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Pay attention to the wind to prevent wily bucks from scenting you.

How to score on opening day

New Roads’ Darren Boudreaux loves to deer hunt, so he’ll be in the woods when the bell rings on the 2016-17 season.

9 hours ago
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that two wildlife management areas — Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills —have expanded in size after a vote at the September Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Acreage increases on Peason Ridge, Tunica Hills WMAs

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in September approved sizable acreage increases for both Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Areas.

10 hours ago
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, points out some of the advantages to using an over-under shotgun to pursue hogs on public land.

Double the barrel — Double the hog

Last year I found my wife’s forgotten Beretta 12-gauge over-and-under tucked away deep in the closet while searching through her old hunting gear from before we met. To a hunter like me, it was like finding buried treasure. 

Yesterday at 4:38pm

Two men accused of spotlighting 4-point buck in Pointe Coupee Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations near Fordoche in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 25.

September 27 at 7:00pm
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. 

September 26 at 10:07pm
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
Use a limb saw to cut obstructing limbs along shooting lanes to ensure you’re ready when that deer steps out.

10 tips to tame vegetation

Now is the time to begin thinking about trimming limbs, branches and brush that might otherwise interfere with a successful deer hunt this fall.

Of course, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do almost anything. So follow these 10 tips for productive and prudent pruning”

September 16 at 10:52am
Ray Chagnard, owner of Chag's Sporting Goods and a recreational land agent with Porter Properties, LLC, says drive time, acreage size, hunting activity on neighboring property and timber value are all important things to consider when making a purchase.

Points to consider when buying hunting property

Ideally, now would be the optimal time to be putting the finishing touches on late-summer prep work leading up to deer season that’s now only weeks away.

September 15 at 9:00am
Aaron Hue shows off the 10-point buck and the doe he arrowed within five minutes of each other on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

The 411 on coastal WMAs

Harvest numbers are ultra-impressive from last season for one of the wildlife management areas in the Coastal and Nongame Resources Division — so high that many hunters might do a double-take and make immediate plans to hunt it in 2016-17.

September 15 at 7:00am
The fetal scale ages this fetus at 72 days; my friend Ken Mason killed the doe during the last primitive season in Bossier Parish.

How breeding dates are determined

Biologists determine breeding dates based on measurements of deer embryos and fetuses using a fetal scale developed through research conducted by Quality Deer Management Association founder Joe Hamilton and other deer researchers.

September 15 at 7:00am
If deer hunting is slow during the time when bucks should be chasing does, leave the box stand and get in the travel corridors along a creek drain.

Is the rut on?

Hunters frequently tell me they do not see bucks chasing does when the rut should be in full swing. Lack of cold weather will certainly be a reason for deer activity to be poor.

September 15 at 7:00am

Tippets

Water temperatures begin to drop this month — slowly at first due to radiative cooling but more so as cool fronts invade the state.

September 15 at 7:00am
Thanks to an earlier breeding schedule than the rest of the state, bow season in Areas 3, 8 and 10 will begin this Saturday, Sept. 17 in several parishes in Southwest Louisiana.

Bow season begins Saturday in Southwest Louisiana

While duck hunters will likely dominate the landscape in Southwest Louisiana Saturday for the second weekend of teal season, another group has Sept. 17 circled on their calendars for a completely different reason.

September 14 at 3:55pm