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Rhonda Havens of Boyce with a nice buck taken on KNF near her home this fall.

Hunting federal lands in Louisiana

We don’t always think about it very much, but Louisiana has an abundance of public land available for hunting. That certainly is not true in every state, so we should count our blessings.

35 minutes ago
Ronald Wafer, of Homer, poses with the rack of the big 12-point Claiborne Parish buck he shot on Dec. 19. Wafer recovered the buck five days later and salvaged the rack, which green-scored 164 4/8 at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

Homer hunter downs 164-inch Claiborne Parish buck

Ronald Wafer got an extra-special 12-point gift on Christmas Eve when he recovered the remains of a big Claiborne Parish buck he had shot five days earlier.

19 hours ago
Chase Evans, 16, of Bosco, shows off the big 13-point Mississippi buck he shot on Jan. 3 in Jefferson County. The buck green-scored  173 ⅛ inches Boone & Crockett.

Bosco hunter downs big Mississippi 13-point

Chase Evans didn’t have much time to react when he saw a big heavy-horned deer moving across one of his shooting lanes in Jefferson County, Miss. earlier this year. 

January 20 at 1:41pm
Jimmy Leonard, of Ventress, shows the left antler that was blown off with his initial shot at this 8-point 'Knockout Buck' in Pointe Coupee Parish on Nov. 19.

Hunter knocks deer out cold

On the big screen, the Italian Stallion had some epic boxing matches with Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago throughout the Rocky movie franchise.

Last November, Jimmy Leonard did his best Sylvester Stallone impersonation with a buck in Pointe Coupee Parish — minus the boxing gloves. 

January 18 at 4:33pm
The author on a 1970’s deer hunt. Note the old style “truckers hat.”

Late-season reflections

As we go into 2017, most of us have had the good fortune of sitting quietly alone multiple times this season in the Deep South winter woods.

January 17 at 5:07pm
Kyle Adams poses with the big 14-point he shot on Dec. 21 in Catahoula Parish. The big buck green-scored 172 ⅛ inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

172-inch deer down in Catahoula Parish

Kyle Adams hunts with 25 other members in Catahoula Parish on a 2,800-acre club near Harrisonburg. 

January 17 at 6:50am
Ian Bankston, of Holden, poses with the big 12-point buck he shot on Jan. 2 at Bear Creek Hunting Club in Livingston Parish. The buck green-scored 158 6/8 inches, and set a new club record.

Holden hunter drills big Livingston Parish 12-point

An elusive 12-point had been seen on lots of trail cams at the Bear Creek Hunting Club in Livingston Parish, but never — not even once — during the day.

January 16 at 3:46pm
Sam’s favorite round jig heads and sickle hooks produce regularly on his favorite color plastic jigs shown here.

Gearing up for crappie success

Sam Roberson’s cost per catch ratio is pretty amazing. He doesn’t spend a whole lot of money on fishing gear, but he has some tried-and-true favorites on which he depends for crappie fishing in deep water.

January 15 at 7:00am

4 Louisiana prison guards accused of 26 illegal deer kills in Mississippi

Four Louisiana prison guards are accused of illegally killing 26 deer in Mississippi, according to media reports.

January 12 at 6:16pm
Retired football coach Joey Pender poses with the big Bienville Parish 10-point he shot on Jan. 4. The buck, which green-scored 155 ⅞ inches, was recovered with the help of a dog provided by one of his former players.

Former players help retired football coach find Bienville 10-point

Joey Pender coached high school football for 33 years, retiring from West Ouachita High School after the season that just ended. 

January 12 at 3:08pm
Bill Fair shows off the 171-inch 16-point he shot with 00 buckshot on Dec. 18 in Natchitoches Parish. A chattering squirrel alerted Fair to the buck's presence, and Fair put a bead on it at 25 yards.

Chattering squirrel alerts hunter to 171-inch buck

When a hunter is on a deer stand, the presence of noisy squirrels can sometimes be a big distraction. 

January 12 at 11:13am
The author took this Bossier Parish buck on Nov. 10 using deer urine and grunts to attract his attention.

Farts and Bubbles: Hunt like a champ

When the Notre Dame football players leave the locker room and head for the field they pass under a sign that reads, “Play like a champion today.”

January 12 at 9:00am
Marni Demelo, of New Orleans, dropped this big Mississippi 10-point Saturday in icy conditions in Jefferson County. The buck green-scored 163 inches B&C.

New Orleans hunter drills 163-inch Mississippi buck

Long before Marni Demelo ever saw a trophy Mississippi 10-pointer making its way through the woods Saturday, she heard it coming — thanks to the frigid conditions the region experienced during last weekend’s cold snap. 

January 11 at 3:48pm
Nick Sampey shows off the Natchitoches Parish 10-point he fooled on Dec. 13 by scouting bedding areas and imitating how a buck sounds as it moves through the woods.

Unconventional hunter fools big Natchitoches Parish 10-point

There are all sorts of deer hunters. 

January 10 at 2:56pm