The last set of photographs is from Area 2 in Desoto Parish. The habitat is mixed pine/hardwood, with no agriculture but some winter pastures for cattle and lots of oil and gas pipelines that create a lot of edge.
“I’m all about live bait,” veteran redfish and speckled trout charter guide Herk Bergeron said. “The catch ratio is much better with live bait, especially for bigger fish. Most of the winter, I use cocahoe minnows. I start with shrimp in April. From mid-May into August I use mostly croakers. In September, I shift back to cocahoes.
Hunting has definitely entered the 21st century, with range-finding rifle scopes, night-vision binoculars for predator and hog hunting, and apps for our smartphones that tell us exactly when the sun rises and sets.
Instead of just playing Angry Birds or Scrabble from the box stand, your smartphone can actually be used for hunting purposes, like recording deer sightings and even estimating Boone & Crockett measurements.
I could count on one hand with a couple of fingers to spare the stories I’ve heard about a hunter taking a shot at a trophy buck, actually nicking the deer and then weeks later getting a second chance to finish the job.
A Coushatta man was cited for deer hunting violations on Dec. 4 in Red River Parish after a game warden allegedly spotted two untagged deer in the bed of his truck, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.