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Agents with the LDWF cited a Concordia Parish man for allegedly guiding a woodcock hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA on Jan. 4.

Concordia Parish man busted for allegedly guiding woodcock hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA

A Concordia Parish man was ticketed for not abiding by wildlife management area rules after allegedly guiding a woodcock hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA on Jan. 4, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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February public meetings set for hunting season, WMA rules and regs changes

The public will have the opportunity to comment on a variety of proposed hunting dates and rule changes next month at six meetings across the state in late February.

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Depending on Louisiana’s unpredictable winter temperatures, Capt. Mike Gallo recommends bringing along a windbreaker or heavy outer coat on January trips to keep warm on the water. <br />

Layer up for winter fishing trips

In a nod to Forrest Gump, January weather along the Gulf coast is a lot like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. 

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Ronald Wafer, of Homer, poses with the rack of the big 12-point Claiborne Parish buck he shot on Dec. 19. Wafer recovered the buck five days later and salvaged the rack, which green-scored 164 4/8 at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Homer hunter downs 164-inch Claiborne Parish buck

Ronald Wafer got an extra-special 12-point gift on Christmas Eve when he recovered the remains of a big Claiborne Parish buck he had shot five days earlier.

Yesterday at 2:20pm
Josh Maxwell catches Bistineau slabs in January by spider-rigging jigs.

The Bistineau jig

Josh Maxwell isn’t a big dancer, but in January you can bet you’ll find him dancing a jig out at Lake Bistineau.

A Bistineau jig.

Yesterday at 10:47am
Capt. Marty LaCoste finds piles of sheepshead waiting for him and his clients this time of year out of Dularge.

A back-up option that’s actually better in the cold

One of the many challenges of being a fishing guide is the pressure of putting clients on fish day in and day out, no matter the weather.

Yesterday at 10:34am
Chase Evans, 16, of Bosco, shows off the big 13-point Mississippi buck he shot on Jan. 3 in Jefferson County. The buck green-scored  173 ⅛ inches Boone & Crockett.

Bosco hunter downs big Mississippi 13-point

Chase Evans didn’t have much time to react when he saw a big heavy-horned deer moving across one of his shooting lanes in Jefferson County, Miss. earlier this year. 

January 20 at 1:41pm

Duck numbers down sharply in LDWF's January aerial survey

For the second year in a row, unseasonably warm temperatures apparently prompted large numbers of ducks to bolt from the state — or at least move into areas not included in the annual January aerial waterfowl survey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

January 20 at 6:44am
Capt. Nick Poe uses an anchor caddy system designed by his dad Jeff to keep his anchor within easy reach. It's simply a piece of 3- or 4-inch PVC pipe bolted vertically in a convenient location on the deck.

PVC pipe keeps anchor accessible and ready

Capt. Nick Poe isn’t necessarily a fan of the look of his dad’s PVC pipe anchor caddy system that’s a fixture on many of the boats at Big Lake Guide Service, but he can’t really argue with its effectiveness.

January 19 at 5:06pm

New Iberia man cited for alleged oyster refrigeration violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 58-year-old New Iberia man for alleged oyster refrigeration violations on Jan. 15 in Lafourche Parish.

January 19 at 3:55pm
Jeff Broussard displays his 10.77-pound Toledo Bend lunker taken Jan. 11 near Housen. The big bass bit a Carolina-rigged Zoom 10-inch California 420 worm.<br />

Ragley angler takes Toledo Bend 10.77-pounder

Ragley’s Jeff Broussard couldn’t sleep in the early-morning hours of Jan. 11, so he ventured into his workshop and started piddling with his boat around 2 a.m.

January 19 at 9:20am
Dave Cavell (left) and Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament in the Atchafalaya Basin by banging vibrating jigs off stumps around main points.

Stay off the banks for Basin bass, anglers say

Prairieville's Dave Cavell and Gonzales' Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament last weekend, and the pattern wasn't what they expected.

"We thought we'd catch them punching," Cavell said. "That's how Corey caught them practicing."

Instead, they had to back off the banks, and turn away from heavy flipping rigs.

January 18 at 5:36pm
Jimmy Leonard, of Ventress, shows the left antler that was blown off with his initial shot at this 8-point 'Knockout Buck' in Pointe Coupee Parish on Nov. 19.

Hunter knocks deer out cold

On the big screen, the Italian Stallion had some epic boxing matches with Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago throughout the Rocky movie franchise.

Last November, Jimmy Leonard did his best Sylvester Stallone impersonation with a buck in Pointe Coupee Parish — minus the boxing gloves. 

January 18 at 4:33pm
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. favors cocahoe minnows under a popping cork or tight-lined Matrix Shad for January speckled trout in Catfish Lake out of Golden Meadow. <br />

Slow it down for wintertime trout

By January, speckled trout have settled into the interior marshes around Golden Meadow to ride out the winter, and Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. knows where to go to find them.

January 18 at 10:24am