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Raceland man cited for alleged deer violations

A 53-year-old Raceland man was cited last weekend for alleged deer violations by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Lafourche Parish.

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Chris Evans shows off the 12-point he shot from 420 yards on Wednesday, Nov. 30, near Port Hudson in East Baton Rouge Parish. The buck's rack tallied 42 inches in circumference measurements, and green-scored 150 inches.

Port Hudson hunter downs heavy-horned 12-point from 420 yards

Chris Evans is moving to a new house near Jackson, leaving behind a 40-acre tract of family land near Port Hudson where he’s done a lot of deer hunting over the years.

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Essie Maricle shows off the big 8-point she shot on Richard K. Yancey WMA in Concordia Parish on Nov. 26. The big buck sported a rack with a 22-inch inside spread, and green-scored 148 4/8 inches.

Big 8-point goes down on Richard K. Yancey WMA

Essie Maricle has had not one, but both, knees replaced. However, surgery hasn’t slowed her down a bit — especially when it comes to deer hunting.

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Sportsman Responder

Sportsman performance shirts

The Sportsman Store has upgraded their performance shirt line-up with two new fall offerings — the Responder and the Equinox. The Responder is a shirt you’ll never want to take off. It’s made with a smart fabric that dials into your body temperature, keeping you warm and comfortable when it’s cool out but never sticky and sweaty while walking to the duck blind or deer stand. The Responder is available in the Camo logo, Mallard, Big Rack and new Sportsman logo. The Equinox is truly a versatile shirt with fast absorption and quick-drying qualities for when you need it. The slightly brushed lightweight fabric also adds a bit of warmth and softness. This great-looking shirt has natural stretch and plenty of room for ease of movement in the field or on the water.

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Bronson Strickland took this Texas buck in 2010.

Truth vs. Fiction — The truth behind several deer-hunting maxims

It’s the middle of hunting season and you glance at the weather forecast for the weekend: There’s going to be a full moon.

So you tell your buddies at the camp that you’ll be sleeping in on Saturday morning and heading to your stand around midmorning. That’s when the deer will be moving, you tell them.

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Bassmaster Elite pro Greg Hackney suggests that anglers learn to fish in gloves for cold season comfort.

Cold concerns — How pro bass anglers overcome bitter cold

Diehard anglers will brave some pretty uncomfortable conditions for that chance of bending a rod. But understanding how cold weather can affect your equipment and your performance stands essential to your winter pursuits. 

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Pipelines are great places to hunt during the rut as bucks are often seen crossing in pursuit of hot does. Here, Michael Miley poses with a fine buck harvested by his father.

Christmas rain deer - Are the Christmas holidays the best time to catch a trophy buck off guard?

I peered out my living room window only to see fog and a persistent rain. It was the day after Christmas, and I was anxious to get back to my deer stand after spending Christmas day with my family — but the weather was just not cooperating.

A lingering warm front was stuck in place, waiting for the next cold front to sweep it away and bring perfect deer-hunting weather during the peak of the breeding season.

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Having multiple entry and exit routes allows you to play the wind so deer aren’t spooked.

Lull Busters — How to kill bucks when they’re laying low

The dog days of summer have nothing on the dog days of December.

Anybody fishing during the dog days of summer knows before launching his boat that tough fishing lies ahead. 

The dog days of December arrive with a lot less fanfare and a lot more frustration because deer hunters expect deer to be moving.

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The season is at the halfway point, but there's still a lot of deer hunting left. And if you do everything right, you can tag a trophy like 14-year-old Alexis Marks.

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Compare a new axle and two axles damaged when a crossbow was accidentally dry-fired.

Get to know a crossbow

Although crossbows have been around for thousands of years, until recently, their use for deer hunting has been legally limited or restricted in most of the country.

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A fishing trip will put a smile on your face and make the cares of life disappear. So make time to enjoy the outdoors as we move into a new year.

Get out and relax

A chaotic year is coming to a close. Spring flooding swamped North and Central Louisiana, and Toledo Bend reached historic levels. Then the Great Louisiana Flood in August destroyed homes and businesses down south.

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St. Martinville's Gregg Durand poses with 15-point Caldwell Parish buck he shot near Columbia on Nov. 25. The big buck green-scored 174 2/8 inches B&C at The Spotted Dog.

St. Martinville hunter nails 170-class Caldwell Parish buck

When Gregg Durand pulled into The Spotted Dog in Columbia on the day after Thanksgiving, he wasn’t looking for any awesome Black Friday deals — he was simply trying to get a green score on a thick-horned Caldwell Parish buck he’d just shot. 

November 30 at 4:06pm
Chris Ebarb, of Natchitoches, poses with the big 16-point buck he shot near Ajax on Nov. 6. Ebarb had never even seen trail cam pics of the buck, which green-scored 169 ⅝ inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Palmated 16-point goes down in Natchitoches Parish

Until a heavy-horned Natchitoches Parish buck stepped out into a shooting lane on his 1,500-acre lease near Ajax, Chris Ebarb never knew the deer even existed.

November 30 at 10:28am
Hayden Cassels, of Monterey, shows off the giant Concordia Parish 12-pointer he shot on Nov. 19. The buck grossed 190 6/8 inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop,  good enough now for 1st place in both the Men's and Largest Louisiana categories.

ULM junior drops hammer 190-class buck in Concordia Parish

Hayden Cassels spent most of last season and all of this year bowhunting for a big, heavy-horned  Concordia Parish buck he’d seen in trail cam footage on the 1,000 acres of private land he hunts near Monterey.

November 29 at 3:55pm