Deer Hunting

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Public Rambling: Scouting underway on Atchafalaya Delta WMA for upcoming seasons

I have made two scouting trips down to the Atchafalaya Delta so far this summer, both being early-morning ventures because of the intense heat and humidity in August.

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Apex Predator: Potential solutions to hunter non-compliance in reporting deer kills

A recent article on LouisianaSportsman.com stated only 20 to 30 percent of the deer harvested in the state last season had the tags validated, and detailed an extremely low compliance rate that should startle any ethical hunter.

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August 25 at 5:00 pm
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Four people cited for illegal deer hunting violations last week in Mississippi

Four people were cited for alleged deer hunting violations last week by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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August 24 at 2:58 pm
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Two Grant Parish men cited for illegally killing 9-point buck

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged deer violations in Grant Parish on Aug. 11, according to a news release.

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August 21 at 3:45 pm
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Hogs a major problem for deer hunting

While loss of habitat is likely a main driver in Louisiana’s falling deer populations, biologists say feral hogs “continue to be a primary concern” even as the number of hogs killed is skyrocketing

A mail survey of hunters indicates 299,500 hogs were killed during the 2014-15 hunting season, according to the 2014-15 Louisiana Deer Report.

That’s a staggering 63-percent increase from the 183,600 hog kills reported in the 2013-14 deer report.

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August 18 at 8:10 pm
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Gun hunting kills majority of deer

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that gun hunters are far more successful than those using stringed weapons.

The 2014-15 Louisiana Deer Report shows that 131,300 of the 139,900 deer (94 percent) killed last season were taken by some form of firearm.

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August 18 at 7:50 pm
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Shorter deer seasons, lower limits eyed by LDWF

The halcyon days of the 1990s when deer hunters could go out and shoot any deer on any day of the season ended two years ago when so-called “doe days” — hated by many — returned amid biologists’ concerns about falling herd populations and overharvest.

The worries about the number of deer haven’t changed — and neither have the complaints over the dreaded doe days.

So Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists are considering alternative season frameworks that could mean some combination of shorter seasons and lower limits as early as the 2017-18 season.

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August 18 at 2:25 pm
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Apex Predator: Summertime trail camera set-up advice

 Video Included

When I’m not in the boat during the summer, I’m most likely in the woods setting trail cameras on whatever public lands allow them.

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August 18 at 1:56 pm
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Homer man cited for hunting deer out of season

A 19-year-old Homer man was cited by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries last Wednesday for allegedly shooting a doe from the road at night, according to a news release.

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August 17 at 4:02 pm
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Find food sources for opening-day success

With the opening of deer seasons approaching in a few weeks, hunters need to start finding the major food sources that whitetails are using, set up stands along the trails they take to that food and then stay the heck away until opening day.

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August 14 at 8:48 pm
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Annual QDMA Bayou Branch Gun Bash set for Sept .3

Another big turnout is expected for the Quality Deer Management Association’s Bayou Branch Gun Bash, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 starting at 6 p.m. in the Thibodaux Civic Center.

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August 07 at 1:44 pm
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WMA youth lottery deer hunt applications available online now

Seven wildlife management areas across the state are participating in the deer youth lottery hunt program through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the 2015-16 season.

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August 06 at 9:40 am
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South Louisiana QDMA to host free summer seminar Aug. 6

If your thoughts are already drifting off to cooler days in the deer stand this fall, the South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association is holding its annual Deer and Wildlife Summer Seminar on Aug. 6.

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July 17 at 12:10 pm
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Time to tune up for bow season

With archery season a couple of calendar pages away, there’s no better time to get your bow out and begin to get ready, said pro shooter and archery shop owner Robert Brookman of Advance, N.C.

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July 15 at 5:00 pm
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New firearms law for bowhunters does not apply on state WMAs

With the governor’s signature on SB 212, bowhunters will be free to carry the firearm of their choice on private land during the upcoming 2015-16 hunting season.

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July 06 at 11:03 am
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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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