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A female nilgai — Asia's largest antelope — escaped from an unknown pen and was shot Thursday morning on Richard K. Yancey WMA. Samples from the animal are being tested to confirm it didn't pose a threat to the state's deer herd.

Escaped Asian antelope shot on Richard K. Yancey WMA

An escaped exotic Asian antelope was shot on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Thursday morning, and blood and tissue samples are being sent off to ensure the animal was not carrying any diseases potentially harmful to the state’s deer herd.

9 hours ago
Lactation rates in does harvested last fall dipped below 50 percent in some areas of the state, raising red flags for LDWF biologists concerned about poor recruitment during the summer of 2015.

Deer lactation rates ‘major concern’ in portions of the state, LDWF report says

While the deer harvest increased statewide by 12 percent during the 2015-16 season, fawn recruitment and poorer than expected lactation rates in certain areas of the state were a major concern noted in the annual Deer Report prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

10 hours ago
Healthy bass like this are the norm on Concordia and St. John this month.

Concordia, St. John - Double the bass fun

Pardon the old TV chewing gum jingle, but if you are looking for some summer bass-fishing action in east central Louisiana, there’s one sure way you can “double your pleasure, double your fun.” 

17 hours ago
Ray 'Rooster' Ledet and his daughter, Rae, pose with the 15-foot mudboat he made that will be raffled off on Oct. 30 to benefit Children's Hospital of New Orleans. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online through the link in the story.

Handmade mudboat raffle to benefit Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

Sometimes in life, out of great tragedy comes great triumph.

Yesterday at 2:55pm
Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, center, receives the 2015 Officer of the Year award from Gulf Council Chair Kevin Anson, left, and Patrick Banks, assistant secretary for LDWF's Office of Fisheries.

LDWF agent selected as Officer of the Year

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council honored a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent as its 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for rescuing eight people from three different vessels in distress last September.

Yesterday at 6:11am
Capt. Curtis LeNormand with Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras shows off a nice Breton Island speck fooled by a Z-Man TroutTrick lure last weekend.

Specks still biting on Breton Island

Capt. Ross Montet had a great trip out to Breton Island late last week, easily bringing back four limits of speckled trout on a day when the fish smashed lures as soon as they hit the water, seemingly on just about every cast. 

August 23 at 1:57pm
Staff and friends of Louisiana Sportsman helped feed more than 1,000 flood victims this weekend in Baton Rouge with funds raised from the Sportsman Store, where 100 percent of all proceeds from our Sportsman Paradise T-shirts will go to flood victims.

Sportsman Store proceeds feed BR flood victims

With your support, proceeds from the Sportsman Store were used this weekend to feed more than 1,000 flood victims in Baton Rouge.

August 23 at 8:33am
Ride the Bull VII gets underway this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 a.m. at Bridge Side Marina. Online registration ends at midnight Tuesday, Aug. 23, but you can register on-site this Friday and Saturday.

Ride the Bull VII ready to roll Saturday

After a quick 7 a.m. safety meeting this Saturday, hundreds of kayakers will churn into Caminada Pass in pursuit of a redfish big enough to win the seventh installment of the Ride the Bull tournament on Grand Isle. 

August 22 at 5:22pm
Gary Abernethy shows off a big bull red he caught recently with a LiveTarget hot pink rigged shrimp near Baptiste Collette Pass on the east side of the Mississippi River near Venice.

Now's the time to battle Baptiste Collette bulls

This time of year, schools of bull reds begin making their annual move back to inshore waters to spawn, and on the east side of the Mississippi River one of their favorite gathering places is at the mouth of Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice.

August 22 at 9:13am
You can catch crappie throughout the summer, if you know where they’re most comfortable.

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

August 17 at 9:30am
The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
Ken Sherman always points his boat into the current, moving forward slow and easy to ensure he doesn’t prop-wash where he’s fishing.

Be wary of trolling motor prop wash when fishing

Ken Sherman is a perfectionist, paying close attention to every detail involved in catching fish. And one of the things he says many bass anglers overlook is the importance of boat handling when approaching a log jam or tree.

August 16 at 9:00am
Private boaters dubbed the

'Cajun Navy' rescues hundreds from record flooding

As water poured form the heavens and swamped the greater Baton Rouge area, a group of St. Bernard Parish surface drive boaters quickly organized and headed west to help with rescue operations — eventually saving hundreds of people stranded by waters too fast to allow them to get to out.

"We remember when people came to help us (after Hurricane Katrina)," said Violte's Jared Serigne, who became the de facto admiral of the so-called Cajun Navy.

August 16 at 1:28am
Ken Sherman said letting a jig sit with slack line is one of the keys to consistency with the lure.

Top 5 jig-fishing tips to catch more bass

Jigs were once thought of as primarily cold-weather lures, but anglers have proved over the past decade or so the baits will produce bites even in the heat of summer.

But a lot of fishermen struggle to master jig fishing. Baton Rouge’s Ken Sherman, on the other hand, won lots and lots of money with that lure tied to the end of his line before giving up competitive fishing.

August 15 at 3:22pm
Capt. Jakamo Laboureur said avoiding the midday heat in August and heading out on early-morning or late-afternoon trips will be key to catch speckled trout this month out of Shell Beach.<br />

Late-summer heat means early start for specks on MRGO rocks

August typically features some of the hottest temperatures of Louisiana’s long summer, and for Shell Beach guide Capt. Jakamo Laboureur that means it’s time to get an early start to beat the heat to catch speckled trout.

August 15 at 1:57pm
A preliminary report has said more than $56,000 in expenditures for the Louisiana Saltwater Series from 2010 through 2014 were improperly tracked, and $20,000 in donations to the program might have broken state ethics laws.

State auditors unable to determine if Louisiana Saltwater Series spending was 'proper’

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries accounting procedures were so lax between 2010 and 2014 that state auditors are unable to determine if more than $56,000 in promotional items were properly purchased — and indicated some donations to the agency's saltwater tournament could have broken state ethics laws, Louisiana Sportsman has learned.

“LDWF did not establish written policies and procedures specific to the (Louisiana Saltwater Series),” according to a portion of the preliminary Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report obtained by the Sportsman from an unnamed source. “Therefore, we cannot determine if the … LaCarte card purchases were proper.”

August 12 at 12:16pm