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Forage plantings critical for deer

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was stuck in time on a cold winter’s day that would never end. While the cold weather this year made for a great deer season, this winter in Louisiana has been one that seemed like it too would never end.

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April 14 at 9:00 am
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19-foot boat sinks in mouth of Deer Bayou on east bank of Lake Mechant

Capt. Marty LaCoste is used to pulling lots of fish over the rails in the waters around Dularge, but Thursday morning he had to pull three people aboard as well. 

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April 10 at 2:48 pm
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Hog hunting — airboat style

In tonight’s episode of Sportsman TV, host Greg Hackney travels to Violet for an airboat hunt to take down some feral hogs in the marsh.

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April 09 at 9:17 pm
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LWFC approves various upcoming hunting seasons, rules and regs

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved both the 2014-16 hunting season dates and the 2014-15 general and Wildlife Management Area rules and regulations, including some modifications to deer area boundaries, according to a press release. 

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April 07 at 2:40 pm
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Monterey man pleads guilty to killing Louisiana black bear, LDWF says

Duell Moreland pleaded guilty on April 3 to illegally killing a Louisiana black bear in Concordia Parish last November, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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April 04 at 3:51 pm
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Shreveport angler snares 11.51-pound whopper at Toledo Bend

Shreveport’s Derris Wiman probably won’t hesitate from now on when someone asks him if they should get the net ready. 

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April 04 at 11:00 am
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Texas angler catches big bass near Buck Creek on Toledo Bend

After 39 years of dutifully fishing the spawn at Toledo Bend, Dennis Elmore finally scored the bass of a lifetime. 

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April 03 at 4:57 pm
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Cut N Geaux Filet Magic

Cut N Geaux fish cleaning tables are designed and built with the intention of making fish, game and seafood cleaning as comfortable and convenient as possible. All models are made from 1 ¼-inch furniture grade, schedule 40 PVC pipe with ½-inch thick HDPE cutting board tops. The 24-inch X 48-inch Filet Magic cleaning table was built to a “back saving” 43-inch height and comes with a 5 gallon bucket and 6 foot spray hose.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Plan A, B and C — Fishing tactics for redfish, drum and sheepshead

“Redfish in April?” Artie laughed as Doc mentioned our forthcoming fishing trip. “Man, redfish ain’t ‘runnin now! Dey run in da fall! You guys gotta be outcha mind!

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Fishin’ the ’hood — Springtime fishing tips for reds and trout

Whenever I fish with Capt. Mike Gallo, we always bring a third man along. There’s plenty of room in his 24-foot bay boat, plus it means an extra set of hands and a third line in the water to increase our chances of catching something picture worthy.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Young turks — Tips for youth turkey hunting

Twelve-year-old Dane Humbles tightened his grip on the shotgun and sighted down the barrel as the big gobbler closed the distance in a quick trot.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Spawn Specifics — Pro tips for fishing the bass spawn

When bass move shallow to make the next generation can be a time of great opportunity or a time of great frustration.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Buck's swollen rear leg likely the result of interdigital joint infection, state vet says

A deer spotted on a trail-cam photo with a noticeably swollen rear leg on LouisianaSportsman.com's forum likely has an infected interdigital joint, according to the state veterinarian.

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March 31 at 6:06 pm
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Another wild week of 10-pounders at Toledo Bend

At least three more anglers landed big-time bass during the last week at Toledo Bend.

Here’s a recap of how they caught their lunkers. 

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March 25 at 1:44 pm
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Contest fraud stinks

Hunting and fishing tournaments and contests are a big part of the outdoor industry. Though I never had any desire to participate in such competitions, many of my friends do and more power to them.

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March 24 at 9:00 pm
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Preparation meets opportunity

When selecting a monthly topic for Happy Trails, my usual goal is to write about something that will allow me to share the knowledge and experience that I have gained through more than 40 years of chasing whitetails. I also like to provoke thought and discussion about certain topics and issues.

To that end, allow me this month to relate to you a story about a successful hunt that occurred this past season, illustrating the importance of watching and studying buck behavior and becoming proficient in aging bucks on the hoof.

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March 21 at 9:00 am
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