Louisiana Hunting

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Well, we once again find ourselves at the close of another year and headed straight into the clutches of what passes for winter here in the Deep South. 

January 22 at 9:00am

January's aerial waterfowl survey similar to December numbers

January's wintry weather has prevented the completion of this month’s aerial waterfowl survey, but preliminary numbers released by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries indicate just about the same number of birds in the state as last month.

The January estimate of 3.07 million ducks is essentially the same as December’s 3.02 million birds, and is 50 percent higher than last January’s estimate of 2.05 million, as well as 17 percent higher than the most recent five-year average of 2.61 million.

January 18 at 4:51pm

Effie hunter downs 12-point Tensas Parish stud

Brad Normand thought he was running a little late when he arrived at his box stand on Dahlia Plantation about 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 26 — but as it turns out, he was actually right on time.

January 18 at 2:51pm

Artillery hold is key for dead-on accuracy

Achieving the greatest accuracy from an air rifle requires some changes in one’s typical shooting habits. Instead of holding the rifle with a firm grip, you have to use the loosest grip possible and allow it to recoil freely. 

January 15 at 7:00am

Riceland Custom Calls

Calling white-fronted geese can be a challenge, but quite often a quality call can make all of the difference.

Riceland Custom Calls have large bores and are easier to blow than other commercial models.

January 15 at 7:00am

Caddo Lake has some challenges

Every duck hunting spot has its idiosyncrasies and challenges, and Caddo Lake is no different than the others. Brandon Garner and Todd Hopkins mused over a few of them.

January 15 at 7:00am

The skinny on Lake Caddo

Public access to Caddo Lake is easy, with multiple boat ramps on the Louisiana part of the lake. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Caddo Lake Waterbody Management Plan lists six boat launches.

January 15 at 7:00am

Caddo as a duck lake

Todd Hopkins, who lives on the lake, described it as an average duck hunting lake, one that can produce limit kills as well as one that can produce blanks.

January 15 at 7:00am

Coon cans and can’ts

In Louisiana, there are only three animals you can hunt all year round: coyotes, feral hogs and raccoons. For that reason, hunting raccoons isn’t very heavily regulated. That’s because, even though they appear cute on animal shows, in the wild they are a major nuisance and a destructive force to both landowners and homeowners.

January 15 at 7:00am

What you’ll need

The gear for a basic coon hunt isn’t that complex, Chris Jones said. You need plenty of well-charged lights — including a headlamp, a flashlight and a spotlight. (Running out of light on a coon hunt would be akin to leaving the plug out of your boat when fishing.)

January 15 at 7:00am

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