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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. 

11 hours ago
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.

17 hours ago
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.

20 hours ago
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
Louisiana's 2016 teal season has been well below average, with fewer birds in the state, according to LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds.

Reynolds: Teal season so far ‘well below average’

Larry Reynolds is normally a “glass half-full” kind of guy, but he’s admittedly not expecting great things for the final days of the 2016 teal season, which mercifully comes to a close this Sunday.

September 22 at 11:01am
According to a preliminary audit covering 2010 to 2015, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries misspent money received after the BP oil spill on questionable purchases, with little oversight by department management.

Legislative Auditor: LDWF misspent BP oil spill money

A preliminary draft of the state auditor’s report — which hasn’t been made public yet — reveals some Gulf oil spill money intended to ensure Louisiana-caught fish were safe for consumption after the BP disaster instead purchased unnecessary boats, iPads, cameras and fishing gear.

September 22 at 8:32am
A nice pre-season buck that the author captured at one of his camera sites in mid-September.

Pre-season scouting plans

If you are reading this, you obviously survived the long, hot summer — even though the heat and humidity will still linger into September.

The start of the 2016 archery season is just around the corner, and then less than two months later the gun season will open and we will be preparing to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.

September 21 at 3:44pm
Capt. Brian Sherman, with Kayak Venice, shows off a redfish caught along the roseau canes on the east side of Yellow Cotton Bay. Positioning your lure as close as possible to the canes is key to catching quality reds, Sherman said.

Kayaking in Venice: Redfish plentiful in Yellow Cotton Bay

Some kayak anglers might be hesitant to toss a popping cork — attached to a twirling 2-foot leader with a Vudu shrimp dangling from the business end — straight at stands of leaning, swaying, hook-grabbing roseau cane, but not Capt. Brian Sherman.

September 21 at 11:03am
Big, fat crappie like these usually start biting again at Poverty Point this month.

September weather fires up Poverty Point crappie

Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi is famous for whopper crappie — and lots of them. Local angler Twayne Hosea is famous for catching both, but that’s mostly in the spring. However, that isn’t the only time Poverty’s crappie fishing gets rich.

September 21 at 8:42am

Port Sulphur man arrested for alleged oyster violations

A Port Sulphur man accused of taking oyster from polluted waters for a third time last spring was arrested Monday after information taken from his cellphone linked him to off-limits areas, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

September 20 at 6:01pm
According to LDWF's 2014 stock assessment of speckled trout, although the recreational harvest has increased considerably in recent years, the species is not being overfished.

LDWF stock assessment: Speckled trout not overfished

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Tuesday released long-awaited stock assessments on several species — including speckled trout — that were being withheld because of ongoing litigation from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

September 20 at 1:50pm

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