Louisiana Hunting

Louisiana's cervid importation ban goes into effect March 1

Starting March 1, importing cervid carcasses - including elk and mule deer - from infected states is prohibited. Learn the details.

Collinston hunter nails hammer 11-point last November in Morehouse Parish

On the day after Thanksgiving, Carlton Brodnax was definitely counting his blessings — including one that had 11 massive points, an almost 20-inch inside spread and heavy-horned antlers that carried almost 5 inches of mass out to the tips.

February 14 at 3:16pm

Grand Chenier men sentenced for alligator egg theft

Two Grand Chenier men were sentenced on Jan. 24 in Vermilion Parish for their part in stealing more than 500 alligator eggs, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

February 06 at 3:51pm

Apex Predator: Redemption buck

The big deer I finally took down and dubbed “Super Seven” came right after the lowest low in my hunting career.

I’ve been hitting the public lands woods alone for the past 15 hunting seasons, making more than 1,300 deer hunts in that span.

February 06 at 2:34pm

Shreveport man busted for deer hunting violations on WMA

A 40-year-old Shreveport man faces multiple deer-hunting violations after allegedly admitting to enforcement agents that he shot a doe with a 9 mm pistol on Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area — where the whole season for deer is bow and arrow only. 

February 02 at 4:50pm

Harvey hunter downs 182-inch Mississippi buck

Sylvester Badeaux almost skipped the final weekend of deer season at his lease in Claiborne County, Miss., but decided to head over when his hunting buddies said they were planning on going.

February 02 at 2:50pm

What's the best coonhounds?

Although he now calls himself a “pleasure hunter,” George Ricks is something of an expert on coonhounds.

He participated in competition coon hunting for 10 years and also judged competitive events.

“It got to be too much, with all my other irons in the fire,” Ricks admitted.

He said that there are six dog breeds in coon-hunting circles: treeing walkers, blueticks, black and tans, Plotts, American English and redbones.

“There are good coonhounds in all breeds, but my preference is for treeing walkers,” Ricks said. “They hunt harder, they are faster and I like their looks.

February 02 at 2:40pm

How to skin a coon

George Ricks skins his coons by the open-case method, which produces a flat hide, split down the belly.

Fur buyers, he noted, only purchase closed-case skinned coons. With this method, the animal is cut from one rear leg ankle to the anus, and from there out to the ankle of the other leg. The hide is then pulled off from the rear of the animal toward its front, like a person removing a T-shirt. 

February 02 at 2:05pm

11 steps to tan hides

George Ricks doesn’t end his coon-hunting experience when the dogs are put away. He continues by tanning the hides.

“Tanning gives me a chance to get closer to wildlife,” Ricks explained. “I get satisfaction from not wasting any part of the animal. When I was a kid, I was interested in trapping. I wanted to learn tanning, but instead sold my furs (untanned) to a buyer. I started tanning hides two years ago. I went on the internet and found a lot of versions of tanning.

February 02 at 11:12am

Franklinton man faces multiple deer charges

After a month-long investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a 31-year-old Franklinton man was cited for allegedly killing three deer in one day in Washington Parish.

February 01 at 11:20am

2016-17 Deer of the Year

It’s been a crazy 12 months, with the typical broiling-hot summer topped off with record flood in many areas of the state. So when hunting seasons opened, hunters relished the break from rebuilding efforts.

February 01 at 7:00am

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