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We hunted in one of three of Chuck Buckley’s blinds Martin has inherited from him.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Chuck Buckley: The man

Martin Close III’s father Martin Jr. often good-naturedly called his friend Chuck Buckley an “unnaturalized citizen” of Alexandria.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Chuck Buckley’s Duck (Coot) Gumbo

According to Martin Close, Chuck Buckley loved coots (poule d’eaus).

“Charlie kinda kept (the recipe) in his head, but his son Robert watched his father cook and pieced it together,” Close explained. “The recipe was his pride and joy. It’s very good!”Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Thistlethwaite Theorem — This WMA is the focus of a successful QDM experiment

Gerald Ducote of Melville had reason to be optimistic on Dec. 26.

He, his father Kirt Rodriguez and his brother-in-law Jason Bergeron had left the woods that evening after seeing 1 ½- year-old bucks and spikes chasing does within the interior of Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area.

“We had been hunting active deer sign on the edges of a 2-year-old cutover,” the 27-year-old crane operator said. “There were rubs and scrapes just all over the area.”

The next grey, cold morning found Ducote jacking up a tree in his Summit climber, facing the cutover. The wind was at his face, and he was ready to see deer.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Thistlethwaite WMA - the 10-year quality deer management experiment

Thistlethwaite WMA’s 11,000 acres of palmetto-laced hardwoods, located six miles north of Washington on state Highway 10 will be entering year eight of a 10-year experiment designed to deliver quality whitetail bucks such as Ducote’s.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Tadpole’s Tensas — Tactics for Tensas NWR deer hunting

It was Jan. 7 of this year and Alton “Tadpole” McLeod was hunting an area of Tensas National Wildlife Refuge he had not previously hunted. He found a deer trail and a suitable tree for his climbing stand overlooking the trail and got set up.

Around 4 p.m. buzzards (of all things) began to congregate at a roost tree nearby.

“They were making a lot of noise, landing, flapping wings and breaking branches,” McLeod said. “There must have been 30 or 40 of them.”

Tadpole was discouraged and did not expect any deer movement due to all the noise. He considered moving, but since it was so late in the day he decided to sit it out till dark.

Around 5 p.m. he heard something moving in the palmettos, coming from the direction of the buzzard roost. He suspected either a deer or bear.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Bucks by the numbers

Refuge Manager Kelly Purkey said the chances of killing a buck on Tensas NWR is pretty good. Last season the refuge produced three bucks scoring over 200 non-typical points.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

About Tensas River NWR

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 with the aim of saving and preserving “one of the largest privately owned tracts of bottomland hardwoods remaining in the Mississippi Delta.”Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Balancing Act

We used to say at the deer camp not to shoot the does, now it’s don’t shoot the bucks. My how things have changed!

By now most everyone in the deer hunting community knows what the letters QDM stand for. Quality deer management is the type of deer management that has the objective of producing a quality deer herd with an older age class of bucks while providing hunters with quality deer hunting.

It is not trophy deer management, although it can produce trophy bucks.

In Louisiana, many clubs and private landowners have adopted QDM and are actively practicing the old motto of the Quality Deer Management Association: Let ’em Go and Let ’em Grow.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

How natural mortality figures into deer management

It is a given that deer are going to die annually on your property due to factors other than legal deer hunting.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Second Split Stand-off — Move stands to see more late-season deer

Da Saints had just stomped Da Falcons in Da Dome. Da Tigers were scheduled to stomp Bama at the championship the following week. And a perfectly-timed (for hunting) holiday cold-front was barreling through.

So spirits were soaring high at Da Camp as we converged the day after Christmas, with Da owners Eddie and Artie arriving elegantly late, as usual.

Exactly which one of Dem owned and ran the deer-club had never been precisely nailed down. Artie’s uncle more or less “founded” Da Lease back around the time “Bum” Phillips resigned as Saint’s coach in a huff.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Family matters — Quality deer management is a family matter on this land

Mark Huvall had seen a huge deer several times over the past few years, and now the buck was walking right into his lap.

“He walked up to within 6 yards of my blind,” Huvall said. “I released my arrow and watched him take off. I noticed that he staggered a couple of times as he ran so I felt I’d made a good shot.”

That the deer was a monster wasn’t in question, but what wasn’t clear until he recovered the animal was that it would stretch the tape to 200 inches.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

You’ve got to let deer grow

According to Dugas, once hunters have decided just what is possible on their lands of choice for quality deer management — they then have to make a decision on what can be harvested.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Shoot does for better deer management

For a couple of reasons, Roland Dugas Jr., his family and guests take does during mid-October through mid-December.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Feeding quality whitetails critical to quality deer management

In Dugas’ opinion, food for quality whitetails has to be distributed throughout the entire property 12 months out of the year.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

The QDM-DMAP Connection

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recognizes QDM as a valuable component to its Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). The following statement appears on the LDWF website regarding QDM practices regarding DMAP:Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am