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Security tips for your hunting ground

Last month we talked about the all-too-common problems of trespass and poaching on private land. In this edition we will take a more in-depth look at these offenses and what to do about them.Read More...
August 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

Ride the Bull kayak tournament draws record crowd to Caminada Pass

Grand Isle joined the kayak fishing tournament history books on Saturday when the Third Annual Ride the Bull tournament hosted a record number of kayak anglers. In all, 261 ’yakers filled Caminada Pass and helped propel the event to the largest kayak fishing tournament in Louisiana and the third largest in the country.

If you were at Bridgeside Marina early Saturday morning, you might have thought it was opening day of deer season: Hundreds of people milled about in bright-orange safety vests waiting on the 7 a.m. shotgun start of “RTB3.” Read More...
August 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Pre-season priorities

As we transition into August and the pre-season, there are numerous tasks that we as outdoorsmen should be busily engaged in. The topic “pre-season priorities” covers everything that needs attention, from right here at home on out to our hunting property.Read More...
August 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

Stow it, float it, leash it or lose it!

Everyone knows kayak fishing is a minimalist sport. Yeah, right! With the boom in kayak fishing popularity comes an ever-increasing amount of gear that ’yakers are bringing along on their trips.

There are several simple, inexpensive tips and products that will help save your valuable gear from being ruined or lost.Read More...
August 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

Outdoor voice now reaches TV, radio

I know. I know. I know.

Believe me, I know how lucky I’ve been.

For the past 30 years, it has been my job to hunt and fish in Mississippi, and write about it. I had the privilege of meeting sportsmen and women, hearing their wonderful stories and then putting those words on paper.

It has been fun.
August 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

Going hog wild

I mentioned last month that the hogs were finally beginning to show up at the bait sites and I was making plans to put some pork in the freezer.Read More...
August 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

Camouflage Truck Stencils

Several new products have been released by Camouflage Truck Stencils, including new patterns and sizes of the lightweight, reusable magnetic painting stencils. The new patterns include a smaller size for ATVs, boats, 4 wheelers, deer stands and just about anything else you can think of. Camouflage Truck Stencils has also come out with “trophy stencils” of different animal prints so a hunter can track his or her trophies.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

A surge of testosterone: One buck’s story

The rut is on. Mature bucks, if not pursuing does, are tending and breeding estrous females.

The playing field has many contenders; yet one particular buck is not only dominating a given area with two different doe groups, but his body size is exceedingly large — even to the point of abnormality.

As he tends a doe, his entire body from forehead to the hindquarters is swollen. It appears as though his body and neck have been stuffed with pillows.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Afternoon Delight: Tips for tarpon fishing out of Venice

We were actually looking for kingfish, but a different king — this one also robed in silver — came to play, and the day turned interesting in a hurry.

Launching from Venice Marina one balmy August afternoon, I was headed out for what was to be a quick photo shoot with Scomberomorus cavalla — the toothy king mackerel. My hosts were Capts. Brandon and Brent Ballay — brothers and fixtures in the Delta fishing scene. Both felt confident that we could wrangle up a picture-worthy king in short order, so off to the rigs we went.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cranked! Tips for catching summertime marsh bass

“So uhhh — Dad. Why do we have to leave again?” my son Jason asked, while he was setting his crankbait with a solid jerk into another little marsh bass.
There was what seemed like a long pause while I contemplated my answer to his question, something I normally did as a father who raised three intelligent boys. Moreover, I knew he was messing with me because there wasn’t a good answer, no matter how I put it.

"Well if we do stay," I replied, "we’re not going to get much work done."

"So? And?" he said, while I watched him carefully remove the treble hooks from the lips of his catch.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Postage Stamp Plots, Part IV

I pulled my game cam card and anxiously rushed back to the house to see what kind of horn porn awaited me.

Of all the plots former Louisiana Sportsman editor Todd Masson and I began to manage four years ago, none of them ever had the kind of bucks on the camera cards that stood sentry over them as did this little spot about two miles down the road.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Third postage-stamp plot results in nephew’s first deer

Several years ago, my grandfather and grandmother planted blueberry bushes and a few assorted pear and apple trees in a spot they used to keep as a garden. They only planted half of that opening, though, and the rest has been allowed to lie fallow.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Buck-on-bag seed blends appropriate for small plots

One of the things I love about planting food plots is experimenting with different kinds of seeds. Not only do I like trying out different plants, but I also enjoy comparing feed-store seed with buck-on-bag seed.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Promise Keepers: Tips for opening-morning bow hunts

Bowhunters spend all summer promising themselves that things are going to be different this year.

We promise that we’re going to shoot our bows, but we don’t.

We promise we’re going to cut shooting lanes, but we don’t.

We promise we’re going to hang our stands early, but we don’t.

The next thing we know, our promises have built to the point that they break, and we make a mad dash to get things ready the last week of September.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Place bow stands near paths of least resistance

Although he admits that it’s hard to stay focused on a deer while perched in a tree when he knows the fish are biting out his back door in Lafitte, New Orleans Style Fishing Charters owner Capt. Jason Shilling gets in a little bow hunting during early October before buckling down on the deer later in the year.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Leave well enough alone for early season bow hunting

I am a chronic double-checker. That might be a good quality to have as a writer, but as a deer hunter it can be somewhat self destructive.Read More...
August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am