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Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, points out some of the advantages to using an over-under shotgun to pursue hogs on public land.

Double the barrel — Double the hog

Last year I found my wife’s forgotten Beretta 12-gauge over-and-under tucked away deep in the closet while searching through her old hunting gear from before we met. To a hunter like me, it was like finding buried treasure. 

6 hours ago
Biologically, the state's speckled trout population is doing OK, and Jason Adriance, LDWF's finfish program manager, said there are currently no plans to reduce the daily limit or increase the minimum keeper size.

Louisiana’s speckled trout stock ‘biologically OK,’ LDWF says

Although some fisherman have voiced concerns about the quantity and quality of speckled trout caught across Louisiana’s coast this year — as well as increased fishing pressure on the species — a biologist with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said LA Creel data indicate more specks were actually caught in the first half of this year than in 2015.

12 hours ago
Venice redfish are always willing to eat, but you can get a lot more bites if the Mississippi River is low and green. And there's a trick to figuring out when that will happen.

Northern Mississippi River gauges key to Venice fishing, Hackney says

Fall is here. Temperatures have finally started to moderate, and some of the year’s best fishing will be available without getting heat stroke.

And Bassmaster Elite Series pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney said he launches his boat at Venice as often as possible. 

“You’re getting in that time of year when the (Mississippi) river gets green,” Hackney said in a live Facebook feed from Venice Marina early this morning. “The trout start showing up in the Jump (and) they show up on the jetties in the main river.

“You can catch bass, white bass, redfish and trout — all on the same stuff.”

Of course, prime fishing is all about water clarity, and that’s dictated by the rise and fall of the river. A low river (generally below 4 feet at the New Orleans gauge) means water should be green and clear, while a higher reading hints at muddy conditions.

12 hours ago
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney will be doing live feeds from Venice all day Wednesday on Louisiana Sportsman's Facebook page. Tune in to see what kind of day he has chasing bass in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Hackney live from Venice on Facebook Wednesday morning

If you want to see what goes on behind the scenes while filming an episode of Sportsman TV, check out Louisiana Sportsman’s Facebook page all day Wednesday for live reports from Greg Hackney — who’s down in Venice to target bass at the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Yesterday at 7:17pm

Two men accused of spotlighting 4-point buck in Pointe Coupee Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations near Fordoche in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 25.

Yesterday at 7:00pm
Dwayne Hyatt, left, shows off the 10.37-pound bass he caught on Sept. 15 in the 6 Mile area. Jay Romero caught his 8.4-pounder on the same night-fishing trip.

Sulphur angler reels in Toledo Bend 10-pounder

With a full moon and dead calm conditions, the stage was set at for a good night-fishing trip on  Thursday, Sept. 15 — and Toledo Bend didn’t disappoint. 

Yesterday at 3:21pm
The first of two Central Opens in Louisiana over the next four weeks will be contested on the Red River starting Thursday. Next month, the final Central Open of the season will be held in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Louisiana to host two Central Open Series events in the next month

Louisiana waters will play host to two Bassmaster Central Open Series events in the next month — potentially providing two more anglers with the opportunity to compete in the Classic next year on Lake Conroe in Texas. 

Yesterday at 12:45pm
Joe Speyrer of Sherburne, left, and his sons Payton, Gage and Parker display their 2015 opening day squirrel harvest at Sherburne WMA. See the October issue of Louisiana Sportsman magazine for Speyrer’s public lands squirrel strategies for opening week.

Top 10 tips for squirrel season opening weekend

Squirrel season is almost here, and almost 90,000 hunters could be headed into the woods this weekend in pursuit of tasty Bayou State bushy tails. 

September 26 at 10:07pm
The 8-foot limit on Bassmaster tournament competitors' fishing rods will be changed for 2017, allowing anglers to use rods as long as 10 feet. Elite Series pro Skeet Reese was one of the main proponents of the change.

B.A.S.S. raises maximum rod length to 10 feet starting in 2017

Starting in 2017, the 40-year-old rule that has limited Bassmaster tournament competitors to rods that were 8 feet or shorter will be changed, allowing competitors to use rods as long as 10 feet.

September 26 at 3:55pm
Overall, hunters reported a relatively slow teal season across South Louisiana this year, possibly because of no real cool fronts, last month's historic floods creating more water on the landscape and fewer birds making it into the state.

Slow teal season comes to an end

Not surprisingly, hunters and guides across South Louisiana reported relatively slow action for most of the 16-day 2016 teal season, which came to a merciful end Sunday on yet another 90 degrees-plus day.

September 26 at 12:27pm
Arthur Borchgrevink landed this redfish on a crankbait while fishing a grassy Delacroix pond.

This bait isn’t just for bass

Crankbaits are among the top-producing baits across the bass circuit. Their ability to deflect off cover and get a reaction strike from largemouth bass makes them a tournament-winning weapon.

September 23 at 3:39pm
Cable steering has always been the first choice where quick and positive maneuvering is required and the new Ultrex has power cable steering.

The next step in trolling motor evolution

My first real bass boat was a new 1973 Raycraft Pro built in St. Augustine, Texas, right between Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Tri-hulls designed with a larger center hull and two smaller side sponsons were cutting-edge for bass boat hulls back then, and every company had its own version.

September 23 at 2:58pm
During the September segment of dove season hunters will find good and legal hunting on harvested milo fields like these.

Be smart about where you hunt

I hugged the ground a little tighter and turned my head to the side as shotgun pellets ripped through the trees overhead. Leaves cut from the branches sifted down around me while I listened to the shouts and laughter emanating from the source of the gunfire.

September 23 at 7:40am

Lake Pontchartrain Monster Hunt 2

You never know what creatures lurk below the waters of Lake Pontchartrain.

September 22 at 6:00pm
LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds is considering opening the 2017 teal season on Friday, Sept. 15 — which would extend the season as long as possible through Sept. 30 — but cost hunters one weekend day.

Reynolds mulling later start for 2017 teal season

Larry Reynolds, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ waterfowl study leader, has an interesting recommendation to make regarding next year’s 2017 teal season.

September 22 at 4:51pm
Capt. Ricky Brondum likes to target redfish this month out of Dularge with cracked crab instead of dead shrimp, because using crabs deters the bait stealers.

Redfish plentiful out of Dularge

When September rolls around, speckled trout are just starting to get the itch to head back to inside waters where they’ll ride out the fall and winter.

September 22 at 4:28pm

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