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Chase Evans, 16, of Bosco, shows off the big 13-point Mississippi buck he shot on Jan. 3 in Jefferson County. The buck green-scored  173 ⅛ inches Boone & Crockett.

Bosco hunter downs big Mississippi 13-point

Chase Evans didn’t have much time to react when he saw a big heavy-horned deer moving across one of his shooting lanes in Jefferson County, Miss. earlier this year. 

Yesterday at 1:41pm

Duck numbers down sharply in LDWF's January aerial survey

For the second year in a row, unseasonably warm temperatures apparently prompted large numbers of ducks to bolt from the state — or at least move into areas not included in the annual January aerial waterfowl survey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

January 20 at 6:44am
Capt. Nick Poe uses an anchor caddy system designed by his dad Jeff to keep his anchor within easy reach. It's simply a piece of 3- or 4-inch PVC pipe bolted vertically in a convenient location on the deck.

PVC pipe keeps anchor accessible and ready

Capt. Nick Poe isn’t necessarily a fan of the look of his dad’s PVC pipe anchor caddy system that’s a fixture on many of the boats at Big Lake Guide Service, but he can’t really argue with its effectiveness.

January 19 at 5:06pm

New Iberia man cited for alleged oyster refrigeration violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 58-year-old New Iberia man for alleged oyster refrigeration violations on Jan. 15 in Lafourche Parish.

January 19 at 3:55pm
Jeff Broussard displays his 10.77-pound Toledo Bend lunker taken Jan. 11 near Housen. The big bass bit a Carolina-rigged Zoom 10-inch California 420 worm.<br />

Ragley angler takes Toledo Bend 10.77-pounder

Ragley’s Jeff Broussard couldn’t sleep in the early-morning hours of Jan. 11, so he ventured into his workshop and started piddling with his boat around 2 a.m.

January 19 at 9:20am
Dave Cavell (left) and Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament in the Atchafalaya Basin by banging vibrating jigs off stumps around main points.

Stay off the banks for Basin bass, anglers say

Prairieville's Dave Cavell and Gonzales' Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament last weekend, and the pattern wasn't what they expected.

"We thought we'd catch them punching," Cavell said. "That's how Corey caught them practicing."

Instead, they had to back off the banks, and turn away from heavy flipping rigs.

January 18 at 5:36pm
Jimmy Leonard, of Ventress, shows the left antler that was blown off with his initial shot at this 8-point 'Knockout Buck' in Pointe Coupee Parish on Nov. 19.

Hunter knocks deer out cold

On the big screen, the Italian Stallion had some epic boxing matches with Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago throughout the Rocky movie franchise.

Last November, Jimmy Leonard did his best Sylvester Stallone impersonation with a buck in Pointe Coupee Parish — minus the boxing gloves. 

January 18 at 4:33pm
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. favors cocahoe minnows under a popping cork or tight-lined Matrix Shad for January speckled trout in Catfish Lake out of Golden Meadow. <br />

Slow it down for wintertime trout

By January, speckled trout have settled into the interior marshes around Golden Meadow to ride out the winter, and Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. knows where to go to find them.

January 18 at 10:24am
The author on a 1970’s deer hunt. Note the old style “truckers hat.”

Late-season reflections

As we go into 2017, most of us have had the good fortune of sitting quietly alone multiple times this season in the Deep South winter woods.

January 17 at 5:07pm
Al Siener, an Army veteran who works in Afghanistan for a military contractor, relaxes when he’s home by kayak fishing.

On a mission

Some say laughter is the best medicine. Mathew Roberts and Shawn Babin say adding in a dose of kayak fishing is even better.

Several years ago, Roberts, Babin and a couple of friends were getting more and more involved in kayak fishing. They started an informal group they call the Troll Squad.

January 17 at 4:00pm

VIDEO: Why PFDs and kill switches are important

We all know we're supposed to use them. It's just Boating Safety 101. Yet we all too often get in a hurry or become complacent, and leave the life jackets in the locker or sitting on the seat as we zip from one fishing hole the next. And too many anglers don't even think about kill switches.

Because nothing is going to happen to me, right? But the fact is accidents happen — and we never see them coming.

This video of two young anglers heading out for a bass tournament shows just how fast things can go wrong and why safety equipment is vitally important.

January 17 at 8:00am
Kyle Adams poses with the big 14-point he shot on Dec. 21 in Catahoula Parish. The big buck green-scored 172 ⅛ inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

172-inch deer down in Catahoula Parish

Kyle Adams hunts with 25 other members in Catahoula Parish on a 2,800-acre club near Harrisonburg. 

January 17 at 6:50am
A gator nicknamed Humpback was filmed Sunday crossing a trail in the marsh in Polk County, Fla. The big gator was estimated to be in the 13- to 15-foot range.

Check out video of giant Florida gator

Where’s Troy Landry when you need him?

January 16 at 5:09pm
Ian Bankston, of Holden, poses with the big 12-point buck he shot on Jan. 2 at Bear Creek Hunting Club in Livingston Parish. The buck green-scored 158 6/8 inches, and set a new club record.

Holden hunter drills big Livingston Parish 12-point

An elusive 12-point had been seen on lots of trail cams at the Bear Creek Hunting Club in Livingston Parish, but never — not even once — during the day.

January 16 at 3:46pm