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Hog hunt yields 200-inch 14-pointer

Jena’s Jay Broadwell admits that he’s not really a trophy hunter. He’s shot enough deer that he doesn’t even get excited any more when he pops one. So he wasn’t all that pumped on Dec. 19 when he saw some trail cam photos of a huge buck on the 1,500-acre piece of property he hunts in Catahoula Parish.

“I actually took one of the land owners duck hunting (on Catahoula Lake), and on the way back he asked me, ‘Have I shown you the pictures of a deer we took on that place?’” Broadwell said.Read More...
January 02, 2011 at 2:00 pm
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Quality management pays off with 150-inch buck

When Milt May purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land in Madison Parish six years ago, it already had a head start on helping May fulfill his purpose for the purchase – to turn the former farmland into a mecca for waterfowl. Appropriately, the tract was named Waverly Waterfowl, was enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program and had been planted in thousands of ash, cypress and oaks.Read More...
January 02, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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Shirley kills 195-inch 20-point two days after father misses

Mike Shirley was sitting a stand on a 680-acre piece of property in Red River Parish on Dec. 3 when a big buck walked out right beneath him. And he missed. Twice.

“The deer walked out so close, Dad shot and missed, and the deer ran 25 yards and my dad shot again and missed,” son Dennis Shirley said.

Two days later, the 195-inch buck was 75 yards from the same stand. Only this time, Dennis Shirley was holding a rifle. And he didn’t miss.Read More...
January 02, 2011 at 8:46 am
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Voting begins for Deer of the Year, Trail Cam contests

It’s time for LouisianaSportsman.com users to decide the best photos entered in the December edition of the Nikon Deer of the Year and the Trail Cam contests. Voting will continue through Jan. 5, with winners in each contest announced Jan. 6.
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January 01, 2011 at 2:55 pm
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Tree Shakers

Over a year ago, a Pierre Part resident got a call that forever changed his life. A buddy who works at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries called to tell the man that he had just given his name and phone number to some folks from New York.Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm
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Late-Season Squealers

I opened the email and started to read. “And, like a drug pusher,” it began, “he eased the intoxicating liquor of waterfowl feather to his friend. ‘Take a sip,’ he said. ‘If you don’t like it, that’s okay.’ Duck hunters are a strange lot and it’s not for everybody.Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm
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Final Exams

Soft yelps and yodels from a specklebelly slipped across the atmosphere overhead, where a high winter fog hid circling birds from our view. By contrast, a slight northerly breeze kept much of the wet mist off the face of the flooded rice fields where we set up along a levee. A flock of 500 — give or take — mixed snows, blues and specks nervously milled about one field over from ours.
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December 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm
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Now Is The Time

For Area 2 hunters, January 2011 means the 2010/11 deer season is pretty much over, and it is time to clean up and pack up the deer-hunting gear.Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm
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Giving up the Goods

If the Farmer’s Almanac and all the old folks around my house are correct, we should be right in the middle of an unusually warm and dry winter as you are reading this. La Nina, I think they call it.Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm
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Biloxi is Back

Amazing!” Eddie yelled while watching his cork dance in the current around a finger of marsh jutting into Muscle Bay. “Pelayo’s Point — and it’s still here! Like the hurricane never happened.”Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm
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Dark Do You In, Dark Do You Part

Alvin Fairchild was sitting in a climber, freezing to death. He had earned that right, walking far into Sherburne Wildlife Management Area to hunt an area in which he and life-long friend Floyd Coye had scored time and time again.Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm
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It's time for some serious deer hunting

The estrus or heat cycle of a white-tailed doe lasts for 24 hours. This is the only time that she will stand still and allow a buck to breed her. Prior to this, she would run away from his advances, and this activity is referred to as the chase phase of the rut. Several days earlier, the buck sensed that her estrus cycle was near, and he began to harass and hound her up until the day of estrus.
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December 29, 2010 at 9:04 am
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Hog action from the Delta

I finally got a chance to get back to one of the spots where I have found tremendous hog activity down at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. The tide was high and the wind was blowing from the south, all conditions I need to get to this location over the high sandbars.Read More...
December 28, 2010 at 9:22 am
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Coushatta hunter’s season gets better with 230-inch buck

Andy Anderson’s hunting season began tragically when his home caught fire Oct. 7, burning to the ground and taking all Anderson’s hunting gear with it.

“Everything in my gun safe melted,” Anderson said. “The gun safe was fireproof to 1,800 degrees, but everything melted except some Leupold scopes. They were ruined, but they fared better than everything else.”Read More...
December 26, 2010 at 9:26 am
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Plan B produces 160-class buck for Tensas NWR lottery hunter

Frank Coyne and two of his sons have made the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge lottery rifle hunt a tradition during the past several years, but this year’s hunt didn’t start off very well and the trio didn’t even try to go to their primary area on Dec. 11.Read More...
December 23, 2010 at 11:03 am
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Higher-pitched deer calls may work better

One of the nation’s leading deer call manufacturers is Louisiana’s very own Haydel’s Game Calls in Bossier City. Founded by Eli Haydel some 30 years ago, Haydel’s calls are famous for their ability to “blow when wet.” Read More...
December 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm
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