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January's aerial survey indicated big increases in mallard numbers, from 94,000 in December to 188,000 earlier this month.

January's aerial waterfowl survey similar to December numbers

3.07 million ducks is 17 percent higher than recent five-year average
January 18 at 4:51pm
Effie's Brad Normand poses with the big 12-point buck he shot Dec. 26 on Dahlia Plantation in Tensas Parish. The deer's rack featured split brow tines and heavy mass throughout, and green-scored 161 ⅛ inches.

Effie hunter downs 12-point Tensas Parish stud

Normand’s buck features split brow tines, scores 161 ⅛
January 18 at 2:51pm

Marsh Man Masson vid: Part 2 of one-boat fish-off

Mid-day lull broken by fast bite
January 17 at 11:25am
When targeting big reds under birds in Lake Pontchartrain, time is of the essence — so don’t approach them like you would a school of specks. Move into casting distance quickly when you see a bird dive, throw to that spot and then prepare for battle.

Be aggressive when targeting Lake Pontchartrain reds under birds

Speedy approach trumps stealth, angler says
January 15 at 2:00pm

One boat, two friends. It's a FISH-OFF!

All-day competition results in hefty catches
January 15 at 11:49am
Canaan Heard, with Faulk’s Game Calls, said if second-split ducks appear interested in your spread, keep the calling to a minimum and avoid blowing any long hail calls. Less is more at this point in the season.

Late-season duck calling tips

January 15 at 7:00am
Darrin Dawes killed this potential Louisiana state-record buck on Friday, Jan. 12 while hunting in St. Landry Parish.

Another possible state-record buck taken

Massive St. Landry Parish 12-point greenscores mid-180s as typical deer
January 13 at 9:30pm
This little bass won't win any rodeos, but it reminded the author that having an open mind and trying new tactics can not only help you catch fish — but also maximize your enjoyment out on the water.

Inshore insights: What one dink bass taught me

Learning new techniques can stoke your fishing passion
January 12 at 10:55am
According to Capt. Devin Denman, the Matrix Craw is a great all-around tool for targeting redfish — either retrieved quickly as a search bait, or bounced along the bottom like a jig.

Inshore insights: Top 3 redfish lures

Changing marsh dictates changes in lure selection
January 12 at 10:42am
If you prefer buying your fishing/hunting license from a retail location, do it before Jan. 30 — or wait until April 2 while a new vendor gets equipment installed and staff trained. Licenses can still be purchased online or at select LDWF regional offices

LDWF transitioning to new hunting/fishing license sales system

Training period means no retail vendor sales Feb. 1 - April 1
January 12 at 9:47am

Marsh Man Masson vid: The 8 most-common fishing googans

If you see one coming, run
January 11 at 10:25am
Jennifer Wall poses with the big Madison Parish buck she shot on Nov. 22. The 307-pound beast was estimated to be 8 ½ years old, and the 11-point green-scored 177 inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Father's advice pays off with giant Madison Parish 11-point

307-pound buck scores 177 inches
January 11 at 9:04am
Luling angler Tim Bye found Lac Des Allemand-area sac-a-lait pulled tight to the banks Jan. 9 in dead-end canals with clean water.

Des Allemands sac-a-lait staging for spawn

Weather systems dictate where to find crappie
January 10 at 4:14pm

Lettsworth man arrested for allegedly killing a Louisiana black bear

Animal was found shot to death on Richard K. Yancey WMA in November
January 10 at 3:53pm