December 2014 - Volume 34, Number 12


Deer season is in full swing, so it’s time to make trigger decisions — will you shoot that buck when it steps out, or should you let it walk another year. Here are some thoughts to help you make the right choices.

A while back I wrote about the similarities between bass fishing and deer hunting. But there is one major aspect where the two activities are different: When you catch a bass and decide you do not want to keep it you simply drop it back into the water, while when you squeeze the trigger and a buck hits the ground, you cannot take the shot back.

Cold fronts usually shut a hot bite down, but that doesn’t mean bass don’t still need to feed. Here are some tips on how to put bass in the boat, even on those dreaded bluebird days.

As the year draws to a close, you can count on weather fluctuations, compliments of cold air masses descending from the north.

Locating schools of crappie as temperatures fall is a matter of looking for baitfish along channel edges. Then it’s game on.

December has Dennis Tietje on edge, and it’s not because of any Christmas rush.

Yeah, fronts can shut down the bite this time of year, but this Delacroix charter captain knows December also is one of the best times of the year to load the boat with reds and trout. Here’s his approach.

During the fall, Ol’ Man Winter lazily throws a few cold fronts in our general direction, and we appreciate the cooler temperatures and lower humidity.

We all have that one hunt that sticks in our minds. Here are four memorable trips afield.

What makes a memorable deer hunt? Is it bagging a trophy buck, making a successful stalk, watching your child get their first deer, or something else?

Think it’s too cold to fish? These anglers know it’s the best time of the year to be in Grand Isle catching one redfish after another.

It felt weird.

It was a weekend, but the parking lot was nearly empty. The big pavilion was empty. There weren’t any lines of people waiting for live bait.

Head to Russell Sage WMA for some public deer-hunting opportunities without having to fight the crowds. Here are some tips for scoring.

Wouldn’t it be nice for deer hunters to find a 22,000-acre tract of hardwood bottomland available for public hunting?

If you’re deer lease is along Louisiana’s coast, you know tracking is much more difficult than in drier environs. Here are some thoughts on how to find that deer after the shot.

Somewhere between my stand on the edge of the marsh and the canal bank behind me, I heard a deer. It was working its way through a tangle of briars and scrub myrtle trees to which I normally paid little attention. 

Deer season is at the halfway point: Have you scored yet? Turn the pages to learn everything you need to know to tag out this season.