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Statewide crappie recap: Atchafalaya Basin

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on the Atchafalaya Basin.

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February 26 at 11:00 am
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Ruston hunter documents duck season with aerial drone and GoPro

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Hampton Rutland didn’t originally start out with the idea of documenting his first-ever duck season on new property into a tidy 4-minute video, but the GoPro Hero3 camera he got for his birthday last year spurred him on.

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February 25 at 2:36 pm
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LDWF releases Florida largemouth bass stocking priority list for 2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to stock fewer but larger pure Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into waters across the state later this spring, a biologist said.

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February 25 at 10:04 am
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LDWF to close hunting seasons on Pearl River WMA due to expected river level

With the Pearl River forecast to rise over the next several days, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that all hunting seasons on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area will be closed when the river reaches 16.5 feet at Pearl River.

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February 24 at 8:16 pm
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Burnette reels in 12.71-pound hawg near Indian Mounds on Sunday

Most people dream of catching one 10-pound bass in a lifetime, but Bobby Burnette seems to have a knack for reeling in lunkers on a regular basis.

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February 24 at 5:30 pm
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LDWF seeks input from dove hunters across the state

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is surveying dove hunters across the state on season dates, hunting success, ammunition and more.

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February 24 at 1:59 pm
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St. Amant angler reels in 10.55-pound bass on Toledo Bend

Before last Thursday, Donald Hack’s biggest bass at Toledo Bend was 6 pounds.

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February 24 at 9:02 am
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Howell wins 2014 Bassmaster Classic

Alabama’s Randy Howell had only two B.A.S.S. wins to his credit when his twelfth Bassmaster Classic competition began on Friday. He went into today’s final round in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the leader.

No one, including Howell really thought he had a shot.

“I didn’t expect to have the chance to win after the first day, and especially after yesterday,” Howell said.

But he whacked the bass today, putting 29 pounds, 2 ounces on the scales to seal the 2014 Bassmaster Classic championship and pocketing the $300,000 first-place prize.

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February 23 at 8:13 pm
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Evers claims Bassmaster Classic Day 2 lead by 1 ounce

Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers was the last to weigh in during the second day of the Bassmaster Classic, and when the scales settled he had claimed the lead of the so-called Superbowl of Fishing — but just barely.

Emcee Dave Mercer announced Evers needed 20 pounds, 9 ounces to claim the lead, and that’s exactly what the scales read.

The stringer brought Ever’s two-day weight to 47 pounds, 6 ounces.

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February 22 at 7:57 pm
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Tharp falls to second in Bassmaster Classic — by 1 ounce

Randall Tharp is known for his cool demeanor, but the second day of the Bassmaster Classic was almost more than he could take.

He went into the day leading the event. That’s enough pressure to try an angler.

But what really affected Tharp’s game plan was when his outboard went down early, costing him nearly 2 hours of fishing time while he was towed to a ramp to have his gear case repaired.

And he lost the lead in the event, falling a mere ounce behind Day 2 leader Edwin Evers.

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February 22 at 6:59 pm
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Crochet rebounds on second day of Bassmaster Classic

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When Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet struggled to log a 51st place spot in the first day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, he said he was going to go out today and have fun.

He accomplished that feat — and weighed in five bass worth 23 pounds, 15 ounces that pushed him WAY up in the rankings. However, his Classic still ended because he just missed the Top 25 cut.

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February 22 at 5:39 pm
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Crochet struggles during first day of Bassmaster Classic

Cliff Crochet was stoked about his second Bassmaster Classic, but thing fell apart quickly when competition began today on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

“I caught two (bass), swung a little early on a swim bait bite and missed one on a ChatterBait,” Crochet said.

When it was time to head to the weigh-in stand, he had only two fish that combined for 7 pounds, 5 ounces. That put him into 51st place going into the second round of competition.

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February 21 at 11:09 pm
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Tharp leads after first day of Bassmaster Classic

Randall Tharp said local knowledge was one of the keys to his 27-pound, 8-ounce showing today that put him in lead of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

“The fish are in some places I haven’t seen them in five to seven years,” the Florida pro said. “Every time I fish a tournament here this time of year, I make a point to check these places — and the fish haven’t been there in years.”

But in his fall practice he found the fish were stacked up.

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February 21 at 8:38 pm
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Climate change impacting wildlife, study claims

The National Wildlife Federation is urging sportsmen to do their part to help slow down or reverse climate change, concluding in its latest report “Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World” that many big-game species across North America are already being affected and could be headed for a big fall.

The 36-page report says overwhelming evidence points to climate change brought about by air pollution and other chemical additions to the earth’s atmosphere, and that wildlife managers need to take into account possible results when managing big-game populations.

The report, which can be accessed at www.nwf.org/Sportsmen/Climate-Change/Big-Game-In-a-Warming-World.aspx, points to habitat changes that have already been documented affecting North American big-game populations of moose, pronghorn antelope, caribou, bighorn sheep, mule deer and whitetail deer, and predicts that effects of further climate change could even more drastically affect those species — as well as humans.

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February 21 at 6:30 am
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Surviving whooping crane from Jeff Davis Parish shooting euthanized Wednesday

The male whooping crane injured in a shooting in Jeff Davis Parish earlier this month  was euthanized Wednesday at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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February 20 at 10:01 pm
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Record field set for 2014 Archery in Louisiana Schools state tourney

A record-setting field of more than 700 archers is scheduled to compete at the 2014 Archery in Louisiana Schools state tournament on March 1 in Alexandria.

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February 20 at 9:30 pm
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