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A nice pre-season buck that the author captured at one of his camera sites in mid-September.

Pre-season scouting plans

If you are reading this, you obviously survived the long, hot summer — even though the heat and humidity will still linger into September.

The start of the 2016 archery season is just around the corner, and then less than two months later the gun season will open and we will be preparing to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.

September 21 at 3:44pm
Capt. Brian Sherman, with Kayak Venice, shows off a redfish caught along the roseau canes on the east side of Yellow Cotton Bay. Positioning your lure as close as possible to the canes is key to catching quality reds, Sherman said.

Kayaking in Venice: Redfish plentiful in Yellow Cotton Bay

Some kayak anglers might be hesitant to toss a popping cork — attached to a twirling 2-foot leader with a Vudu shrimp dangling from the business end — straight at stands of leaning, swaying, hook-grabbing roseau cane, but not Capt. Brian Sherman.

September 21 at 11:03am
Use a limb saw to cut obstructing limbs along shooting lanes to ensure you’re ready when that deer steps out.

10 tips to tame vegetation

Now is the time to begin thinking about trimming limbs, branches and brush that might otherwise interfere with a successful deer hunt this fall.

Of course, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do almost anything. So follow these 10 tips for productive and prudent pruning”

September 16 at 10:52am
Ray Chagnard, owner of Chag's Sporting Goods and a recreational land agent with Porter Properties, LLC, says drive time, acreage size, hunting activity on neighboring property and timber value are all important things to consider when making a purchase.

Points to consider when buying hunting property

Ideally, now would be the optimal time to be putting the finishing touches on late-summer prep work leading up to deer season that’s now only weeks away.

September 15 at 9:00am
Aaron Hue shows off the 10-point buck and the doe he arrowed within five minutes of each other on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

The 411 on coastal WMAs

Harvest numbers are ultra-impressive from last season for one of the wildlife management areas in the Coastal and Nongame Resources Division — so high that many hunters might do a double-take and make immediate plans to hunt it in 2016-17.

September 15 at 7:00am
The fetal scale ages this fetus at 72 days; my friend Ken Mason killed the doe during the last primitive season in Bossier Parish.

How breeding dates are determined

Biologists determine breeding dates based on measurements of deer embryos and fetuses using a fetal scale developed through research conducted by Quality Deer Management Association founder Joe Hamilton and other deer researchers.

September 15 at 7:00am
If deer hunting is slow during the time when bucks should be chasing does, leave the box stand and get in the travel corridors along a creek drain.

Is the rut on?

Hunters frequently tell me they do not see bucks chasing does when the rut should be in full swing. Lack of cold weather will certainly be a reason for deer activity to be poor.

September 15 at 7:00am


Water temperatures begin to drop this month — slowly at first due to radiative cooling but more so as cool fronts invade the state.

September 15 at 7:00am
Thanks to an earlier breeding schedule than the rest of the state, bow season in Areas 3, 8 and 10 will begin this Saturday, Sept. 17 in several parishes in Southwest Louisiana.

Bow season begins Saturday in Southwest Louisiana

While duck hunters will likely dominate the landscape in Southwest Louisiana Saturday for the second weekend of teal season, another group has Sept. 17 circled on their calendars for a completely different reason.

September 14 at 3:55pm
The South Louisiana QDMA Gun Bash is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the LSU 4-H Mini-Farm located on AgCenter Drive. More than 40 guns will be raffled, including an AR-15 to benefit area flood victims.

South Louisiana QDMA’s Gun Bash rescheduled for Oct. 27 at LSU

The South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association’s 6th annual Gun Bash is set for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the LSU 4-H Mini-Farm located on AgCenter Drive.

September 14 at 2:14pm
Abbeville’s Caleb Brown, 12, hooked this 23½-inch monster bass that weighed 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces at Toledo Bend using a Strike King Rage Space Monkey.

Toledo Bend is in great shape for September

I’m sure fall isn’t in the air at all when you read this in late August or early September. But “prefall” is just around the corner, which means bass fishing is about to bust loose on Toledo Bend.

September 14 at 8:40am
You can just climb up into a tree on opening day, or you can take some steps now that will help you up the odds of sticking a deer.

Top 3 tips to a better deer stand

When you head to the camp, you’re not going just to enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods. Sure, that’s part of it. But what you really want is to kill a deer.

So you spend a lot of time figuring out how deer are traveling and trying to put together the perfect ambush spot.

September 13 at 3:12pm
LDWF biologists cam provide clubs or landowners with harvest recommendations because they gather harvest data each season.

A new crop of wildlife, a new hunting season

About the end of June, I started receiving emailed photographs of newly born fawns. The fawn drop was on in Area 4, right on schedule and right on time for the deer season that opens in October.

September 12 at 9:00am
Bull reds like this one caught during the Iberia Rod & Gun Club Saltwater Fishing Rodeo can be caught at Boxcar Reef this month.

Boxcar Reef - Find the ditches to locate big bulls

Fishermen who want to feel the brute force of a sizeable redfish on the business end of their fishing line in Vermilion Bay invariably point the bow of their boat to legendary Boxcar Reef.

September 08 at 5:22pm
Capt. Mike Gallo keeps a small piece of Lexan handy onboard his Blue Wave to use as a mini-windshield in the event he gets caught in an unexpected rainstorm.

Mini portable windshield perfect for unexpected storms

Space is always at a premium on a boat, so Capt. Mike Gallo came up with a novel idea that keeps him and his clients safer during unexpected storms on the water — but is small enough to hardly even be noticed by anyone onboard. 

September 08 at 6:15am
You should have your bow serviced and ready to go long before opening day.

Make sure you're ready - Give your hunting equipment a good preseason test

Opening day of bow season is almost here, so it’s time to get your bow setup ready.

As a manager of an archery shop, it never ceases to amaze me how many people spend endless time scouting and preparing their properties for the season but neglect to get their equipment in order and practice to become proficient, waiting until the last minutes before they go into the field.

September 02 at 9:00am