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Basin, Morganza floodway goes back to doe days

Hunters chasing deer within a portion of Area 6 will be going retro this season, with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopting a declaration of emergency today (July 7) that institutes doe days in the Morganza floodway and inside the Atchafayala Basin guide levees for the first time since being abolished in 2006.

Biologists asked for the new hunting-season structure, in part, because of concerns about the impact on deer populations following the opening of the Morganza Spillway to help relieve pressure on Mississippi River levees.Read More...
July 07, 2011 at 5:01 pm

What’s so bad about hogs?

It’s no coincidence that land managers who devote their time and dollars to improving their properties for deer populations also end up seeing many more hogs.Read More...
July 06, 2011 at 9:52 am

Management work continues despite the high water

A lot of time, money and effort spent doing wildlife habitat work is being washed away as the waters of the Mississippi rise and are diverted into the floodway systems. While too much water is a problem for many, the lack of water in the form of rainfall continues to be a problem for others. The plantings I made for deer and turkey in Clinton are up, but the lack of rain has been a problem. They did get some rain the second week of May and first week of June, which was certainly needed.Read More...
July 05, 2011 at 3:29 pm

North Louisiana angler has great success at Grand Isle

Speckled trout or redfish, live baits or plastics, rising tide or falling tide. Every month Louisiana Sportsman has several articles discussing the myriad details of saltwater fishing.Read More...
July 05, 2011 at 2:48 pm

We’re all ‘Swamp People’

When out-of-state people think about Louisiana, they think, “Alligators.” Louisiana has long had a reputation for alligators and alligator hunting. Most of us older folks remember Jerry Reed’s song, “Amos Moses was a Cajun, he lived by hisself in the swamp, he hunted alligators for a livin’, just knocked ‘em in the head with a stomp.”Read More...
July 05, 2011 at 10:47 am

Shoot fast … slow

A group of us used to make a circuit of three different monthly PPC (Police Pistol, Combat) matches. At least, those who had the time and really got into the competitive spirit made the circuit.Read More...
June 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

Take Home Angler: Dr. Sam Field

Things have changed an awful lot in Cocodrie since Dr. Sam Field started fishing down there in the 1970s. What used to be a rustic camp destination has turned into a refined resort of sorts.Read More...
June 29, 2011 at 11:01 am

Mack Attack

A drip of sweat somehow traveled along the Neanderthalic eyebrow-hidden bumps of my forehead and passed down the lens of my cheater eyeglasses. The sweat stung my eye, blurred my vision and complicated my efforts to thread some monofilament through the eye of a 3/8-ounce jighead.Read More...
June 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

Chumming the Shallows

"It’s a bird!" gasped Eddie while pointing up. "No! It’s a plane! No! It’s a PIG!"Read More...
June 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

Burn Hack!

Kids need action to stay interested.
June 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

High On The Hogs

The concept of fair chase is a hallmark tenet of hunters around the globe. Basically, it means that hunters give the game they target a fair and fighting chance to outwit the hunter and leave him hungry for another chess match in the field.Read More...
June 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

Live-Bait Barataria

Except for the glittering lights of Lafitte on one side of the bayou and Barataria on the other, the night was pitch-black. It was a beautiful sight on Bayou Barataria.Read More...
June 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

July issue of Louisiana Sportsman heads to printer

Here in the Bayou State, the heat of summer can make outdoor activities a bit toasty, but the fish we pursue don't seem to notice.Read More...
June 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Deer, turkey seasons over, but management work continues

When the hunting seasons end, many hunters leave the fields and woods, and never look back until next fall rolls around. For them it’s off to the lakes and rivers, baseball fields, NASCAR tracks or whatever gets them excited now. There are too many fish to fry to be worrying about deer and turkey. They will worry about them when fall rolls around.Read More...
June 09, 2011 at 7:17 am

Great-tasting deer meat is just a soak away

Deer meat can be one of the most delicious meats around, but due to its low fat content it can be tough if not cooked down for long amounts of time. I’ve got a trick to overcoming this, as well as taking any gamey taste out of the meat: fruit juice marinades.

My go-to juice is pineapple juice, along with adding a bottle of Tiger Sauce. Not only does pineapple juice give your meat a good, sweet flavor, it also contains the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain is the most common form of meat tenderizer used in America.Read More...
June 02, 2011 at 7:36 am

Windy-Day Winners

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” — Alexander Pope

“Love never ends.” — The Bible
June 01, 2011 at 4:44 pm