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Stop the snapper ‘management’ idiocy

My dad grew up in North Louisiana when deer could only be found in the thick bottomlands of the Tensas River delta and anyone killing one was hailed a hero.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 9:32 am

Off-road hybrids

Anybody who runs a boat with a gas engine on the back and an electric motor on the front is familiar with the gas-electric hybrid concept. When you want to be silent and not breathe engine exhaust, you run the electric motor. When you want to go faster and noise and exhaust are not a problem you run the gas engine.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:40 am

Predatory Pursuits

The bow season is under way. You’ve prepared the stand, scouted intensely and labored over the land — all in anticipation of enjoying the outdoors and taking a whitetail.

As time passes, you begin to ponder why no deer have shown up; then suddenly your heart pounds as an unexpected visitor makes its presence known. Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

How whitetails’ personalities dictate reaction to predators

The topic of whitetail personalities is being addressed more and more in the hunting industry, and here again an individual deer’s disposition of being more inclined to the fight or flight instinct will undoubtedly have an effect on how the animal responds to predators.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hog wild: Impact of wild hogs on deer

Wild hog numbers are increasing in certain areas of the U.S. and, although not classified as carnivores, they are predatory in that they can locate and consume baby fawns.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Dancing the jig

Saltwater fishing has its ups and downs, but when snapper top your target list you’ll have a ton of fun with a bait based on the notion of up-and-down.

We’re talking jigs here. Drop it down, reel it up — well, there’s a little more to it than that, but along with that load of natural bait that you always carry, keep some hardware handy to add another level of sport to your game.

Of the many snapper species roaming Northern Gulf waters, jigging in one form or another appeals mostly to reds, mangroves and lanes. Pure jigging — nothing but the jig — is the main game for those crimson beasts, so we’ll start there with tactical tips from Capt. Damon McKnight of Super Strike Charters. Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Heading ’em off at the passes

In sort of a hypnotic, mesmerizing motion the tip of my float wavered left to right in a semi-circle until it slowly sunk beneath the surface of the water.

“What the heck kind of bite is this?” I said to my friend Raymond Delco while lifting the tip of my rod straight up.

The tug from the business end of the line was all that was needed to tell me what kind of bite.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Essential bull-bream equipment

Bream big and small will often suck a bait — hook and all — deep down their throats before the float sinks.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Rack ’em and stack ’em

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after,” said Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century American poet, naturalist, hermit and philosopher. Obviously, Thoreau wasn’t from South Louisiana. Maybe up where he’s from men philosophize about why they go fishing. Is it to commune with nature or to connect with the divine soul of the universe, or some other such metaphysical nonsense?

June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

A full plate

“Ain’t no way!” Eddie snarled in response to Pelayo’s entreaty, which involved a “rig-fishing” trip.

Eddie, though only recently back from his northern exile after his second disbarment, was fully aware of the new and diminutive red snapper limits. He was also aware that bull croakers and white trout — for whatever reason — have long since vanished. And these two were always the mainstays that filled boxes during “rig-fishing” trips back when we were “Paaaw-tying Haaawty!” in Tigerland during the Disco era.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Fishing trip makes bachelor party despite dire weather warnings

With the weekend set, I was eagerly anticipating a full-out ruthless fishing assault at my lil’ brothers bachelor party in Cocodrie. Unexpectedly, there was a last minute curve ball thrown at us: A huge, swirling low-pressure system making its way from Texas was planning to curve toward us all three days.Read More...
May 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

June issue ships out today

The Louisiana Sportsman staff are hard at work dotting the I's and crossing the T's of the June issue, and later this afternoon (May 17) the magazine will head to the printers. That means that, within the week, the issue will be arriving in mailboxes and newsstands across the state.

Red snapper take center stage this month, and reading this issue will ensure you’re ready to pursue the most-talked-about fish of the summer. If chasing trout is more your thing, we’ve got tips and tricks for fishing Lake Pontchartrain, Delacroix and Lake Raccourci that will have you polishing off your day with limits every time.Read More...
May 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Dumb game laws

Louisiana Sportsman is of course the best outdoor publication around, but I do read a few others. So when the March 2012 issue of Petersen’s Hunting hit the mailbox I took a quick look at the page for the monthly highlights.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The 2012 Turkey Games

The late Ken Morgan believed that turkey hunting was a one-man game. In fact, he wrote a book titled “Turkey Hunting: A One Man Game.” In the preface of the book, he states that the solitary hunter alone in the woods gets the maximum amount of relaxation and pleasure from the game.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Managing the data — Part 3

The pursuit by a hunter of trail-camera photo information regarding whitetail buck activity can be a labor intensive project and, as a result, the end product is absolutely what you make it to be.

My personal trail-camera goals revolve primarily around monitoring and documenting buck presence and movement activity on my hunting property before, during and after each deer-hunting season.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Mineral Mizer

Give those big bucks on your property something they can’t resist. Mineral Mizer Bags, filled with nutritious and tasty mineral blends, such as Wild Buck Persimmon, Wild Buck Acorn and Wild Buck Apple, will keep your deer herd coming back for more. You won’t have to make frequent trips to refill your bag either, thus keeping the area free from human disturbance and scent. In addition, Mineral Mizer has created the Bad Boarz Mineral Blend to practically guarantee you a wild boar hunting hot spot.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 7:00 am