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The art of the sport

One of the surprise films of the year has been “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.” An international hit, it’s also been in the top five of revenue-per-theatre here in America.

Part comedy, part drama and purely inspirational, it’s the story of how Dr. Alfred Jones, an uptight, agnostic fisheries expert, discovers faith and purpose while helping a wealthy sheik realize his vision of bringing fly fishing to the desert. Read More...
July 09, 2012 at 7:00 am

What have you done for wildlife today?

When I went to work for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries way back in 1976, the late Dewey Wills was assistant chief of the Game Division (now the Wildlife Division). Dewey was responsible for the land purchasing program for the department and was involved with the purchase of many of the wildlife management areas that we are so familiar with.Read More...
July 09, 2012 at 7:00 am

Berkley Gulp! Mullet

Rig it for trolling, jigging or swimming. The Gulp! Alive! 6-inch Swimming Mullet from Berkley is sure to grab the attention of saltwater predators with its huge curl tail. Available in Gulp! Alive! oval buckets and Gulp! saltwater packages, the Swimming Mullet comes in chartreuse, pearl white and pink. Baits are easily recharged with Gulp! Alive! juice by placing the used bait back into the oval bucket for future use.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Dominance dilemma

In today’s age of whitetail management the understanding and practice of mandatory antler restrictions is under way. This approach primarily allows yearling bucks protection so the animals can reach whitetail maturity with sizeable racks, as well as sound age structures and buck-to-doe ratios.

Hunters afield are also starting to pass on legally harvestable bucks — giving these deer the opportunity to reach full antler growth.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Pass a Good Time

After spending a hot summer day searching for speckled trout in the surf, the cool sea breeze felt good as I strolled down the old wooden bridge among a crowd of people after dark.

Singles, couples and families were lined up side by side along the railing, and the smell of grilled food hung in the air as a country tune played on a distant boom box. Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Outa Sight

Everywhere I go, I seem to bump into Casey McLaurin, director of operations for Acadiana Outfitters, a high-end specialty outdoor retailer located on the outskirts of New Iberia. Casey loves to fish for speckled trout and he loves to duck hunt, so our talk always turns to one of the two subjects.

He is only 34 years old, young for so much responsibility, but I listen to him carefully.

Good thing.
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Mad as a Hatter

Some people think Charles Citrano is just a little bit crazy. But the way he sees it, he’s just somebody who always has catfish fillets in his freezer.

You see, Citrano isn’t your typical Cross Lake catfish angler. Oh, he’ll get out there and drift-fish Hicks Pocket all day long when the weather is nice and sunny, but the crazy part comes into play when Shreveport is the recipient of extremely heavy rain.

“I’m not talking about little sprinkles here,” Citrano said. “I’m talking about at least an inch and a half to 3 inches. The worse the weather is the better the catfish bite.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

It’s not time to leave the woods and go fishing just yet

Hunting success comes from planning ahead.

Even though the 2012 turkey season has ended and the 2012 deer season is months away, it is not time to leave the woods and go fishing; there is plenty of work to do to get the habitat in shape for the new turkey poults and for the upcoming deer season.Read More...
June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

Time for summer school

A recent study found that the average age of college students is on the rise. Over 38 percent are now 25 or older.

Allan Stewart of Australia is definitely skewing the stats. The 97-year-old just graduated from Southern Cross University with a degree in clinical science.Read More...
June 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

Developing “deer statistics”

Common definitions of the word “statistics” are: 1) the mathematics of the collection, organization and interpretation of numerical data, or 2) the science that deals with the analysis and interpretation of numerical data.Read More...
June 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

July mag lays out summer hotspots

The July issue of Louisiana Sportsman will head to the printers this afternoon, (June 21) and start arriving in mailboxes and on newsstands within the week.

There’s no reason why you should go home without your fill of trout this July. We’ll tell you how to overcome obstacles such as wimpy tides, stiff winds and the extreme heat and still put fish in the boat.Read More...
June 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

WMA deer harvest, hunter efforts down last season

An analysis of the 2011-12 managed deer hunts on wildlife management areas revealed that total harvests was down by approximately 700 deer when compared to the 2010-11 hunting seasons.

That represents a 23-percent decline.
June 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Chapman clinches first Elite Series win on Toledo Bend

Kansas pro Brent Chapman received an early birthday present today (June 10) when he pocketed $100,000 for winning the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held this weekend on Toledo Bend.

“I feel awesome,” said Chapman, who turns 40 early next month. “This is one more check-off on the list of my goals.”

The win was his fourth B.A.S.S. victory, although it was his first Elite Series win.Read More...
June 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Stop the snapper ‘management’ idiocy

My dad grew up in North Louisiana when deer could only be found in the thick bottomlands of the Tensas River delta and anyone killing one was hailed a hero.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 9:32 am

Off-road hybrids

Anybody who runs a boat with a gas engine on the back and an electric motor on the front is familiar with the gas-electric hybrid concept. When you want to be silent and not breathe engine exhaust, you run the electric motor. When you want to go faster and noise and exhaust are not a problem you run the gas engine.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:40 am

Predatory Pursuits

The bow season is under way. You’ve prepared the stand, scouted intensely and labored over the land — all in anticipation of enjoying the outdoors and taking a whitetail.

As time passes, you begin to ponder why no deer have shown up; then suddenly your heart pounds as an unexpected visitor makes its presence known. Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 7:00 am