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The ideal bream-fishing rig

Ray Jones loves to catch bream in many ways, but his basic, go-to rig is simple.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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A little game and fish potpourri

Last month I wrote about browse surveys and that now is the time to be looking at the deer habitat, seeing first-hand what is available for deer to eat and discovering exactly what plants they are actually eating.

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July 14 at 9:00 am
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Draining Venice — Fishing tips for inshore Venice action

The sun peeked over the eastern horizon from behind murky clouds, while an easterly breeze carried the scent of rotting catfish and stingrays that littered the shoreline.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Before-work redfish challenge — How to catch your redfish limit before your go to work

Hunter Marcel is the sportsman’s version of the old U.S. Army recruitment ad from the early 1980s: The 23-year-old Houma native does more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day. 

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Fishin’ on foot — Expert tips for surf fishing

My mom used to rebut my anti-broccoli sentiment with that classic parental logic line: “You’ll never know if you like it unless you try it.”

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Whitetail beginnings — History of deer hunting in Louisiana

The whitetail is the oldest deer species in the world, but it has not always thrived in Louisiana.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Dr. Bream — Expert bream-fishing tips

Everything a bream fisherman would need was within easy reach of Dr. Ray Jones in the front of his fishing boat. As he eased his boat though the waters of Black Bayou Lake in Monroe, that became apparent rather quickly.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Tales from the camp

Fervent Rainwater shifted his cud as I walked up to the camp porch, and spit a long stream of Skoal between the paws of Ol’ Blue, the redbone hound lying at his feet.

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June 29 at 5:00 am
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Iberia Rod and Gun Club to host 61st annual rodeo at Cypremort Point

The Iberia Rod and Gun Club will host its 61st annual saltwater fishing rodeo featuring almost $10,000 in cash and prizes over the 4th of July weekend at Cypremort Point.

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June 25 at 2:02 pm
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Lessons learned the hard way

We are all products of, and are shaped by, our individual collection of lifelong experiences and lessons, both good and bad.

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June 20 at 9:00 am
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Add-ons for fishing kayaks

We won’t go overboard with all the creature-comfort options, but a few items of function and convenience merit mentions.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Get rid of the slime

Slime on the outside of fish is expected, but it’s just nasty when fillets are coated with slime on the cleaning table.

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June 15 at 6:30 am
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Time for some bayou browsing

The late Grits Gresham was editor of the Louisiana Conservationist in the early ’50s. He initiated a feature column that he named Bayou Browsing, and readers could write to him and ask questions and make comments about Louisiana wildlife.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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Archer's 16-pointer officially scores 200 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett

Jason Archer’s huge 16-point buck taken last November in Concordia Parish landed at No. 22 in the state record books after officially measuring 200 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett, according to the state’s deer program leader. 

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June 09 at 1:08 pm
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Chokepoint carnival — Best Lake Borgne fishing spots

“Settling up” after fishing trips wasn’t always an ugly affair, especially among lifelong friends.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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NRA’s Whittington Center

The NRA Whittington Center is a 33,000 acre Mecca for shooters that was opened to the public in 1973 and just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over that time, it has grown to be one of the premier shooting facilities in the world.

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May 30 at 9:00 am
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