There’s an old episode of the TV show “Gunsmoke” in which a Dodge City resident returns to his home with a load of stolen loot. But in “A Man Called Smith,” all his plans and efforts lead to nothing but trouble.
There’s a man named Smith in Monroe who often returns to his favorite home woods in Madison and Richland parishes.
On opening day last year, conditions were favorable for squirrel hunting at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and the adjacent Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge.
Winds were calm, temperatures were tolerable and the forest floor was moist as hunters made their way into the 44,000-acre wetlands complex.
Well before sunrise, Joe Speyrer and his three sons boated south along Big Alabama Bayou, making their way through the area locally called the “narrows” and traveling past the Bayou Des Glaises junction.