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Thrasher bags three-beamed Bienville monster

Although 40-year-old Scott Thrasher had the day off Nov. 30, with his eye on sitting on his stand as dawn broke over the Bienville Parish woods, the weatherman put a kink in his hunting plans.

“Instead of heading for my stand, I drove on down to the store located near our hunting lease and sat and chatted with the fellows there because the weather forecast called for an 80 percent chance of rain,” Thrasher explained.Read More...
December 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

First waterfowl split fantastic for most hunters

The 2010 duck season has been just what the doctor ordered, so far. Following lackluster early starts in recent years, this year bucked the trend with a parade of respectable cold fronts pushing into the Bayou State.Read More...
December 07, 2010 at 8:02 am

JD Man, Buckdown win online photo contests

Users JD Man and Buckdown earned prize packages today (Dec. 6) for winning the November installments of the Nikon Deer of the Year and Trail contests.Read More...
December 06, 2010 at 2:38 pm

'Zachary36' takes buck of lifetime at 17

Cory Coreil really only had one thing on his mind when he went hunting the afternoon of Nov. 26 – get his 12-year-old sister Julia a shot at her first deer. When the two young hunters climbed from the box stand, however, it was to retrieve a buck wearing headgear that included 22 points and later taped out at more than 178 inches.Read More...
December 06, 2010 at 10:56 am

Father kills son in hunting accident

A father killed his adult son in an apparent hunting accident near Singer on Saturday night, according to news reports. The shooting was under investigation by Beauregard Parish and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents, reported.

December 06, 2010 at 9:05 am

Kicking it Old School

Did you ever hear of Wolf Creek, Duck Slough, Muddy Bayou, Pocosin, Whiskey Chitto creeks, Dugdemona River, Chaney and Choctaw Creek, Upper and Lower Sunk lakes? Or how about Hunter Creek, Ben’s Creek, Mississippi Bayou, Sally Miller Pond or Louisiana Cypress Canal?Read More...
December 03, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Deer Dynamics: Rut Hierarchy

Once bucks are in the height of pursuing does, their instincts for survival are somewhat diminished. Their eyes, ears and noses are focused on estrus does, and although they can still respond to threats, most of the time it takes them a few seconds longer to put two and two together. This stupor of hesitation on a rutting buck’s part offers a grand opportunity to bring him down.
December 03, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Mossy Oak pro’s to-do list

Patrick Kelleher has killed some dandies while traveling with Mossy Oak’s “Hunting the Country,” and he’s learned a thing or two about how to keep on bucks as they change patterns.Read More...
December 03, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Late fawns, feeding deer, rut update

I took the photograph of the spotted fawn in East Feliciana Parish on Sept. 29, two days before the 2010 bow season opened. This parish is located in Area 1, and on Oct. 1, the vast majority of the fawns in our area are still spotted and nursing.Read More...
December 03, 2010 at 11:58 am

Bet you never thought of this tactic

Whitetail deer have resided in the woods and plains of North America long before Europeans and Africans arrived on the continent.Read More...
December 02, 2010 at 10:07 am

Tricks of the deer-hunting trade

You wouldn’t expect a serious golfer to hit the links with just any set of clubs. He has to have his clubs — the ones he uses to give him confidence in his drives, chips and putts.

Can you see Tiger Woods out there with a Bear Bryant hound’s tooth hat? No, he has to be wearing a cap with that fancy “TW” inscribed on the front.

It’s the same for deer hunters. We have come to accumulate a bunch of gadgets and gizmos that we assume will not only help us attract big bucks; these special items serve the purpose of giving us confidence.Read More...
December 01, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Caney Lake has all you need for a Merry Christmas

No, you won’t find the lunker largemouth you’ve dreamed about under your Christmas tree, but you just may find it at Caney Lake, which is known for its double-digit bass.Read More...
December 01, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Swine Safari

“Come see, Bwana!” Pelayo was squatting next to a slough and beckoning me over with a hand wave. “These tracks look super fresh, Bwana.”Read More...
December 01, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Mid-Season Scouting

Tommy Milioto Jr. knew the deer was there. He had seen too many pictures of the fine buck. The problem was all the pictures were snapped at night.Read More...
December 01, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Spread the Wealth

My problem with the point I’m fishing is that the bass just have to be biting better on the one across the lake.Read More...
December 01, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Will BP money provide lasting benefit?

About two months ago, I noticed traffic cones had appeared overnight in the median of a stretch of highway I travel every day. I wondered what they were for.Read More...
December 01, 2010 at 10:00 am