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Mr. Duck — Hunting tips from duck-hunting addict Mike Carloss

His blind was ridiculously simple.

The hunter was perched on his shell bucket on one end of a poke boat-style pirogue pulled up on the marsh bank under a rattlebox plant.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Hunt hard, stay young — How to hunt South Louisiana’s deer

“What a joke!” came the yell. “Why do I even bother watching this stuff? Deze guys ain’t hunting — not the way we do it down here in South Louisiana! They’re hunting a different animal on a different planet! Geeesh!” 

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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The other rut — January is perfect timing for squirrel hunting

The cold month of January marks the beginning of the end of our hunting season. The deer rut is over in many places, ducks have become harder to call in and hunters start thinking about fishing.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Duct works — Why duct tape should be in your hunting bag

There are a few items I’ll never leave home without when heading into the woods to deer hunt. Of course, if it’s during the rut, I’ll tote along a grunt call, doe estrous and even rattling horns, in addition to items that are useful all season.

I have to admit that when it comes to carrying the extra weight of survival items, I don’t pack much that could be considered useful aside from a knife and cordage.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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2015 Shoot-Don’t Shoot — The annual deer-hunting quiz

Deer hunting has gone full circle. In the ’60s, bucks-only hunting was the rule and any legal buck was fair game. No one was going to harass you at the game pole about the size of your deer.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Aromatherapy — 33 Point Buck makes hunters invisible to bucks’ noses

Following conventional wisdom about deer hunting and wind direction, Brandon Nettles never would have hunted the buck he did where he did on the opening day of the 2015 Mississippi archery season.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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The 2015-16 deer-hunting season is drawing to a close, but the big boys like this one killed on Loggy Bayou WMA by Jerry Bailey are showing up to play. Learn everything you need to know to connect with your own late-season trophy.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Most of deer-hunting closure to last just one week, the LDWF says

The deer-hunting closure in the Mississippi River delta will only last a week, with the exception of batture land that will remain closed until further notice, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced tonight.

The closure, which stretches from Vidalia to the Arkansas state line between the Mississippi state line and Highway 65, will begin 30 minutes after sunset on Jan. 3 and last until 30 minutes before sunset on Jan. 11, the LDWF said.

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December 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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Delta deer-hunting closure 'one of those political things,' retired LDWF official says

Retired Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Division head David Moreland said today the impending closure of tens of thousands of acres to deer hunting is “one of those political things.”

State officials have said the closure in the Mississippi delta will be implemented later this week out of concern for the deer population and hunter safety.

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December 29, 2015 at 11:52 am
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Deer-hunting closures postponed

The deer-hunting closure announced Monday (Dec. 29) that included hundreds of thousands of acres in the Mississippi delta has been postponed until just after sunset on Jan. 3, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries official said today.

The closure, which encompasses all land between the Mississippi state line west to Highway 65 between the Arkansas state line and Vidalia, originally was to begin today at sunset.

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December 29, 2015 at 10:31 am
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Winnsboro men cited with deer-hunting violations

Two Winnsboro men were cited Dec. 22 in Richland Parish with several deer-hunting violations, including hunting at night, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported.

An LDWF agent cited 23-year-old Danny Floyd and 19-year-old Christopher Floyd for hunting deer during illegal hours and hunting from a public road, the agency said.

The elder Floyd also was cited for shooting from a public road, according to the LDWF.

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December 29, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Deer hunting to end along Mississippi River

Editor's Note: The deer-hunting closure has been postponed and will last only a week in most of the region. Please jump to this story to read the updated information.

Deer hunting season will close at sunset on Dec. 29 along the Mississippi River from the Arkansas state line south to Vidalia, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced this evening.

The closure, enacted due to flooding of the Mississippi River, begins at sunset Dec. 29, the agency reported.

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December 28, 2015 at 7:54 pm
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Property damage - The improper and illegal use of off-road vehicles

Every wildlife agent — and for that matter every law enforcement officer — has a vivid recollection of one case or another for various reasons. Such cases might stand out because of who the offender was, the severity of the offenses, it’s blatancy or the plain stupidity of it all.

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December 24, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Haughton hunter shoots 167-inch buck on Barksdale Air Force Base

James Welch has had his eye on his dad’s .270 BAR since he was a kid, and this year, he’s making the most of his first full season finally getting to hunt with the rifle.

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December 22, 2015 at 11:04 am
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Tracking the deer rut

As I write this month’s installment of Happy Trails, I can hear the soothing sound of rain on the roof as the record-setting drought that we’ve been experiencing in Central Mississippi officially ended.

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December 22, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Simsboro hunter downs two big bucks totaling almost 300 inches in 10 days

Unfortunately nowadays, we hear about schoolyard bullies all too often — a dominating buffoon who creates terror for some youngsters.

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December 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm
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