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Rossi Rio Grande

Rossi steps up its Rio Grande lever-action rifle line with the addition of .410-gauge shotshell or .45-70 Government ammunition models. Both new rifles offer a fast side-loading gate, closed tubular magazine, authentic buckhorn sights, a cushioned recoil pad, cross-bolt safety, lever actuated safety and the onboard Taurus Security System. The .410-gauge holds 5 rounds of ammunition and the .45-70 Rio Grande provides 6+1 rounds.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

Crankbait Campaign Trail

This one leans to the left; that one goes far right. Here’s one that keeps a centrist course.

January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

The Leanest Month

No Hollywood premier generated such anticipation. The capacity crowd waiting for the Rolling Stones to finally strut onto the Superdome stage in 1989 seemed pathetically blase’ compared to this crowd. The one stomping the Tad Gormley bleachers for the Beatles in ’64 had nothing on this bunch. Even the Jazz Fest crowd craving Vince Vance and Benny Grunch and the — whoops! Now THAT’s going TOO far! I’m losing all sense of proportion here. Getting carried away. Sorry. Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

Permanent Plots

In my lifetime, I have only known the Delta to be an expanse of rowed-up dirt that is planted annually with various crops that feed and clothe the world. Deltans can look across a field that continues for miles with no apparent end. Approaching lightning storms on hot summer nights can be viewed from what seems to be as far away as Texas.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

Belated Bucks

In the northwest corner of Louisiana, Red River bass fishing guide Russ McVey sits in a box stand overlooking a pipeline with his daughter Madison about to run out of iPod battery. They hope a buck trying to recover from the rut wants to grab a few kernels of corn.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

Creative corn techniques

In his efforts to save some money when it comes to the cost of corn, Russ McVey has learned that spreading it with an ATV spreader a few days before he hunts works well for him. However, to try to make his corn go farther and provide him a better hunting opportunity, he has also learned some tricks about how to put some corn on the ground.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

Concealment key to late-season hunts

One of the tallest hurdles about hunting late season deer is that they are on the back end of a season during which they have just about seen, heard and smelled it all. Deer are wary enough, but deer that have learned how to avoid being shot take the cake.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

Management hunt ends in genuine trophy

Ron Anderson and the buddy with whom he shares hunting rights on a couple of hundred acres in East Feliciana Parish weren’t happy with how the season was unfolding.

“We had talked about how disappointed we were this season because we hadn’t had any trophy deer show up,” Anderson said.

So he was surprised when a buck that has been green scored at more than 180 inches stepped out yesterday afternoon (Dec. 28).Read More...
December 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest to highlight trophy deer from past two seasons

Deer hunters dream of that big buck stepping into their sights, and if you've been lucky that dream has come true in the past couple of years.

If that is the case, you’ll definitely want to enter the rack in the 2012 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest, to be held at the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show in March.Read More...
December 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

Playing the wind yields East Baton Rouge Parish giant

The vast majority of deer hunters in Louisiana look for their quarry from the vantage point of elevated stands. Many also utilize trail cameras to give them an idea of what they’re hunting.

Slaughter resident James Phelps, 27, relies on neither: He does most of his hunting from the ground and doesn’t use trail cameras. That strategy paid off Dec. when Phelps popped a big-bodied, massive-racked 18 point buck that should score in the 160-inch range.Read More...
December 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Heartbreak on the Delta

I found a new stand location at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA, with little hunter pressure and tons of deer and hog sign in the area. My first hunt resulted in the hog kill mentioned in my last article.

I was looking forward to finally getting a morning hunt, since the fog was finally not going to be an issue. I set up well before daylight, and could hear a deer walking slowly around feeding about 40 or 50 yards directly in front of my location. This was about 20 minutes before good light.Read More...
December 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Third-generation Red River hunting stand yields 170-inch trophy

Berl Lawson’s dad erected a deer stand at the edge of a pasture on the family’s cattle farm 25 years ago, a stand the elder Lawson hunted until his son was older. Now that Berl has a 13-years-old son, Lewis, the youngster is claiming squatter’s rights to the stand, and with good reason.

On Dec. 8, the teen downed a huge 170-class 9-point buck from the stand.Read More...
December 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Sighting of small buck turns into St. Landry Parish monster deer

Steve “Moonie” Chelette was excited when he headed to the woods on Friday (Dec. 16). The weather had turned nasty, with temperatures dropping and a drizzling rain setting in, and he had seen a small buck the day before and was making a move to try and cut it off.

“I had a ladder stand on the other side of property where I thought he was, and I went there looking for him,” Chelette said.

What showed up that afternoon turned out to be a monster 18-pointer that has been green scored at 166 2/8 inches Boone & Crockett.Read More...
December 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

The trick to scent-free boots

I find most hunters take good care of their clothes with scent-prevention tactics, but they give little notice to their boots. Just because they are rubber doesn’t mean your aren’t putting scent down. While you might not be leaving your scent on the earth where you step, any odor will be released in the air along the path traveled.

It’s the item you wear the most but wash the least, so I’m going to share my tricks to eliminating odor in boots.Read More...
December 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

'BIG GRIFF' closes deal on 150-inch Lafourche Parish buck

A 500-acre chunk of pasture and woodland near Raceland in Lafourche Parish served as the final resting place for an impressive 11-point buck taken down by Des Allemands’ deer hunter Stephen “Griff” Griffin.

Griffin had gotten a sneak peek at the buck he estimated to score in the 150s just 10 days prior to bagging it on Dec. 8.Read More...
December 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Another Delta hog down

The fog has really been hampering my bow-hunting plans down at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area. However, I was able to use my GPS to make it down there for a mid-morning hunt recently.

At 10:40 a.m., I saw a medium-sized hog walking on a trail through the tall cut grass. I had him at 35 yards, but he would not stop walking. I held off on the shot, and within a couple of minutes I could hear some loud cracking in the grass.

He was coming in right next to my tree stand. He popped out at 15 yards and, already at full draw, I let him have it with my 100-grain Muzzy.Read More...
December 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

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