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Ophthalmologist sights in big 183-inch Mississippi buck

Dr. Jeffrey Lusk is one year away from joining his dad and brother in their Shreveport ophthalmology clinic, but his training in Dallas has kept him away from his hunting club all season long. 

So Lusk made up for lost time in a big way last weekend when he hit the mother lode and downed a huge 16-point buck on Saturday.

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December 18, 2013 at 6:00 am
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Fish the cold fronts this time of year for specks in Buras

Speckled trout have moved out of the river and are now in the outer bays of the river system around Buras, a guide said.

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December 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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Coastal zone duck numbers remain below long-term averages

Despite frigid conditions in the northern U.S. and almost double the number of ducks here now compared to last month, December’s recently completed aerial waterfowl survey total is still about 25-percent below the long-term average.

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December 17, 2013 at 10:00 am
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Hunter pleads guilty to attempting to take deer by snare, LDWF says

A 25-year-old Turkey Creek man pleaded guilty last week to attempting to take deer illegally by snare in Evangeline Parish, according to a press release.

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December 17, 2013 at 6:00 am
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Covington High School freshman arrows 143-inch deer near Folsom

When the big 11-point buck Scotty Quigley had been hunting for almost two years finally appeared about 25 yards from his stand last month near Folsom, the young bow hunter steadied himself for the shot of a lifetime.

“I was shaking so bad I didn’t know what to think,” said Quigley, a freshman at Covington High School. “I was worried about missing.”

But Quigley’s Muzzy broadhead brought the buck down about 75 yards from where he was hit, and now the 14-year-old is waiting to see if he’ll be atop the state record books for the biggest buck taken by bow and arrow in St. Tammany Parish.

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December 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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Coastal restoration on the cheap

Coyotes aren’t the first animals that come to mind when Louisianians think about species benefitting from coastal restoration. Nonetheless, South Lafourche Levee District President Windell Curole said the 40-plus-mile stretch of levee that runs from Larose to Golden Meadow and back is inundated with them.

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December 16, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Injured bald eagle in Beauregard Parish returned to the wild

A female adult bald eagle found injured in Beauregard Parish by a work crew late in October was rehabbed and returned to the wild, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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December 16, 2013 at 6:00 am
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Three men cited for alleged deer hunting violations in Morehouse Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited three men for alleged deer hunting violations in Morehouse Parish on Dec. 10, according to a press release.

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December 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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Slidell hunter kills 155-inch buck on Thanksgiving hunt

Thomas Carbone is glad his family stayed true to its Thanksgiving tradition — big dinner at the family home in Slidell followed by naps, football and ....

“Then all the guys leave and go to our deer camp in Jefferson County up in Mississippi,” Carbone, 18, said. “We’ve always done it that way. It’s a tradition. Me, my dad (Tony Carbone) and my two grandfathers (Tommy Carbone and Jeff Volker), all went to the deer camp and the next morning I killed the biggest buck we’ve ever killed on the property.”

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December 15, 2013 at 9:50 am
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Labadieville man pleads guilty to September sea gull killing in Home Depot parking lot

A 29-year-old Labadieville man pleaded guilty in Eastern District Federal Court in New Orleans on Dec. 10 to illegally killing 49 sea gulls in the Elmwood Home Depot parking lot.

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December 14, 2013 at 10:00 am
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Fall shrimp season set to close on Dec. 18, LDWF says

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the closure of the fall shrimp season in state inside waters west of the Mississippi River to the Texas line effective Wednesday, Dec. 18 at official sunset, according to a press release.

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December 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm
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Father knows best: Tensas Academy senior downs 165-class buck after following dad's advice

The weather was cold and getting colder on the afternoon of Dec. 7, and Madison Keyes was intent on following her dad’s advice as she climbed into her box stand overlooking a wheat field shortly after lunch that afternoon. 

“I told Madison to just stay put because with the weather as cold as it was, drizzling and never getting out of the 30s, there was a good chance a big buck would come out to the field to feed late in the afternoon,” her dad Craig said.

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December 13, 2013 at 6:00 am
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Keep moving to catch speckled trout in Hopedale

Limits of speckled trout are being caught in the Hopedale area now, but anglers should be patient and prepared to move frequently to fill their box.

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December 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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December's coastal zone waterfowl survey shows more birds so far

With about 75 percent of December’s aerial coastal survey completed, the state’s waterfowl study leader is encouraged by what he’s seen through Wednesday afternoon’s flight.

Larry Reynolds, with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said 21 of the 27 transect lines that make up the annual survey have been completed so far this week from the Texas border eastward to Houma, and he’s seen many more ducks than he did in November.

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December 12, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Downtown Baton Rouge Catfishin'

Watch Cox Sports Television tonight at 6:30 as Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney heads down the Mississippi near downtown Baton Rouge for a great day catching catfish and gaspergou on the river.

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December 12, 2013 at 6:00 am
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Hunter shoots 165-class buck from front porch in Lincoln Parish

Nov. 30 was already a very special day for Johnny Jiles: his son, John Michael, would be marrying his beloved Natalie that very afternoon.

But what happened early that morning before the ceremony would make the day even more special for a completely different reason. 

Not only did he shoot a 165-class buck, but the way he brought down the brute will be long-remembered in the Jiles family.

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December 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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