There are a few items I’ll never leave home without when heading into the woods to deer hunt. Of course, if it’s during the rut, I’ll tote along a grunt call, doe estrous and even rattling horns, in addition to items that are useful all season.
I have to admit that when it comes to carrying the extra weight of survival items, I don’t pack much that could be considered useful aside from a knife and cordage.
“What a joke!” came the yell. “Why do I even bother watching this stuff? Deze guys ain’t hunting — not the way we do it down here in South Louisiana! They’re hunting a different animal on a different planet! Geeesh!”
“I was born in 1940. Things were a lot different back when I was growing up as a kid on Delacroix Island. There was no electricity or running water.”
Errol Dennis Sr.
I was fortunate to be invited to duck hunt with the Dennis family last January. In the blind that morning, were three generations of Delacroix duck hunters who have carried on the family’s duck-hunting traditions on property that has been in their family for almost 100 years.
Bass go where bass want to go, but there’s always a logical reason for why they chose their courses. Seasonality drives major relocation, with water temperature and bait positioning being the major influences.
However, the particular travel lanes fish utilize are most often defined by channels, ditches, drains and other contour features.
“Yeow — that’s a big yellow bass,” I thought to myself when I saw the new first-place entry of 2.67 pounds in the official state fish records kept by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.
The 2015-16 deer-hunting season is drawing to a close, but the big boys like this one killed on Loggy Bayou WMA by Jerry Bailey are showing up to play. Learn everything you need to know to connect with your own late-season trophy.