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Lactation rates in does harvested last fall dipped below 50 percent in some areas of the state, raising red flags for LDWF biologists concerned about poor recruitment during the summer of 2015.

Deer lactation rates ‘major concern’ in portions of the state, LDWF report says

While the deer harvest increased statewide by 12 percent during the 2015-16 season, fawn recruitment and poorer than expected lactation rates in certain areas of the state were a major concern noted in the annual Deer Report prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Healthy bass like this are the norm on Concordia and St. John this month.

Concordia, St. John - Double the bass fun

Pardon the old TV chewing gum jingle, but if you are looking for some summer bass-fishing action in east central Louisiana, there’s one sure way you can “double your pleasure, double your fun.” 

6 hours ago
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, shares his favorite gar patty recipe, and also demonstrates how to clean a gar in about five minutes using only a machete.

Video: Apex Predator cleans gar with machete in five minutes

Homemade fish patties have long been a favorite food of mine.

20 hours ago
A gobbling bird can draw poachers onto private land.

Poachers on private property

It was a beautiful morning, a perfect time to be in the woods. The spring gobbler season was underway, but the only birds making any music were the cardinals and blue jays.

22 hours ago
Ray 'Rooster' Ledet and his daughter, Rae, pose with the 15-foot mudboat he made that will be raffled off on Oct. 30 to benefit Children's Hospital of New Orleans. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online through the link in the story.

Handmade mudboat raffle to benefit Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

Sometimes in life, out of great tragedy comes great triumph.

22 hours ago
Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, center, receives the 2015 Officer of the Year award from Gulf Council Chair Kevin Anson, left, and Patrick Banks, assistant secretary for LDWF's Office of Fisheries.

LDWF agent selected as Officer of the Year

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council honored a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent as its 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for rescuing eight people from three different vessels in distress last September.

Yesterday at 6:11am
Capt. Curtis LeNormand with Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras shows off a nice Breton Island speck fooled by a Z-Man TroutTrick lure last weekend.

Specks still biting on Breton Island

Capt. Ross Montet had a great trip out to Breton Island late last week, easily bringing back four limits of speckled trout on a day when the fish smashed lures as soon as they hit the water, seemingly on just about every cast. 

Yesterday at 1:57pm
Staff and friends of Louisiana Sportsman helped feed more than 1,000 flood victims this weekend in Baton Rouge with funds raised from the Sportsman Store, where 100 percent of all proceeds from our Sportsman Paradise T-shirts will go to flood victims.

Sportsman Store proceeds feed BR flood victims

With your support, proceeds from the Sportsman Store were used this weekend to feed more than 1,000 flood victims in Baton Rouge.

August 23 at 8:33am
Ride the Bull VII gets underway this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 a.m. at Bridge Side Marina. Online registration ends at midnight Tuesday, Aug. 23, but you can register on-site this Friday and Saturday.

Ride the Bull VII ready to roll Saturday

After a quick 7 a.m. safety meeting this Saturday, hundreds of kayakers will churn into Caminada Pass in pursuit of a redfish big enough to win the seventh installment of the Ride the Bull tournament on Grand Isle. 

August 22 at 5:22pm
Gary Abernethy shows off a big bull red he caught recently with a LiveTarget hot pink rigged shrimp near Baptiste Collette Pass on the east side of the Mississippi River near Venice.

Now's the time to battle Baptiste Collette bulls

This time of year, schools of bull reds begin making their annual move back to inshore waters to spawn, and on the east side of the Mississippi River one of their favorite gathering places is at the mouth of Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice.

August 22 at 9:13am
An iPad allows the author to check trail cam pictures and make real-time decisions on camera locations.

Have your sights set on a buck before the season even starts

Where in the world did the summer go? Here it is August, and the respective opening days for SEC football season and hunting season are just weeks away.

August 22 at 9:00am
You can catch crappie throughout the summer, if you know where they’re most comfortable.

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

August 17 at 9:30am
The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
A look at a marina parking lot shows the various methods and vehicles that can be used for kayak transport. From the roof of a car to the bed of a truck, kayaks are lightweight and can easily be carried back and forth to your fishing location.

’Yak transport

One of the appealing aspects of kayak fishing is a ’yak’s light weight and ease of transport to fishing destinations. However, there is more that goes into getting your kayak from home to the water than meets the eye.

August 16 at 4:00pm
Ken Sherman always points his boat into the current, moving forward slow and easy to ensure he doesn’t prop-wash where he’s fishing.

Be wary of trolling motor prop wash when fishing

Ken Sherman is a perfectionist, paying close attention to every detail involved in catching fish. And one of the things he says many bass anglers overlook is the importance of boat handling when approaching a log jam or tree.

August 16 at 9:00am
Pitching a jig with your off hand is key to being ready for instant hook sets.

Pitch with the other hand

If you pitch jigs using your dominant hand, you’re putting yourself at a huge disadvantage, accomplished tournament angler Ken Sherman said.

August 16 at 6:00am

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