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Texas man gets stiff sentence for killing two Louisiana whooping cranes

A 19-year-old Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing two Louisiana whooping cranes earlier this year was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay almost $26,000 in restitution by a federal magistrate in Beaumont, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

3 hours ago
Garrett Freeman, of Hineston, poses with the 13-point buck he shot on Friday, Oct. 21, in Vernon Parish. The big deer green-scored 170 6/8 inches B & C.

Hineston hunter nails giant 13-point in Vernon Parish

Garrett Freeman was a little out of his comfort zone in his box stand last Friday afternoon around 6 p.m.

4 hours ago
Pitching lures to heavy cover is a great way to catch bass, and this video teaches you all the basics to the technique.

Learn how to pitch a lure when bass fishing heavy cover

Watch this video to learn the basics of pitching lures for bass in heavy cover.

4 hours ago
Youngsville's Chayson Richard shows off the 11.29-pound largemouth bass he caught near Hurricane Creek at Toledo Bend. The big bass inhaled a Yellow Magic topwater lure last Friday, Oct. 21.

Youngsville angler lands 11.29-pound largemouth on Toledo Bend

Chayson Richard knew deer season was right around the corner, so the avid bass angler wanted to get in one more Toledo Bend trip before committing to his deer stand this fall. 

9 hours ago
Last weekend, Tommy Vidrine caught speckled trout behind Dutch Island with live shrimp, as well as by the first two bridges on Highway 1 leading into Grand Isle. Along the road, his lure of choice is a 3-inch Tsunami swim minnow.

Speckled trout arriving along Highway 1 at Grand Isle

As the calendar inches closer to November, speckled trout are now steadily making progress transitioning to inside waters around Grand Isle, according to a local angler.

10 hours ago
Benji Stanley, of Vinton, shows off the big 10-point he shot Monday afternoon, Oct. 24, in Calcasieu Parish. The big buck green scored almost 147 inches Boone and Crockett.

Calcasieu Parish produces awesome 10-pointer

When you think of a place in Louisiana known for producing lots of redfish, speckled trout and flounder — that’s also a magnet for ducks and geese — Calcasieu Parish would probably definitely be on your list. 

13 hours ago
A big chunk of Louisiana's rice belt will move from the coastal zone into the east zone for the 2016-17 waterfowl season, and a portion of land formerly in the east zone in Northwest Louisiana will move to the west zone.

New zone boundaries in effect for 2016-17 waterfowl season, LDWF says

Louisiana duck hunters — especially those in the southwest and northwest parts of the state — need to be aware that new zone boundaries will be in effect when waterfowl season opens next month. 

October 25 at 2:48pm
George Mason poses with the big Vernon Parish 16-point buck he shot near Rosepine on Oct. 10. Mason shot the deer with his .45-70 in a pasture behind his house, before he even made it to his stand.

16-point ‘backyard buck’ downed in Vernon Parish

George Mason has had his eyes on an impressive Vernon Parish buck since June, and earlier this month brought the big deer down — without even reaching his stand.

October 25 at 2:01pm
Grady Brown, 47, of Monroe, poses with the big 10-point he shot on Oct. 2 on the Big 8 Hunting Club's property near Transylvania in East Carroll Parish. The big buck green-scored 172 ⅛ inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods.

Monroe hunter sticks big 10-point in East Carroll Parish

Most hunters have to purchase their feed from a feed store, but Grady Brown grows his own.

October 25 at 11:27am
Tim Bye shows off a couple of the slab sac-a-lait he caught earlier this week at Toledo Bend. Bye said fish were biting in about 20 feet of water over brush piles, and along pilings at the Pendleteon and Lanan Bridges before Thursday's cool front arrived.

Crappie bite solid at Toledo Bend

The crappie were biting consistently at Toledo Bend this week — at least before yesterday’s cool snap came through with the coolest air of the fall so far.

October 21 at 4:36pm
Lower Sabine River bass might not be monsters, but there are plenty of them willing to stretch your line this month.

Sabine River bass are such fun

When Ron Castille of Lake Charles took a local judge and the judge’s son bass fishing Sept. 1, the bass were ganged up like there’s no tomorrow in a stretch of water he fished on the Sabine River near Orange, Texas.

October 21 at 2:15pm
Nice speckled trout can be found in Lafitte this month using soft-plastics threaded on light jigheads.

The lowdown on Lafitte specks

Lafitte is a popular destination for anglers across the coast because it’s so close for many fishermen, particularly for those who reside in New Orleans.

October 21 at 11:00am
When looking for wiring problems, you might find trouble on the inside where you see trouble on the outside. Note the broken clamp and wire ties that used to secure this covered wire bundle to the bulkhead.

Getting wired - Proper wiring for your boat

Wires are the blood vessels of your boat’s electrical system. If they aren’t right, everything that runs on amps and volts is at risk.

We’re talking about boats here, so when we address wire we’re talking about marine-grade wire you can get from your local marine dealer or online at places like West Marine, Boaters World, Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops.

October 21 at 11:00am
Nighttime is frequently the only time the older adult hogs are active, making them more difficult to hunt.

Feral hogs on the loose

On July 28, the Louisiana Departments of Agriculture and Forestry and Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a meeting in Mansura.

Topics included feral swine and chronic wasting disease in deer. As expected feral swine and LDAF’s new regulations concerning them were the main topic.

October 21 at 11:00am

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