Grunts & Gobbles

Mature bucks are the trophies that hang on the wall, and are usually 4- to 6-year-old deer.

How to age white-tailed deer: Part IV

Aging the Wall-hangers, 4- to 6--year-old deer
August 12 at 9:00am
This photo shows the difference between the three-cusp temporary third premolar (top) and the permanent third premolar with two cusps (bottom).

How to age white-tailed deer: Part III

Aging young adults, 2- and 3-year-old deer
July 12 at 9:00am
The stages of eruption of the third molar in yearling deer is clearly visible in this photo: Jawbone No. 5 shows the replacement of the temporary premolars with the new permanent molars.

How to age white-tailed deer: Part II

Key is third temporary premolar with three crests
June 12 at 9:00am
The actual size of the jawbone makes for easy identification of fawns and 6-month old deer.

How to age white-tailed deer: Part I

The breeding Chronology of Louisiana deer can make aging challenging — but it can be done
May 12 at 9:00am
The author’s turkey blind survived the snow, but won’t see hunting action this month because of the new later turkey season opening.

No turkey hunting in March

And post-freeze, how’s your deer habitat doing?
March 12 at 9:00am
Collin Guillot, 9, of Loreauville, recently busted his first-ever deer, a 145-pound doe in Winnfield.

The season may be over — but memories remain

even disappointments can be learning experiences to help you improve for next year
February 12 at 9:00am
This flock of turkeys the author saw in Bossier Parish included a bearded hen.

Anomalies and apparitions

Goats in the woods, bearded hens ... and that elusive new state record typical buck
January 12 at 9:00am
This quality Desoto Parish buck is a prime example of how good the nutrition has been this year thanks to the abundant spring and summer rainfall.

Big Bayou State bucks going down

Deer season is in full swing — and now is the time to load up the freezer
December 12, 2017 at 9:00am
The author’s son, Ruffin, catches an early morning bass.

Slow dove hunts prompt fishing trip

Dry September could mean food plot troubles
November 12, 2017 at 9:00am
Wet habitat sites like this shallow lake bed area produce succulent herbaceous plants for deer to feed on.

Louisiana’s deer habitat in decline

Lack of new state record buck in 74 years points to concerns
October 11, 2017 at 5:00pm
Not all locations in Areas 4 and 9 have experienced declining deer numbers. These seven deer were photographed after the 2016 season on a 30-acre tract.

Deer harvest, number of hunters in decline

Poor habitat conditions, hogs, storms all contribute
September 12, 2017 at 9:00am
This 4 ½-year-old 6-point is a great trophy and one that should have been harvested because it probably would never be any bigger than a 6-pointer.

The age factor: Older bucks aren't necessarily bigger bucks

Hunters are killing older bucks — but that doesn’t mean all is well with their management program
August 11, 2017 at 2:50pm
The 4 ½-year-old buck skull on the left has a nice 18-inch inside spread but with short antler tines, which is not a desired antler trait that hunters want in a management program. On the right is a rack that has the long antler tines that hunters want.

Genetics of Louisiana whitetails

July 12, 2017 at 9:00am