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Buck's swollen rear leg likely the result of interdigital joint infection, state vet says

A deer spotted on a trail-cam photo with a noticeably swollen rear leg on LouisianaSportsman.com's forum likely has an infected interdigital joint, according to the state veterinarian.

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March 31 at 6:06 pm
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Another wild week of 10-pounders at Toledo Bend

At least three more anglers landed big-time bass during the last week at Toledo Bend.

Here’s a recap of how they caught their lunkers. 

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March 25 at 1:44 pm
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Contest fraud stinks

Hunting and fishing tournaments and contests are a big part of the outdoor industry. Though I never had any desire to participate in such competitions, many of my friends do and more power to them.

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March 24 at 9:00 pm
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Preparation meets opportunity

When selecting a monthly topic for Happy Trails, my usual goal is to write about something that will allow me to share the knowledge and experience that I have gained through more than 40 years of chasing whitetails. I also like to provoke thought and discussion about certain topics and issues.

To that end, allow me this month to relate to you a story about a successful hunt that occurred this past season, illustrating the importance of watching and studying buck behavior and becoming proficient in aging bucks on the hoof.

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March 21 at 9:00 am
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CHS-NI senior shoots 10-pointer on holiday hunt in January

Mallory O’Brien and her dad, Kurt, were running a little late when they decided to head out to their deer lease near Marksville for a holiday hunt this past January.

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March 20 at 5:24 pm
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Texas angler takes yet another Toledo Bend 10-pounder

With the fishing tough at Sam Rayburn Lake near his camp, Hunter Gothia of Bridge City, Texas, ventured to Toledo Bend last week to get in on the spectacular bass action that’s taken the reservoir by storm this month.

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March 20 at 10:41 am
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New episode of Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Airboat Hog Hunt

In a brand new episode premiering tonight on CST, Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney traveled to Violet for an airboat hunt to take down some feral hogs in the marsh after deer season.

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March 19 at 5:14 pm
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New Iberia angler reels in 9-pounder at Lake Dauterive

With all the trouble Ray Dees had getting to the boat launch at Lake Dauterive Saturday afternoon, it’s a wonder he was in the right frame of mind to even go fishing at all.

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March 19 at 4:13 pm
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LDWF's aerial control program nets 54 hogs at Sherburne and Pearl River WMAs

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ aerial control program to shoot feral hogs from a helicopter last week on Sherburne and Pearl River Wildlife Management Areas netted a total of 54 downed pigs, according to the state veterinarian.

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March 19 at 8:27 am
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Walker angler catches biggest bass of the season at Toledo Bend

Dennis Lott caught the largest fish of the Toledo Bend Lunker Program’s season Saturday when he reeled in a 12.89-pound monster sitting on a shallow bed in the Housen area.

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March 17 at 11:41 am
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Burns wins Yamaha ATV in 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest

Sometimes it's just your time. Lady Luck showers her blessing upon you, and you just can't do anything wrong.

This year's Louisiana Sportsman Show was that time for 12-year-old Jonathon Burns of Napoleonville.

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March 16 at 5:54 am
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Small tract case study – St. Tammany

Existing habitat

Acres: 150

Location: Northwest St. Tammany Parish

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Will you kill a gobbler this spring?

The theme this year for the National Wild Turkey Federation is “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt.” This is also the theme for the Federation’s new initiative that has set three goals or objectives: conserve and enhance 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million new hunters, and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting and other outdoor recreation.

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March 14 at 9:00 am
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Vidalia hunter arrows big Concordia Parish 11-point on final day of bow season

Clayton Chauvin definitely saved his best bow hunt for last.

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March 12 at 2:31 pm
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Simmons Sporting Goods' Big Buck Contest results

Hunter Simmons, who manages the sporting goods store’s yearly Big Buck Contest, says that although there were not quite as many trophy bucks brought in, those that were entered were some of the best he’s seen in the past several years. 

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March 12 at 9:34 am
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Roszell takes down 'Freaky' buck in November, hangs on to win women's division of Simmons' Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest

Tara Roszell is a registered nurse working in the recovery room at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, and although she’s hunted deer off-and-on for 30 years since she got married,  she’s spent most of her time at home as mom to her kids.

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March 07 at 3:25 pm
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