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Apex Predator: Fanny pack PFD convenient, comfortable and safe

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Life vests — whether padded or inflatable —  are something I’ve never been a big fan of because I dislike anything that has shoulder straps and buckles which dig into my skin and  also impede my ability to move around easily aboard a vessel. 

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June 08 at 1:40 pm
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Guide changes hooks to catch more speckled trout

For better or for worse, a fishing guide’s day is all about results and filling up the box.

So when Capt. Jakamo Laboureur —a longtime user of a No. 1 kahle hook to catch speckled trout out of Shell Beach — decided to switch hooks this spring, it wasn’t a decision he made lightly.

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June 02 at 4:36 pm
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Battle Bones

Flextone Game Calls recently introduced the new Battle Bones rattling antlers. They make ultra-realistic buck fighting sounds and are much safer to carry than real whitetail antlers. They feature several design elements that add realism for deer and convenience for hunters, including hex-shaped handles in the middle for better grip and control. Battle Bones are also light and pack tight.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Jigs for briny pigs — Primer on using jigs for offshore success

It’s a fact of life: Drop a piece of bait over any northern Gulf of Mexico structure from the Midnight Lump to the countless wrecks and reefs to the legs of any drilling rig, and something is gonna eat it.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bastian Bay Blast — Best bets for Port Sulphur and Empire trout, reds and drum

Scarlett O’Hara often got this look. But poor Ashley Wilkes never noticed. Glenn Close got it in Fatal Sttraction, and Michael Douglas caught it in the nick of time.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bluewater bingo — Rig-fishing off the Central Louisiana coast

“Offshore is what we do,” 46-year-old Dennis Menard Jr. said. “We have blue water in our veins. We are all intrigued by it.

“It’s the not knowing what you are going to come up with.” 

After a couple of years of bouncing off of Dennis and Amanda Menard at various fishing events, I knew they were a storehouse of fishing and rigging tips.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Terrebonne couple eats from the bayou

Justin and Jessica Head catch a lot of fish, they cook a lot of fish and they eat a lot of fish. The youthful couple lives in Dularge in Justin’s parents’ camp, Le Crabe Bleu, while they are building their home in nearby Theriot.

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May 29 at 9:00 am
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Benton Middle wins 3rd at 2015 NASP Nationals

Louisiana schools were well-represented in the 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program’s National Tournament in Louisville, Ky. earlier this month, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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May 26 at 1:33 pm
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One of the good guys has gone home

On March 15, Dr. George Dugal passed away at his home in Lafayette. He was 84, a retired dentist, a good husband, father, grandfather and so much more.

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May 22 at 12:00 pm
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We’ve come a long way

The 2015 spring turkey season was, as of this writing, a total bust for me, as I have been neck-deep in the moving process to a new house that the wife and I have been building and dealing with for some months now.

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May 22 at 9:00 am
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LDWF agent shot Thursday evening on Russell Sage WMA

A 32-year-old enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was shot Thursday evening on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish and is in serious condition at a Monroe hospital.

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May 21 at 11:59 pm
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Public Rambling: Season recap on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Hey guys, sorry this season follow up is so late, but we experienced some technical difficulties that are in the process of being resolved. 

The deer and hog season was pretty successful for us — we killed a total of 10 deer in my group, which consisted of me, Randy Levingston, David Simoneaux and Casey Louis. 

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May 18 at 1:49 pm
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Pelligrin’s go-to weapon

If there ever was an irreplaceable go-to weapon for Pellegrin in plying the vast Gulf waters off Terrebonne Parish, you’d probably never guess it in a hundred tries.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Apex Predator: Idaho DIY bear hunt

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Last month a friend from the gym invited me to New Brunswick to shoot some bears.  This guided, private land trip over barrels of bait where the success rate was nearly 100 percent wasn’t my style, but it got my wheels spinning to start searching for more opportunities. 

My goal was to hunt a bear on a do-it-yourself public land adventure where I had to literally find and stalk a bear by myself, as the allure for me is learning how to hunt these animals in their natural setting.

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May 13 at 5:55 pm
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LDWF announces 2015 alligator lottery hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting a lottery to award alligator tags to provide the general public with harvest opportunities.

According to a press release, a random computer drawing from eligible hunters submitting applications will determine who receives tags from five Coastal and Nongame Resources Division Wildlife Management Areas, 15 Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and 25 public lakes for the 2015 harvest.

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May 13 at 3:29 pm
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Does your deer herd measure up?

There was a lot of antler measuring going on during the Louisiana Sportsman Show in mid-March.

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May 12 at 8:57 am
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