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Parts of Area 9 deer season closed due to flooding

Parts of Area 9 closed to deer hunting last night (Jan. 10) because of the rising Atchafalaya River, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported.

The closure in parts of Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes was triggered when the river reached 18 feet at the Butte La Rose gauge this weekend, the LDWF said.

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January 11 at 8:13 am
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Mississippi River delta deer season to reopen Saturday morning

Deer hunting season in areas of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River will resume Saturday (Jan. 9) 30 minutes before sunrise, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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January 08 at 4:54 pm
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Natchitoches hunter drops 160-class buck — in his backyard

The old adage about real estate is, “Location, location, location.”

The same can be said about where you set up your deer stand, and Mason Troquille got the best of both worlds.

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January 08 at 10:36 am
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Bonnet Carre Spillway to open starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 10

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway this Sunday (Jan. 10) at about 10 a.m. to relieve pressure on main line levees, maintain river stages and regulate the flow of the Mississippi River from the spillway southward.

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January 08 at 9:22 am
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LWF Commission adopts Notices of Intent for hunting seasons, regs and WMA rules

A brand new Deer Area 5 in the Atchafalaya Basin and the early release of duck season dates for the 2016-17 hunting season were just a few of the changes in a Notice of Intent adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

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January 08 at 8:35 am
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LWF Commission votes to close deer seasons in affected areas if Morganza or Bonnet Carre Spillways open

A potential closure to the deer season in a large swath of the Atchafalaya Basin looms if the Morganza Spillway is opened to divert flood water from the swollen Mississippi River, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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January 07 at 9:24 pm
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Cottonport man cited for shooting spotted fawn on Richard K. Yancey WMA

A 60-year-old Cottonport man was cited for allegedly shooting a spotted fawn after a license and game check on Jan. 6 at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area in Concordia Parish.

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January 07 at 4:59 pm
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Louisiana hunter downs monster 184-inch typical 9-point on Giles Island

A Lake Charles hunter downed a gigantic 9-point on Giles Island the day after Christmas that is currently the pending No. 2 typical white-tail in the Mississippi Magnolia Records.

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January 07 at 9:21 am
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Ruston hunter downs nice 12-point before Delta deer season closure

Only days before deer season came to an abrupt halt on Winter Quarters Hunting Club in Tensas Parish, Ruston’s Daniel Alexander got in a good lick before the rising waters of the Mississippi River shut the area down. 

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January 06 at 9:02 pm
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Atchafalaya Basin flooding to trigger deer season closures, LDWF says

The rising Mississippi River could claim another casualty, with deer hunting season shutting down within much of the Atchafalaya Basin as early as Friday (Jan. 8), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today.

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January 05 at 10:35 am
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Apex Predator makes only shot count, downs double-patched Mississippi River buck

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Even though I practice and prepare to limit human error, one or two things are bound to eventually go wrong when I average several hunts each week all season long. 

But on one particular hunt last year, when practically 99 percent of things went bad, I learned sometimes it only takes that magical 1 percent to go right to succeed at deer hunting.

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January 04 at 4:12 pm
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Public Rambling: One December hunt yields two bucks at Atchafalaya Delta WMA

When we left off in November, the deer action had slacked off just as quickly as it had begun. But after five blank hunts, the switch finally flipped on again in December. 

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January 04 at 12:02 pm
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Dry Prong hunter arrows 170-class stud on Lake Ophelia NWR

Seeing deer cross a road at a particular spot on more than one occasion on Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge was all John Michael Benoit needed to know when choosing where he wanted to set-up and hunt. 

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January 04 at 9:37 am
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Franklinton youth shot, killed by father during Mississippi deer hunt

A 16-year-old Franklinton deer hunter was reportedly shot and killed by his father during a New Year's Eve trip to the Delta National Forest in Mississippi, and state officials are investigating the incident.

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January 04 at 9:04 am
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Agents cite two men for spotlighting 9-point in Madison Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men in connection with an illegally taken 9-pointer in October in Madison Parish.

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January 04 at 8:37 am
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Mississippi River delta deer season closure shortened to five days

The Mississippi River delta deer season closure has been shortened to just five days — at least for now.

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January 02 at 7:40 pm
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