Louisiana Hunting

Sight in your rifle — with just two shots

It never fails: The afternoon before rifle season opens, someone grabs a paper plate from the camp’s kitchen, rides his ATV out to the nearest 100-yard opening and takes a few shots with a rifle he hasn’t looked at since last season.

If he hits the plate, he figures he’s ready to go.

October 17 at 11:00am

Must-haves for scent control

• Scent eliminating spray

Several companies, such as Scent Killer and Scent-A-Way, manufacture liquids that neutralize odor on fabrics. These can be applied after laundering, or before storage or a hunt. The ease of use and convenience make it an ideal product to keep in your hunting bag all season long.

October 15 at 7:00am

How to score on opening day

Kenny Meliet is a member of the deer hunting club that I am in, and has taken a deer on the opening day of bow season two of the last three years. The one taken last year was a 9-point buck taken on Oct. 1 at 9:28 a.m. I asked Meliet his secret for being successful on opening day. He said, “It’s really no secret, it just takes some work and preparation. I keep my cameras going year round and check them on a regular basis so that I can follow what the deer are doing throughout the off season. I also keep feed and mineral blocks out all year so that the deer get very used to coming to the area that I will hunt. I add some protein to the corn to keep the deer healthy and help with antler growth.” 

October 15 at 7:00am

The “almost” buck

A few seasons ago, I had a great opportunity during bow season. I was hunting in an area where I had seen several nice deer the previous season, so I set up a bow stand there. One evening, just as light was fading, a very nice (for the area) 8-point stepped out into the newly-planted food plot at 35 yards. I raised my crossbow and let the bolt fly. The deer jumped high and into a thicket. I was not sure if I had a hit, but later found my arrow and it was a clean miss. The other club members named the deer “Almost,” and my nickname became “Trophy.” 

October 15 at 7:00am

October bucks love rice bran

Feeding deer in Louisiana to lure them in close enough for a shot is standard operating procedure. 

October 15 at 7:00am

The right bow inspires confidence

I remember buying my bow several years ago. I spent several days at the shop bouncing back and forth between a couple premium brand bows. None of them ever felt right to me.

October 15 at 7:00am

What’s in your deer pack?

Deer hunting has not been immune from advances in technology and tactics. Hunters run the gamut from bringing nothing more than a weapon and a pair of boots to an organized pack that contains everything but the kitchen sink.

October 13 at 9:00am

Colfax hunter arrows big 8-point on Kisatchie

Bobby Albert, of Colfax, knew there was a big buck hanging out on the Kisatchie National Forest 3 miles from his home.

But the 19-year-old hunter didn’t know how big the deer actually was until the bruiser finally stepped out into a clearing on a fire break just before the end of shooting time on Sunday, Oct. 8. 

October 12 at 10:00am

Louisiana’s deer habitat in decline

The key to a good deer management program is good habitat — plain and simple. The research that has been done measuring the impacts of good deer habitat is crystal clear on the subject: Good habitat provides the nutrition needed for optimal body growth and antler development.

October 11 at 5:00pm

Crazy bowhunting vid: Woman misses five times in a row

I'm known far and wide as the worst of bowhunters. I mean, I once sat 11 hours, missing three deer at the same spot not five steps from my tree. I missed one three times in a row.

Don't even ask about the marsh deer that jumped my string at three paces (I swear it happened).

So I felt a certain kinship with the woman in this video, who shot at one dumb doe until she ran out of arrows.

October 09 at 7:39pm

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