|Gut feeling leads to 150-inch Claiborne Parish buck
November 06, 2012 at 10:42 am
Tyler Lewis knew where he was going to be sitting come daylight on Saturday morning (Nov. 3). After an evening meal with two life-long friends, Collin Merritt and Bric Langford, Lewis voiced a desire that within 24 hours would prove to be prophetic.
“Wouldn’t it be special if the three of us could each get a big buck tomorrow?” Lewis said. Remarkably, all three scored on big bucks. Here’s the account of a big 11-point buck Lewis way-layed early the next morning.
|Leton hunter takes 190-inch 14-point
November 05, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Collin Merritt, Tyler Lewis and Bric Langford grew up together around Haynesville, hunting and fishing and playing football together all their lives.
Friday night (Nov. 2), the 26-year-olds shared a venison dinner together and talked about hunts each had planned for the next day, all in Claiborne Parish but in different areas.
Lewis commented casually that it would be extra special if all three of the life-long friends were successful in downing trophy bucks the next day. Incredibly, that is exactly what happened, with the smallest of the three deer taken that day scoring 150 inches.
|Lack of rain turns northshore rivers into spotted-bass hotspots
November 05, 2012 at 9:24 am
The autumn is, far and away, Joe Lavigne's favorite time of year to fish the north shore's rivers.
The fish seem rejuvenated after the blistering temperatures of summer, and the high water levels and turbidity from summer thunderstorms have protected them from human predation.
Also, many other "river rats" are focused on hunting, and couldn't care less about chasing anything without fur or feathers.
|Barksdale AFB bowhunter takes 140-inch 14-point
November 02, 2012 at 3:37 pm
To paraphrase a famous quote: “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.”
In Mitch Seitz’s case, the “something” was a 14-point buck that came within feet of his tree stand Saturday (Oct. 27) during a Barksdale Air Force Base hunt.
|Corney Bottom yields monster 8-point
November 02, 2012 at 7:00 am
Bernice's Daniel Colvin knew the 8-point his trail camera had revealed was a brute. He just didn’t know how big it really was until he laid his hands on the rack once the buck was on the ground Monday afternoon (Oct. 29).
Tape still had to be stretched on the antlers, but several observers say the rack should top out in the 150 class — quite a score for an 8 point.
“It’s for sure the biggest buck I ever saw in Corney Bottom,” Colvin said.
|Lake Salvador offers easy access to trout, other species
November 01, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Late last week an east wind howled over Lake Salvador, but that did not stop Luling angler Bruce McDonald, his fishing buddy Andre Cambre and I from landing multiple species of fish - including more than 50 speckled trout - on an afternoon fishing trip.
We launched from Pier 90 with high expectations based on reports received over that past week.
|Opelousas hunter walks up on 140-inch buck
October 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm
What’s in a name?
Well, if you’re Hunter Simoneaux, quite a bit, apparently. He’s been hunting deer since he was 6 years old. And now, as part of a group of friends and family that hunts on 1,100 acres just north of Alexandria, he prides himself on doing everything by the book, and then some.
|Leesville meat hunter takes 147-inch trophy
October 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
That’s definitely the case for Johnny Gallion, who for the better part of two months, had been spotting a 10-point buck on a trail camera he set up on a small tract of land he hunts near Leesville.
|Cocodrie trout, reds move to deeper water
October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am
This fall has gotten off to a tremendous start, with anglers all over the marshes of South Louisiana filling their ice chests with limits of specks and reds.
But Capt. Bill Lake said the recent cold front has changed the game, at least to an extent.
|Ruston insurance agent kills Union Parish buck scoring nearly 150 inches
October 31, 2012 at 7:00 am
Ruston insurance agent, Dan Preaus, is serious about his deer hunting. This time last year, Preaus was featured in Louisiana Sportsman with a story about his conquest of a 12-point buck he arrowed on family property on October 23. That buck scored 147 4/8 inches.
On Saturday (Oct. 27), Preaus was once again in the right place at the right time when a big 10 point buck that later scored out at 149 2/8 inches stepped into his sight picture.
|'Work weekend' traded in for 145-inch Tunica Hills trophy
October 30, 2012 at 6:49 am
We all should have camp work weekends like Justin Moran.
That’s how the 27-year old law enforcement officer from New Orleans planned to spend his time at “Bosses Hideout” — a 165-acre privately owned spread near Tunica Hills in West Feliciana Parish where he and some lifelong friends were meeting to do some planting, spread a little corn and ready the property for the rifle season for deer.
They were going to work now, with the payoff coming later.
|Big Lake reds schooling up, making for easy fishing
October 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm
These were rather big “school” reds. Slot reds in the upper limits, really!
And they were all over Big Lake – particularly, the largest, potbelly portion of Calcasieu Lake extending from Turner’s Bay southward.
“I like the looks of those gulls sitting over there,” said angler and Egret Baits designer Ken Chaumont of Lake Charles when glassing an area in Turners.
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