Deer Hunting

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Record-breaking deer season at Atchafalaya Delta WMA

After reviewing the statistics for the 2014-2015 Atchafalaya Delta WMA deer season, I found it to be a very productive one in terms of total deer taken,  8-point-or-better bucks and another successful youth hunt. 

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July 02 at 11:00 am
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There’s gold in them there woods

Well, it’s not gold, but to a deer manager, habitat with an understory of lush, desirable native deer plants is just as good as gold.

You have heard it since you were a kid, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, in this case the April showers all across Louisiana have resulted in an abundance of native plant growth, much of which is desirable browse for deer.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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Battle Bones

Flextone Game Calls recently introduced the new Battle Bones rattling antlers. They make ultra-realistic buck fighting sounds and are much safer to carry than real whitetail antlers. They feature several design elements that add realism for deer and convenience for hunters, including hex-shaped handles in the middle for better grip and control. Battle Bones are also light and pack tight.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Does your deer herd measure up?

There was a lot of antler measuring going on during the Louisiana Sportsman Show in mid-March.

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May 12 at 8:57 am
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Unravelling a blood trail

One recent cold, damp January morning, as I sat in my ground blind watching and hoping for a mature late-season buck, my cell phone in the pocket of my coat vibrated.

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April 22 at 9:00 am
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Impacts of the 2014 acorn crop

Many hunters are still lamenting the poor deer season that just ended. Complaints about lack of deer sightings and poor deer activity have hunters crying about too many doe days.

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April 12 at 9:00 am
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Port Allen man convicted for transporting unlawfully taken 12-pointer

A 50-year-old Port Allen man pled guilty and was sentenced for violating federal wildlife laws in connection with a 12-point buck he unlawfully shot in Kentucky in November of 2013, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Walt Green.

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March 27 at 1:55 pm
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Lakeland hunter drills Pointe Coupee Parish 13-pointer nicknamed 'The Man'

Emery Patin gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “Stick it to the man” when he dropped a big Pointe Coupee Parish buck on the final day of primitive firearms season in January.

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March 24 at 3:32 pm
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The details make all the difference

As I write this month’s  “Happy Trails” column, the 2014-2015 Mississippi deer season here in Central Mississippi has just ended. 

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March 22 at 9:00 am
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Zachary farmer smacks 170-class buck

Sometimes it just takes some time for the story of a monster buck to surface. Take Donald Forbes’ 172 6/8-inch deer killed north of Zachary back on Jan. 15.

The Sportsman staff had seen a text of the 16-point buck, but had been unable to track down the hunter. We didn’t even know his name.

Until he showed up at the Yamaha Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest held last weekend as part of the Louisiana Sportsman Show.

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March 19 at 9:15 pm
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Bayard wins Yamaha ATV during Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest

There could be only one winner of the 2015 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest drawing for the brand-new Yamaha 350 Grizzly — and the single ticket pulled out of the pot bore then name of Lynn Bayard.

The New Iberia hunter, who had entered a buck into the contest to be eligible for the free drawing, was not in attendance. But he’ll be riding in style when the next hunting season opens.

The contest, which was hosted by the state chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association, featured 110 bucks that filled a 75-foot wall. And there some true monsters on display.

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March 15 at 6:32 pm
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Was the 2014 deer season another good one?

The 2014-15 deer season is history and now it is time to clean up the deer camp, take care of deer stands, wash the ATVs and trucks, measure the racks at the upcoming Sportsman Show and evaluate the deer harvest data to see what is right or wrong with your deer management program.

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March 12 at 9:00 am
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Hessmer man arrested in Spring Bayou WMA downed tree case, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a Hessmer man on Friday in connection with the downing of trees on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

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March 09 at 9:13 am
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Monroe man cited for cutting down trees on Ouachita WMA

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Monroe man on Feb. 15 for criminal damage to property, intentional littering, hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in hunting position on Ouachita Wildlife Management Area.

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February 26 at 11:20 am
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‘Drop Tine’ and its brother

Many readers of Happy Trails no doubt also read my additional article last month in the January issue of Mississippi Sportsman titled Hinds County Hunter Bags Monster Buck. Well, there is a little more to that story than what you read on those pages.

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February 22 at 9:00 am
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Mississippi hunter shoots 10-pointer with four distinct antlers

With a nickname like ‘Bone,” it just makes sense that Seburn Coker would be the guy to shoot a buck with four antlers - and lots of bone - protruding from its skull.

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February 19 at 2:30 pm
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