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Camp life is all what you make it. Huntin an fishing in the northeast corner of Louisiana in Tensas Parish during deer season was outstanding for a group of camp goers of best friends. We started out with a sack of raw oysters on Friday night and ended the weekend with a meal cooked by Andreas Hackman with famous camp potatoes. The weekend was nonstop of deer hunting, fishing, frogging, duck hunting, & cooking. On Saturday morning Brad Theriot harvested a doe, Evans & Dirk Matherne killed a limit of ducks and poule doos, Andreas an Bryce Hackman caught sac a laits, & and heard a thousands stories of Johnny Martindale and Andreas Hackman high school football game when Central Lafourche played Hahnville High school. Camp life was at its best and time well spent with great friends. We all hated to see the weekend come to an end but began counting the days to next years hunting season.

February 16 at 11:22am

It was Sunday afternoon and my 6 year old granddaughter, Peyton, wanted to go fishing. Living in Luling, La, the Bar canal near Pier 90, is only 5 miles away. Our goal was to catch 6 sac a laits using mini jigs. We both rigged 6 foot diawa rod n spinning reels with 8 pound test line. The clearer the water, use 4 to 6 lb test line. I tied 1/32 ounce jig heads and started with black/chartreuse jigs under a 2 inch cork. 15-18 inches works good. That is the distance from the tip of your elbow to the tip of your fingers. We fished along the cut grass, grass beds, tree tops, logs, an stumps. 'Paw-paw, I have a feeling the fish are following my bait', Peyton said. I added a crappie nibblet.On her first cast, she boated a solid slab of a sac a lait. Peyton had caught the first fish of the afternoon. 'I want to do that again!' She said. Moving along the bank, we managed to catch 13 nice sac a laits before the sun went down. We used black/chartreuse, brown/chartreuse triple tail, Monkey Milk by Bobby Garland, and blue/white mini jigs under a cork. Adding Berkley's Power Bait the Crappie Nibbles increased our success. An overcast sky, water temperature of 70.2, an light southwest winds made for an enjoyable fishing afternoon. My greatest fishing partner said it best, 'When we coming back Paw-paw!

February 15 at 12:58am

Only rabbit season is going on, deer and duck season is closed and you have been waiting to get in your boat and catch some sac a laits and bass. The Super Bowl and football is finished and now it's time to fish. Goat 'The Suasage King Veron', from Lutcher, La, recently made a fishing trip to Lake Cataouatche and the Lake Salvador Management Area. We caught bass and sac a laits. The bite is on and if you are a fisherman, get on the water! Everywhere we fished, we caught bass and sac a laits. Bass were caught on Humdingers white/yellow with gold blades, Spor frogs, watermelon/red flukes, and Junebug colored Speedcraws and Babybrush hogs. Sac a laits were caught on red/white/chartreuse, blue/white, and black/chartreuse mini jigs under a cork. The first week in February has been unseasonably warm. Water temperatures were in the mid 60's to 70 degrees. Combine a full moon this week and big bass will be spawning. Our trip out of Pier 90 was one of the best fishing trips I've made in a long time.' Goat Veron said.

February 08 at 11:32pm

Grip the catfish with the head being in the palm of your hand, the pectoral fin between your index finger an 2nd finger, and your thumb over the fish and in front of the other pectoral fin. Get a good grip. The tail will be pointing away from you. Use a sharp knife and make a cut behind the dorsal fin to the backbone. Without removing the knife, roll the tip of the knife toward the head, making a cut in the skin. Pull the knife along the other side of the dorsal to the head and you have made cuts on the top of the catfish. Make a cut on both sides of the fish behind the gills toward the belly. Slide the knife threw the fish an cut all the way to the anus, butt. The belly an rib cage will be hanging. Using catfish skinning plyers, grab the triangle cut behind the head and pull the skin. Turn the fish over an do the same on the other side. Sometimes the second pull will completely skin the catfish. With the head still in your hand, push the body of the fish down an twist. The head will separate. When setup to skin catfish and a little practice, you can skin catfish under 15-20 seconds a fish. I want to thank Mrs. Noralee Peyrenge for patiently teaching me to skin catfish!

February 02 at 9:27am

Many sportsman now own ice chest worth more than da trucks they drive. Only to have our prize possessions smell like something died an decayed in it when you go to use it. A washing technique I accedently came across last summer made my ice chest smell like ice cream and did not leave a spot. We visited a cousins camp an we were in charge of cooking breakfast. My wife packed a small bottle of vanilla extract. Every time I opened da ice chest, it was like a smell from heaven. Bacteria is our enemy. Even after washing an ice chest with chlorox, shrimp, fish, deer, oysters, or any game will leave a residual smell after a period of time. Here's what you do, wash da ice chest with soap an water and some chlorox. Rinse thourghtly and let da water drain out. When you are ready to store da ice chest, apply 4 to 6 drops of vanilla or almond extract to da bottom of your ice chest. You will not be scared to open it da next time you use it!

January 18 at 12:07pm

Many sportsman now own ice chest worth more than da trucks they drive. Only to have our prize possessions smell like something died an decayed in it when you go to use it. A washing technique I accedently came across last summer made my ice chest smell like ice cream and did not leave a spot. We visited a cousins camp an we were in charge of cooking breakfast. My wife packed a small bottle of vanilla extract. Every time I opened da ice chest, it was like a smell from heaven. Bacteria is our enemy. Even after washing an ice chest with chlorox, shrimp, fish, deer, oysters, or any game will leave a residual smell after a period of time. Here's what you do, wash da ice chest with soap an water and some chlorox. Rinse thourghtly and let da water drain out. When you are ready to store da ice chest, apply 4 to 6 drops of vanilla or almond extract to da bottom of your ice chest. You will not be scared to open it da next time you use it!

January 18 at 12:06pm

Many sportsman now own ice chest worth more than da trucks they drive. Only to have our prize possessions smell like something died an decayed in it when you go to use it. A washing technique I accedently came across last summer made my ice chest smell like ice cream and did not leave a spot. We visited a cousins camp an we were in charge of cooking breakfast. My wife packed a small bottle of vanilla extract. Every time I opened da ice chest, it was like a smell from heaven. Bacteria is our enemy. Even after washing an ice chest with chlorox, shrimp, fish, deer, oysters, or any game will leave a residual smell after a period of time. Here's what you do, wash da ice chest with soap an water and some chlorox. Rinse thourghtly and let da water drain out. When you are ready to store da ice chest, apply 4 to 6 drops of vanilla or almond extract to da bottom of your ice chest. You will not be scared to open it da next time you use it!

January 18 at 12:02pm

My son Hunter, had killed 2 bucks on a rescent Texas hunt, scoring 120 an 144, an was looking for a taxidermist to do his mounts. Many hunters suggested very good taxidermist, but like most, their work takes 1 to 2 years. Buck Fever Taxidermy, located in Newellton, Louisiana is very affordable an time efficient. He is going to have his mounts completed by May and cost under $400.00 for each mount. We went to their shop and personally observed their work. They do impeccable work. Glenn an Melissa Gossett are the nicest people to work with. Being in deer country, they understand the needs of a hunter or fisherman. They can be reached at 318-467-1455, 318-434-0927, or go online to buckfevertaxidermy.com.

January 17 at 10:20am

Every deer hunter is always looking for an edge to make that deer hunt a success. A good friend introduced me to a little bottle of liquid Ever Calm deer herd scent an that's all it took. He told me stories of deer actually following his foot steps to his stand. When a deer smell the scent they are more relaxed an at ease. Like any deer hunter, I had to have some. I located the 2.5 ounce scent stick for $19.00 at Dick's Sporting goods and immediately took it on a hunt. I put it on my game camera, legs of a feeder, an trees in my shooting lanes. I choose to hunt a stand the next morning, we have not seen any deer at. The next morning, at 7 am, a big doe steps out in the shooting lane along with a spike. Both deer were never in any type of cautious state. There tails stayed down and were never alarmed. I watched them for 15 minutes before they casually walked off. In the late season, hunters are always looking for an edge for a good hunt. I am convinced this product can help a Hunter have a successful hunt. Keep in mind, stay down wind, arrive early to your stand, identity your target, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, & wear your hunters orange! Good luck!

January 09 at 2:49pm

During the Christmas holidays, it's common for many school age students to hunt or fish with their Dads. This was the case of 9 year old, Matthew Roy. A 4th grader from John Curtis, who had been a deer hunter for 3 years. They were invited to make a deer hunt with his grandfather in the Lake Verret swamp. Matthew had to tromp 200 yards in the swamp to reach his stand on a wintery morning. They were using dogs on this morning and 3 deer pushed right pass Matthew's stand. 2 does an then an 8 point. ' My dad let's me hunt with a 20 gauge Ithaca pump. I was using 2 - 3/4inch #3 buckshot. I got excited when I heard the dogs coming my way. Then out of nowhere 3 deer pop out. I could see the horns but didn't have much time to react. I put the bead of my gun on his shoulder and fired. The deer kept moving, so I pumped another shell into the chambers an fired again. He was about 40 yards from me. I saw him stop by a tree and had a hard time standing. Then he went down. When I reached the deer my dad, Damon Roy, walked up. This is a monster dad! ' Matthew Roy recalls. The deer had a 16 inch inside spread an on its way to be mounted. 'This was Matthew's 1st horned deer! I think I have a lifetime deer hunter on my hands!' Damon Roy said.

January 02 at 11:01am

Hunting on a free range deer lease south of Sonora, Texas, Hunter McDonald, had his sites on a big body, high and wide 9 point. The afternoon before, Hunter had killed a 122 inch BC 11 point at a stand called the Sanctuary. He decided to make a return hunt the next morning. At 7:15am, a huge 9point stepped out into a shooting lane to munch on some corn. 'This would be a nice buck to fill his last tag.' Hunter recalls. After he squeezed off a round from his 7mm Mag, the deer ran off. While waiting for the hunt to finish, he shot a doe at 150 yards. When he turned around, he had a 13 point in the shooting lane eating corn. He knew the 7mm Mag was on and had to pass on this huge 13 point. When his dad and uncle arrived to pick him up, they went to check on the 9 point. There no signs of hair or blood from the deer. He had hit a small mesquite limb and it deflected the bullet. Ethicality, Hunter had done the right thing. If he had shot the 13 point, he would have been over his buck tag limit. He had taken only a doe and still had his buck tag. In the afternoon, Hunter went back to the Sanctuary Stand. To his amazement, the 13 point showed again in the same shooting lane. Hunter squeezed off a round from his 7mag and the 139 grain Hornady SST found its mark. Dropping the 13 point in his tracks. While waiting for sundown, an 8 point started locking horns and fighting with the dead 13 point. The 13 point scored 144 BC.

December 12, 2016 at 10:43pm

After Thanksgiving, a group of Louisiana deer hunters made their annual deer hunting trip to Sonora, Texas. Among the group of hunters was a young lady named Megan Hahn. This young lady is no stranger to the outdoors. She grew up in her dads footsteps, Scott Hahn, and followed him in the bayous of south Louisiana. Her passion for hunting and fishing still is with her to date. While in Texas, Megan matched her dad shot for shot with her 7-08mm rifle. Sonora, Texas is located in Sutton County and a deer hunter can harvest 2 bucks and 3 does. Megan only took 2 bucks and a doe this year. Her 1st buck was a 180lb 8 point and the 2nd buck was a 190lb 10 point. Megan was very impressive in the field. She went to her stand by herself, drug out her deer, helped hang the deer for skinning, cut the deer up, placed the deer in the ice chest, and never complained about anything.

December 11, 2016 at 11:55pm

I recently purchased a Solo Lead sled and amazed with the stability it enabled me to have while siting in my rifles. I have used some good ones in the past, but this one is the best! A single knob for elevation allowed my scopes to stay on target. It's small and compact to bring along for shooting. On the average, 3 shots per gun an I was done at 100 yds. I also used the rest to clean an swab the barrels. Cabelas has them on sale for $50 and they normally sell for $80. A great tool to quickly site in your rifles and shoot less ammunition. It will pay for itself with the ammunition you save.

November 23, 2016 at 10:36am

When Sam Bergeron was invited to hunt with his neighbor, Eugene Hoover, Director of Louisiana High School BASS fishing. Sam jumped at the opportunity. Sam is a Senior st St. Amant High School and has been deer hunting for 3 years. Hunting on a 300 acre lease that borders the homichitto national forest in Mississippi, Sam an Eugene's odds of harvesting a deer were above average Tuesday afternoon according La. Sportsman lunar tables. The Primary activity was in the afternoon. Eugene put Sam on a buddy stand he called the cedar tree stand. The stand was setup next to a large cedar tree. A large food plot over Sam's left shoulder and a 100 yard shooting lane to his right gave Sam great shooting opportunities. Sam climbed into the stand at 3:00pm with a lite north wind in his face. At 5:00 pm, the 7 point stepped out 40 yards to his right in the shooting lane. Sam made a good shot with his 270. Eugene heard the shot and went over to help Sam retrieve the buck. They tracked the blood trail for about 100 yards. It was Sam Bergeron First rack buck.

November 23, 2016 at 9:54am

It was open weekend of gun season for deer hunting in north Louisiana and Wesley Brown, of Luing, was not goin to miss it. He had taken a lot of precautions to prepare for this open day deer hunt. Placing stands, siting in his 30-06 & 35 Remington, trimming shooting lanes, putting out cameras, etc. On Saturday, the coldest cold front of year made it's way thru the sate dropping temperatures into the upper 20's. 'On saturday morning's hunt, I saw 22 deer. They were really moving this morning.' Wesley Brown said. In the afternoon, he took the long way around a duck hunting pond to stay down wind and walked into his stand. Every precaution he took paid off. Around 4:30pm, deer began to move around. 'I saw 3 does an a big 5point walking along a ridge next to the duck pond. A few minutes latter, this big 8 point was using the same trail. I was down wind and 15 feet up in a buddy stand. The deer did not know I was there. The big 8 point stopped 55 yards from stand. The crosshairs from my scope was on his front shoulder. Looking at his antlers, he was high and wide and decided to take my 1st deer of the 2016 gun season. The 200 grain Flex Tip Hornady from my 35 Remington found its mark when I squeezed off a round. He wheeled around an ran 30 yards before dropping. I knew he was a good deer because I had him on camera for 3 weeks.' Wesley Brown commented. The Duck Pond Buck weighed 220 pounds, had an 18 inch inside spread, 22 inch main beams, and 6 inch brow tines. He will probably score around 120.

November 21, 2016 at 12:59pm

This is one of the most delicious recipes for cooking hog & deer backstrap. It is so simple and good, everyone will think you are a chef. Clean a backstrap of silver skin an liagments. Place the backstrap length across the cutting board. Using a sharp knife, the first cut is about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut down to about 3/4th of the way down. Move the knife over and make another 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick cut all the way through. The meat will have a butterfly cut look. I used ingredients I had in da refrigerator. Fill the butterfly cut with 2 pieces of pickled jalapeño pepper, Romano & Parmesan cheese, and sprinkle of Tony Chachere's. Close the pocket an wrap it with bacon. Use a toothpick to skewer the bacon and backstrap. Place on a pan with sides and repeat until you think you have enough. A regular size backstrap will make around 20-30 bacon wrap backstraps. Other ingredients you can use are cream cheese, garlic, onion, or any cheese an seasoning you desire. Other meats that can be used are duck breast, doves, quail, rabbit, or even store bought pork & beef tenderloin. I will bake the bacon wraps backstrap in the oven at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes to crisp the bacon. Then place them on a grill, in indirect heat, to pick up the smoke flavor of the grill. This is great finger food for a camp, tailgaters, or party. Remove the toothpick before eating. Bon Appetite!

November 14, 2016 at 8:35am

Went to Mississippi for the primitive arms season this past weekend. It's doe only on private an public land. But what happens when the hogs invade your hunting lease. We have had as many as 11 hogs in some pictures on our cameras. The solution is to take the hogs out. That's what happened when this 120 pound pig walked out at 50 yards. The Hornady 200 grain SP Superformance found its mark. The 35 Whelen is an excellent hog gun. This hog dropped in its tracks. It felt good taking out a nuisance animal on our property.

November 13, 2016 at 10:53pm

Recently built a 4x6 box stand, had the task of setting it on a food plot, and standing it up. With some experience help from Bubba Dewely, we manged to set it up after putting the 8 foot legs, under one minute. Using da 2500 lb winch of the 4-wheeler, an putting a pulley 10 feet up a tree, we connected the cable from winch around the top of the box stand. Retracted the cable an up it went.

November 13, 2016 at 1:30pm

I recently built a box stand for deer hunting and it's time to paint or camouflage it. I spray pair over branches and leaves to get an image. I've used this method on deer stand, duck blinds, and old boats. I will cut branches which have V's and leaves. Paint a base layer 1st or paint straight onto the area you want to cover. I find the basic colors in da outdoors are black, brown, green, and gray. I use spray paint because it's quick and easy. I started on my box stand and will post da final results later.

October 27, 2016 at 10:25am

In a recent report about the stumps beyond the bulkheads in western Lake Cataouatche, that area into the Tank Ponds was declared a Limited Access Area. The LAA has been in existence for the past 7 years. Fishing intitution was right when the LAA existed. Trolling motor only, & your outboard motor had to be trimmed out of the water. One of the changes the LWF made for hunting & fishing this area was the elimination of the LAA for 2016-17. Is this great news, only time will tell & check the LWF pamphlet 2016-17, page 3, # 8. It reads as follows; Elimination of a Limited Access Area on Salvador/Timken WMA. One of the major changes for 2016-2017 Hunting Regulations.

October 20, 2016 at 8:55pm

Go to GunBroker. Com simple an easy good lyck

November 23, 2016 at 10:17am
A comment titled: Re: First rack buck! in response to a report titled: First rack buck!

Congratulations, young man, keep the tradition of deer hunting going and pass it on!

November 23, 2016 at 10:15am
A comment titled: Re: Duck Pond 8 point in response to a report titled: Duck Pond 8 point

I don't blame you for shooting that 8 point, he is definitely a wall hanger for a lot of deer hunters. Congratulations!

November 21, 2016 at 1:06pm

The LHSAA needs to make BASS fishing a Varsity sport in Louidiana. Seven state officially recognize Bass fishing as a varsity sport. According to EMILY Hand, Bassmasters National High school division, 45 states have crowned Bass fishing champs in the spring of 2016. I hope the LHSAA takes the lead with Bass fishing as a Varsity sport. Parents need to contact their respective high school principal and urge them to vote YES on making Bass fishing as a Varsity sport. Principal's of high schools are the only one's that can make Bass fishing a sport! This will take place in January 2017.

October 20, 2016 at 9:14pm

I fish Cataouatche regularly, be careful when you get to the string of bulkheads on the western side of the lake. It looks wide open but there are huge stump form old oak trees below the surface. I would idle to get to da Tank Ponds from there. Many lower units have been ruined. KVD won da 2011 Bassmater Elite fishin those stumps with a chartreuse crank bait and watermelon/red baby brush hog. Good luck and be careful!

October 17, 2016 at 10:27am

David, Boutte is located 25 miles west of New Orleans, La on Hwy 90. Your best means of obtaining the seasonings is contact Deep South Brand. They ship anywhere. their Phone # is 504-733-3751 & address 720 St. George Av, Jefferson, La, 70121. Their seasonings come pre-package for 25 pounds of processed meat, which makes it simple. Green onion is our favorite and the pork seasoning is a breakfast mixture. Good Luck!

September 07, 2016 at 10:16am

I have hunted with my 270 bolt action an it my goto everyday gun. I shoot the Federal Premiun 130 gr boattail soft point an sighted-in at 1.25 inch high at 100 yds an dead on at 200yds. If I had to change bullets my next bullet would be 130gr SST Hornady Superformance, it's fast and flat. My biggest suggestion is to stay with one bullet an don't mix.

September 06, 2016 at 12:27pm

Pass the Conoco Gas Station, turn onto Smith Lane an go to the end. You will see the signs on the left.

September 06, 2016 at 11:32am

Most of the fish being caught from da old bridge at nite has been small white and specks under the lites.

August 19, 2016 at 8:49am
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