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Big deer to be had on WMAs

Louisiana’s wildlife management areas offer some of the best public hunting in the South. One reason for this is the diverse habitat types represented by the 51 WMAs listed in the 2010-11 Hunting Regulations publication.Read More...
November 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

User report: 'I love this feeling!' daughter says after killing first buck

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The day started as a cool, crisp morning with calm wind. My daughter Emily was getting ready for school, and I (-Duckaholic-) commented that the afternoon would be a perfect afternoon to sit in the deer stand behind the house. I told Emily that if she was finished with her homework, I would take her deer hunting when I got home. School work comes first at our house.Read More...
November 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Chances of killing nocturnal buck slim if he smells you

Hunting a mature buck that comes out only at night is challenging enough, but add human scent to the mix, and it becomes downright impossible.Read More...
November 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Good-luck daughter yields second trophy buck for SUPER DREW

Andrew LaFleur III has a secret weapon. It’s not a gun. It’s not a special scent or camo pattern. It’s not even a technique.

No, LaFleur’s secret weapon is his 8-year-old daughter Karly Bree LaFleur, who proved she is better than a horseshoe on Nov. 13 when she attracted a huge 11-point estimated to score in the low 150s to a stand in which she and her father were sitting.Read More...
November 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

'O' highlights turkey hunting in positive way

Hunting gets positive publicity in Oprah’s O magazine
In a first for the hunting community, the December edition of Oprah’s “O” magazine includes a positive article about hunting.Read More...
November 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Buckeye 10 kills 160-class buck on first rifle hunt

Tristan Mizer has always been a bow hunter, and had never hunted with a rifle. But this summer he bought a .308, and he broke in the new firearm in style with a 160-inch brute on Halloween morning.

“I just wanted to try (rifle hunting) out and see if I could kill something,” the Leesville hunter said. “Low and behold this deer walked out.”Read More...
November 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Thoughts on hunter courtesy

Here are just some observations from my first quarter of the deer season. First of all, we must differentiate between hunting public hunting land, which I do, and hunting on a private lease.Read More...
November 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

Wife's prodding leads to recovery of 159-inch 12-point

Sometimes men get too macho for our own good; We think we know more than we actually do. It often takes a gentle word or suggestion or intuition from our better halves to cause us to stop for a minute, rethink things and realize, by golly, they’re right.

Had 35-year-old Mitchell Ritchie not heeded the prodding and urging of his wife Amanda, the huge 12-point he arrowed late on the afternoon of Oct. 7 would have likely been a nice meal for coyotes.Read More...
November 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Heavy-rack buck arrowed in East Feliciana Parish

The East Feliciana buck was driving Michael Nicolosi crazy. It’s not that the hunter had seen the deer repeatedly, but the trail cam photo captured just after bow season opened was just eating him up.

“The first picture I got is this big, heavy-horned buck,” said Nicolosi, aka 24604edd on the Web site. “That’s what made me go back every day.”

November 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Monroe hunter tags, swims for 180-class buck

According to the weather diary, temperatures on Oct. 1 reached a sultry 85 degrees. For many bow hunters on stand that day, mosquitoes buzzing and sweat dripping off noses made their opening day experience less than desirable.

For Monroe’s Jordon Morris, however, the weather was just right. It was even balmy enough for the 22-year-old Richland Parish farmer to take a dip in the Boeuf River, and he couldn’t have been happier to hit the drink. Morris swam out to retrieve a monster buck he arrowed earlier in the day.Read More...
November 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Winnsboro men cited on Tensas National Wildlife Refuge

Three Winnsoboro men were cited Nov. 6 for allegedly violating multiple regulations on Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported.Read More...
November 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Mid-day stalks yield results

Walking up on deer is not a natural skill for many hunters, but Chackbay’s Josh Chauvin has it down to an art. And it’s a major part of his public-land hunting.Read More...
November 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Atchafalaya Delta WMA offers four exciting days of hunting

It was an eventful week that saw the Big Island open after being closed for the October youth hunt. We also got some cooler weather, and the deer were definitely on the move. On the Thursday (Oct. 28) before the Big Island opened, my buddy Scott Dupre arrowed a beautiful 8-point buck. (See picture.)

November 09, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Rookie bow hunter scores 180-inch buck

Teri Henley reminds me of the kid who goes out on his first bass fishing trip and lands a 10-pounder. What will he do for an encore? On Oct. 7, Henley started her first season to bow hunt, and she arrowed a monster 9-point buck that set the bar very high for her future hunting forays.
November 05, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Leerkes wins monthly Deer of the Year contest, Trail Cam Contest comes down to tie

Matthew Leerkes won the monthly Deer of the Year Contest in a landslide, while in the Trial Cam Contest there was a tie.Read More...
November 05, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Persistence pays off for Register with 140-class buck

Chris Register has been bow hunting since he was a teenager, but the 26-year-old had yet to connect on a deer. Well, that’s not exactly true: He had shot and lost a doe.

But that all changed Oct. 12 when he arrowed a genuine Pope & Young trophy that has been green scored at 141 4/8 inches.

November 04, 2010 at 2:54 pm