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A lot of factors, including its massive size, make Richard K. Yancey WMA your best chance at a quality buck this season in the MAV SOUTH.

2016-17 WMA Forecast

As excited as public-land hunters must be as the 

2016-17 hunting seasons approach, there were some anxious moments over the winter and into late spring as floodwaters inundated some of the wildlife management areas.

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This time of year you can catch bull reds in the surf and along the rocks.

Grand Isle bullies — How to catch September redfish

September can be a stressful month. We’re in the peak month for tropical activity — a fact that keeps most of us glued to the daily weather forecasts, and a significant stress producer in itself.

Plus, all the kids and students are back in school. Traffic is heavier, commute times are longer, and the Saints, LSU, Tulane and all our favorite prep and college teams are back on the football field, increasing our anticipation and anxiety.

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A good food source can be the key for hunter success once the rut is over.

The 2016-17 Rut Report

There is no debate that the best bucks killed each year in the Bayou State are taken during the rut. And, since the rut is your best time to tag a buck, now is the time to start planning hunts and understanding when the rut occurs.

Hunters often say they simply hunt whenever they can. While this is good, success can be poor on days when deer activity is slow.

Why not put the knowledge of the rut dates to work and up your odds for success?

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Attracting doves to your fields means having something on the ground for them to eat all summer long.

Double down on doves — Tips for extending dove season

The small field behind my house that I remember being full of Washington Parish watermelons when I was young had been lying fallow over 15 years. 

Except for the occasional cutting and baling of hay, this little piece of ground seldom saw any action.

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Deer season is almost here, and it’s time to start deciding on your stand for opening day. Check out the 2016-17 Rut Report and the WMA Forecast in this issue to set yourself up for success.

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Louisiana's 16-day teal season gets underway statewide next Saturday, Sept. 10 and wraps up on the 25th.  The daily bag limit is six birds per day, with a possession limit of 18 birds.

Top 4 teal tips to bag more birds

Louisiana’s 16-day teal season is set to open up next Saturday, Sept. 10 — a day many duck hunters probably circled on their calendars last January when they headed home from their blinds one final time.

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This buck, arrowed by Randy Levingston, was one of 24 8-point or better bucks killed last season at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.

Public Rambling: Scouting time on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Well, it’s late summer and the heat is definitely on. It will take some effort and a lot of willpower, but it’s time to get moving. 

Yesterday at 3:53pm
Louisiana's 2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday is set for this weekend, Sept. 2-4. All eligible purchases will be subject to 3 percent state tax this year because of the state's budget woes, but local sales taxes are exempt.

2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday set for this weekend, Sept. 2-4

Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday will go on this weekend, but this year the state’s ongoing budget crisis has reduced the savings hunters and outdoorsmen will experience on firearms, ammo and other eligible hunting supplies.

August 29 at 2:41pm
Fish tacos have become very popular in south Louisiana. Because they are quickly made, they are ideal for preparation after a long fishing trip.

This Johnson Bayou cook shines

The night before making a raid on big Sabine Lake trophy speckled trout, 37-year-old fishing guide Robbie Trahan treated me to some Johnson Bayou cooking.

August 26 at 11:00am
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.

August 25 at 3:37pm
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.

August 25 at 1:43pm
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, shares his favorite gar patty recipe, and also demonstrates how to clean a gar in about five minutes using only a machete.

Video: Apex Predator cleans gar with machete in five minutes

Homemade fish patties have long been a favorite food of mine.

August 24 at 5:26pm
A gobbling bird can draw poachers onto private land.

Poachers on private property

It was a beautiful morning, a perfect time to be in the woods. The spring gobbler season was underway, but the only birds making any music were the cardinals and blue jays.

August 24 at 3:17pm
An iPad allows the author to check trail cam pictures and make real-time decisions on camera locations.

Have your sights set on a buck before the season even starts

Where in the world did the summer go? Here it is August, and the respective opening days for SEC football season and hunting season are just weeks away.

August 22 at 9:00am
A look at a marina parking lot shows the various methods and vehicles that can be used for kayak transport. From the roof of a car to the bed of a truck, kayaks are lightweight and can easily be carried back and forth to your fishing location.

’Yak transport

One of the appealing aspects of kayak fishing is a ’yak’s light weight and ease of transport to fishing destinations. However, there is more that goes into getting your kayak from home to the water than meets the eye.

August 16 at 4:00pm
A deer walking into the author’s food plot on June 1 that was planted in mid-May. The spear-shaped whitish leaves are soybeans that had sprouted.

The perfect seed mix for deer — Part II

At the 2016 Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting, a presentation was made concerning different food plot mixtures and their effectiveness in attracting deer.

August 12 at 9:00am