Duck numbers dropped 43% between the December and January aerial waterfowl survey — the largest decline between the two months on record, according to Larry Reynolds with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Jimmy Leonard's first shot at a Pointe Coupee Parish 8-point earlier this season blew the buck's left main beam off and knocked the animal out cold. Read the story to see how this wild hunt ultimately ended.
Long before Marni Demelo ever saw a trophy Mississippi 10-pointer making its way through the woods Saturday, she heard it coming — thanks to the frigid conditions the region experienced during last weekend’s cold snap.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Ryan Arena filed this report for the St. Charles Herald-Guide.
After a weekend duck hunt that nearly ended with catastrophe in the cold waters of the Mississippi River, Matt Grabert called Saturday’s experience “the scariest thing I’ve ever been through.
“When you get thrown into the water at 4:45 in the morning, helpless in the middle of the river … it could have been a much different result,” said Grabert, of Boutte. “I could barely process it when it was happening.”