November 2017 - Volume 37, Number 11

Features

The former head of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shares a few hunting tips, discusses his family’s impact on North Louisiana hunters and reflects on his tenure overseeing the LDWF.

Robert Barham could probably get an invitation to hunt or fish just about anywhere in Louisiana, but his ideal destination would probably be the woods and waters of Morehouse Parish around his small hometown of Oak Ridge.

Natural wood crankbaits should definitely have a place in your lure arsenal. Keep these tips in mind to boat more bass this fall.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Ott DeFoe is a product of his environment, and a particular aspect of those positive influences from his East Tennessee youth prove advantageous across southern waters. 

Nothing beats sighting in a big buck at eye level. Follow these blind concealment tips to put one down ­— from the ground.

Deer hunting seems to be synonymous with tree stands, and for good reason. Perched high in a tree, a hunter can evade the watchful eye of a whitetail just long enough to draw back his bow, or see far enough in the woods to squeeze off a shot with a rifle. But many hunters are finding that due to the method’s popularity, deer are wising up.

Changing the factory hooks on your hard baits is an easy way to tweak your lure’s performance — and put more bass in the box.

You buy a bait, remove it from the packaging, tie it to your line and make a cast. Everything should work as expected, right? Yeah, that’s generally how it goes; and as long as you’re selecting reputable products, you should expect reasonable teamwork between the piece that attracts a fish and the piece(s) that make them regret their mistake.

New birds in the Bayou State make make for action-packed early-season duck hunting, but that doesn’t mean you can just get out there and wing it. Use these tips to fill your strap on opening day.

As if finally locating long lost friends, they arrived just as we’d envisioned. The five-pack of gadwall redefined the term ‘fully committed’ from the time they hit the far edge of the pond, and dropped into our spread without hesitation. As the guns let loose, no stragglers escaped to rat us out to the masses yet to come. 

Dr. Frank Sullivan arrowed this monstrous  buck — that rough-scored between 220 and 230 inches of bone — behind his dental practice in St. Francisville on Oct. 5. Time will tell if it becomes a new Louisiana non-typical archery record. Details on page 16.