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Nutra deer attracts marsh deer

It’s impossible to put food plots in marshes, for obvious reasons. Plus the marsh is a virtual smorgasbord of deer food.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Tale of two weeks: Bayou Dularge redfish action goes crazy in October

Three days after Hurricane Isaac raked across coastal Louisiana, Capt. Marty LaCoste launched his 24-foot Blue Wave Pure Bay from Jugs Landing at the end of Highway 315 below Houma in Terrebonne Parish.

He knew what he was looking for, but he wasn’t sure he was going to find it.

Turns out, after making a loop from Lake Mechant into Sister Lake, down to the coast, up Pelican Pass and on into Bay Junop and King Lake, he found no birds and no clear water.

His catch for the day included a couple of redfish, a black drum and a freshwater catfish.

Things were a lot better for him two days later.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Start with squirrels: Hunting busy-tails is a great way to initiate young hunters

Squirrels aren’t sexy.

They don’t have 12-inch beards and 1 ½-inch-long spurs that hunters just can’t wait to measure.

They don’t have G2s and main beams that hunters just can’t wait to see how they fit in the palms of their hands.

They don’t have tusks that threaten to disembowel the dogs that bay them into a corner.

And except for a couple satirical images on the internet of G.I. Joes standing with their feet on top of one, there is no such thing as a trophy squirrel.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Pinewood Derby Deer: How to up your deer-hunting odds in pine plantations

My son tossed a block of wood onto the counter and asked me to help him turn it into a car that would win his local Cub Scouts’ annual Pinewood Derby race.

I stared at it a while and wondered how in the heck we were going to turn a stretched-out looking cube of wood into a car that would roll down a track in style.

But with the help of my dad’s wood shop, we marked out a design and clamped that featureless block of wood into a vise.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Food facts: Target the best deer foods to kill more deer

As we all know, the 2011 mast crop was tremendous, but the overall statewide deer harvest was way down from past years.

While many are quick to blame low deer numbers due to drought, coyotes, poor habitat, etc., the plain and simple fact is that deer had an abundant food source available to them — and they did not have to visit the feeders and food plots as most hunters hoped they would and subsequently banked their hunting outings on.

A very mild winter also kept native browse greener than usual, providing the deer with sufficient food.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Moreland’s Desirable Dozen

As previously mentioned, deer eat a large variety of plant species but there are a few that deer really prefer in the state’s forest. The following is a list of 12 woody species that I believe the deer manager should key on in the management program. This list does not include the herbaceous plant species (forbs) that deer frequently eat; however, if the deer manager is doing the right habitat work, these species will occur across the landscape during the different seasons of the year.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

East Feliciana Parish stomach samples

31 deer were sampled
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Upper Morganza Floodway stomach samples

9 deer were sampled
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

The one deer book you have to read

Deer-hunting success comes down to how much work you’ve put in, and it’s a never-ending battle to gain the upper hand on a wily buck.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Bushytail Booyah: Making the most of the opening weekend of squirrel season

Sammy Guillory of Breaux Bridge was a man on a mission near the end of one of his first hunts during the 2011 Louisiana squirrel season.

Looking through his bag, the 50-year-old hunter counted seven squirrels — five greys and two large foxes — and the morning was getting late.

“I then heard some barking, and I needed just one more squirrel to get my limit,” recalled Guillory.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Suburban cross: Learn how to hunt suburban deer

By 8:20 a.m. five text messages had alerted me to many vital matters.

“Remember I gotta get home in time for the Saints-Colts tailgate party!” read one.

“Wait till you see my Harry Potter Halloween costume!” read another.

“Saw some squirrels — but not as many as in my backyard. Can I bring my air rifle next time? And pop a few squirrels? Looks like they really, really like this corn. And here comes a raccoon! I thought you said this place was full of deer? Well, I haven’t seen any yet?” Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Haunted Graveyard: Head to Lafitte’s Indian Graveyard for hot fall redfishing action

So, when the voice on the other end of the phone said we’d be fishing in a graveyard, I’ll admit it took me aback. The call came a short time before Hurricane Isaac struck, so we weren’t talking about fishing a flooded cemetery.

“Where are we going to be fishing?” I asked for clarification.

“Indian Graveyard,” the voice answered. “It’s a big area of ponds and canals down between here and Grand Isle.

“And it should be loaded up with redfish right now.”Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

The good, the bad, the ugly and the dangerous

Whenever hurricanes or big tropical storms blow through our area the fishing action often increases.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Coastal region’s best hope for Isaac recovery: You!

OK, admit it: You didn’t take Tropical Storm Isaac seriously. No, it’s alright. I didn’t either, even when when it finally churned it’s way up to a Category 1 hurricane. Really, what was there to fear? Isaac certainly was no Katrina.

I even laughed and used the approach of the storm as an excuse to break my diet, stocking up on Oreos, chips and Dr. Peppers. About the only concession I made was buying 10 gallons of fuel for our generator. And a portable air-conditioning unit (hey, I’m not completely stupid).Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

The rub about deer: Understanding rubs

*Editor’s note: Tommy Kirkland has spent years photographing white-tailed deer, and this article is based on his observations.

Moving along the woodland edge, the morning dew saturates the footwear. As the sun breaks through, you finally find evidence of whitetail activity — a fresh tree rub.

Approaching the battered pine, you’re quick to notice that this isn’t just your typical rub: An explosion of several new rubs is just beyond the edge. They’re all about the same height and with the same degree of intense rubbing.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am


The odds of hunting success can be increased by learning what foods deer are most likely to eat.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am