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Whitetail beginnings — History of deer hunting in Louisiana

The whitetail is the oldest deer species in the world, but it has not always thrived in Louisiana.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Dr. Bream — Expert bream-fishing tips

Everything a bream fisherman would need was within easy reach of Dr. Ray Jones in the front of his fishing boat. As he eased his boat though the waters of Black Bayou Lake in Monroe, that became apparent rather quickly.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Tales from the camp

Fervent Rainwater shifted his cud as I walked up to the camp porch, and spit a long stream of Skoal between the paws of Ol’ Blue, the redbone hound lying at his feet.

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June 29 at 5:00 am
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Iberia Rod and Gun Club to host 61st annual rodeo at Cypremort Point

The Iberia Rod and Gun Club will host its 61st annual saltwater fishing rodeo featuring almost $10,000 in cash and prizes over the 4th of July weekend at Cypremort Point.

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June 25 at 2:02 pm
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Lessons learned the hard way

We are all products of, and are shaped by, our individual collection of lifelong experiences and lessons, both good and bad.

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June 20 at 9:00 am
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Add-ons for fishing kayaks

We won’t go overboard with all the creature-comfort options, but a few items of function and convenience merit mentions.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Get rid of the slime

Slime on the outside of fish is expected, but it’s just nasty when fillets are coated with slime on the cleaning table.

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June 15 at 6:30 am
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Time for some bayou browsing

The late Grits Gresham was editor of the Louisiana Conservationist in the early ’50s. He initiated a feature column that he named Bayou Browsing, and readers could write to him and ask questions and make comments about Louisiana wildlife.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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Archer's 16-pointer officially scores 200 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett

Jason Archer’s huge 16-point buck taken last November in Concordia Parish landed at No. 22 in the state record books after officially measuring 200 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett, according to the state’s deer program leader. 

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June 09 at 1:08 pm
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Chokepoint carnival — Best Lake Borgne fishing spots

“Settling up” after fishing trips wasn’t always an ugly affair, especially among lifelong friends.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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NRA’s Whittington Center

The NRA Whittington Center is a 33,000 acre Mecca for shooters that was opened to the public in 1973 and just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over that time, it has grown to be one of the premier shooting facilities in the world.

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May 30 at 9:00 am
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Taking down hogs — airboat style

In what Greg Hackney likened to “a carnival ride with a shotgun,” the Sportsman TV host recently traveled to Violet for an airboat hunt to take down some feral hogs in the marsh.

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May 28 at 4:43 pm
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Lafayette teen catches first entry into 2014-15 Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program

What was supposed to be a routine morning of checking trotlines turned into a special day that Jordan Broussard likely will never forget. 

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May 20 at 8:14 am
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Am I falling apart?

One day back in early March, being in a bit of a rush, I leaned my back against the closet door jamb to pull on a pair of socks. Knowing better, but refusing to acknowledge the physical cautions that come with age, I pulled on my left sock in one quick motion as I stood balanced on my right foot.

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May 19 at 7:34 pm
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Native plants make good summer food plots

The Southeastern United States has long been the envy of the rest of the country for our warm temperatures and sunshine. Winter temperatures may drop even into single digits occasionally in some areas of the South, but typically only for a very short time before it is back near 70. I like to say we have cold snaps but not much cold weather. It is not unusual for us to have temperatures in the 80s at times during the winter, and farmers are usually breaking land for summer crops in February. The abundance of warm weather in the South makes for a long growing season and a lot of vegetation in the heat of summer. In more northern climates, cool-season plants dominate the landscape over a longer period of the calendar year, so the warm-season plants are not as aggressive during summer months as they are in the South. 

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May 16 at 1:45 pm
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Officials react to fed's decision to shorten red snapper season

Unthinkable and insane. Crazy. Buffoonery and chaos. Those were just a few of the choice words officials used to describe yesterday’s announcement by NOAA Fisheries that the already-too-short recreational red snapper season in the Gulf had been cut by two more days.

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May 15 at 11:53 am
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