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In the bag — Must-have turkey-hunting gear

If it’s spring, Chad Newcomer is on the move, chasing gobblers from Mississippi to Nebraska — and several spots in between — with an intense passion and skilled precision.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Lake Charles angler catches 12.90-pound Toledo Bend hammer

A father-son outing on Toledo Bend turned into the trip of a lifetime Saturday when Keith Comeaux landed his biggest lunker ever — an enormous 12.90-pounder that devoured a wacky-rigged plastic worm in Mill Creek.

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February 29 at 6:29 pm
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VIDEO: Watch a Toledo Bend 8-pounder being netted

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Early last week there was a major wave of bass that moved into Toledo Bend's shallows to spawn, but the cool front that passed through the area a few days later pushed most of the fish back into deeper water.

But on Sunday Aaron Gilchrist of Shelbyville, Texas, caught a 4-pound buck in 3 or 4 feet of water in the back of a major creek, and guide Darold Gleason thought that might be a sign some fish were still on beds.

About 15 minutes later, Gilchrist sank his hook into an 8-pound sow — the high-school angler's best fish yet. And the battle with the bedded bass was all captured on video.

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February 29 at 1:03 pm
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Prosecution of wildlife offenses

A reader recently inquired about how and why some fish and wildlife offenders get off the hook with light or minimum penalties — and in some cases escape prosecution altogether.

Those are very good questions and worthy of some discussion. I’ll do my best to provide some answers and a few suggestions as to how we as hunters and fishermen can do our part to make sure violators are prosecuted. 

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February 24 at 9:00 am
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Toledo Bend bass all over the board

I arrived at Toledo Bend on Friday ready to do battle with some of the huge bass for which the reservoir has become known. Unfortunately, I never got tuned in.

But that doesn't mean there aren't some quality fish being caught.

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February 22 at 5:10 pm
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2016 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest offers more prizes

Now that hunting season has wrapped up, it’s time to make plans to bring your bucks to the Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest to be held March 18-20 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Even if your deer mount isn’t complete, you can make arrangements with your taxidermist to bring the antlers to the contest. And there are even more reasons to enter the contest, which is sponsored by Yamaha.

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February 22 at 5:40 am
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Ruston hunter shoots second snow white cat squirrel

In October of 1977, at the age of 23, Kenny Cobb fulfilled one of his grandfather’s outdoor dreams when he shot an albino cat squirrel in woods north of Winfield.

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February 21 at 9:44 pm
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Louisiana Sportsman Boat Show even bigger

The Louisiana Sportsman Show has always included a full complement of boat dealers, but this year’s show scheduled for March 17-20 will provide an even great focus on the latest boat offerings.

The Louisiana Sportsman Boat Show, sponsored by Essential Federal Credit Union, is to be held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales in conjunction with the Sportsman Show and will include 18 boat dealers in a dedicated 75,000-square-foot building.

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February 16 at 7:40 am
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Treat squirrels with more respect, you’ll kill more

“I don’t understand it. I see plenty of squirrels when I’m deer hunting, but once deer season is over and I go after squirrels, they just don’t seem to be around.” 

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February 15 at 5:05 pm
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Join the A-rig experience

Toledo Bend largemouth bass fishing guide Darold Gleason concentrates on the southern part of the enormous 80-mile-long reservoir.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Top crappie-fishing gear

You will never find a commercially produced rod-and-reel combo or rubber tube jig in Murphy Royer’s Boat. This man is particular about his tackle, and either makes it or modifies store-bought stuff a lot. 

Start with his jig poles.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Best access spots for Toledo Bend lunkers

Sure, you could run your boat from any launch on the lake to reach prime Toledo Bend lunker areas, but there are some launches that are in the middle of the action.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Time to be thinking about turkeys

Turkeys at our property in East Feliciana were regular visitors during the deer season, and as spring approaches they will hopefully begin to be more frequent in the green patches.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Providence hunter arrows 155-inch ‘Kickstand buck’ in East Carroll Parish

When a barking dog disrupted Jim Lensing’s morning deer hunt on Jan. 23 in Lake Providence, he decided that afternoon to move to a lock-on stand overlooking an old pecan orchard that he’d only hunted a few times this season.

Turns out he owes that dog a bone.

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February 12 at 2:04 pm
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What to do about the ‘carry-over’

Unseasonably warm temperatures continued into December; in fact a new record high was set in the Baton Rouge area around the middle of the month.

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February 12 at 8:55 am
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Lockport hunter arrows 165-inch ‘Bullwinkle buck’ on Tensas River NWR

When Darrel Dorsey pulled the trigger on his crossbow last month, he definitely wasn’t expecting the reaction he got from a giant 9-point on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Madison Parish.

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February 11 at 2:27 pm
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