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Caney Lake is ripe for sightfishing this month

The front that blew through North Louisiana yesterday (April 4), dumping rain and producing high winds, dropped temperatures at Caney Lake dramatically. Air temps were in the high 30s this morning, while water temps dropped into the low 60s.

So I was pretty uncertain about the fishing we’d find when user Craig Graham backed the boat into the water. Graham was undeterred, however.Read More...
April 05, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Deer management field day set for April 30

The annual deer-management field day at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station in Clinton is set for April 30, and will include five seminars focused on helping landowners more effectively manage their deer herds.Read More...
April 04, 2011 at 9:57 am

Grunting is over, gobbling has begun

For the most part, the 2010-11 deer season is over, although I still have scrape cameras out in Pointe Coupee Parish (Upper Area 6), and no doubt will have photographs of antlered bucks on them during the middle of March and possibly into mid-April.Read More...
April 01, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Dirty Water Delight

Artie’s bellows in the den brought Eddie and Brenda rushing in from the back deck.Read More...
April 01, 2011 at 9:09 am

“Drill, baby, drill”

The U.S. commander-in-chief’s words had promise before the oil spill, but then they rang hollow with the ensuing de facto moratorium on deep-water drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico — much to the chagrin of oilfield and oilfield-related workers and businesses along the Gulf Coast.Read More...
April 01, 2011 at 8:07 am

Take Home Angler: Wesley Miller

The ice on the surface of the water of Wesley Miller’s minnow bucket wasn’t exactly a harbinger of things to come, but it was a sign of just how cold it was at the start of our fishing trip.Read More...
March 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Is Our Seafood Safe?

In 1957, during the height of the Cold War, fiction writer Nevil Shute wrote On the Beach, a post-apocalyptic novel set in Australia shortly after World War III has wiped out all life in the northern hemisphere. With global air currents inexorably carrying the deadly fallout of nuclear war to the southern hemisphere, the novel’s characters set about trying to get in their last bits of enjoyment of “normal life” before radiation poisoning kills all of them.Read More...
March 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Tom foolery time at Terra Nova

A few years ago, the Moreland/Guidry families invested in 25 acres in East Feliciana Parish about 10 miles east of Clinton. My wife came up with the name Terra Nova for this property (Terra Nova is Latin for New Land). Hopefully, this New Land will become our new home in the near future, and we will be rid of the Baton Rouge daily traffic issues.Read More...
March 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Evers wins second Elite Series stop, earns 2012 Bassmaster Classic berth

Targeting the backwaters of the St. Johns River system, and finding an 8-3 “mule” on the last day led Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., to the win Sunday in the Power-Pole Citrus Slam with 77 pounds, 1 ounce, shutting out three-day leader Alton Jones and hard-charging Terry Scroggins.Read More...
March 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

Thrilling hog hunt on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Well, with deer season over, I turned most of my attention toward fishing. Dad and I made a trip down to Halter’s Island and caught a few reds. But with the hog season still on in some areas, I really wanted to get back and see if I could find and harvest another hog or two.

My buddy Jimmy Kyle and I headed down to the Atchafalaya Delta for a late-afternoon hunt in search of some wild pork. I had an area in mind, where the hogs usually congregate and bed down, but they are easily spooked and we would need the wind in our favor to have a chance.Read More...
March 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

St. Mary giant takes Louisiana Sportsman big-buck contest

The swamps of St. Mary Parish aren’t exactly thought of as big-buck terrain, but you’ll never be able to convince Kevin Breaux of that.

The Franklin cane farmer dropped a 14-point monster on Jan. 14, and parlayed the big kill into a $1,000 check at Louisiana Sportsman magazine’s big-buck contest at the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show.Read More...
March 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Host II - Precautions all hunters should take to avoid infection by parasites

Many of the parasites that threaten outdoorsmen can be avoided by wearing heavy rubber gloves and long clothing while cleaning and transporting your game. Goggles or glasses are also recommended to those who want to take more precautions. Children are more susceptible because they don’t produce as much parasite-killing stomach acid as adults.

Most of the parasites are found in the intestines and feces, so extra caution should be taken when gutting an animal.Read More...
March 09, 2011 at 10:00 am

Public meetings set by LDWF to receive public input about hunting seasons

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host six public meetings around the state to present proposed 2011-13 hunting season dates, Wildlife Management Areas general rules and regulation changes, changes in the Deer Management Assistance Program and waterfowl season options.Read More...
March 07, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Cash, hunting gear up for grabs in Louisiana Sportsman Magazine’s Big Buck Contest

The rich do indeed get richer.

If you’ve killed a trophy buck anytime in the last two years, you’re probably still floating on a cloud with a big No. 9 painted on the side.

You probably smile every time you glance at the mount, your eyes turn misty and the animal is alive again, walking in front of your cross hairs.

It’s a cliche’, but a big buck is truly a gift that keeps on giving.Read More...
March 05, 2011 at 1:17 pm

The Rat Patrol

The oysters were fat, cold and super salty — positively addictive. One little pinch and the tail meat — covered in bright-yellow fat — slipped from the shells of the big Belle River crawfish. The grilled wahoo, drenched in lemon-butter, shamed any rendition of Maine lobster. The steaming cauldron of teal, quail and andouille jambalaya was ravaged mercilessly by salivating guests scooping with huge spoons.Read More...
March 02, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Paulina Pilgrims

Some aspiring bass anglers from around Paulina graduated together in the late 1980s. They started making a yearly run to Toledo Bend, while trying to get noticed enough to be accepted into the biggest local club there was at the time, Road Runner Fishing Club.Read More...
March 01, 2011 at 4:19 pm