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Apex Predator
Josh ChauvinThe Apex Predator brings along an umbrella and fishes rain or shine
Posted March 12 at 8:56 am
Josh Chauvin, aka Orion13,” is a self-professed all-purpose outdoorsman who seeks any and all challenging adventures. He grew up in the swamps of Chackbay, where he still resides, and spent each summer in Cocodrie and Grand Isle. His favorite outdoor sport is bow hunting for deer on public land, with Three Rivers and Red River WMAs, Bayou Cocodrie and St. Catherine NWRs, and Homochitto National Forest being his favorite haunts. He also hunts for hogs, ducks and rabbits. He is obsessed with bow hunting, and never misses an extended three- to four-day weekend during the season. The rest of the year is spent in his 13-foot Boston Whaler named “Lucky 13,” from which he chases bass and topwater trout, with the occasional trip for sac-a-lait, bowfishing and flounder gigging thrown in for good measure. And there’s also frogging, crawfishing, shrimping, crabbing, kayaking and swimming in the bayous. Chauvin has put his sports science degree from Nicholls State University to use in his personal-training business, and he trains as hard as he hunts and fishes with weekly trips to New Orleans to run competitively. Chauvin’s column will cover his unique, full-throttle approach to the outdoors.
Ask Captain Paul
Captain Paul TitusWho doesn’t want a fishing edge?
Posted April 07 at 9:00 am
Captain Paul has studied and used GPS since 1994. He has established an ever-growing database that currently has more than 8,000 waypoints in and around Louisiana. He has conducted over 30 seminars, instructing anglers and hunters how to make better use of their GPS units.
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Creature Feature
Jerald HorstAre goliath groupers fish or footballs?
Posted April 04 at 9:00 am
Jerald Horst is a retired fisheries biologist who amassed an incredible knowledge of Louisiana's fisheries. He has gone on to author six books on fish and seafood, including the acclaimed Trout Masters: How Louisiana’s Best Anglers Catch the Lunkers and Anglers Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. He resides in Franlinton, where he divides his fishing and writing time with cooking, gardening, book collecting and traveling.
First Cast
Andy CrawfordLWFC should sue for artificial reef funds
Posted April 01 at 7:00 am
Andy Crawford has spent nearly his entire career writing about Louisiana’s hunting and fishing opportunities. While he has written for national publications, even spending four years as a senior writer for B.A.S.S., Crawford never strayed far from the pages of Louisiana Sportsman.
Fly Lines
Catch CormierShellcracking the code
Posted April 10 at 9:00 am
Glen "Catch" Cormier is a Cecilia native who has flyfished from Alaska to Belize, held several state and IGFA records, and is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Instructor. Best known for his innovative saltwater flies and unorthodox techniques, he speaks or ties at events across the country. In this column, he shares 25 years of fly and canoe/kayak fishing expertise, in an off-the-wall style that all readers can enjoy.
Game Warden
Keith LaCazeContest fraud stinks
Posted March 24 at 9:00 pm
Retired Wildlife Enforcement Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze spent 34 years with the LDWF beginning in 1977. LaCaze is happily married to wife Mitzi and the father of two children.
Grunts & Gobbles
Dave MorelandForage plantings critical for deer
Posted April 14 at 9:00 am
Dave Moreland is a former state deer study leader, who spent his 30-year career researching the habits of Louisiana's white-tailed deer. That work has continued into retirement, but Moreland's not just a researcher - he's a hunter who spends a innumerable hours in the field. In this column, he shares his wealth of knowledge to provide hunters with greater opportunities of success.
Happy Trails
Bill GarboPreparation meets opportunity
Posted March 21 at 9:00 am
Bill Garbo is a petroleum engineer and avid whitetail hunter from Madison, Miss. He has lived and hunted out west and taken numerous big game species, but hunting big old mature southern whitetail bucks is his favorite pursuit by a country mile.
Lure Review
Don ShoopmanTwo new standout crankbaits
Posted Yesterday at 9:00 am
Don Shoopman fishes for freshwater and saltwater species mostly in and around the Atchafalaya Basin and Vermilion Bay. He moved to the Sportsman’s Paradise in 1976, and he and his wife June live in New Iberia. They have two grown sons.
Marine Electronics
Allan TarvidGarmin catches up (and then some)
Posted March 27 at 9:00 am
Allan Tarvid has been writing about recreational and commercial marine electronics since the 1970s covering everything from running lights to computer integrated vessel management systems.
Paddles 'N Puddles
Chris HolmesRedcicles
Posted March 19 at 9:00 am
Chris Holmes has kayak fished in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and many places in between.
The Shootist
Gordon HutchinsonTurkey patterns and cleaning tips
Posted March 27 at 9:00 am
Gordon Hutchinson graduated from Louisiana State University, and served as an Airborne Infantry Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam era. After leaving the Army, he embarked upon a career in newspaper advertising, working for the Baton Rouge Advocate. He also worked as a law enforcement firearms instructor, and has been a shooting sports columnist for Louisiana Sportsman for decades. He lives on a farm outside Baton Rouge with his wife Ti Lou, four horses, a donkey, dogs and several raccoon pets. He has had two books published, The Quest and the Quarry, and The Great New Orleans Gun Grab (written with Todd Masson), a searing expose’ of the scandal of gun confiscations in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Both books were chosen as Outdoor Books of the Year by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. He’s an unrepentant gun nut, and a founding member of the vast, right-wing conspiracy. Read more at www.gordonhutchinson.com.