October 2015 - Volume 35, Number 10


A boyhood passion for longbows took over this man’s life. Learn how he uses this truly primitive weapon to hunt deer — and how he’s passing along his love to a new generation of hunters.

Like most of his young friends decades ago, Gary Pat Craig went to the Saturday afternoon movies at the Don Theater in Alexandria to watch popular shoot-em-up Westerns.

This angler has a habit of putting big door mats in his boat at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA. Learn the secrets to his success flatfish success.

If Ray Scott had been a flounder fanatic rather than a bass buff, I would have signed up as his first lifetime member of Flounder Masters and granted him easy access to my coffers.

I mean, bass are cool and all, but they’ve got nothing on flounder.

Elevated stands are fantastic deer-hunting tools, but what if you find the perfect ambush location without a climbable tree in sight? That’s when ground blinds come into play, and here are some ideas on making yours the perfect setup.

I’ve been hunting from the ground most of my adult life. Like most hunters in Louisiana, my father put me in a ladder stand made of 2-by-4s and plywood at a young age, and from this perch I learned how to watch squirrels, birds and the occasional deer without the fear of being seen.

D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge is often overlooked, but it offers hunters and anglers incredible opportunities for success. Here are some thoughts from those in the know.

John Hanks waded the shallow, flooded hardwood bottom off Point Road, hopeful of a successful morning duck hunt. He wasn’t disappointed.

Shell Beach and Hopedale offer sensational fall speck action, and this old salt knows exactly how and where to catch them.

I think the first time I fished with Capt. Tim “Hook” Ursin Jr. was back in the early to mid-1990s. At the time he was running his charter service out of the End of the World Marina on Delacroix Island — and we were both a lot younger then.

Most folks think baitcasting gear is too heavy for finesse applications. But downsizing your reel and rod action can open up new bass-fishing worlds.

Power-fishing, chucking-and-winding, the grind — we typically think of baitcasters for such duties, while the more modest, finesse presentations usually go hand-in-hand with spinning tackle.

If you’re not quite ready to hit the woods for the hunting season, the Mississippi River can provide plenty of catfishing action. Learn how these big-cat hunters fill their freezers.

It looked like a sea monster when it first came up.

The wide, slate-gray body did a rolling churn when it surfaced in the turbid Mississippi River water.

This was good!

This is the month when bruiser trout show up on Lake Pontchartrain’s Causeway bridge. And this veteran captain knows just how to put them in the boat.

“Most people have never seen a 5-pound speckled trout. They call a 2 ½-pound fish 5 pounds. I know that because they do it on my boat all the time. A 5-pound trout is huge!”

Most hunters just can’t wait to get food plots planted. But should we wait until later in the season? Here are some thoughts about why that might produce more deer action.

When former Louisiana Sportsman editor Todd Masson and I first started managing my property in Washington Parish for better deer hunting, our number one objective was to put in food plots.

In October, bass fishing on both sides the Atchafalaya Basin levee at Stephensville turns on. And these veteran anglers know how to translate that into hefty stringers.

Stepping aboard the bass boat at Doiron’s Landing last October, I noticed the smiles on the faces of my two hosts. They appeared more than confident, and they insisted the game plan was certain.

Opening day is finally here, and we give you everything you need to put yourself in position for an early score. But if fishing is your game, you can learn how to fill your cooler.