few are willing to put out the effort necessary to produce trophy deer. This hunting club just across the state line bought into a program at its inception, and now members enjoy unreal hunting.

The opening could be seen through the trees as I eased toward the food plot. When the path made a final turn, I could see the green patch ahead. I slowed down and worked my way around a huge mud hole, easing toward the end of the trail just in case deer had already made it to the food plot.

You and your buds can sit in tree stands and wait on deer to stumble by, or you can take the initiative and up your odds. Here’s how.

“You want cold for deer-hunting and wind for duck-hunting!” Artie growled. “All da rest is a buncha snake-oil and hocus-pocus by outdoor writers to sell a buncha stupid, worthless trinkets!”

Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area is a popular meat-haul for many hunters, but it’s also home to some brute bucks. Learn how this regular targets trophy public-land deer.

There are several types of deer hunters who fit into one class or other. First, there’s the meat hunter, who is only interested in putting venison in the freezer, and once he gets his doe or yearling buck he’s done for the year.

Deer management is all the rage today, introducing the concept of passing up bucks to allow them to mature. Sometimes it pays off, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Probably the one thing that I have ever written about deer hunting that is worth remembering is this: If you see a deer while hunting and you think you should shoot it, you probably should because in our Louisiana environment the opportunity might not come again.

Cold water temperatures can definitely make bass fishing more difficult, but the Blue Bird Canal south of Houma is filled with fish. Here’s one coastal angler’s suggestions on boating a few.

Drive or ride in any bass boat above the Tropic of Cancer late in December, particularly in coastal Louisiana’s semi-tropical region, and there still is a reasonable chance you’ll feel like you’ve gotten frost bite when attempting to catch a bass. 

Ferriday's Jason Archer shook up the deer hunting community in November when he knocked down what could be the largest Louisiana typical buck on record. Read the story on page 14 for all the details.