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Fish tacos have become very popular in south Louisiana. Because they are quickly made, they are ideal for preparation after a long fishing trip.

This Johnson Bayou cook shines

The night before making a raid on big Sabine Lake trophy speckled trout, 37-year-old fishing guide Robbie Trahan treated me to some Johnson Bayou cooking.

Yesterday at 11:00am
A female nilgai — Asia's largest antelope — escaped from an unknown pen and was shot Thursday morning on Richard K. Yancey WMA. Samples from the animal are being tested to confirm it didn't pose a threat to the state's deer herd.

Escaped Asian antelope shot on Richard K. Yancey WMA

An escaped exotic Asian antelope was shot on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Thursday morning, and blood and tissue samples are being sent off to ensure the animal was not carrying any diseases potentially harmful to the state’s deer herd.

August 25 at 3:37pm
Lactation rates in does harvested last fall dipped below 50 percent in some areas of the state, raising red flags for LDWF biologists concerned about poor recruitment during the summer of 2015.

Deer lactation rates ‘major concern’ in portions of the state, LDWF report says

While the deer harvest increased statewide by 12 percent during the 2015-16 season, fawn recruitment and poorer than expected lactation rates in certain areas of the state were a major concern noted in the annual Deer Report prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 25 at 1:43pm
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, shares his favorite gar patty recipe, and also demonstrates how to clean a gar in about five minutes using only a machete.

Video: Apex Predator cleans gar with machete in five minutes

Homemade fish patties have long been a favorite food of mine.

August 24 at 5:26pm
A gobbling bird can draw poachers onto private land.

Poachers on private property

It was a beautiful morning, a perfect time to be in the woods. The spring gobbler season was underway, but the only birds making any music were the cardinals and blue jays.

August 24 at 3:17pm
An iPad allows the author to check trail cam pictures and make real-time decisions on camera locations.

Have your sights set on a buck before the season even starts

Where in the world did the summer go? Here it is August, and the respective opening days for SEC football season and hunting season are just weeks away.

August 22 at 9:00am
A look at a marina parking lot shows the various methods and vehicles that can be used for kayak transport. From the roof of a car to the bed of a truck, kayaks are lightweight and can easily be carried back and forth to your fishing location.

’Yak transport

One of the appealing aspects of kayak fishing is a ’yak’s light weight and ease of transport to fishing destinations. However, there is more that goes into getting your kayak from home to the water than meets the eye.

August 16 at 4:00pm
A deer walking into the author’s food plot on June 1 that was planted in mid-May. The spear-shaped whitish leaves are soybeans that had sprouted.

The perfect seed mix for deer — Part II

At the 2016 Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting, a presentation was made concerning different food plot mixtures and their effectiveness in attracting deer.

August 12 at 9:00am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hosting six public meetings to discuss a proposed ban on importing cervid carcasses that would hopefully prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease into the state's deer herd.

Public hearings set for proposed cervid carcass importation ban

If you hunt outside of Louisiana and return regularly with dead deer, you should plan on attending one of six public meetings scheduled later this month to discuss a proposal currently being considered by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission that would ban the importation of cervid carcasses.

August 11 at 3:17pm
Buckley Kessler got pulled overboard by a big yellowfin tuna Friday night 120 miles south of Grand Isle when the harpoon failed and the deckhand released the line as the fish broke free.

Video: Big yellowfin pulls angler overboard when harpoon fails

Everyone knows that accidents can happen anytime you head out on a fishing trip. 

But when you’re 120 miles offshore — fishing at night — your margin for error dramatically decreases.

August 10 at 10:35pm
Ivy Robichaux, 14, of Cut Off, poses with the 188.4-pound tarpon she caught Saturday morning out of Grand Isle. If certified by the IGFA, it will be the world record in the junior female division.

Pending junior female world record tarpon caught out of Grand Isle

Capt. Lance ‘Coon’ Schouest has seen plenty of grown men struggle while hooked up in a battle with a big tarpon. 

August 08 at 11:19am
A study by the LSU Ag Center's School of Renewable Natural Resources reveals feral hogs are spreading pathogens like E. coli and salmonellosis in water bodies in Central Louisiana.

LSU study links wild hogs' DNA to waterborne pathogens in Central Louisiana

Feral hogs have long been known as an invasive, disease-carrying scourge on the Louisiana landscape, wreaking havoc on agriculture, hunting leases and even other wildlife caught in their wake.

August 02 at 10:16am

Judge orders Felicianas deer poachers to pay more than $38,000 in fines

Judge Elizabeth Jones of the 20th Judicial District Court in East and West Feliciana parishes ordered two poachers to pay a total of $38,776 for deer hunting violations that occurred last February, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 01 at 4:15pm
Team Paint Bucket shows off their red snapper stringer at the 2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held at Venice Marina.

2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo final results

Here are final results from the 18th annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held this past weekend out of Venice Marina.

August 01 at 11:27am
Blaine Salter’s goal is to build the family jig pole business his father founded larger and better than ever.

Pole Kat — How the Salter Jiggin’ Pole can make you a better angler

The cork slowly went under.

I knew it was a crappie: It didn’t swim off like a bass, twitch like a bream or disappear with a snap like a catfish.

It just eased down, down, down.

August 01 at 7:00am
Accomplished Delta bull fighter Capt. Mike Frennette shows off a big’n.

Bull stampede — Fishing for bull reds in the Mississippi Delta

Gary Abernathy was sure he saw a fish move off the tip of a grassy point on the south side of a little cut between islands.

August 01 at 7:00am