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Citations issued for illegal deer hunting

Ten people recently were cited in Webster and Bienville parishes for alleged illegal deer hunting, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported.

The citations came after LDWF enforcement agents received tips about night hunting, the agency said.Read More...
February 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

Providence leads Woodworth hunter to 175-inch Rapides Parish trophy buck

Thirty-nine-year old Todd Glorioso is a firm believer in using estrous doe scent, and Code Blue is his go-to favorite. He also believes that if there is little for deer to eat on a parcel of ground, they’ll readily scarf down the bucketsful of acorns he places there for them.

He is also a strong believer in providence, which directed his actions on Jan. 12 and put him on an impressive 11-point Rapides Parish buck that has been green scored just more than 175 inches Boone & Crockett.Read More...
February 08, 2012 at 9:15 am

Old stand yields trophy buck for 10-year-old hunter

Alexandria farmer Peter DeKeyzer was puzzled when his son 10-year-old Jack told him which stand he wanted to hunt on the afternoon of Jan. 2.

“Daddy, I want to sit on stand 73,” Jack said firmly.

“Stand 73? Son, that stand hasn’t been hunted in two years, hasn’t been cleaned up. Are you sure?” the elder DeKeyzer said.

“Yep, I’m sure,” Jack answered.
February 07, 2012 at 11:46 am

Department proposes either-sex deer tag, other hunting changes

If the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has its way, hunters across all of the state will see some type of alteration to their regulations for the 2012-13 season. Most significantly, the department would like to change the makeup of the six tags it issues to deer hunters.Read More...
February 02, 2012 at 9:19 am

Close encounter turns into 190-inch St. Landry Parish buck

When 12-year-old Thomas Artall finally realized that the deer whose rear he was looking at sported a big rack on the other end, a couple of problems quickly became evident. First, Artall tried to get his gun over the shooting rail, but the rail was too tall. Second, he discovered his scope was dialed too high to find the big animal only 20 yards away.

The youngster solved the initial problem by quietly moving his Remington .30-06 bolt-action to a lower rail.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Take a holiday for sac-a-lait

Fishing is a lifetime pursuit; one never stops learning. Sometimes the education comes from books, videos or seminars. Sometimes it comes from the kids down the street.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 2:27 pm

2011-12 Deer of the Year

The 2011-12 season kicked off in style when Cecilia’s Nick Thibodeaux arrowed a buck that green scored 160 inches Pope & Young while hunting on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area.

The kill turned out to be a hint of things to come, as monstrous bucks fell at a steady pace throughout the season. By the middle of December, more than a dozen deer scoring over 145 inches had been discovered by Louisiana Sportsman staff.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 11:08 am

A new year in paradise

The magazine in the doctor’s office referred to Grand Teton National Park as a nature lover’s paradise. No doubt it is, especially in the winter when the game descends the mountains and walks around with the humans.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:22 am

In the rearview mirror

After 34 years with LDWF’s Division of Law Enforcement, I retired as assistant chief in April 2011, and returned home to Gardner. My career with LDWF provided the opportunity to work with dedicated fish and wildlife enforcement and management professionals, elected and appointed officials and hunters and fishermen throughout Louisiana. I found many good friends along the way in each of these groups, chief among them wildlife enforcement agents here at home and throughout the country.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:22 am

Rusty gun syndrome

We were swapping out units: I was getting a newer take-home unit from one of the other guys. He was getting another unit assigned to him by the chief in our small-town police department.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:21 am

YUMbrella Rig

The newest wave of artificial lures has taken the fishing world by storm within the past few months.

YUM Bait Co. is glad to be in the middle of the tempest created by the introduction of multi-armed, literally and figuratively, umbrella rigs. Look at one, and you’ll see what looks like a spinnerbait head with five wires attached to the back of it, each ending with a barrel swivel and a snap swivel to affix a soft plastic of some sort imbedded on a hook.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

2012 Turkey Season Forecast

Nov. 19 was the opening day of the deer gun season in Area 1, and I was sitting in my big ladder stand overlooking a long planted strip at Camp David that I have named the Wildlife Tram. A portion of this strip had been planted in American joint-vetch, and had been regularly used by the whitetails. The other portion had been planted with some grain forages for turkeys, and the turkeys had also been frequent users of this strip. In fact a hen and her four poults could often be seen feeding along on the strip since May.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Check those pockets

Portable hunting blinds are a great asset to turkey hunters. They hide a hunter’s movement which very much helps when that gobbler hangs up and surveys the situation. I use them all the time for both turkey hunting and deer hunting.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Should we shoot Jakes?

In Louisiana it is legal to shoot Jakes, the one-year-old gobblers. Some states do not allow this and regulate the harvest with a minimum beard length. The annual harvest of Jakes in the state accounts for about 15 to 20 percent of the annual harvest, several hundred birds. Biologists with LDWF do not feel this is a problem for our turkey population and provides opportunity for hunters.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Veteran turkey hunter dies

Anyone who hunted turkeys in East and West Feliciana during the seventies and eighties is familiar with the name Ken Morgan. Kenny died of cancer on Nov. 20 of this past year. He lived in Jackson and enjoyed many a spring morning turkey hunting there and in the surrounding communities. He invented a tube-type caller known as the Morgan Caller. He was quite proud of this turkey call and claimed it made the best gobbler call ever.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Break the Rules, Catch More Fish

If I were a betting man, I’d be willing to bet that when Capt.Charlie Thomason was a kid, he was always in trouble. I picture him as the mischievous type, cutting up in class, constantly talking and generally disruptive. Not in any menacing, criminal sense, mind you, but the type of kid who is perpetually antsy, unable to sit quietly, clowning and talking up a storm — the kind of kid who likes to color outside the lines.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am